OVW Podcast: Patchwork
OVW Podcast: Patchwork
Patchwork, a podcast from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), offers a glimpse into the implementation of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) at the local, state, tribal, and national levels. How are VAWA grants made? What happens after the grants leave Washington and arrive in communities across the country? Who are the people who benefit from the grants? Featuring the voices of people combating domestic and sexual violence on the front lines and behind the scenes, Patchwork threads together stories from over 25 years of federally funded efforts to serve victims and hold offenders accountable.
Some Patchwork episodes discuss topics that may be disturbing to some listeners, particularly survivors of violence. Help is always available through the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-656-4673, or https://www.thehotline.org/. The National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN) can be reached at 1-800-656-4673, or https://www.rainn.org/.
In this episode, OVW’s Peer Review Working Group joins Patchwork to discuss an integral part of our grantee application review process – peer review. Peer review is a collection of experts from the field coming together to evaluate grant proposals based on the requirements outlined in each program’s solicitation. The working group also share answers to frequent questions that they receive, as well as contact and submission information for interested peer review applicants. Join Darlene Johnson, Neelam Patel, Myrta Charles, and Sandi Van Orden, as they shed light on this important step in award-making.
To learn more peer review and apply to become a reviewer, visit: https://www.justice.gov/ovw/peer-review
In our first episode of the new year, Jennifer Landhuis, the Director of the Stalking Prevention and Resource Center (SPARC), joins Patchwork to discuss common misconceptions surrounding stalking, including how abusers are misusing technology. She also shares available resources for OVW grantees as well as the public to educate on stalking, identify when someone is being stalked, and help victims and survivors of stalking.
Ending gender-based violence requires effort from everyone.
In this episode, Kellie Greene, a program specialist from OVW, joins Patchwork to share how teaching children at a young age about healthy relationships and engaging men as allies can get us closer to ending gender-based violence. She also shares innovative approaches to engaging these populations, as well as showcases two examples of this forward-thinking work.
Human Trafficking is a crime that affects all socio-economic backgrounds and it does not discriminate based on race, education level, citizenship status or gender.
In this episode, Savannah Sanders, author of Sex Trafficking Prevention: A Trauma-Informed Approach for Parents and Professionals, and a survivor herself, joins Patchwork to share her story. She shares what she has learned about the field and how to help survivors of human trafficking on their paths of healing.
One of the top priorities at DOJ is preventing violent crime. At OVW, one area we focus on specifically is sexual assault on campus.
In this episode, Jennifer Hirsch and Shamus Khan, the authors of a book titled “Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus,” join Patchwork to frame the topic of assault on campuses, describe issues they found that led to assault, and elaborate on what they call the campus ecosystem and its role in preventing violent crime.
For many victims of sexual assault, the road to recovery and becoming a survivor begins with the care of a nurse who is trained to help in the critical moments following a violent crime. These nurses are commonly referred to as a sexual assault nurse examiner, or SANE.
In this episode, Kim Day joins Patchwork to share stories and advice that she has collected during her time working with victims as a SANE. She defines what she views as the single most important role a SANE can fulfill when they have a patient in their care and paints an image of what future SANEs can expect their training to look like.
Elder abuse is generally thought of as exploitation and financial abuse perpetrated by strangers, however the abuse commonly comes from people who are known and trusted and it often includes sexual violence and stalking. Kristin Burki, the Director of the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL), explains how sexual abuse of elders is a form of power and control and how the crimes often create unique dynamics that complicate responses. In this episode, Kristin shares her outlook on the future of supporting survivors of elder abuse.
Ending gender-based violence requires effort and awareness. Unique cultural differences must be accounted for and included in every advocates’ plan of care if they intend to work from a trauma-informed perspective, according to Dr. Tricia Bent-Goodley. In this episode she shares how misconception can hide a problem within a community, elaborates on the idea that community perception is critical to understanding the victim’s story, and offers a message to future generations of social workers.
The Resource Sharing Project is part of a national movement to end sexual violence. They provide support to coalitions across the country that serve victims of sexual violence.
In this episode, Kris Bein, the Assistant Director at the Resource Sharing Project, and Monika Johnson Hostler, the Executive Director of the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, join Patchwork to elaborate on creating safe spaces for victims. They discuss challenges advocates have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic and share their positive outlooks on how the field will continue to evolve in order to serve victims.