What Is the Northwest Network?
The Northwest Network increases our communitys 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.
Mail payment prior to February 20th, to:
ATTN: Q & A
PO Box 20398
Seattle, WA 98102
Questions/concerns please contact Karen Mack at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or at 206.568.7777, or (TTY message) (206) 517.9670