New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault logo followed by Seven Dancers Coalition logo and Interrupting Criminalization - Research in Action logo


Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 11:00 AM EST
Friday, March 5, 2021 at 5:00 PM EST

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DoubleTree by Hilton, Syracuse 
601 Carrier Parkway
East Syracuse, NY 13057

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Chelsea Miller 
New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault 

Ending Violence Without Violence

Community-Centered Approaches to Sexual Violence Prevention and Intervention

The mainstream anti-sexual violence movement has largely relied on criminal legal and legislative strategies to prevent and respond to sexual violence. But the traditional criminal legal system does not always offer healing or justice for all survivors, nor does it prevent violence or offer adequate paths to accountability for people who have done harm. Instead, our reliance on the criminal legal system has isolated the anti-sexual violence movement from other social justice movements. Encounters with the criminal legal system can re-traumatize survivors of sexual violence, and reporting sexual violence in this system can also bring survivors into conflict with the law. It is essential that we develop knowledge and skills in community-based approaches to ensure that we can most effectively support all survivors and end sexual violence without perpetuating violence.

The New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Seven Dancers Coalition, and Interrupting Criminalization: Research in Action Project, present a statewide conference, titled “Ending Violence Without Violence: Community-Centered Approaches to Sexual Violence Prevention and Intervention,” on June 3–6, 2020. This conference will provide a space for survivors, advocates, counselors, victim assistance programs, allied organizations, and community members across New York State and Haudenosaunee Country to develop the knowledge, skills, and courage to implement community-centered practices to prevent and respond to harm and sexual violence.

Participants will:

  • Learn about community-based alternatives to the criminal legal system to effectively support all survivors of sexual violence.
  • Acquire an in-depth understanding about restorative justice, transformative justice, and community accountability frameworks through concrete examples of community-based approaches to violence intervention.
  • Build skills in using community-based practices in the context of sexual violence prevention and intervention.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills to nourish and sustain communities that can prevent sexual violence, respond to harm, and heal trauma.
  • Gain an understanding of community-centered practices that can be used in their communities, including within workplaces, schools, and the criminal legal system.


Check out the preliminary program here.

Lodging/Hotel Accommodations

Information about lodging and hotel accommodations will be sent by email after registration. ADA accessible guest rooms are available at the DoubleTree by Hilton.


Indoor meeting spaces, corridors, and restrooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton are wheelchair accessible. 

Language interpretation services to be made available upon request. Please inform us upon registration if you will require language interpretation in order to enjoy this conference.


Non-Member (General Public) Not a member? Join today!

  • $375 before March 16, 2020
  • $425 after March 16
  • $475 after April 15

NYSCASA Member (Individual, Student, Ally Organization members)

  • $275 before March 16, 2020
  • $325 after March 16
  • $375 after April 15

NYSCASA Member (Rape Crisis Program members)

  • $175 before March 16, 2020
  • $225 after March 16
  • $275 after April 15

A limited number of scholarships are available. To inquire, please email,

Registration closes on May 15, 2020.