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Webinar: Working with LGBTQ+ Survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking

2024thu27jun1:30 pmthu3:00 pmWebinar: Working with LGBTQ+ Survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking1:30 pm - 3:00 pm(GMT-05:00)

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LGBTQ+ individuals experience domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking at rates equal to or higher than the general population but are often less likely to seek services or report their experiences of violence. LGBTQ+ inclusive responses to violence are necessary for making services safe and accessible for LGBTQ+ survivors. This webinar provides foundational information on LGBTQ+ communities, the unique experiences and needs of LGBTQ+ survivors, and an overview of providing inclusive services.


Ruth Perrin, Esq.

Ruth Perrin, Esq. is a Training & Technical Assistance Attorney with the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence (ABA CDSV). In this role, Ruth provides trainings and individualized support to attorneys, judges, and other legal services professionals to improve responses to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Ruth is the lead attorney on the ABA CDSV’s LGBTQ+ Legal Access Project, which offers training and technical assistance to legal services attorneys, civil legal services organization staff, prosecutors, system advocates, and judges on best practices for responding to LGBTQ+ intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and on the LGBTQ+ Training for Coalitions project, which supports domestic violence, sexual assault, and dual coalitions in engaging in LGBTQ+ inclusive work. Before joining the ABA CDSV in January 2022, Ruth worked at Network for Victim Recovery of DC, where she represented survivors of crime in criminal cases under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act and the D.C. Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights. Ruth also represented survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking in civil protection order cases and in on-campus disciplinary cases. Ruth has also worked as a consulting attorney and temporary staff attorney with the National Network to End Domestic Violence, providing survivors with detailed legal information through the hotline. Ruth has a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and is licensed to practice law in Maryland (inactive) and the District of Columbia (active). Ruth earned a B.A. from Lawrence University in Government and Classical Languages & Literature.
Anya Lynn-Alesker, Esq.
Anya Lynn-Alesker, Esq. is the Chief Counsel of the Commission, responsible for policy, program, and financial management. In that role, she serves as an expert resource on gender-based violence and the law to ABA leadership and staff, attorneys, judges, legislators, the media, and others; manages program activities and budgets; serves as liaison and staff to Commission members; and coordinates national policy initiatives, including representing the Commission on the Steering Committee of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (supporting VAWA, FVPSA, and VOCA Reauthorization).
Prior to being named Chief Counsel, Anya was the Managing Attorney of the Commission, coordinating legal technical assistance; publication of legal manuals, treatises and texts; protective state and federal legislation; and training initiatives designed to assist lawyers representing victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.



(Thursday) 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm(GMT-05:00)