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9/09/2020  |   1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   |  D

The Blueprint for Safety – An Interagency Response to Domestic Violence Crimes Bringing the Voices of Survivors into System Change

The voices of survivors often get lost within the system that is trying to help them. Well-intended actions of agencies within the system can have unintended consequences for victims. The system must be intentional in building this awareness into policy and practice by using a variety of methods to ensure the experiences of those who are overrepresented and/or underserved in the system are considered. Participants will be introduced to The Blueprint as an innovative, victim-centered approach to evaluate how the criminal justice system is working for and against victims to keep them safe and hold offenders accountable. Emphasis will be placed on bringing voices and experiences of survivors into inter-agency collaboration to create change in policies and procedures, creating a more uniform response to domestic violence. Participants will be introduced to practical tools in the Blueprint used to assess gaps in the system’s response to domestic violence such as work groups, focus groups, and case mapping. They will discover the Blueprint’s unique approach to assessing risk and danger, allowing a community to “connect the dots” and paint a picture of the violence and make that picture visible throughout the criminal justice processes.

Haylee Hunsaker (Co-Presenter), Capsa, haylee@capsa.org;
Haylee Hunsaker is the Blueprint for Safety Coordinator at CAPSA. The Blueprint for Safety is a community project that assesses the criminal justice system's response to domestic violence. She graduated with a B.S. in Communication Studies from Utah State University. Prior to her work at CAPSA, she was a mediation case manager and a policy analyst intern. She is dedicated to systems improvement and building community partnerships.

Tanya Pirtle (Primary Presenter), Capsa, tanya@capsa.org;
Tanya Pirtle is the Victim Advocate for the Blueprint for Safety Project in Cache County. Although she is new to work within the criminal justice system, her experience as an international Founder and Executive Director has given her the skills to see a vision and the ability to execute advocacy in an innovative project such as the Blueprint. She holds a BSW and has been active in advocacy internationally and nationally since 2010. She is a TBRI© (Trust Based Relational Intervention) Practitioner and trains internationally, bringing this trauma informed approach to every area of her work as well as her everyday life. She is a mother of 6, including 2 adopted from Haiti.

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