A Collaborative Approach to SAFeR Implementation in Kansas – Virtual – October 2020

A Collaborative Approach to SAFeR Implementation in Kansas:                        3-Part Virtual Training

Audience: Family law attorneys, case managers, victim advocates, and other professionals working in family law courts

Sponsored by:

Kansas Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence


Training Description:

SAFeR is an approach to decision making in family law matters when intimate partner violence (IPV) is present. This three-part interactive virtual training series is designed to equip family law case managers, attorneys, and advocates with tools for integrating SAFeR responses to IPV into everyday work in the family law system.

This training is a 3-part series and attendance of all three parts is necessary to complete the training. A certificate of attendance for *Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits will be provided to each participant upon the completion of the 3-part series.


  • Identify the key elements of the SAFeR approach
  • Apply the SAFeR approach to everyday work in family court system
  • Collaborate across disciplines to better serve IPV survivors and their children
  • Develop parenting recommendations and outcomes that respond to people’s real-life experience of IPV

Guest Presenters: 

Gabrielle Davis
Legal and Policy Advisor
Battered Women’s Justice Project 

Gabrielle Davis is a Legal & Policy Advisor with the Battered Women’s Justice Project. Before joining BWJP, she was a Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Toledo College of Law where she founded and directed a domestic violence clinic, developed curricula, and taught courses in gender violence and feminist legal theory.  She chaired the local DV coordinated community response and fatality review teams, conducted community-based research, and helped shape local domestic violence policy and practice in the civil and criminal justice systems. She has been published extensively in the field and currently serves on the editorial review board of the Family Court Review. She co-developed the SAFeR model for DV-informed decision making, as well as training curricula to support its broad implementation, and regularly presents to local, state, national, and international audiences. Her community work has been recognized by numerous awards, including a 2009 Jefferson Award for Public Service and a 2018 Fulbright Specialist designation.


Loretta M. Frederick, J.D.
Senior Legal and Policy Advisor
Battered Women’s Justice Project 

Loretta M. Frederick has served as Senior Legal and Policy Advisor of the Battered Women’s Justice Project, a national resource center on domestic violence legal issues, since 1996. For the last decade, she has focused on working with family courts to identify and account for domestic violence in child custody cases. Loretta is a former legal services family lawyer and founded the statewide Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project in Minnesota.  She has provided training and consultation on domestic violence law and policy with and for judges, advocates, attorneys, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers in the U.S and internationally. Loretta worked with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges to draft the Model State Code on Domestic and Family Violence and has served for many years as faculty for the National Judicial Institutes on Domestic Violence. She spent three years as a consultant for the U.S. Marine Corps as it developed its Coordinated Community Response to domestic violence in association with the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (Duluth, Minnesota).  Her work with the Minnesota State Bar Association has included serving as Chair of the Family Law Section and its Domestic Abuse Committee.


Tracy Shoberg
Deputy Director of the SAFeR Project
Battered Women’s Justice Project 

Tracy Shoberg is the Deputy Director of the SAFeR Project with the Battered Women’s Justice Project. Before joining BWJP, Tracy was a family law staff attorney at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services serving low-income clients in eleven southeastern Minnesota counties. She worked under the Office of Justice Programs grant representing victim-survivors in civil matters, including orders for protection, harassment restraining orders, custody, and divorce cases. While at SMRLS, Tracy also assisted Goodhue County in drafting their first Safe Harbor Protocol as part of the countywide effort to respond to the needs of human trafficking victim-survivors. Tracy attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, receiving BAs in English and Gender Studies, and the University of Minnesota Law School, graduating in May 2016. Tracy returned to BWJP in 2020 after interning in the summer of 2014. She has committed herself to this work since 2012 when she began working at End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (formerly the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence).


Angie Dunn
Criminal Justice Advocacy Coordinator 
Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence


Date and time

Part 1
Thursday, October 1: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

This training will provide foundational knowledge by presenting an overview of the SAFeR approach and introducing a set of tools to help set the SAFeR approach into practice.

Part 2
Thursday, October 8: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

After attending this training, attendees will have a better understating on the importance of building professional alliances across disciplines through participatory, collaborative SAFeR exercises.

Part 3
Thursday, November 19: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

This training will build professional competence by providing thorough technical assistance to support practitioners’ use of the SAFeR approach in the field.

Registration Deadline:
September 28, 2020

Part 1 has been complete. There is an option to make up Part 1 and attend Part 2 and Part 3, if interested please call us or email trainingteam@kcsdv.org.

How to Register:

To register, Create an account and login, then select the number of people you want to register and click “Register Now.”

We welcome people of all abilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please select your needs on the online registration form or contact Shelly Newman. Requests should be made at least 14 business days prior to the event.

Registration Questions:
Shelly Newman, snewman@kcsdv.org

The Zoom meeting link information will be provided to all registrants prior to the event.

Training Questions:
Angie Dunn
adunn@kcsdv.org or 785-232-9784

Virtual Training Technical Requirements

Webcam: While we are unable to meet in-person, use of a webcam is strongly encouraged for the most effective interactive experience.

  • Zoom Platform: We recommend that you have the most current version of the Zoom client on your computer. If you already have Zoom loaded, please be sure you have updated to the newest version that was released recently, which is 5.2.0 If you don’t have Zoom on your device, you can download the “Zoom Client for Meetings” from this page (for your computer or mobile device).
  • Chrome: The Connect site works best with the Google Chrome browser. You can use another web browser, but some features may not work as well. You can download the Chrome Browser from this page.

The Kansas Bar Foundation provides support to this program.

This grant project is supported by the State General Fund for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as administered by the Kansas Governor’s Grants Program. The opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication, program, or exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of the Kansas Governor.

Total Training Hours: 4.0 Training Hours (*CLEs Pending Approval)



  •  October 1, 2020 - November 19, 2020
     12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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