Fifth Annual Domestic Violence Conference Planned at Dalton State
“Working Together: The Key to Ending Domestic Violence” is the theme of the Fifth Annual Domestic Violence Conference to be hosted Friday, Oct. 21 at Dalton State College.
The annual conference is sponsored this year by the Conasauga Family Violence Alliance, Dalton State’s School of Social Work, the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, the Northwest Georgia Family Crisis Center, Inc, and the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
According to Dr. Lynne Cabe, Assistant Professor of Social Work at Dalton State and Conference Planning Committee member, the purpose of the annual conference is to “provide information and training to professionals, community organizations, faith communities, and families in order to increase understanding of domestic violence victimization. We want to dispel myths relating to domestic violence, and assist conference attendees in effectively identifying and responding to domestic violence in their own families and communities.”
Highlights of the day will include a morning keynote address on intimate partner violence by Dr. Sheryl Heron, Associate Professor and Associate Residency Director of the Emory University Department of Emergency Medicine and an afternoon plenary address on training for law enforcement officers by Michael Mertz, a former law enforcement officer and certified police trainer.
Attendees will have their choice of morning breakout sessions including “Healthcare Professionals’ Response to Intimate Partner Violence” by Dr. Heron, “Domestic Violence in the Workplace: It’s Your Business” by Taylor Thompson Tabb of the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and “Same Sex Intimate Partner Violence” by Jennifer Thomas and Laura Barton of United 4 Safety.
Lunchtime will include the presentation of awards and an address by Christina Hall on “Losing a Sister to Intimate Partner Violence, The Theresa Parker Story.” The body of Theresa Parker, a 911 dispatch operator, was found three years after she went missing from her Walker County home. Her estranged husband, Sam Parker, a police officer with a history of domestic violence, was found guilty of murder and is serving a life sentence. The couple was in the process of divorcing when Theresa disappeared in 2007.
Lunch will be followed by Mertz’s plenary address, after which conference attendees will have a choice of second-round breakout sessions, including “Primary Aggressor Investigation on the Scene” by Mertz; “Financial Abuse of At-Risk Adults” by Pat S. King, RN, Division of Aging; and “Teen Dating Violence” by Jackie Davis and Kyle Cole of the Jane Fonda Center of Emory University.
Continuing education units are available for licensed social workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists, and application has been submitted for continuing education units for nurses and law enforcement officers.Cost of the daylong conference is $35 (includes lunch) for those who register before Oct. 19; after that date, it will be $45 and will not include lunch. A complete conference brochure and online registration is available on the Dalton State website; www.daltonstate.edu; those with questions can contact Dr. Cabe at 706-272-2482.