This is a continuation of the discussion on the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) Office of Victim Services (OVS) efforts to address domestic violence in a proactive manner. While the previous webinar unpacked how domestic violence continues to be perpetrated while the offender is incarcerated and the straightforward DV tools and programs used that allows the KDOC-OVS and the facility to work together and address the offenders’ needs. In this session, the focus shifts into the services that the KDOC-OVS offers from incarceration to re-integration.
The resource speakers for this webinar are Camie Borsdorf, Shelley Turner, and Laura Farmer from the KDOC=OVS. Camie is the Deputy Director, while Shelley and Laura are both Victim Services Liaison Supervisors.
Specifics they delved into are:
- An overview of the OVS – the victim-focused and trauma-informed services they offer, statistics that underscore the value of their work, and the critical confidentiality element of the job.
- The three primary sections that the OVS works in throughout the offender incarceration
- Identification and notification of DV offenders through a DV screening tool during intake, the court’s DV designation/tag whilst initiating contact with the victim to offer OVS services.
- Services inside the facility that ensures victim safety through visiting application, information and conditions on contact between offender and victim, special condition of release requests, and just general assistance within the system.
- Help in release and re-entry plans that are developed collaboratively between facility, parole, and liaison staff as well as the family if family re-integration is considered.
- The three categories of service being provided by the OVS during community supervision.
- Victim support during release planning ensuring contact channels are made available to the victim.
- Family re-integration upon the victim’s request and providing all the needed support and resources in this process.
- Victim safety concerns within the first few years of the offenders’ release in terms of contact, threats, and other risk areas.
- The support that victims receive as the offenders undergo their batterer intervention program (BIP).
- The crucial collaboration piece that allows support and intervention to be possible anchored in proactive team-building and involvement across stakeholders.
- A case example that demonstrates the holistic support provided throughout the length of the case by the OVS alongside its partners in parole, corrections, law enforcement, courts, among others.
- A brief reminder on self-care to all the entities involved in working with DV and other stressful cases.
Topics raised during the Q&A were about:
- The OVS’ initiatives to practice self-care.
- The OVS team’s workload.
- The consequences for an offender who violates a no-contact order.
- The challenging aspect of dealing with offenders utilizing third-parties for contact.
- Restorative justice, and facilitating victim-offender dialogue.
- Programs’ availability for misdemeanor offenses.
- Handling offenders trying to make amends and screening apology letters.
- Details about the screening tool being used.
- The success of the BIP vis a vis recidivism rate.
This is the second of a series:
- Part 1: A Proactive Response to Domestic Violence: Understanding & Identifying Incarcerated Batterers
- Part 2: A Proactive Response to Domestic Violence (this webinar)
- Part 3: A Proactive Response to Domestic Violence: Collaboration in Facility and Parole-Based Batterer Intervention Programming
Resources and Handouts
- “Great presentation. I did not know that there are county justice institutions that are facilitating restorative justice. I am really interested in seeing a full webinar on facilitating restorative justice.” — Tina
- “We continually talk about collaboration and yet the reminder is good as to the value of it specifically for a victim’s safety.” — Teresa
- “Great presentation on A Proactive Response to Domestic Violence (Part 2).” — Tangela
- “I love hearing about programs that work, how they implement their programs, their trials and errors and the results it has produced.” — Terri
- “I learned about how individuals are contacted while still in prison and that the victim CAN actually submit terms of conditions to the Parole Board of which most are accepted and become part of the individual’s terms of release. That’s awesome!” — Mary Lou
- “The video was magnificent–didn’t dare look away and miss something! Thanks!” — Marilyn
- “Camie, Laura, Shelley, and Christina were all very easy to listen to. Didn’t drone on and on, kept it interesting and informative. I really enjoyed this webinar and learned several new things, especially about collaboration efforts and different victim/offender interaction opportunities (or not). It is always good to see how other states handle certain things.” — Kim
- “The entire webinar was beneficial for me.” — Kimberly
- “The scenario was really informative and it was great to see what other standards and statutes a different state has.” — Melisa
- “I enjoyed how intelligent Camie was. She made it very interesting and knew what she was talking about.” — Josey
- “Great experience to learn of victim-centered program with a broader approach than ours. Helpful to think about identifying and reaching out to additional community partners. Loved the way “Labor” was emphasized in the word “Collaboration”. Presenters moved a bit to quickly through the content material and case study. Thank you!” — Cheryl
- “All of the information was informative and important-Thank you.” — Carmelita
- “Great webinar! Lots of great information. I really enjoyed the scenario. Thank you.” — Chantelle