Webinar: Intimate Partner Violence & the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), July 28th

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Thursday, July 28, 2016 / 2:00-3:30pm CT

This webinar is hosted by the Battered Women’s Justice Project and is open to the public.

Content:

In order to provide an integrated approach to addressing IPV among veterans, their partners, and VA employees, the VHA began implementation of the IPV Assistance Program in 2014.

Currently piloted at six (6) VA Medical Centers (VAMCs), the program focuses on both veteran victims/veterans who experience violence and veteran offenders/veterans who use violence.

It draws on the resources that address immediate concerns of involved individuals such as mental health, primary care, women’s health, and Veterans Justice Outreach Program staff.

Additionally, the program includes wrap-around VA programs and services that address long-term and psychosocial concerns, such as housing, education and employment, and is establishing a network of local community partnerships.

The presenters will discuss the goals of the program, screening, responsibilities of the Domestic Violence Coordinators (DVCs)/Network Points of Contact (POCs), and the role Community of Practice can play in offering IPV Assistance Program services. They will also the program’s future implementation throughout the VA Healthcare System.

Presenters: 

Kimberly Coleman Prier, LCSW is the Acting National IPV Assistance Program Manager for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). She has previous experience with those who experience IPV through her work in women’s substance abuse treatment and residential programming for women and foster teens who are pregnant or parenting. Before her current assignment, Ms. Prier was a Domiciliary Chief of a 202-bed residential treatment program that provides substance abuse, post-traumatic stress, and medical/psychosocial rehabilitation treatment services to veterans.

Elizabeth Brett, LCSW, serves as the Intimate Partner Violence Coordinator at the Cincinnati VAMC (CVAMC). She is involved with the outreach for the program, manages referrals, conducts intakes, co-facilitates the groups, completes partner assessments and manages program data. Ms. Brett also is currently serving as a team member on the North Kentucky Regional Veterans Treatment Court treatment team.

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