2022 UVU Conference on Domestic Violence

(Intimate Partner - Dating - Interpersonal)

Friday, April 2, 2021 – Virtual Conference

Opening Keynote – Mildred Muhammad

Mildred D. Muhammad is an award-winning, recognized keynote speaker, international expert speaker for the US Dept. of State, a certified consultant with the Office on Victims of Crime, CNN contributor, domestic abuse survivor, advocate, author, trainer, and educator traveling and speaking on a national and international platform to discuss her life of terror, abuse, and heartache, all while promoting domestic violence awareness and prevention.

 

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Morning Concurrent Sessions 1 (10:15 am – 11:15 am)

Safety Planning with Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence with Christiana Wagstaff and Greg Olney

Safety planning is one of the foundations of meaningful, survivor-centered advocacy. This presentation will cover the theory behind safety planning and how to do it well in real life. This is helpful for anyone who works closely with victims/survivors, particularly victim advocates and those looking for a fresh perspective on a classic advocacy technique. Christiana will also cover conducting a risk/danger assessment, safety planning with children, emotional safety planning, and technology safety.

This session is appropriate for all audiences. 

Navigating Legal Services with Jason Fida and Tatiana Christensen

Join Jason and Tatiana as they outline the different services available to victims of domestic violence, and how to get legal assistance. Participants in this session will learn about the different types of protections available under Utah law, and the free civil legal services that Utah Legal Services offers to low-income individuals who qualify. Jason and Tatiana will be discussing the following:

  • Cohabitant Protective Orders
  • Dating Violence Protective Orders
  • Sexual Violence Protective Orders
  • Stalking Injunctions
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody Cases

This session is appropriate for all audiences. 

Encircle: Cultural Humility with Camlyn Giddins

Encircle’s Cultural Humility training covers information on resources, terms, and research on best practices for understanding and working with those in the LGBTQ+ community. And, of course, there will be plenty of space for questions and discussions.

This session is appropriate for all audiences. 

In Her Shoes: Economic Justice (Part 1) with Holly Johnson and Francesca Matern

This is an extended workshop offered in 2 parts. Part one will present a simulation experience. Part two will provide time for a debriefing of the simulation and discussion. The Economic Justice version of In Her Shoes will increase awareness of the additional struggles survivors face when they are financially struggling. The perspective of the person causing harm is also represented in this session. With this powerful community education tool, participants move, do, think and experience the lives of survivors.

This is an extended workshop, presented in 2 Parts. This session is appropriate for all audiences.

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Morning Concurrent Sessions 2 (11:30 am – 12:30 pm)

 

The Utah Justice System: An Overview with Carl Hollan

Due to the unique nature of domestic violence offenses, the number of statutes and rules that affect domestic violence are numerous and found in various locations in the Utah State Code and Rules of Evidence or Procedure. Many are unfamiliar with the entire body of legal authorities in the State of Utah, which results in significant confusion and frustration when this body and the law combine which can produce results that fail to protect survivors or the community. Join Carl as he brings his seven years of experience as a felony prosecutor focusing on domestic violence and crimes against women and children, and his significant specialized training on domestic violence crimes, trauma-informed approaches to discussions with victims, and experience in several jury trials on domestic violence crimes to help us all understand the ins and outs of Domestic Violence and the Utah Justice System.

This session is appropriate for all audiences.

How Can Caregivers Build Strength and Resilience in Children Who Have Experienced Domestic Violence? With Kelli Stout and Amberly Bateman

Domestic violence impacts all who live within its walls, including the children in that situation. Often these children have an increased struggle when their non-offending caregiver cannot provide the support and attachment needed in the healing process. Out of protection or worry for their caregiver, children typically try to deal with their emotions and symptoms independently. It can be challenging for caregivers to create or uphold this crucial bond with their children while dealing with their own trauma at the same time. However, studies have shown that children can overcome the effects of trauma better when they feel safety, support, and connection from even one caregiver in their life. This presentation will discuss the importance of empowering caregivers within their own healing process to create a safe environment and strong attachment for their children to heal as well. We will be using research and examples from clients’ real-life experiences to help teach practical skills for building strength and resilience in children. There will be a discussion and a sharing of ideas to help improve and add to attendee’s skills.

This session is appropriate for all audiences.

In Her Shoes: Economic Justice (Part 2) with Holly Johnson and Francesca Matern

This is an extended workshop offered in 2 parts. Part one will present a simulation experience. Part two will provide time for a debriefing of the simulation and discussion. The Economic Justice version of In Her Shoes will increase awareness of the additional struggles survivors face when they are financially struggling. The perspective of the person causing harm is also represented in this session. With this powerful community education tool, participants move, do, think and experience the lives of survivors.

This is an extended workshop, presented in 2 Parts. This session is appropriate for all audiences.

 

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12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch, Exhibit Fair, & Student Poster Presentations

Plenary Session (1:30 pm – 2:30 pm)

Cassidy DuHadway: How Safe Becomes Unsafe -Understanding the Subconscious and Lifelong Effects of Domestic Violence Through a Deeper Understanding of Trauma

During this session, Cassidy DuHadway will explore the deeper subconscious impacts of Trauma that create our subconscious belief systems that guide our daily behaviors, thoughts, and emotions. Cassidy will discuss the rupture of attachment through Domestic Violence, which leads individuals to create adaptive responses that have helped them survive and may develop into necessary maladaptive behaviors. We will review how this deeper understanding allows us to shift our language and understanding, which will enable us to create safer and de-shaming environments for victims/survivors at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels of our society. Attendees will also walk away with an understanding of the importance of trauma-specific healing modalities, like EMDR, for all DV victims and survivors.

This session is appropriate for all audiences.

Afternoon Concurrent Session

Part 1 (2:45 pm – 3:45 pm)

Part 2 (4pm – 5pm)

Not Always the Case: A Panel Conversation Part 1 and Part 2 with Christiana Wagstaff

An experimental and interactive panel discussion highlighting the barriers victims face while navigating the criminal justice system, their limited options in the legal process, and the support available.

This session is appropriate for all audiences.

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions (4:00 pm – 5:00 pm)

 

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