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Q & A National Institute

February 26-28th, 2003
Seattle, Washington
Comfort Suites Downtown Seattle Center
Seattle Center
Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse

What Is the Northwest Network?
The Northwest Network increases our community’s ability to support the self-determination and safety of bisexual, trans, lesbian, and gay survivors of domestic abuse through education, organizing and advocacy. We work with a broad liberation movement dedicated to social and economic justice, equality, and respect for all people and the creation of loving, inclusive, and accountable communities. We provide support and advocacy for LGBT folks of all genders who are surviving abuse.

Our services are free and confidential. They include support groups, individual counseling, legal advocacy, shelter referrals, safety planning, basic needs assistance, community education and community organizing.

What is Q & A for Advocates?
Q and A stands for Queers and Allies, Questions and Answers. It is a training and consultation project available to domestic violence advocates and others who work with bisexual, trans, lesbian and gay survivors of domestic, dating, and sexual violence.

Through this project, the Northwest Network hopes to bring together advocates from across the region and country to:

  • Develop assessment skills and experience;
  • Share specialized information from queer survivors;
  • Share information about unique issues and concerns facing diverse queer communities;
  • Strategize practical ways to improve emergency services for queer survivors;
  • Problem solve around typical barriers to support that exist in shelters and community advocate programs;
  • Integrate queer generated theories and information about domestic violence into work with survivors;
  • Support advocates whom currently - or may in the future - work with queer survivors.
  • Provide on-going consultation to support advocates with assessments and emergency support for survivors.

Why Q and A for Advocates?
The Northwest Network provides training to staff and volunteers at domestic violence projects throughout the area. As we connect with advocates, they have asked for opportunities for more-in-depth training about abuse in queer relationships. Advocates have shared that it can be difficult to incorporate new information into their daily practice without follow-up consultation.

How will Q and A for Advocates Work?
Advocates will come together for a series of interactive trainings and discussions about their work with queer survivors. Advocates will identify the topics and issues that are most important and relevant to them and their work. The trainings will be built around topics chosen by advocates.

Q & A National Institute Agenda
Thursday February 26th
Seattle Center; Shaw Room
Time: Workshop:
9:00 – 10:00 AM Welcome, introductions, and overview
10:00 – 11:00 AM Frame-Up and Language
  • Themes and Questions
  • Praxis
  • Survivor and Victim Language
  • Self Determination
11:00 – 12:00 PM Binary Systems of Sex and Gender
12:00 – 12:30 Small Group Discussion
12:30 – 1:15 PM Lunch
1:30 – 3:30 PM Trans Training; Trans Small Group Exercises
3:30 – 4:30 PM Queer Domestic Violence 101;
Domestic Violence Through a Trans Lens
4:30 – 5:30 PM Small Group Discussion
Friday February 27th
Seattle Center; Shaw Room
Time: Workshop:
9:00 – 9:30 AM Welcome
9:30 – 11:30 AM
Assessment and Queer Domestic Violence:
  • Lecture
  • Exercises
11:30 – 12:30 PM Break-Out:
  • Local: Co-Advocacy and Working Together
  • National: Community Engagement Models
12:30 – 1:15 Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 PM
  • Counseling and Support Group
  • Legal Issues
  • Sex and Advocacy 101
  • Assessment and Queer Domestic Violence Role Plays
3:00 – 4:30 PM Domestic Violence and Survivor’s Use of Violence
4:30 – 5:30 PM Break-Out:
Praxis and Anti-Oppression Learning Stations
Saturday February 28th, 2004
(National Attendees Only – Comfort Suites)
Time: Workshop:
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Roundtable Discussions;
Queer Domestic Violence Question and Answer Session;
Issue Caucus
Q & A, Queers and Allies; Questions and Answers
National Institute
February 26-28, 2004
Comfort Suites Downtown Seattle Center
601 Roy Street
Seattle, WA 98019
(The Northwest Network has reserved a block of rooms for the Q & A Institute. Reservations can be made by e-mail or by telephone. Be sure to mention the “Northwest Network” when making your reservation.)
How Much:
$250 for national attendees
$300 if registration after February 20th
(Limited scholarships available)
$60 for Washington state attendees
(After partial scholarship is applied)

Mail payment prior to February 20th, to:
Northwest Network
PO Box 20398
Seattle, WA 98102

Questions/concerns please contact Karen Mack at: or at 206.568.7777, or (TTY message) (206) 517.9670

Deadline for Registration is February 20th, 2004
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