Presentation on theme: "Rus Ervin Funk, MSW. Responding to reports Being victim-supportive Holding men who are violent accountable Working collaboratively with victim-service."— Presentation transcript:
Rus Ervin Funk, MSW
Responding to reports Being victim-supportive Holding men who are violent accountable Working collaboratively with victim-service advocates Your role (both officially and in their other roles in live and in the community) to encourage other men and boys to prevent violence against women
Legal definition Focus on incidence Focus on violence” or imminent threat Victim-centered/feminist definition Focus on context Focus on dynamics
Fear Love Lack of support Self-blame Internalized anger Doesn’t want to leave – End abuse, not relationship It could get worse It might get better He needs me Blame from others Shame
Witnessed as a child Anger issues Mental illness Substance use/abuse Depression Low self-esteem Inability to express his feelings Communication issues He doesn’t know any better… …He Chooses to
Gathering evidence Secure the scene Creating a relationship Understand victim dynamics There is no “set” victim response
Separate parties Understand victim dynamics Initial disclosure is the tip of the iceberg She’s protecting herself, the children and him Her minimizing behaviors Operating out of self-blame Look for children Observe evidence Assess for safety
Safe to be angry Minimizes the threats
Notice and respond to threats Monitor the victim’s responses to the process
Work with prosecutors as a team Immediate accountability Ensuring follow through Create a system of accountability Build in ways to alter charges and sentencing based on additional information that comes from the victim (or others)
Advocates are your allies (although with distinct roles and priorities) The more supportive victims feel The more willing they are to follow through with the legal process You’ll get more details and likely more crimes The more confidence they will have with you The more satisfied they will feel with the process (regardless of outcome) Your success (convictions and sentences) will be higher Higher rate of community satisfaction and support
You’re called to investigate a Domestic Violence situation. Both parties have injuries, and have been drinking. He is relatively calm and cooperative, she is highly emotional, angry and somewhat combative. o What assumptions are you making based on this information? o What additional information do you need? o How are you going to get it?
She has a black eye a bloody lip and possibly a broken hand. He has scratches on his neck and face and bruises on his chest. o What assumptions are you making based on this information? o What additional information do you need? o How do you identify offensive vs defensive wounds?
A lack of identification with the victim. A perception of the situation as one that calls for violence. A decision to act violently The means of doing harm to the other person.
As part of the legal system Understand the role of secondary prevention to primary prevention Reducing all crime (and violence) is a part of your mandate
As men & women in the community You also have other roles in the community Not everyone has to do everything, but everyone has to do one thing How can you, in these other roles, work to prevent violence against women in your communities? Take a pledge Model Educate/raise awareness about prevention Develop leadership organize
Rus Ervin Funk PO box 4878 Louisville, KY (502)