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23rd Annual DV Conference - Friday, October 21, 2016

Published on: 10/20/2016 1:38 PM
The Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council will present its 23rd annual Domestic Violence Conference, Domestic Violence Across the Lifespan, on October 21, 2016 at the Santa Clara Marriott. Using a broad background of research that validates the extraordinary negative impact domestic violence can have on health and wellbeing, the conference will explore a number of areas, including identification of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and what they mean for long-term health of children, teens and elders. Our goal is to break out of our silos and use trauma informed strategies that build resiliency with our families.

For more than twenty years, we have been producing this well-attended and high quality conference during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We aim content at the wide range of interdisciplinary professionals who serve families impacted by domestic violence, including law enforcement, probation, criminal and civil attorneys, court staff, judges, mental health professionals, victim advocates, pre-trial services, child welfare professionals, educators and healthcare professionals. Our attendance is well over 300 people each year and we provide continuing education credits for mental health professionals, attorneys and nurses.

Registration is now closed.

Keynote Speakers
Our keynote sessions will tackle cutting-edge topics:
Rebecca Levenson, Senior Policy Analyst
Futures Without Violence Rebecca Levenson, will present an innovative approach to engage parents and caregivers about the impact of trauma exposure including Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). There is a growing body of literature showing that techniques which help our clients and patients who are survivors of trauma and violence, can also help our own staff, who may become triggered or overwhelmed when trying to support survivors.

Anna Melbin, Director of Strategic Capacity Building, Full Frame Initiative

People who have experienced sexual and domestic violence are more than this experience. They often face other forms of oppression and violence, they juggle multiple identities, and they have interests and relationships that sustain them. As a major three-year project led by our speaker documented, people who have experienced domestic violence are, and want to be known as, more than survivors. And because they are more than survivors of violence, they seek, and deserve, more than safety.