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Webinar Archive:  Reentry Series


A Second Chance: The Kentucky Domestic Violence Associations's Reentry Coaching Project

Webinar date:  May 29, 2013


This webinar gives an overview of the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association's (KDVA) 2nd Chance Coaching Project, a mentoring project for reentering women. The Coaching Project, funded by a grant from the Second Chance Act, is a unique collaboration of a state domestic violence coalition, local domestic violence programs, and other key individuals and programs. The webinar includes a Project description, details about Project implementation, and the importance of including formerly incarcerated women as part of the work. This webinar presents one model of providing services to reentering women and is designed to create dialogue among domestic violence advocates who provide services or are considering providing services to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated battered women.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the history of KDVA's work with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated battered women;

  • Discuss the structure of the KDVA 2nd Chance Coaching Project;

  • Share successes and challenges in implementation of the KDVA 2nd Chance Coaching Project;

  • Discuss the importance of the inclusion of formerly incarcerated women in doing the work and facilitating groups; and

  • Strategize with advocates on how to create their own projects for reentering and incarcerated battered women.

About the Presenters

LeTonia A. Jones, MSW has been an activist and advocate working in the area of ending violence against women and girls for 15 years. She received her MSW from the University of Kentucky in 2004. Currently, Ms. Jones is employed as the Advocacy Programs Administrator and the 2nd Chance Coaching Project Director for the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association.  Ms. Jones also serves as an expert witness in cases involving domestic violence, lobbies, and leads the KDVA Women and Incarceration Project that includes clemency work. She also builds collaborations using the arts as a tool to end violence against women and girls.

Loretta Gilmore, CSW has been a domestic violence advocate and activist for 5 years. Ms. Gilmore received her MSW from the University of Kentucky in 2011, graduating in advance standing. She has been employed at the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program in Lexington, KY since 2008, where she began as a practicum student. Since that time, she has fulfilled the role of resident manager, administrative supervisor, student internship supervisor, family advocate, and now she is the 2nd Chance Coaching Coordinator. Ms. Gilmore was licensed as a CSW since 2011 and is currently practicing clinical social work under supervision.

Antoinette M. Johnson is a formerly incarcerated survivor. She has extensive knowledge of the issue of domestic violence and the incarceration of battered women because she has lived and overcome both. In her role as a consultant to the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, Ms. Johnson serves as a speaker on their Formerly Incarcerated Women's Speaker's Bureau and a group facilitator for the KDVA 2nd Chance Coaches' Project. Ms. Johnson also advocates on behalf of those like her and shares her personal experience with youth groups, university students, and others interested in ending domestic violence.  Currently, Ms. Johnson is pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice and resides in Louisville, KY.

Click here to access recording, which includes the PowerPoint. A copy of the PowerPoint (and any other documents from the webinar) is available by clicking here.

Click here to access recording (which includes the PowerPoint). 


A copy of the PowerPoint (and any other documents from the webinar) is available by clicking here.

This webinar series is supported by Grant No. 2011-TA-AX-K129 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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