Real Safety: Domestic Violence Conference

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Real Safety: Domestic Violence Conference

November 4, 2013 | 8:30AM - 5:00PM

Hosted by the Silberman School of Social Work
at Hunter College

2180 3rd Avenue at 119th Street New York, NY

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Keynote Speaker: Jill Davies, Esq.

Attorney Jill Davies is a nationally recognized domestic violence expert known for her leadership in conceiving and developing the victim-defined approach to advocacy. She has written and consulted extensively on domestic violence advocacy, safety planning, poverty, and legal issues. Ms. Davies currently serves as deputy director of Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Inc. and director of Building Comprehensive Solutions to Domestic Violence, a key initiative of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. She recently co-authored Domestic Violence Advocacy: Complex Lives/Difficult Choices, available from Sage Publications in September 2013.

Speaker: Tamron Hall

Tamron Hall is an award-winning journalist, the host of MSNBC’s ‘NewsNation,’ and a frequent addition to NBC’s ‘TODAY’ and ‘Weekend TODAY.’ Ms. Hall often advocates for victims of crime and their families through her reporting, and has worked with several charitable organizations to advocate against domestic violence. The tragic death of her sister, who was killed as a result of intimate partner violence in 2004, was the topic of her narrative piece on in 2010. For her honesty and diligence in bringing attention to the underreported, pervasive issues of domestic and dating violence, Ms. Hall has become a valuable public voice for the cause. She grew up in Luling, Texas, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Temple University.

Real Safety: Domestic Violence Conference

Monday, November 4, 2013 | 8:30AM – 5:00PM

Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work
2180 3rd Avenue at 119th Street New York, NY


8:30 - 9:00AM


9:00 - 9:25AM

Welcoming remarks

  • Ariel Zwang, CEO, Safe Horizon
  • Jacqueline B. Montros, Dean, Silberman School of Social Work (invited)
  • Liz Roberts, Chief Program Officer, Safe Horizon

9:25 - 10:25AM

Keynote speech: Real Safety

  • Jill Davies, Esq.

10:25 - 10:35AM

Pairs Discussion

10:35 - 10:50AM


10:50 - Noon

Panel Discussion

  • Audrey Moore, Chief, Special Victims Unit, Manhattan District Attorney’s Office
  • Jacqueline McKnight, Deputy Commissioner, Family Support Services, Administration for Children’s Services
  • Maureen Curtis, Associate Vice President, Criminal Justice Programs, Safe Horizon

Noon - 1:15PM


1:15 - 2:30PM

Workshop Session A

2:30 - 2:45PM

Coffee break

2:45 - 4:00PM

Workshop Session B

4:10 - 5:00PM

Panel Discussion: Reflecting and Connecting, Practice and Policy Implications

5:00 - 5:30PM

Networking reception

Workshop Session A

1:15 – 2:30 pm

A1: Taking our heads out of the sand and the sand out of our mouths: Learning how and when to engage clients in dialogue about their abusive partners

Eri Kim, LMSW, Clinical Director, Community Programs
Amy Edelstein, LMSW, Manager, Staten Island Community Program
Safe Horizon

A2. Dangerousness assessments: Client-centered applications

Lauren Cattaneo, PhD, Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology
George Mason University

Maureen Curtis, Associate Vice President, Criminal Justice Programs
Safe Horizon

A3. Social and safe: Looking beyond social media to new technologies that provide support and safety to victims of violence

Moderator: Manoush Zomodi, NPR’s New Tech City

Emily May, Executive Director, Hollaback!
Katie Ray-Jones, President, National Domestic Violence Hotline
Andrew Sta. Ana, Supervising Attorney, Day One

A4. Survivors’ perspectives: What is client-centered practice?

A panel of domestic violence survivors, including former Safe Horizon clients and members of the Voices of Women organizing project, moderated by Kimmi Herring, Director, Brooklyn Community Program, Safe Horizon.

A5. Domestic violence among the military and veteran population: What does evidence-based and culturally responsive practice look like?

Mary Ann Forgey, Ph.D., LCSW, Associate Professor
Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service

A6. From trauma to triumph for children exposed to domestic violence

Ruth Forero, PhD, LCSW, Senior Director
Rachel Schiller, LCSW, Clinical Director
Victoria Dexter, PhD, LCSW, Vice President, Mental Health Treatment
Safe Horizon Counseling Center

A7. Client-centered advocacy in a criminal justice context

Jennifer DeCarli, Esq., LMSW, Executive Director, New York City Family Justice Center, Brooklyn Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence

Victoria Padilla, Director, Manhattan Family Court Program Safe Horizon

A8. Immigrant victims of domestic violence: Special challenges to client-centered advocacy

Moderator: Lynn Neugebauer, Director, Immigration Law Project, Safe Horizon

Julie Kim Richards, Director of Programs, NY Asian Women’s Center
Cecilia Gaston, Executive Director, Violence Intervention Program
Tiloma Jayasinghe, Executive Director, Sakhi for South Asian Women

Workshop Session B

2:45 – 4:00 pm

B1. What difference are we making? Documenting what we know

Anne Menard, Executive Director
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

B2. More than self-care: Addressing vicarious trauma at the organizational level

Sherina Davis, Trainer
Elizabeth Speck, Senior Director of Program Training
Safe Horizon

B3. Elder Abuse in three frames: Intimate partner violence, aging, and adult protection

Moderator: Patricia Brownell, PhD, LMSW, Associate Professor Emerita of Social Service, Fordham University

Tazuko Shibusawa, PhD, LCSW, Associate Dean and Director, MSW Program, Silver School of Social Work, New York University
Aurora Salamone, MA, Director, Elderly Crime Victims Resource Center, New York City Department for the Aging
Robin Roberts, LMSW, Multidisciplinary Team Coordinator, New York City Elder Abuse Center

B4. Promising survivor centered practices for working with LGBTQ and HIV-affected survivors of intimate partner violence

Catherine Shugrue dos Santos, MSW, Deputy Director
New York City Anti-Violence Project

B5. Exploring ways to help clients navigate the housing system in a client centered way

Kim Kavern, Director, Bronx Family Court Program
Safe Horizon

Catherine Trapani, Housing Link Director
New Destiny Housing

B6. High risk domestic violence cases: Effective strategies and confronting challenges

Wanda Lucibello, Chief, Special Victims Division
Kings County District Attorney’s Office

B7. Finding common ground: Coordinating mental health and legal services for DV survivors

Cynthia Domingo-Foraste, Director, Domestic Violence Law Project
Victoria Dexter, PhD, LCSW, Vice President of Mental Health Treatment, Safe Horizon Counseling Center
Safe Horizon

B8: Beyond the ‘identified client:’ A holistic approach to working with couples and families impacted by domestic violence

Eri Kim, LMSW, Clinical Director, Community Programs
Safe Horizon

Kerry Moles, Assistant Director, Division of Child Welfare & Family Services
The Children's Aid Society

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