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Our healthcare system and society struggle to address the impact that violence and abuse have on our health. The AVA is an organization of healthcare professionals dedicated to spreading education and research on the lifelong effects of violence and abuse.

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  • Ginger Meyer, MSW, LCSW, CCTP, AVA President
    Ginger Meyer, MSW, LCSW, CCTP, AVA President

    Dr. Wayne Dyer said, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” AVA members represent a wide range of compassionate people dedicated in their respective fields to create health, healing, equity and wellness for people throughout the life course. Now more than ever, AVA's vision of integrating the recognition, treatment and prevention of the health effects of violence and abuse into healthcare and society, so that people of all ages are safe and healthy, is extremely important.

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Register for this virtual conference taking place Friday, October 14, 2022.

Systems of care are geared toward helping survivors leave abusive relationships. However, abuse does not necessarily end with separation. Abuse and harassment frequently escalates following separation, with an increased risk for lethality. Mother/ child dyads face unique barriers to safety following separation from an abusive partner as they continue to navigate civil legal systems that regulate custody and co-parenting. The purpose of this presentation is to provide practitioners (domestic violence advocates, child welfare professionals, court professionals, and health care professionals) with an overview of the literature on postseparation abuse, tactics and consequences of post-separation abuse, directions for future research, and practical applications to support the safety and health of survivors and their children.

Participants will be able to:

-Describe 3 key non-physical tactics of post-separation abuse.
-Describe at least 3 functional consequences of post-separation abuse
-Identify 2 ways practitioners can intervene to promote health and safety of survivors experiencing post-separation abuse

This training consists of a 90 min presentation and up to 30-min Q&A to allow interaction between the presenters and participants in real time.

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