Domestic Violence Conference Speaker Was Victim of Abuse
October 16, 2012
The title of her memoir is “The Sum of My Parts,” and appropriately so as Olga Trujillo lives today as a survivor of not only rape, abuse, and incest but also of dissociative identity disorder that resulted as she attempted to shield herself from the memory of her various childhood traumas.
Trujillo will be the keynote speaker at Friday’s Sixth Annual Domestic Violence Conference hosted at Dalton State College. The annual conference is sponsored by the Conasauga Family Violence Alliance, Dalton State College Department of Social Work, the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, the Northwest Georgia Family Crisis Center, Inc., the Georgia Coalition against Domestic Violence, and Amedisys.
Trujillo is an attorney who worked 12 years with the US Department of Justice before leaving to work with communities on trauma, domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault, as well as immigration and human trafficking issues.
She was 31 years old when she was diagnosed with DID (formerly called multiple personality disorder) and recalls that as a very young child she created “parts” to help her deal with and then forget the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father, brothers, and others.
“The work around helping people to understand more about trauma and dissociation feels really important to me,” Trujillo said about her eagerness to share her story at this year’s conference. “I am in a unique position to be able to talk about how it feels to have experienced trauma and what it can look like to others.
“I help people understand more in order that they’ll be more successful in seeing the signs of trauma and how they can adapt their responses,” she said. “I talk about it and help people understand what they can do.”
She will present a keynote address on “Victimization: A Survivor’s Perspective” and then a breakout session on “Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Survivors of Abuse.” In the afternoon, she will speak in a plenary session on domestic violence in Latino communities and in another breakout session on the emerging issue of human trafficking.
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 attorneys and law enforcement officers.
Cost of the daylong conference is $35 (includes lunch) for those who register by Wednesday Oct. 17; after that date, it will be $45 and will not include lunch. For registration information, go to http://dvconferencedsc.eventbrite.com/
Those with questions are invited to call 706-270-5130.