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How do we “Open Doors”? Supporting Previously Incarcerated Survivors

This interactive webinar will assist domestic violence advocates and allied victim service providers in meeting the needs of those survivors who have been previously incarcerated. The unique needs of individuals who have experienced domestic violence and have been incarcerated often are over looked by professionals and community members alike. This webinar will introduce advocates to the “Open Doors” project, in which it assists in creating a collaborative approach from community members to address the needs from these survivors who have poly-victimization.

The discussion will include:

  • The individual, community, and system-level barriers for previously incarcerated survivors.
  • Resources for those in the criminal and legal systems.
  • Resources for those in the victim advocacy fields.
  • Collaboration tools/strategies for these members and the community.

After this training, participants will be able to:

  • List three barriers faced by previously incarcerated survivors.
  • List three resources/policies for those in the criminal and legal systems.
  • List three resources/policies for those in the victim advocacy field.
  •  Identify tools/strategies for creating a community plan for meeting the needs of these survivor.


Free for members / $25 for non-members


Sarah Prout Rennie, J.D., is executive director for the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCEDSV). She is instrumental in developing and implementing the MCEDSV statewide policy agenda, which seeks to enhance the response to domestic and sexual violence survivors. Prior to joining the MCEDSV staff, Ms. Rennie was executive director for the Michigan Council of Women and Technology (MCWT) whose mission is to advance women and girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, particularly technology. She is former executive director of Blue Water Safe Horizons, Port Huron, and served as litigation director for Lakeshore Legal Aid for fifteen years. During Ms. Rennie’s time as litigation director, the empowerment philosophy of Lakeshore’s representation to domestic violence and sexual assault victims became a nationally recognized model for holistic legal advocacy. 

Eric Stiles is the senior program director of the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCEDSV). Eric brings experience in providing trainings on a national level. He has worked in the area of increasing services for sexual violence and intimate partner sexual violence survivors across the lifespan and in enhancing services for all survivors. He has trained nationally to an audience of multi-disciplinary teams that provide support and assistance to those who have experienced interpersonal violence. Areas of focus for Eric are: working with male survivors of sexual violence, those from the LGBTIQAH Communities, working with rural areas on anti-sexual violence work, and working with anti-oppression. Through his involvements in college as an activist, a sexual assault counselor, mental health counselor, and prevention educator/educator, Eric has been in the movement to end sexual violence/all forms of violence for over 19 years. He holds a BA of Sociology from Pennsylvania State University and MS of Community Counseling from Shippensburg University. 

Earlier Event: September 26
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Later Event: October 6
Members-Only Shabbat Dinner