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Free Online CEU - Domestic Violence Safety Planning During COVID-19
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When: Tuesday, March 31
12 - 1 pm
Where: Online
United States
Presenter: Mae Bennett, MSSA, LISW-S and Grace Miller, Comprehensive Community Advocate
Contact: NASW Ohio Chapter
(614) 461-4484

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Description: Due to COVID-19, mandates to stay at home may be the least safe option for victims of domestic violence and their children, as abusers use this as an opportunity to further control and isolate victims. It is crucial that clinicians understand this abuse and how to best safety plan with a client to ensure their safety. The presenters will discuss unique considerations for safety planning during COVID-19 and will demonstrate how to develop an appropriate safety plan during this time of heightened crisis for many victims of domestic violence.



1.     Participants will have a basic understanding of domestic violence and intimate partner violence.

2.     Participants will have a basic understanding of high risk indicators and assessing for lethality.

3.     Participants will learn how to promote a trauma-informed, survivor-focused and strengths-based approach when safety planning and escape planning with clients, especially during special circumstances such as COVID-19.

4.     Participants will know where and how to refer clients to appropriate domestic violence resources.


About the presenters:

Mae Bennett is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW-S) with a social work bachelor’s degree from Ursuline College and a master’s degree in Applied Social Sciences (MSSA) from Case Western Reserve University.  She has over fifteen years of experience in victim advocacy, including working at a domestic violence shelter and a police department providing justice system advocacy to all victims of crime. Ms. Bennett is Manager of Domestic Violence Services at Jewish Family Service Association of Cleveland where she supervises direct service staff in addition to the Know Abuse Teen Dating Prevention program.  She is EMDR trained and provides trauma specific therapy to clients. Ms. Bennett also conducts trainings and presentations to the community.


Grace Miller currently serves as a Victim Advocate with Jewish Family Service Association’s (JFSA) Domestic Violence Services. She currently attends Case Western Reserve University to obtain her Master’s in Applied Social Sciences. She works closely with JFSA’s Know Abuse Teen Dating Prevention Program through her Master’s Field Placement. Grace has prior experience in the field serving as a case manager for families through Cuyahoga County’s Rapid Re-Housing program. 



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