Past Conferences

UVU Conference on Ending Domestic Violence 2018

Opening Keynote – Victor Rivas Rivers

Ben Aldana

A veteran film star, best-selling author, renowned advocate for violence prevention, and the first Cuban-born football player to land a tryout with the Miami Dolphins, Victor Rivas Rivers has come a long way since being an abused, angry gang member. In fact, given his violent upbringing, few of those achievements were ever likely. If not for individuals in his community who were willing to take a stand on his behalf, Rivers doubts he would be alive today. In his beautifully crafted memoir, A Private Family Matter: A Memoir, and the upcoming sequel, A Public Family Matter: Journey of An Accidental Activist, Rivers shares his remarkable life story with the world. Now one of the most well-known domestic violence activists, Rivers uses his voice to advocate for the safety all women and children.

Afternoon Plenary Session – Lundy Bancroft

Dr. H. Westley Clark

Lundy Bancroft has thirty years' experience specializing in interventions for abusive men and their families. He has authored five books in the field, including the U.S.'s best-selling book on domestic violence, Why Does He Do That?, and the national prizewinner The Batterer as Parent. Lundy is the former Training Director of Emerge, the nation’s first counseling program for men who batter, and was involved in over 2000 cases as counselor and clinical supervisor. He has also served extensively as a custody evaluator, child abuse investigator, and expert witness. Lundy appears across the continent as a presenter for court personnel, child protective workers, mental health providers, law enforcement officials, and other audiences. He is currently working on a play about battered women's experiences with the child custody system, called "Forbidden to Protect".

Darrell Bingham

Klinton Lane Brearton

Darrell Bingham is a Criminal Justice professional with 20 years of experience as a certified law enforcement officer, a director of substance abuse/domestic violence treatment programs, and a senior treatment counselor in the field of juvenile justice. Darrell has used his education and training as an expert witness, a legislative consultant, a developer of behavior programs and as an adjunct professor at UVU.

Justin Boardman

Lana Dalton

Retired Detective Justin Boardman, Law Enforcement for 15 years, all with the West Valley City Police Department. Justin had a very diverse career. His first eight years were spent as a patrol officer. He was assigned for seven years to the Special Victim’s Unit. Justin co-authored (with Donna Kelly Esq.) a Trauma Informed Interview protocol for adult victims of trauma. This new protocol uses the Neurobiology of Trauma to gain additional information to be used in the investigation. This process has been studied and has shown to increase prosecutions along with procedure changes.

Victoria Choate, LCSW

Erika Hummel

Developing an interest in clinical work and emotional dysregulation while a student at the University of Utah, Victoria has trained and worked in Dialectical Behavior Therapy over the last three years. Populations served include, primarily, borderline personality disorder, and depression, anxiety, and experiences of isolation and disconnection. Additionally, the incorporation of mindfulness study and training into her practice have allowed her the privilege of seeing clients’ lives change!

Chief Darren Falslev

Paul Cactus Jack LeMar

Darren Falslev has been in law enforcement for over 30 years and is currently service as the Chief of Police for the American Fork Police Department. During his time, Chief Falslev has served in a vast array of roles and capacities, many of which have involved administrative duties and leadership. Most recently, Chief Falslev has been working with department members to further develop and implement a domestic violence high-risk department protocol to better serve and assist victims of domestic violence and intimate partner abuse. Chief Falslev has a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice.

Kathy Franchek-Roa, MD

Allie Hunter McDade

Dr. Kathleen Franchek-Roa is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University Of Utah School Of Medicine. Through her leadership work in education and involvement on numerous domestic violence committees, she has led the healthcare effort in transforming the medical response to victims of abuse, neglect and exploitation through understanding the principles of trauma-informed care.

April T. Giauque

Christian Moore

April T Giauque is the mother of 9 children - 5 of which have special needs: 4 with Autism, 1 who is Deaf, and 1 of her deaf children has Autism. April has her Master’s degree in Special Education. She is a frequent Keynote speaker, sharing her heroic story of survival from an abusive marriage with a former husband who has mental illness. April shares a story that gives hope and light to others to overcome their challenges with abuse, mental illness, and addiction. She lives near Austin TX with her large family.

Jeff Hendricks


Jeff Hendricks is a teacher with over 25 years of classroom experience working the ‘at risk’ individuals in K-Adult Education. Jeff is certified in K-12 Special Education, English, ESL, Adult Education, Administration, Suicide Prevention, Addiction, TABE, GED, and is Behavior and Healthy Lifestyles trained. He uses these certifications and training in public education, corrections, and transition-college and career-ready programs.

Kortney Hughes

Ben Pearson

Kortney Hughes is a strong community and social services professional working as the Victim Services Program Coordinator/Grant Manager for the Provo City Police Department, Provo, Utah. As a victim's rights advocate, Kortney participates on many community committees and with organizations that address victim/perpetrator issues and was recently presented the 2017 Utah Law Enforcement Advocate of the Year award. Kortney is a regionally sought-after presenter and consultant on victim services best practices, policy & procedure, grant management, strangulation awareness, and other related topics.

Travis Labrum, LCSW, PhD

Denise F. Quirk

Travis Labrum is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Social Work at the University of Wyoming. He researches family violence by persons with serious mental illness as well as the familial relationships of persons with serious mental illness more broadly. Upon completing his MSW in 2007, he worked full-time as a therapist at a forensic community mental health center for 6 years.

Kathrine Parnell, MSW, LCSW

Kathrine Parnell

Kathrine was raised on the central coast of California, and following graduation from California State University, Bakersfield with her Masters Degree in Social Work made her way to Utah. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker she has worked extensively with adults and children recovering from a wide spectrum of traumatic events, including interpersonal violence. A survivor of domestic violence, she is adept at identifying indicators that a person may be involved in, or recovering from, a violent relationship. She also has worked extensively with children and families in the foster care and adoption setting, patients undergoing treatment for cancer, and individuals on the autism spectrum. Kathrine makes her home with her husband and four of their seven children in South Jordan, and visits as often as possible with the three who are grown and live independently.

Lt. Cameron Paul

Cindy Simon

Cameron Paul has been in law enforcement for nine years and currently serves as the Investigations Division Commander in the American Fork Police Department. Lt. Paul has served in multiple areas of law enforcement, including: patrol, S.W.A.T., motors, investigations, traffic, and others. Lt. Paul has led and supervised multiple complex and high-profile domestic violence-related investigations involving homicides, attempted homicides, aggravated assaults, and others. Lt. Paul has a bachelor’s degree in Social Justice and a master’s degree in public administration.

R. Keith Perkins

Travis Visser

Keith Perkins is the Founding Attorney and Executive Director of the Never Again Foundation Legal Services, a groundbreaking non-profit legal charity dedicated to stopping killers from profiting from murder. Keith’s passion created the first and most successful legal organization of its kind in the nation – winning multiple cases for crime victims totaling over $288 million. He is the primary author of the strongest Slayer Statute in the nation. Keith is widely recognized as a leader of pioneering the cutting edge of legal practice dedicated to helping crime victims obtain hope, justice, and healing through civil judgments against criminals.

Katie Sutton

Melissa Warner

Katie is a domestic violence victim advocate at Hill Air Force Base. She has worked and volunteered in the human services field for 20 years, providing victim advocacy, as well as advocating for policy change at local, state, and national levels. Katie has been training other advocates and allied professionals for many years on topics related to domestic and sexual violence, child abuse and stalking. Katie has presented at many statewide and national conferences, and has received several honors, including Advocate of the Year, and recognition from the Pentagon. She received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, with an emphasis in Criminology and Corrections, from the University of Utah. Katie is also a nationally credentialed advocate through NOVA and is a Veteran of the United States Army.

UVU Conference on Ending Domestic Violence 2018 Presenter Materials

Escaping the Suffocating Darkness of Abuse with April T. Giauque

Addressing Domestic Violence Trauma by Questioning Labels with Darrell Bingham and Jeff Hendricks

Mental Illness and Family Violence with Travis Labrum, LCSW, PhD

Impact of Childhood Exposure to IPV and other ACEs on the Health and Wellbeing throughout the Lifespan with Kathy Franchek-Roa, MD

Behavioral Impact of Emotional Dysregulation with Victoria Choate

Stopping Criminals from profiting from their Crimes with R. Keith Perkins, Attorney at Law