Symposium focuses on safer future for domestic violence survivors

(August 24, 2010) Lawyers, social workers, and others committed to working to end domestic violence will gather for two days of intensive and cutting-edge panels and workshops at Seattle University School of Law.

The Second Annual Washington State Domestic Violence Symposium, "Focus Forward: Creating Safer Futures for DV Survivors and Children," is a collaborative symposium for civil attorneys, prosecutors, law enforcement, advocates, judges, scholars, law students, social workers, batterer intervention providers, and others in the field. The symposium is Sept. 9 and 10 at Seattle University's Piggott Auditorium and Sullivan Hall.

More than 350 people are expected to attend the multi-disciplinary program, which features nationally renowned experts to discuss the symposium's critical themes of the effectiveness of domestic violence assessments; the risks and consequences for children who witness domestic violence; and research and practice developments. 

"Domestic violence is not just a legal problem," said Jane Stoever, an assistant professor at Seattle University who directs the law school's Domestic Violence Clinic and helped organize the program. "It's a widespread and complex health and social problem. The symposium provides a unique opportunity to bring people together to talk about solutions. We are looking for new, more effective tools to address an old problem, and the solution requires an interdisciplinary response."

 Featured speakers include Jacquelyn Campbell, Danger Assessment, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing; Grant Harris, Mental Health Centre, Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada; Professor Margaret E. Johnson, Co-Director, Center on Applied Feminism, University of Baltimore School of Law; Betsy McAllister-Groves, Child Witness to Violence Project, Boston Medical Center; Professor Joan Meier, DV Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project, George Washington University Law School; Anne L. Ganley, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Washington, Sgt. Greg Stewart, Portland Police Bureau; and the Honorable Joan DuBuque, King County Superior Court.

The conference is sponsored by the School of Law and its Domestic Violence Clinic, King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office; King County DV and Child Maltreatment Coordinated Response Project; Seattle City Attorney's Office; and Violence Against Women Act STOP (Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors) grants from King County and the Washington State Gender & Justice Commission.

 Find more information and register.  

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