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Online CEU- A Guide to Safety Planning with Clients who are Domestic Violence Victims
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When: Wednesday, May 13
10 - 11 am
Where: Online
United States
Presenter: Mae Bennett, MSSA, LISW-S & Grace Miller, Comprehensive Community Advocate
Contact: 16144614484

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Cost: free for members, $10 for non-members

Workshop Description: Often clinicians are faced with a client who is experiencing domestic violence. One in every four women will experience abuse of some kind within their lifetime. It’s crucial that clinicians understand abuse and how to best safety plan with the client is crucial in keeping them safe. The presenters will identify the high-risk indicators of homicide and demonstrate how to develop an appropriate and effective safety plan.



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.

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



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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