The Safe & Together Model

2024 European Conference

2 Days of Workshops
 1 Day of Masterclasses

Join us online 8-10 May 2024 for the Safe & Together™ Model European Conference!
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MASTERCLASS OPTION 1: Stop Blaming Mothers and Ignoring Fathers

A Deep Dive Into the Paradigm Shift Behind the Safe & Together Model

In his latest book, the Safe & Together Model revolutionizes responses to domestic violence. Author David Mandel debunks six professional myths hindering effective practices and systems. He emphasizes addressing gender double standards in parenting for meaningful system changes. This workshop will include practice exercises that will help Certified Trainers deepen their application of the Model in training and their own practice. 

MASTERCLASS OPTION 2:  An Introduction to the Safe & Together Model
In this master class participants will be introduced to the Principles, Critical Components, and other key aspects of the paradigm-shifting Safe & Together Model. Participants will learn how the Model’s concepts, skills and tools can transform individual practice, agencies culture and systems, and cross sector collaboration. Learn about partnering with survivors, keeping children safe and intervening with perpetrators as parents. Participants are guaranteed to leave the session with new practices they can implement immediately.
Keynote Speaker: David Mandel

The Myth of the Child Witness:
How professionals can align their practice with children’s experience of domestic violence.

The discussion of domestic violence and children has been dominated by the concepts of the “child witness to violence” or “children exposed to violence.”

While reflecting a critical pathway to harm from domestic violence perpetrators’ behaviors– seeing and hearing violence–it is an incomplete framework for fully and truly hearing the voice of the child and holding perpetrators accountable as parents.

 In this keynote, David Mandel will critique current assessment practices related to children and domestic violence and offer up practical, solution-driven changes to bring domestic violence policy and practice more in alignment with child survivors’ lived experiences. 
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Keynote Speaker: David Mandel

Stop Blaming Mothers & Ignoring Fathers: Tackling gender expectations to create real change

Early in the twenty-first century, we still have strongly differing ideas about the behaviors associated with mothering and fathering. And these differences have consequences for how our systems respond to domestic violence where children are present.

In this keynote, David Mandel will explore how true transformation in how systems protect children from domestic violence requires a radical change in what we expect from mothers and fathers. In this presentation, he will explore how fathers’ relationship to family functioning is minimized or ignored. He’ll discuss how empathy often fails as a strategy for improving practice with mothers who are domestic violence survivors. David will talk about how higher standards for fathers and more holistic assessments of mothers’ protective efforts i.e., giving mothers more formal credit for what they do, is the key to better outcomes across child protection, family court, and other systems.
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Declarations of Truth: Documenting insights from survivors of sexual violence

Nneka is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Centre for Social Justice, better known as WomenatthecentrE, a unique non-profit created by and for women, trans and gender-diverse survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) to champion survivor led innovations in the domestic & family violence field.

She is a Black intersectional abolitionist feminist, international speaker & trainer; she is an expert advisory panel member of the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability and co-founded the Black Femicide Canada Council.
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