Monthly Archives: August 2016

BWJP Training 201

Some of our SART members from Palm Beach County Victim Services and PBSO – Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office attended the Battered Women’s Justice Project in San Diego, CA – they attended many training sessions on Domestic and Sexual Assault issues – from these smiles seems like it was a great training!

San Diego Training

Accounting for Risk and Danger in Your Multi Agency Response to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

July 25 – July 28 in San Diego

Over the last decade, we have learned much about the landscape of risk and danger from the many jurisdictions that have developed multi-agency responses to domestic violence and sexual assault.

Continuous critical assessments of the ways in which risk and danger are accounted for in the multi-agency collaborations is essential for moving the work forward. The two and a half day conference will set the stage for a reexamination of the models and “what people are doing” in broadening the safety options for all battered victims.

The central questions to be examined are 1) Is the world of the victim expanding or contracting as a result of danger and risk assessments 2) What are the safety options available for diverse victims and 3) how are the assessments validating the survivor’s choices. The conference will not only critique the work done but will share innovative approaches in responding to victims as well as tools for analyzing institutional practices.



Day of Beauty 2016

Monday, August 22nd was the 2nd Annual Day of Beauty where 10 survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence were chosen by their therapists and advocates for a day of pampering which included hair, makeup, manicures, massages and an outfit by Dress for Success. The ladies looked fantastic!

We want to thank all of those who participated, volunteered their services and donated money, items, food and time. A special thanks to Detective Jill Raftery for the candles from her Etsy shop (The Salty Turtle), Dress for Success Palm Beaches, Not Just Me Foundation, Generations Jewelry by Stephanie, Hair styles by Joan Anderson, Latin Beauty Academy, Palm Beach Academy of Health & Beauty, Presto Pizzeria, Nancy’s Cajun Cookin’, Massages by Angelina Martin, Mary Kay, Redemptive Life Fellowship Church, Theaology Salon and Spa, Trial Lawyers of the Palm Beaches and the Victim Services staff and committee. Another special thanks to Norma Asencio who provided a relaxing meditation to start the day, guest speaker Attorney Samantha Vacciana and Nutritionist, Patricia Mika for the lunch and learn.


Women’s Self Defense Class

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Sexual Assault Support Group