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Institutional Betrayal – Higher Education, the Military, and the Criminal Justice System / 27 September 2013

BWJP 2013 Series on Researcher/Practitioner Discourse on VAW

Date: Friday, September 27, 2013
Time: 1:00- 2:30pm (Central Time)
Location: Your Desk

Presenters: Carly Smith, MA, MS is doctoral candidate in clinical psychology in her fourth year at the University of Oregon. She is the lead author of Dangerous Safe Havens: Institutional Betrayal Exacerbates Sexual Trauma, published earlier this year in the Journal of Traumatic Stress.  Smith has presented her research on institutional betrayal at conferences hosted by the American Psychological Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Her research has also been featured in Blind to Betrayal, a book co-authored by Jennifer J. Freyd and Pamela J. Birrell and published in March, 2013, The Register Guard newspaper, Huffington Post, and several radio broadcasts. Carly has been recognized with a SAGE Teaching Innovations & Professional Development Award and the University of Oregon’s Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award. She is a member of the American Association of University Women and the American Psychological Association (including Divisions for the Psychology of Women and Trauma Psychology). She is currently the editorial assistant for the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation.

Glenna Tinney,
MSW, ACSW, DCSW, Captain, U.S. Navy (Ret.) is the Military Advocacy Program Coordinator for the Battered Women’s Justice Project.  She manages a special project to develop a model coordinated community response to intimate partner violence where there are also co-occurring combat-related conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder.  Ms. Tinney is responsible for creating a network of subject matter experts to serve as resources for victim advocates serving military-related victims.  She also monitors legal, military, veteran, and public policy developments nationwide that affect civil/criminal justice responses to intimate partner violence.  Ms. Tinney is a retired Navy Captain social worker.  She served as the Deputy Executive Director for the Congressionally-mandated Defense Task Force on Domestic Violence from 2000-2003.  In recognition of her work, Ms. Tinney was selected by the White House as a Woman Veteran Champion of Change in March, 2013.

Stephanie Avalon is a resource specialist for the Battered Women’s Justice Project.  She responds to questions regarding legislation, law enforcement, prosecution, sentencing, probation, batterers’ programs, coordinated community/court programs, and victim advocacy programs.  She assists in technical assistance conferences presented to OVW grantees, develops training materials and coordinating trainers.  She also provides specific advocacy training.  In addition, she has written two articles exploring the role of advocates working in the criminal justice system and an article on advocating for battered mothers in the Family Court system.  Since 2010, Stephanie has edited a new webpage for the BWJP website, www.bwjp.org called Promising Practices which features innovative and successful strategies being used to address domestic violence.  In 2012 she also hosted a monthly series of webinars focusing on custody issues.  This past year she co-wrote a training curriculum for advocates working in family court. Stephanie has actively participated in several of the BWJP safety audits, examining ways to institutionalize victim safety into practices of the criminal legal system. 


Content: Faculty will explore the various ways that critical systems have historically betrayed the trust of battered women and sexual assault survivors.  The three institutions examined in this webinar are higher education, the U.S. military and the criminal legal system.  In failing to institute and implement protections contained in law and policy, these institutions have breached the social contract made with survivors.  The broken promises publicized by the institutions, promises of justice, opportunity, safety, and accountability, have induced survivors to step up and out, taking risks to safeguard themselves and their children and to escape the violence and coercive controls of their assailants.  The betrayal of the faith invested in these institutions by survivors has too frequently placed them in enhanced peril, and has sometimes compromised the relationships of advocates with the survivors they serve.  Faculty will explore both the betrayals and strategies to end the systemic failings/malfeasance of these critical systems.

Articles:  Smith, C. & J. Freyd.  (February, 2013).  “Dangerous Safe Havens: Institutional Betrayal Exacerbates Sexual Trauma.” Journal of Stress Management, 26, 119 – 124. 



Registration Details: This webinar is open to OVW Grantees and the general public.

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