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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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  • Victor Vieth, JD * AVA Past President, Zero Abuse Project
    Victor Vieth, JD * AVA Past President, Zero Abuse Project

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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.

Please join us on September 2nd for our ACEs Health Champions Gathering event. You can learn more about our speaker and the topic of the event by clicking on the attached invitation!

You can register for the event by clicking on the "RSVP Here" button and scrolling to RSVP. You can also register by using the link below.

We can't wait for you to join us on September 2nd!

Register above for the ACE's/No Hit Zones Davis County training event. Starts on June 30, 2022 at 12:00pm Mountain Time.

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