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Kent County Domestic Violence Community Coordinated Response Team
Domestic violence cannot be solved by one person or one agency alone. Success is defined through a team approach that includes members from the community working together to address this epidemic. The DVCCRT creates a space that allows for open discussion of difficult cases, problem solving to better serve victims, discussion of more effective and accountable services for perpetrators, collaboration among agencies, creation of subcommittees to address particular concerns, and discussion of ideas on how to increase awareness of domestic violence and its devastating effects on our community.
We meet every fourth Thursday of each month from noon to 1:30 PM at the YWCA located at 25 Sheldon Blvd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. This is also the location of our Noontime Educational Forums that typically occur in October, January, April, and May on the fourth Thursday of the month from noon to 1:30 PM. During the Noontime Educational Forums, experts discuss and present information on important domestic violence issues. All events and meetings are open to the public.
Noontime Educational Forum
Beyond the Obvious: Behaviors and Experiences of Domestic Violence Survivors and Perpetrators – October 2018
Thursday, May 24th Noon – 1:30PM
YWCA West Central Michigan
25 Sheldon Blvd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Digging deeper into the topic of domestic violence, presenters will examine both the perspective of the domestic violence perpetrator as well as victims and survivors. While experiences are hardly a monolith, this seminar hopes to unpack the power, control, and manipulation often used by abusers. Presenters will also examine reasons why victims often choose to stay or return to abusive relationships, despite escalating violence, and ways supporters can help empower individuals to safety. Whether you work directly, or indirectly with victims or perpetrators of violence, this seminar will help you better understand the landscape as well as effective intervention and empowerment strategies.

Mat Klemp, LMSW, Clinical Supervisor at the YWCA, and Holly Wilson, LMSW, Director of Client Services at Safe Haven, will be leading the discussion.
The event is free and open to the public.