A Proactive Response to Domestic Violence (Part 2)

A Proactive Response to Domestic Violence (Part 2)
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1Module 1
Recorded on: 2020-09-23
Unit 1Slide Deck: A Proactive Response to Domestic Violence (Part 2)
Unit 2Transcript: A Proactive Response to Domestic Violence (Part 2)
Unit 3Workbook: A Proactive Response to Domestic Violence (Part 2)
Unit 4Recording: A Proactive Response to Domestic Violence (Part 2)

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:


Resources and Handouts


Audience Comments

  • “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



Additional Resources
1 year ago
After the Webinar: Addressing Victim Safety and Offender Accountability. Q&A with the Speakers
Webinar presenters Michelle Turner, Camie Borsdorf, and Laura Farmer answered a number of your quest […]
2 years ago
Domestic Violence and Domestic Homicide Investigations
Working on domestic violence cases can get tricky. Victims may not want to leave their abusers and m […]
2 years ago
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Managing the Narcissistic, Coercive and Controlling DV Offender
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde tells the story of a man who suffered from an internal conflict between good […]
3 years ago
Domestic Violence and Firearms Relinquishment: Setting Up Your Firearms Surrender Program
This is the second half of a two-part training webinar that deals with domestic violence and firearm […]
7 years ago
Strangulation in Domestic Violence What More Can be Done
"Strangulation is one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence “(Strack and Gwinn, 2011). In […]