2021 UVU Conference on Domestic Violence

(Intimate Partner - Dating - Interpersonal)

Friday, April 2, 2021 – Virtual Conference

Opening Keynote – Leslie Morgan Steiner (9 AM - 10 AM | Live-Stream)

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)

Enhancing Advocacy Through a Healing Centered Approach (Part 1) – Olga Trujillo, JD & Quenette L. Walton, Ph.D., LCSW (Live-Streamed)

Over the last 10 years the family violence field has incorporated a trauma informed approach to its work with survivors. While making services and responses more accessible, a trauma informed lens sees the survivor from the perspective of the worst things that have happened to them.  Although trauma informed services can be helpful, it’s still limited in providing opportunities for healing as survivors rebuild their lives. In contrast, a healing centered approach  incorporates a trauma informed lens while also centering the survivor’s cultural identity and strengths. This holistic approach to advocacy creates an environment where survivors have opportunities for healing. 

These workshop sessions will explore how advocates and responders can take a healing centered approach with survivors of domestic violence. Through case studies, the presenters will examine why cultural identity is so important and explore strategies advocates may take that sustain connection and centers cultural identity and individual strengths at its foundation. Together, these strategies support healing and resilience. The workshops offer practical guidance for advocates to move toward a healing centered approach, not just trauma informed.

**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 the Risks of Stalking – Andi Tremonte (Live-Streamed)

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. 

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

Enhancing Advocacy Through a Healing Centered Approach (Part 2) – Olga Trujillo, JD & Quenette L. Walton, Ph.D., LCSW (Live-Streamed)

Over the last 10 years the family violence field has incorporated a trauma informed approach to its work with survivors. While making services and responses more accessible, a trauma informed lens sees the survivor from the perspective of the worst things that have happened to them.  Although trauma informed services can be helpful, it’s still limited in providing opportunities for healing as survivors rebuild their lives. In contrast, a healing centered approach incorporates a trauma informed lens while also centering the survivor’s cultural identity and strengths. This holistic approach to advocacy creates an environment where survivors have opportunities for healing. 


This extended workshop will explore how advocates and responders can take a healing centered approach with survivors of domestic violence. Through case studies, the presenters will examine why cultural identity is so important and explore strategies advocates may take that sustain connection and centers cultural identity and individual strengths at its foundation. Together, these strategies support healing and resilience. The workshops offer practical guidance for advocates to move toward a healing centered approach, not just trauma informed.

**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
(Live-Streamed)

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. 

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

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

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)

Active Shooter Preparedness – Adam Koeneman & Barry Burnettte, Jr., JD (Live-Streamed)

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. 

Strangulation & Interpersonal Violence (IPV) – Trish Crump, BSN, RN, SANE-A (Live-Streamed)

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.  

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

 

Working with 2S & LGBTQIA+ Survivors – Andi Tremonte (Live-Streamed)

During this session, Andi will review how intersectionality and privilege affects 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. 

Preventing Abuse from the Inside Out – Becky Ivory (Live-Streamed)

In a world where 1-in-5 girls and 1-in-20 boys will be sexually abused before turning 18, 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.