Working Lunches offered in 2019

During the lunch break, 11:30am-1:00pm, attendees can join others in their field to network and discuss current “hot topics” affecting their profession.

Please note that there will be multiple “Grab-n-Go” lunch kiosks located in the Grand Hall. You are welcome to bring your food into these sessions.

Networking Lunches


Medical Networking Lunch
Stacey Mitchell, Kim Nash
Join fellow medical professionals for networking and an open discussion on current "hot topics" in your field.

Prosecutors Networking Lunch
Brooke Grona-Robb, Anne Potts Jackson, Cara Pierce
Join fellow prosecutors for networking and an open discussion on current "hot topics" in your field.


Advocates Networking Lunch
Jessica Brazeal, Kim Farbo, Krista Fultz

Join fellow advocates for networking and an open discussion on current "hot topics" in your field.

OVW Tribal Affairs Division: Addressing the Issues of Violence Against American Indian & Alaska Native Women
Rebekah Jones, Darla Nolan
Bring your lunch and enjoy this networking discussion about how the OVW Tribal Affairs Division (TAD) implements the VAWA statue and responsibilities imparted to it when addressing domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and sex trafficking in Indian county. Attendees will be provided an overview of the TAD grant programs, technical assistance projects, policy and legislation, special initiatives and other activities facilitated through this Division. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and have shared discussions about the successes, gaps and how best to address safety and accountability issues within tribal communities.


Law Enforcement Networking Lunch
Doug Burig, Fred Harris, Mark Wynn

Join fellow law enforcement professionals for networking and an open discussion on current "hot topics" in your field.

Lunch Sessions


Helping Survivors Help Themselves: Supporting Self-Represented Survivors Navigating the Legal System
Bronwyn Blake

Texas Advocacy Project (TAP) is one of the only legal organizations in the country to offer virtual legal clinics and Assisted Pro Se service to survivors of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Through the Assisted Pro Se services, survivors work with program advocates and TAP attorneys to receive customized legal documents and ongoing legal advice as they represent themselves in court proceedings for divorces, protective orders, or custody and visitation suits. In this workshop, we will discuss best practices and how to duplicate these services in your community!

A How-To on Building & Sustaining In-House Civil Legal Representation
Sara Barnett, Julia Palmer

Lack of civil legal representation is a significant barrier that can lead many women to remaining in abusive relationships and marriages. Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support created an in-house, on-site legal clinic to help remove this roadblock on clients’ paths to living abusive free lives. The legal clinic provides free, quality, and trauma-informed family law representation. Join Genesis’ Legal Director and Director of Corporate & Foundation Relationships for an discussion on what it takes to fund, develop, and staff in-house legal services and how attendees can do the same in their own organization and communities.

OVW Grant Programs & Funding Opportunities
Aisha Battle, Krista Blakeney-Mitchell, Neelam Patel, Charlotte Turpin

Bring your lunch for a chat and chew with OVW. Attendees will learn about the Office on Violence Against Women and the variety of programs that have funding available to support community efforts addressing domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. Experienced OVW staff will provide attendees with an overview of available discretionary and formula program funding and share information about project activities that are being supported with OVW grant funds.  Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn about eligibility, funding levels, and grant program criteria.  

Safety on Facebook: New Approaches & Ongoing Commitment 
Jennifer Hanley

Attendees will learn about Facebook's approach to safety and commitment to improving the experience for women on social media. This will include an overview of recent announcements on detecting non-consensual sharing of intimate images, as well as new efforts to support victims. 

Texas Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Protocol Update
Laurie Charles

This workshop will review the recently updated, legislatively mandated Texas Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Protocol. All medical professionals who collect sexual assault evidence are required to follow this protocol, which prior to 2018 changes, was last updated in 1998. This workshop is appropriate for any medical, nursing, emergency services, law enforcement, advocacy, attorneys, and forensic science personnel who interact with persons who experience sexual violence.

The ABCs of Elder Abuse
Donna Strittmatter Max
This workshop will give a broad overview of investigation and prosecution of elder abuse cases, from physical abuse to financial abuse. The presenter will focus on general principles of elder abuse and discuss how to convert these investigations into prosecutorial action.

From Tragedy to Triumph: One Family's Story
Christie Brungardt, Curt Brungardt

The presenters established Jana’s Campaign, Inc. with the single mission of reducing domestic and dating violence, and they believe it is their responsibility to use both the story of their daughter Jana’s life and her death to enhance their mission. They have worked with thousands of students, educating them on how to recognize healthy and unhealthy relationships.

Protecting & Serving DV Survivors in the Black Community: Challenges & Solutions
Gretta Gardner
This lunch session is for law enforcement only. The workshop will cater to law enforcement officers who would like to engage in a dialogue about the help-seeking challenges Black survivors experience and the challenges law enforcement officers experience in responding to domestic violence in the Black community.  Attendees will be able to use this information as a springboard to create culturally-responsive approaches based on mutual respect and effective communication.

A Step Ahead: Texas' Response to SAK Reform
Rebecca Vieh

In 2010, the Joyful Heart Foundation formalized six legislative pillars for comprehensive rape kit reform.  With the passage of a sexual assault evidence tracking law in June 2017, Texas became the first state in the nation to enact all six pillars. Since 2011, Texas legislators have also worked to pass rape kit reform laws, many of which have required the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory Service to develop and implement programs related to sexual assault cases.  The laboratory is currently working towards the implementation of a statewide sexual assault evidence tracking system. Participation in the tracking system is required by any entity that collects evidence of sexual assaults or other sex offenses or investigates or prosecutes such offenses.  This workshop will identify the Joyful Heart Foundation’s six key pillars, review the laboratory’s response to Texas’ sexual assault legislation, and include a brief overview of the proposed sexual assault evidence tracking system.

Understanding Protective Orders
Bronwyn Blake

This workshop will examine the different types of protective orders available to survivors of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault and stalking both in Texas and nationally. Presenters will describe how they work and how they can be utilized to improve survivor safety and prevent future violence.

When There's No Bed: Addressing Needs of Trafficking Victims
Jeanne Allert, Kirsta Melton

As of 2018, there are 16 states in the U.S. that have no shelter program dedicated to victims of trafficking and six states that have only one. Considering this dearth of services, what are some creative options for securing placement for a trafficking survivor?  How can we cultivate community partnerships to build a base of options? In this lunch session, join an experienced advocate, law enforcement officer, and prosecutor to discuss challenges, share ideas, and hear what's worked for other communities.


Institute for Coordinated Community Response Overview
CCAW Staff
This workshop is available to rural Texas counties only. Learn more about the Institute for Coordinated Community Response (ICCR), CCAW’s new free, year-long training institute for rural Texas counties who are seeking to improve their systemic response to domestic violence through the creation of a Coordinated Community Response. Six teams of three—a law enforcement officer, prosecutor, and advocate—will be selected to participate each year. Attendees will have ample time for Q&A.

SAFeR Guide: Assess & Address Domestic Violence in Custody Decisions & Family Court
Katie Ziomek

Each of our court settings - from criminal to child welfare to custody - understands domestic violence in a different way. Developed for family court, the SAFeR approach promotes IPV informed decision making by guiding the practitioner through four steps: screening for IPV; assessing the nature and context of the IPV; focusing on the effects of IPV; and responding to IPV in all recommendations, decisions, and interventions. In this workshop, attendees will gain a greater understanding of how the family court handles domestic violence and how to better assess and address domestic violence in any court setting via the SAFeR tools. 

Securing Your Router & WiFi Network
Bryan Franke

Have you ever wondered if your WiFi is secure?  Is someone using your network without your authorization or knowledge?  Could you be implicated in a criminal investigation because your network is not secure?  If you answered "yes" to any or all of these, then this workshop is for you. The presenter will cover how to properly configure your router to better secure your network and other options that are available to make you, your family, and your network more secure.

We Can Do Better: State of Texas v. Gabriel Rogers
Stephanie Martin

With a history of drug-induced psychosis, Gabriel Rogers spent years tormenting his grandmother, Dorothy, including keeping her prisoner in her own home, stealing from her repeatedly, and physically abusing her. This workshop will walk through the many attempts Dorothy made to stop Gabriel and all the ways in which the system failed her, highlighting common issues that are often overlooked in elder abuse cases.