2020 UVU Conference on Domestic Violence

(Intimate Partner - Dating - Interpersonal)

Friday, April 10, 2020 – Sorensen Student Center,

Utah Valley University

Opening Keynote – Leslie Morgan Steiner (Grande Ballroom – 9 am)

Leslie Morgan Steiner is an author, consultant, and thought leader on women’s leadership, work-life balance, inspirational parenting, overcoming adversity, and surviving violence against women. She recently completed her fourth nonfiction work, The Naked Truth, a memoir that explores female aging and sexuality after motherhood and divorce. Her 2009 memoir about surviving domestic violence, Crazy Love, was a New York Times bestseller, People Pick, Book of the Week for The Week magazine, and the subject of the first TED Talk by a domestic violence survivor.

Steiner has been a guest on the Today Show, National Public Radio, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, MSNBC, and has been profiled by Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Elle, Parenting, Parents, Self, Glamour, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. She holds a BA in English from Harvard College. In addition to years as a nonfiction magazine writer and editor, Steiner has an MBA degree in marketing from the Wharton School of Business. She returned to her hometown of Washington, D.C., in 2001 to become General Manager of the 1.1 million circulation Washington Post Magazine.

Over the years, she has turned her professional experience into advocacy for abused women as a spokeswoman at The Harriet Tubman Center in Minneapolis, and as a board member for The One Love Foundation and DC Volunteer Lawyers Project.

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

Exploring Trauma & Dissociation (Part 1) – Olga Trujillo, JD (Ragan Theatre)

Olga Trujillo is a survivor of child physical, sexual abuse, and rape. These experiences created a range of mental health disorders that made her vulnerable to further victimization and unaware of the issues she had to maneuver on a daily basis. After undergoing an intense journey to understand the impact violence had on her life, she began to address the challenges she faced from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), Panic & Anxiety Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression. In this extended workshop, Olga will bring her lived experience of violence into the room to help participants explore how they may enhance trauma-informed response. Participants will assess how they address the issues of trauma and DID and examine how to improve their responses.

**THIS IS AN EXTENDED WORKSHOP offered in two parts. This Workshop will conclude at 12:30 pm. This session is appropriate for all audiences. 

Understanding Mental Health Impact & Treatment – Janey Nelson, LCSW (Centre Stage)

Domestic Violence leads to multiple possible mental health issues such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, and many others. It can also lead to self-blame, guilt, and shame, all of which affect an individual’s picture of themselves. This presentation will give a brief explanation of how using Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) helps with the mental health issues that come from domestic violence, and can assist in changing the picture that survivors have of themselves - which can help them move from surviving to thriving. The Veterans Administration has recognized ART, Department of Defense, and SAMHSA as best practices for PTSD. Learn how it can benefit those you work and interact with.

This session is appropriate for all audiences. 

Preventing Abuse from the Inside Out – Becky Ivory (SC 213 AB)

In a world where 1-in-5 children are sexually abused before they turn 19, parents and caring adults everywhere are searching for answers that will keep our children safe…and stop them from becoming a part of this terrifying statistic. Participants attending this session will be introduced to 5 simple guidelines that can help by establishing simple and effective boundaries around and within our children. Join Becky as she describes these boundaries, and how they can significantly increase safety, empowerment and provide inner peace and success.

This session is appropriate for all audiences. 

How Increasing Awareness and Understanding in the Community Can Combat Domestic Violence – Becca Kearl (SC 206 ABC)

Engaging the public is a critical piece of the fight against domestic violence. The CourtWatch Pilot Program launched in Provo in January of 2019 with a two-fold mission: 1 – increase transparency between courts and the public by collecting data on cases dealing with domestic violence and sexual assault, and 2 – increase the awareness and understanding within the community. During the year, over 1000 court proceedings were observed by volunteers, and hundreds of conversations were generated. This session will share key findings and takeaways from the courts as well as the impact of the volunteer experience. Attendees will walk away with concrete tools to engage in meaningful conversations individually – or as part of an organization.

This session is appropriate for all audiences. 

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

Exploring Trauma & Dissociation (Part 2) – Olga Trujillo, JD (Ragan Theatre)

Olga Trujillo is a survivor of child physical, sexual abuse, and rape. These experiences created a range of mental health disorders that made her vulnerable to further victimization and unaware of the issues she had to maneuver on a daily basis. After undergoing an intense journey to understand the impact violence had on her life, she began to address the challenges she faced from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), Panic & Anxiety Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression. In this extended workshop, Olga will bring her lived experience of violence into the room to help participants explore how they may enhance trauma-informed response. Participants will assess how they address the issues of trauma and DID and examine how to improve their responses.

**THIS IS AN EXTENDED WORKSHOP offered in two parts. This is Part 2 of the workshop. This session is appropriate for all audiences. 

Domestic Violence: From Law Enforcement to Adjudication – Diego Garcia, Detective; Dawna Whiting, Victim Advocate; Suzanne Smith, Victim Advocate; Lt. Cameron Paul, Division Commander
(Centre Stage)

One common pattern consistently seen is a lack of knowledge as to what actually constitutes domestic violence/intimate partner violence, according to the Utah State Code. Many individuals are not fully aware of what a domestic violence investigation may include and do not fully understand some of the laws that are in place for the victim both during the investigation and after. Understanding available resources such as no-contact orders, child protective orders, ex-parte protective orders, etc. can be very confusing. Having a better understanding is critical. This presentation will demonstrate the full gamut of a general law enforcement investigation from initial response to adjudication. Presenters will use a mock investigation to discuss the cohabitant abuse act, the offenses that carry a domestic violence attachment, the laws that govern interaction with police and involved parties, various court orders that could be imposed, and possible navigation through the court.

This session is appropriate for all audiences. 

Strangulation and Interpersonal Violence (IPV) – Trish Crump, RN, SANE-A (SC 213 AB)

Strangulation and Interpersonal Violence (IPV), impacts all professionals working on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking cases. Having a good understanding of treatment protocol for the nursing process can be critical for the patient, law enforcement, victim advocates, and other community partners. Join Trish as she reviews what strangulation is, why it’s one of the most lethal forms of interpersonal violence, and why women who have been strangled are seven times more likely to become a victim of homicide (Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2008). Victims of strangulation may have no visible physical injuries - yet due to the lack of oxygen and brain damage, other severe internal injuries may occur. Additionally, she will explain what constitutes Interpersonal Violence (IPV) and how both strangulation and IPV are forms of power and control that can have both physical and psychological effects on victims.

This session is appropriate for all audiences. 

Working with 2S & LGBTQIA+ Survivors – Andi Tremonte (SC 206ABC)

During this session, Andi will review how intersectionality and privilege affect underserved survivors, focusing on the LGBTQ+ community. Specifically, this training will focus on different abuse tactics, barriers to services/how to eliminate those barriers, as well as other ways to increase accessibility for 2S & LGBTQIA+ survivors.

This session is appropriate for all audiences. 

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch, Exhibit, Book-Signing, & Student Poster Presentations
Grande Ballroom and Commons Area

Plenary Session – Ali Crandall, Ph.D., MPH: Counter-ACEs (Grande Ballroom – 1:30 pm- 2:30 pm)

This presentation will cover three main areas. 1) An overview of the results recent BYU counter-ACE studies and its application to violence and mental health; 2) A discussion of how these results can be applied to practice settings (e.g., county health departments, counseling, therapy, non-profits, etc.) and also in the community; and 3) Provide a synthesis of some best practice efforts to reduce ACEs and increase counter-ACEs. Ultimately, we hope that participants come away with an understanding of practical solutions to addressing adverse childhood experiences and a hopeful approach to reducing poor health and improving wellbeing.

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions (2:45 pm – 3:45 pm)

Understanding the Risks of Stalking – Andi Tremonte (Ragan Theatre)

Domestic violence stalkers are commonly considered to be one of the most potentially deadly offenders. Because of the high lethality rates associated with domestic violence stalkers, the response needed to help victims requires careful consideration and individualized care. This training details Utah’s definition of stalking, stalking behaviors to look for, the lethality rates in connection with domestic violence stalking, as well as specific laws put in place to aid victims and actions individuals can take to ensure the victim’s safety.

This session is appropriate for all audiences. 

A Survivor’s Story: Navigating the Effects of Complex Trauma – Kimberli Kocherhans (Centre Stage)

Join Kimberli as she shares a brief personal history of experience with human trafficking, domestic violence and torture, and the resulting trauma responses. This session will cover the brain’s response to trauma – what is happening inside the brain, and during a trigger response, and what one might expect to encounter with someone in trauma. Participants will also review ways to navigate intervention and the healing journey better.

This session is appropriate for all audiences but may have particular interest for professionals and first responders.  

IPV – The Basics – Leslie Forbush, RN, MSN (SC 213 AB)

What is IPV (interpersonal violence)? Who is affected by IPV? How should we screen for IPV? These are all basic and fundamental questions, and it’s often assumed that the answers are common knowledge. But not everyone is as familiar as we may think. Leslie will provide answers to questions that often go unanswered. She will define IPV, and discuss the long-term mental and physical impact of IPV trauma. She will specifically address the healthcare provider’s role in screening for IPV (studies show that when screening occurs, IPV reports go up by 800%) and how to coordinate referrals to community resources. The session will also address mandatory reportable requirements when IPV is disclosed to a healthcare provider.

This session is appropriate for all audiences, but may be of particular interest to healthcare providers. 

Active Shooter Preparedness – Adam Koeneman and Barry Burnette, Jr., JD (SC 206 ABC)

Active shooter incidents, in many cases, occur during domestic violence situations. They often have no pattern or method to the selection of victims beyond the intended target. In the middle of the chaos, anyone with the right knowledge and training can play an integral role in mitigating the impact of an active shooter incident. This scenario-based session will feature engaged discussion intended to inform participants on the best practices associated with identifying potential threats – and preparing for (and responding to) an active shooter incident.

This session is appropriate for all audiences.