WEBINAR: Justice-Involved Women: Understanding Trauma and Violence


Justice-Involved Women: Understanding Trauma and Violence

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014  

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Hawaiian Time
12:00-1:30pm PST / 3:00-4:30pm EST


To register, click here: https://bwjp.ilinc.com/perl/ilinc/lms/register.pl?activity_id=ypyrxcf&user_id=&utm_source=WEBINAR%3A+Justice-Involved+Women%3A+Understanding+Trauma+and+Violence


Due to the increasing number of women in correctional settings, there is a growing recognition of the need for gender-responsive and trauma-informed services due, in large part, to an increasing understanding of the prevalence and impact of trauma in their lives.  Recognizing that the vast majority of these women will be released, the need for effective programming for incarcerated women is critical in helping them successfully reenter their communities after being released.  However, too often the (few) programs that do exist for incarcerated women fail to make the needed connections between abuse, trauma, and subsequent violence.

This webinar will focus on both the violence and aggression – including interpersonal and domestic violence – women have experienced as well as when they have perpetrated.  It will be conducted by Stephanie Covington, an internationally renowned trauma expert and trainer.  In the webinar, Dr. Covington will introduce a new evidence-based curriculum entitled Beyond Violence which is designed for women who are in criminal justice settings (jails, prisons, and community corrections) with histories of aggression and/or violence.  The curriculum addresses the factors that put people at risk for experiencing and/or inflicting violence.

Beyond Violence is the first manualized intervention for women that focuses on anger and utilizes a multi-level approach and a variety of evidence-based therapeutic strategies (i.e., psycho-education, role playing, mindfulness activities, cognitive-behavioral restructuring, and grounding skills for trauma triggers).  This four-level model of violence prevention considers the complex interplay between individual, relationship, community, and societal factors.  The program is designed to assist women in understanding trauma, the multiple aspects of anger, and emotional regulation.


  • Define trauma-informed and gender-responsive services
  • Describe the social-ecological model of violence
  • Describe the theoretical foundation of Beyond Violence
  • Discuss the evidence-base and research on Beyond Violence
  • Introduce the Beyond Violence curriculum


Dr. Stephanie Covington, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., is a clinician, organizational consultant, and lecturer.  For over twenty-five years her work has focused on the creation of gender-responsive and trauma-informed services.  Her extensive experience includes designing women’s services at the Betty Ford Center, developing programs for women in criminal justice settings, and being the featured therapist on the Oprah Winfrey Network TV show entitled “Breaking Down the Bars.”  She has also served as a consultant to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna and was selected for the federal Advisory Council on Women’s Services.  Educated at Columbia University and the Union Institute, Dr. Covington has served on the faculties of the University of Southern California, San Diego State University, and the California School of Professional Psychology.  She has published extensively, including six gender-responsive, trauma-informed treatment curricula.  Dr. Covington is based in La Jolla, California, where she is co-director of both the Institute for Relational Development and the Center for Gender and Justice.


Anyone currently working with or planning to work with charged, incarcerated, and reentering women and/or victims of battering will benefit from this webinar.  This may include community- and system-based advocates, reentry program staff, criminal justice professionals (including probation and parole officers) and community corrections staff.


This webinar is open to FVPSA grantees, OVW Grants to Encourage Arrest (GTEA) Grantees, LAV grantees, other OVW grantees, and to the general public.

The webinar is free of charge (but you will have to pay for the phone call if you dial in).

Click Here to Register

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Do you require closed captioning? The National Clearinghouse requires at least 5 business days’ notice.  Please email us at ncdbw@ncdbw.org with “Closed Captioning” in the subject line.

Questions?  For questions about this webinar, please contact the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women at ncdbw@ncdbw.org.  Please put “Reentry #10 Webinar Question” in the subject line.

Can’t attend?  We plan to post recordings of the webinar on our website 7 – 10 days after the “live” presentation is complete.  Please check http://ncdbw.org/ if you are unable to attend the live presentation; go to the “resource” tab.

You will also find recordings of past webinars there.


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