RVARS (Relationship Violence Assessment and Response)
Organized by: Jessica Yaffa
Preparing for Domestic Violence Awareness Month
September 19, 2016
Jessica Yaffa is a domestic violence survivor and advocate who has used her story as a beacon of hope and light in assisting both men and women to move through issues of shame, guilt, and hopelessness as a result of relationship violence. Ms. Yaffa is one of the country’s top event speakers for large organizations, non- profit service providers, schools, military bases, treatment centers, and at community forums. She uses multiple platforms to share her testimony of triumph, resiliency, and restoration as a means of eliminating stigma, providing education, and changing the way we address issues surrounding intimate partner violence and sexual assault.
A few months ago Jessica stepped away from over 20 years of full-time employment in order to pursue her dream of offering effective, innovative, compassionate, and trauma-informed training to all first responders, military personnel, treatment center staff, hospital employees, school administrators, and clinicians around the way we assess and respond to issues surrounding domestic violence. It is from this place that the RVARS (Relationship Violence Assessment and Response Specialist) Certification was created.
Now launched, RVARS provides:
- Learning opportunities from both survivor expert and licensed clinician specializing in IPV
- Trauma-informed relationship violence assessment tools
- Trauma-informed language for medical personnel and first responders
- Examine individual and group case studies/exercises Evidence-based interventions
- Mandated reporting requirements surrounding relationship violence (as it pertains to your particular scope)
- Identification and utilization of appropriate resources for victims
- Safety planning guidelines
- Training around the effects of of relationship violence on children and how to assess and provide resources as well
- Cultural sensitivity training specific to relationship violence
- Dialogue surrounding the impact of technology on teen relationships
Partipants who have attended this newly offered training have experienced a new way of offering support to those in crisis as a result of domestic violence. Due to a tremendous outlay of resources related to the start-up, including: Attorney fees, website creation, curriculum development, LLC incorporation, and more, Jessica is facing the fact that she may not be able to sustain without some additional support. We'd so appreciate your assistance in helping RVARS reach providers around the globe, with the intention of eliminating the everlasting effects of relationship violence for all.