Domestic Violence: Increasing access to services and safety during COVID-19

This session will provide information related to the Harris County Community response to addressing domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. The session will offer information to include what the community is seeing, and what agencies and the community are doing to respond.

This session is brought to you through a partnership with the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership - OpenRICE, United Way of Greater Houston and Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council.

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About Barbie Brashear

Barbie Brashear, MSW, is the Executive Director for the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, a non-profit organization that works to coordinate a community response to domestic violence in Harris County, Texas. She attended Indiana University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in social work, and the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work where she earned her MSW. She has worked in the domestic and sexual violence field for 26 years and has provided leadership to sexual assault programs, domestic violence programs, and long-term housing programs for over 20 years. She is an expert witness in domestic violence cases. She is an expert trainer in Domestic Violence Dynamics, Safety Planning and Lethality Assessment, Screening and Assessing for Domestic Violence in the Healthcare Setting, Understanding Risk Assessment for Battering Intervention, Coordinated Community Response, Case Management with survivors, Trauma Informed Care with Survivors, Self-Care for Professionals, Domestic Violence Impact on Children, The Intersection of Domestic Violence and Homelessness, Understanding Domestic Violence and Mental Illness, Crisis Intervention for Survivors, Boundaries and Stress. She has presented and trained at multiple local and statewide conferences on domestic and sexual violence for over, and she has provided training to hundreds of law enforcement professionals, health care professionals, advocates, social service providers, criminal justice system professionals, teachers, students, and general public. She has provided case management and advocacy services to victims for over 20 years.



About the Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership


At the Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership, we envision a vibrant philanthropic sector in which nonprofit organizations achieve their missions and people are inspired to give and serve. Our mission is to increase the effectiveness and impact of the nonprofit sector by providing education and nurturing leadership among professionals and those who support the work of nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, the center has served more than 1,100 nonprofit organizations.



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