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17th Annual Domestic Violence Council Conference To Educate and Empower Participants

National Experts to Provide Workshops, Information on Resources and Services

The Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council presents the 2010 Conference on Risk Assessment & Domestic Violence: A Shared Understanding across Disciplines. This conference explores factors involved in modern assessment of risks from the individual, first responder, court system, community agencies and healthcare perspectives, including decisions regarding probation and visitation. A Family Justice Center model will demonstrate collaborations between agencies to evaluate risk. The conference will reveal the results of the first County pilot study on evidence based first responder lethality assessment. Organizers will voice a call to action for review of California Law and improvements.

County of Santa Clara Domestic Violence Council
County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy
Professionals addressing domestic violence, judges, law enforcement representatives
Advocates and concerned residents
Keynote Speakers:
Jackie Campbell
, PhD, RN, FAAN, Anna D. Woolf Chair and professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and Bloomberg School of Public Health
Gael Strack, JD., Chief Executive Officer of the National Family Justice Center Alliance
Champion of Peace Award Honorees:
Superior Court Judge Katherine Lucero
Los Gatos Police Captain Alana Forrest

Friday, October 15, 2010 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Santa Clara Marriott Hotel, 2700 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, CA

Domestic violence is a very serious threat to women’s well-being. In 2009, there were 4,721 domestic violence related calls for assistance to the police, and authorities identified 11 domestic violence related deaths. Three children lost their lives and one child lost both parents because of these deadly acts. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office reviewed 4,538 criminal domestic violence complaints, and issued charges in 2,686 cases. Nineteen percent of domestic violence cases reviewed involved female suspects.

County agencies and community-based organizations continue to collaborate to provide emergency shelters, around-the-clock crisis hotlines, legal assistance support, and protection services for victims. Free continuing Education Credit will be offered for MFT, LCSW, RN, JD for those who register and attend the whole program.

Registration fee $100. Register by mail. For more information contact (408) 294-0006 or email

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Carla Collins, Office of Women’s Policy (408) 299-5152
Posted: October 13, 2010