State and National Spotlight on Comparable Databases for Victim Service Providers
As HUD CoC funding increases for programs serving survivors fleeing domestic violence, confidentiality, safety, and data challenges have surfaced for victim service providers and HMIS leads. This session provides an opportunity to hear about best practices nationally and in Texas as well as hosting multiple café-style facilitated conversations among participants to discuss key roles for collecting and integrating data into the conversation. Key areas of conversation include: protecting data privacy, building relationships across victim service providers, homeless service providers, state domestic violence coalitions and Continuum of Cares, asking sensitive questions, data sharing and receiving consent, reporting aggregate level data to HMIS leads, Comparable Database technical assistance and training for victim service providers, cross-system coordination, and survivor-centered coordinated entry.
Alexandra Cantrell/Public Policy Coordinator/Texas Council on Family Violence
Molly Voyles/Public Policy Manager/Texas Council on Family Violence
Debbie Fox/Senior Policy and Practice Specialist/National Network to End Domestic Violence
Debbie Fox, Senior Policy and Practice Specialist at the National Network Against Domestic Violence (NNEDV), leads national domestic violence related housing policy and provides technical assistance and training to NNEDV’s coalition membership and as a part of the Domestic Violence Housing and Technical Assistance Consortium. Debbie has over 20 years in the field with a focus on fundraising, organizational development, nonprofit administration, and domestic violence population-specific housing and economic justice programming. Prior joining NNEDV, she shared community leadership in the systems planning and implementation process for the DV system in Portland, Oregon, working with all 13-domestic violence victim service providers to create a coordinated entry process for survivors to access housing, shelter, and eviction prevention and shelter diversion programs.
Molly Voyles is a Public Policy Manager at the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) and has worked at the coalition for eleven years. In her position at TCFV, she provides technical assistance and training across the state on family violence program policy issues with a focus on supporting survivor-centered services models. She also works on systemic efforts to examine the intersection of homelessness and domestic violence and currently serves on the Texas Interagency Council on Homelessness. Prior to joining TCFV, Ms. Voyles worked in a variety of roles within domestic violence programs with a primary focus on assisting survivors with accessing stable housing and working with children of survivors of domestic violence. She has worked with survivors in both rural and urban settings and has an understanding of the unique challenges, and solutions, available to these different communities.
Alexandra Cantrell is a Public Policy Coordinator at the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) and has worked at the coalition for 3 years. In her role, she provides technical assistance and training to family violence service providers across the state relating to policy issues, programmatic advocacy and data management. Prior to joining TCFV, Alexandra worked at a domestic violence clinic during law school preparing protective order applications for survivors of family violence and elder abuse. She briefly practiced law in both California and New York prior to working as an advocate at the National Domestic Violence Hotline and at a domestic violence program in rural Texas.”