Back to All Events

Domestic Violence and Natural Disasters


What are the intersecting dynamics between domestic violence advocacy and disaster response and recovery? As Elaine Enarson states, “disasters are not only powerful physical events but complex social experiences for individuals, households and communities.” This webinar explores the National Domestic Violence Hotline’s “Domestic Violence Advocacy: A Disaster Response” curriculum. The curriculum is a comprehensive guide for professionals supporting survivors of domestic violence who need tools to enhance their disaster preparedness and response practices and protocols.


By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Define a natural disaster and discuss what gender-based violence looks like in natural disaster situations

  • Understand the barriers that survivors of domestic violence experience in natural disaster situations

  • Learn best practices in emergency/disaster management in the context of domestic violence advocacy

  • Identify protocols agencies can follow to ensure residents, clients, and staff are safe in the event of a disaster


Free for members / $25 for non-members


April Jimerson Bio.jpg

April Jimerson, MA

Training Coordinator, National Domestic Violence Hotline

April completed her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M International University with 300+ hours of counseling experience through clinical internships. April started with The Hotline in June 2016 as Bilingual Phone Services Advocate, joined the training department in June 2017, and is now the head of the department, where she co-facilitates the Hotline’s 75-hour Domestic Violence Advocacy Training Program to over 300 people annually. April provides trainings nationally on behalf of The Hotline. April has 7+ years work experience in higher education and non-profit work, engaging and working with diverse population of young adults and participating in outreach collegiate programs.

Kristen Thomas JD - Bio.jpg

Kristen Thomas, JD

Training Coordinator, National Domestic Violence Hotline

Kristen received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon in 2013 where she specialized in International Human Rights Law and served as the Executive Editor of the Oregon Review of International Law. Kristen started with the National Domestic Violence Hotline as an overnight phone services advocate in 2014, and joined the Training Department in July 2018. She currently works as the Hotline’s Training Coordinator, where she co-facilitates the Hotline’s 75-hour Domestic Violence Advocacy Training Program to over 300 people annually. A dedicated advocate for social change, she has 8+ years of experience working with national non-profit organizations, and over 15 years of activist work with LGBTQ+ and women’s causes.


Nancy Aiken, PhD

Executive Director, CHANA (Counseling Helpline and Aid Network for Abused Women)

Nancy Aiken has worked for sixteen years at CHANA, the Jewish response to abuse and trauma in the Baltimore community. Nancy will share her professional experience responding on the ground to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Harvey.

Earlier Event: September 16
Harvest Delight at Shemesh Farm