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DASH Featured on Channel 9 News

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Last night, DASH was featured in a lead story on Local Channel 9 news (CBS) about safe housing for survivors of domestic violence, a story that was prompted by the murder on Tuesday in Kensington, MD of Heather Lynn McGuire by her estranged husband, who then committed suicide.

Journalist Gary Nurenberg interviewed DASH Executive Director Peg Hacskaylo, as well as three residents of DASH’s Cornerstone Program, to learn more about safe shelter and how victims of domestic and sexual violence can escape abuse to establish safe, independent lives.  The story, which also included footage of the safe housing apartments DASH provides its residents at Cornerstone, was the centerpiece of the feature, which also highlighted the story of the tragic murder/suicide, an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw, and an interview with Yvette McCade, a local survivor of an attempted murder by her estranged husband.

Click here to view the broadcast and read the accompanying story, click here: WUSA 9 DASH Story

If you would like to learn more about DASH and support the work we do to help women and children in our community, our 2nd annual DASH Allies in Change Luncheon is March 28 (2012) at 12:00pm at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. The lunch is open to the public and tickets can be purchased here: Allies in Change. You can also visit www.dashdc.org for more information or to make a secure donation online.

DASH extends its gratitude to WUSA Channel 9 and Gary Nurenberg for its attention to and coverage of this important issue and the work that DASH does to help survivors and their families.

DASH at NNEDV’s Second Annual World Conference for Women’s Shelters

DASH is pleased to be participating today in the second annual World Conference for Women’s Shelters, organized by the National Network to End Domestic Violence and the Global Network of Women’s Shelters. The conference is organized as a peer-to-peer learning event, with over 2,000 advocates working in women’s shelters from all over the world learning best practices from one another. This year, the event is taking place in our home of Washington, DC.

Peg Hacskaylo, DASH Executive Director, Presenting at World Conference on Women's Shelters

DASH staff is presenting several workshops at the conference.  Yesterday Peg Hacskaylo presented with Melissa Hook at the DC Office of Victim Services on Issues and Approaches to Developing Safe Housing, including discussions of how to start a safe housing program. The two used DASH’s experiences as a case study in building effective partnerships with the city agencies to build housing capacity, with various issues to consider, including evaluating housing options, assessing different models for housing, obtaining financing, planning for development, handling community relations, preparing for facility management and security, and determining program suitability.

Later in the day Peg presented DASH’s video and discussed DASH’s program model with Suzanne Marcus, DASH’s Deputy Director.  On Thursday DASH management staff will present a workshop in the Empowering & Supporting Advocates track, titled Creating a Management Structure to Support Survivor and Advocate Safety. Along with Suzanne, Victoria Green, Clinical Director, and Michelle Linzy, Addictions Specialist, will discuss DASH’s unique management structure, designed to: 1) Support advocate (case worker) staff with navigating the nuances that exist within a low barrier, voluntary services housing program model; and 2) Process the emotional impact of the work to prevent advocate burn out which can often lead to staff abuse of power.  This session will examine the role of DASH’s Clinical Director and Chemical Addictions Specialist staff to promote trauma informed advocacy with a diverse population of survivors and their families.

The goal is that delegates to the conference will leave with an enhanced understanding of how a management structure that centers on intensive supervision and support of the non-professional/ advocate staff can minimize compassion fatigue and increase staff retention. Delegates will also learn how having a Clinical Director, Chemical Addictions Specialist and other staff specialists can provide a space within the organization for on-going professional development, program innovation and individual growth.

DASH resident children offer flowers of welcome to Danish Princess Mary

During this historic world conference DASH is hosting shelter tours for program operators and city administrators from New York City, advocates from East Timor, and officials from the US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.  Conferences such as this one provide DASH with the imperative opportunity to share in our unique approach and best practices. We remain committed to domestic and sexual violence survivor services that are informed by innovation, survivor autonomy and respect, and delivering the best possible outcomes for program participants. We are happy to also learn from our colleagues around the world – a DASH program participant (the child of a survivor in our housing) today presented the Danish princess, one of the conference attendees, with flowers as welcome to the United States.

Thanks to NNEDV and the GNWS for the energy and vision required to put an event like this together.

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