Law school hosts symposium on improving domestic violence response

(August 16, 2011) Seattle University School of Law will host the third annual comprehensive symposium examining problems related to domestic violence on Sept. 8 and 9. "Learning to Listen, Listening to Learn: Improving Domestic Violence Response" brings together attorneys, scholars, students, judges, law enforcement, social workers, advocates, batterer intervention providers, and others in the field to focus on listening to survivors and work on solutions to this chronic social and legal problem.

The multi-disciplinary conference includes two days of plenary and concurrent sessions with nationally recognized experts, including Associate Dean Deborah Epstein, director of Georgetown University Law Center's Domestic Violence Clinic and co-author of "Listening to Battered Women: A Survivor-Centered Approach to Advocacy, Mental Health, and Justice"; and those on the front line, such as King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Maurice Classen, who lost his mother, EveAnn Classen, to domestic violence; and Jeffrey Greipp, attorney advisor with AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women. 

Concurrent session speakers include Professor Amy Bonomi (Ohio State University); Connie Burke and Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, authors of "Trauma Stewardship, an Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others"; Dr. Marnee Milner; Professor Jane Stoever (Seattle University); and the K&L Gates Electronic Evidence Team.

Under the symposium's theme of listening to survivors, sessions will address topics such as multi-abuse trauma, secondary trauma, stalking and technology, responses in marginalized communities, de-escalating crisis in high-risk incidents, intimidation of domestic violence survivors, and children exposed to domestic violence.

"Social science research shows that a survivor is his or her own best expert on his or her safety, and that listening to the survivor and taking the survivor's wishes into account increase the individual's safety," said Assistant Professor Jane Stoever of Seattle University School of Law's Domestic Violence Clinic, one of the organizers. "Listening is key to improving our domestic violence response, and we look forward to exploring what a heightened commitment to listening means across disciplines."

View the complete agenda and register.

In addition to the law school's Domestic Violence Clinic and Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, co-sponsors include the City of Seattle Department of Community and Human Services; the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office; the King County DV and Child Maltreatment Coordinated Response Project; and Violence Against Women Act STOP (Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors) grants from King County and the Washington State Gender and Justice Commission.

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