Lundy Bancroft, "The Batterer as a Parent"
Monday, September 8th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Harborside East
Lundy Bancroft has twenty years of experience specializing in interventions for abusive
men. He is the author of three books in the field, including Why Does He Do That, When
Dad Hurts Mom, and the national prize-winner The Batterer as Parent. He has worked with
over a thousand abusers directly as an intervention counselor, and has served as clinical
supervisor on another thousand cases. He has also served extensively as a custody
evaluator, child abuse investigator, and expert witness in domestic violence and child
abuse cases. Lundy appears across the United States as a presenter for judges and other
court personnel, child protective workers, therapists, law enforcement officials, and other
audiences. His current training and writing work focuses on the impact on children of
exposure to men who batter women, and how professionals can best support children’s
Atum Azzahir, "Family Violence from the Rearview Mirror"
Tuesday, September 9th, 8:45 AM – 10:00 AM, Harborside East
Atum Azzahir has devoted her professional life to helping people of the Twin Cities take
control of their lives, their health and the health of their community. She is known for
leading visionary initiatives that are helping reduce the disparities in health status for
women, persons of color and those with low incomes. As the co-founder and president of
the Powderhorn/Phillips Cultural Wellness Center, Atum leads a unique organization that
brings together cultural traditions, community, healing, and personal empowerment for
better health. The program is a national model for improving the health of a community
by finding innovative solutions that bring people together for a common cause. Early in
her career, this dedicated leader helped establish community resources to empower
battered women, provide resources for women to train for work in non-traditional trades,
and help parents prepare their children for success in school. Atum was the first director of
the Minneapolis Way to Grow, a ground-breaking school-readiness program. She was
the founding director of Healthy Powderhorn, the citizen’s health initiative that led to the
formation of the Powderhorn/Phillips Cultural Wellness Center. She is a former chair of
the Minnesota Woman’s Fund, the National Network of Women’s Funds and a past
member of the Medical board of directors. Atum is also the founder of Elders, Other
Mothers and Daughters of Africa, an organization dedicated to guiding the rite of
passage into womanhood for young women of African descent. She serves as an Elder in
that organization. She also serves on the Allina Hospitals and Clinics Board and the HOPE
Community Inc. Board.
and Presenter Biographies
Monday, September 8th Workshops A – 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Meeting the Post-Separation Needs of Battered Women & Their Children Ballroom A
This workshop will cover the post-separation dangers and challenges faced by battered
women and their children, and prepare participants to effectively support emotional
healing, healthy family functioning, and long-term safety for families that have separated
from battering fathers. The discussion includes approaches to keeping women and children
from being revictimized by the abuser through custody and visitation litigation.
Addressing Batterers’ Sexual Violence_______________________________
Sulaiman Nuriddin / John Tramel
Male sexual violence against women and girls is a tactic of dominance and control. One
of the myths that boys and men are socialized to believe is that we have a right to female
bodies, and that sex with women is one of the rewards of manhood. Male sexual violence
and the threat of male sexual violence clearly communicates to women that men are in
power and intend to stay there. Similarly, men who commit sexual violence are
communicating to other men that they have the ability and the will to use aggression to
dominate. The presenters plan to use Men Stopping Violence’s definition of Sexual
Violence to connect men’s beliefs about women, sex and manhood to sexual victimization.
The workshop will be interactive with audio/visual components to respond to diverse
Sulaiman Nuriddin began working with Men Stopping Violence in 1987 after completing
the year-long Internship Program. He currently oversees educational interventions for
MSV. Mr. Nuriddin works intensively with the DeKalb County (Georgia) court system,
intervening with men who have been arrested for domestic violence. He co-instructs
ongoing classes for convicted and self-referred men and has been instrumental in planning
effective interventions with men of color who batter. He has conducted training for such
organizations as 100 Black Men, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Institute on Domestic
Violence in the African-American Community, the Black Church in Domestic Violence
Institute, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. He also has
led trainings at Clark Atlanta University, and Morehouse and Spelman colleges.
Additionally, Mr. Nuriddin has conducted trainings for the National Council of Churches,
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health, the National
Basketball Association Summer Youth Program, the Atlanta Police Department, and the
U.S. Department of Justice, for which he has also served as a consultant. He was also a
consultant for The Vera Institute of Justice and the National Men's Network to End
Domestic and Sexual Violence. Internationally, he has co-led a training initiative in Great
Britain. He has participated in discussion groups regarding domestic violence with the
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and the U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development. He co-authored the MSV curriculum “Men at Work: Building Safe
John Tramel conducts local and national training and community presentations for
colleges and universities, government agencies, faith institutions, and various other
professional and community organizations. Mr. Tramel also assists with other Men Stopping
Violence Programs such as the Because We Have Daughters® Campaign, Men's Education
Program, Internship Program, and Mentor Training Project. Mr. Tramel received his
bachelor's degree in social work from Mississippi College in 2000. He immediately began
coordinating services for children with acute behavioral and emotional disabilities as a
staff member of Catholic Charities, Inc. In 2002, Mr. Tramel received the “Friend of
Families” Award from Mississippi Families As Allies, Inc. While working as a service
coordinator, he also led training for law enforcement personnel, educators, and mental
health and service practitioners on Managing Aggressive Behavior. He moved to Atlanta
in 2003 to work with a faith-based social justice organization assisting families dealing
with issues related to poverty, racism and other structural inequalities. In 2005, Mr. Tramel
earned his master of social work degree from Georgia State University, where he
received the “Outstanding MSW Student” Award. He came to Men Stopping Violence in
the spring of 2005 through the Internship Program and subsequently joined the staff.
From the Bench: Judges Discuss DV_________________________________
Judge Brenda Weaver
This workshop is designed to help judges connect and brainstorm with their judicial
colleagues around family violence issues. It is formatted specifically for judges and will
include a facilitated discussion of problems, solutions, and best practices when helping
families stay safe from violence.
Judge Weaver serves as Chief Superior Court Judge of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit.
She served as an Associate Juvenile Court Judge for the Appalachian Judicial Circuit from
1991 until her appointment as Chief Juvenile Court Judge in April 1995. She served as
Chief Juvenile Court Judge until her appointment to the Superior Court in 1996. She
helped to create the Truancy Court in Pickens County, which has now been used as a
model for truancy court programs in Georgia. This program addresses both absenteeism
and tardiness with both students and parents. She currently serves as the Presiding Judge
in the Appalachian Judicial Circuit Drug Court. In addition she and Chief Juvenile Judge
John Worcester-Holland has worked together to create a Family Drug Court, Child
Support and a Family Violence Court in the circuit. She currently serves as a member of
the Georgia Family Violence Commission, the Supreme Court Commission on Access and
Fairness in the Courts, Supreme Court Commission on Children, Marriage and Family Law,
and the Records Retention Committee for the Judicial Council. She serves as Chairperson
of the Council of Superior Court Judges’ Committee on Court Automation, a member of the
Special Committee on Drug Courts and the Pattern Charge Committee. Locally, she serves
as an advisory Board member for the Appalachian Children Center, the Good Samaritan
Health and Wellness Center, the Hope House, the Appalachian Children’s Emergency
Shelter, Joy House, Georgia Mountain Hospice and Kids Kottage. She is a former assistant
District Attorney, high school teacher and counselor. She is married to George and
together they have 5 children and four grandchildren.
Self Care: A Commitment to Ourselves and Our Children_________________
Asher Burk, Debbie Lillard, Jessica Nunan
This workshop will offer participants the opportunity to examine how our professional
work impacts our personal lives and the lives of those we love: our children and loved
ones. There will be a special focus on the impact of this work on our children. While there
are many positive repercussions (both intended and unintended) that we and our
children/loved ones experience because of our work, there are negative consequences
that can develop as well. Self care is an essential aspect to doing this work in an attempt
to reduce those negative consequences, yet we also realize that self care in this line of
work can be challenging. By taking a close look at impact on a personal level, we hope to
offer more mindful ways of incorporating self care and examining the ways in which you
can minimize the negative impacts on yourself and those around you. The primary focus of
this workshop will not be on strategies of self care, but rather on making conscious
connections about the importance of it in our lives. Part of this presentation will include
testimonies from children (now adults) of advocates working in the domestic violence field.
These personal accounts will provide a medium to help us further explore and understand
the impacts (positive or negative) of our work.
Debbie Lillard is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has 20 years experience working
in a variety of settings. With an undergraduate in Psychology and a graduate degree in
Clinical Social Work, she has spent the majority of her career in connection with women’s
agencies, rape crisis centers, and domestic violence communities. She currently works in her
private practice near Stone Mountain, Georgia, Mosaic Counseling, Inc., where clients will
find a safe space to explore their own path towards greater growth, healing, and health.
She works as a consultant and/or volunteer with several agencies including the Women’s
resource Center to End Domestic Violence, the Georgia Coalition to End Domestic Violence,
DeKalb Rape Crisis Center, and men Stopping Violence. She specializes in trauma issues
including domestic violence, sexual abuse/rape, and other violent crimes. She also works
with issues relevant within the gay/lesbian/bisexual/ transgender/queer community. Her
work is grounded in the principles of respect for diversity, inner wisdom, empowerment,
the mind-body connection, self-care, and the importance of humor.
Jessica Nunan serves as the executive director of Caminar Latino and is a co-facilitator
of its adolescent group. She has been involved with Caminar Latino for the past 14 years,
of which she has spent 11 as a volunteer in the youth program. Her main area of interest
is violence prevention with teens, in which she has extensive experience in curriculum
development, legislative work, and advocacy. Ms. Nunan obtained her bachelor's degree
in Psychology from Berry College in Georgia in 2001 and her master’s degree in Social
Work from Georgia State University in 2003.
Asher Burk is the Family Violence Intervention Program (FVIP) Manager with the Georgia
Commission on Family Violence. He is a lifelong resident of Decatur, GA and a graduate
of Decatur High School. He graduated from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC in 2001
with a BS in Business Management with minors in Criminal Justice and Marketing. He
completed a one-year intensive internship with Men Stopping Violence in 2005 and is
active in their Community Restoration Program. Asher has been working at the Georgia
Commission on Family Violence since 2007, first as an intern, later as the FVIP Certification
Coordinator, and now in his current position. He is trained in various domestic violence
intervention models including the Duluth Model out of Minnesota and the EMERGE model
out of Boston, Massachusetts, has attended many trainings throughout the nation, and in
the state of Georgia. Asher comes to this work with a passion to end men’s violence
against women driven by personal experience with domestic violence as well as
experience facilitating batterer’s groups.
Safe Reproductive Lives: Working with Women at Risk__________________
Nancy Boothe, Barbara Gibson
As part of fully “being there” for women and their families during such a personal and
intimate crisis as fleeing a violent situation, most of us feel compelled to do everything
possible to assure the outcome of their bravery is both transformational and empowering.
It’s not uncommon to find ourselves walking a tightrope between our personal beliefs and
ethical boundaries when it comes to addressing behavior that is sabotaging their safety.
The anxiety level moves up a level when the topic is whether birth control should be part
of the plan. This is an opportunity to explore. The shelter’s practical responsibilities for
health education, family planning referrals and realistic goal setting as it relates to their
Nancy N Boothe RN, MS, LPC received her undergraduate nursing degree at the Medical
College of Georgia and completed her graduate work in counseling at Troy University.
Her career spans 30 years of healthcare service as a nurse, therapist, hospital
administrator and Quality Improvement Consultant. As the Executive Director of the
Feminist Women’s Health Center, she has presented internationally promoting positive
women’s health policy. She has commented that the “degree of violence perpetrated
against women worldwide is limited only by that which their government refuses to
tolerate and when the community says “no more”.
Barbara Gibson came to the Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence as a
volunteer in 1989. She currently serves as Safehouse Director. Gibson holds a BA in history
from Georgia State University.
Monday, September 8th Workshops B – 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Supporting the Healing and Recovery of Children who Have Witnessed Domestic
This workshop explains the emotional, behavioral, educational, and moral effects on
children of exposure to a man who abuses their mother, and best-practice interventions for
facilitating children’s safety, recovery, and healthy future.
(See Bio under”Keynotes”)
Child Support Made“EZ”__________________________________________
This workshop is targeted to legal advocates who need to understand the basics of child
support in order to assist survivors in filing the required child support worksheet and
schedules for TPO cases. Participants will get a general overview of the child support law,
walk through the forms with the presenter, and have opportunities to ask questions. We
will also review cases in which referrals to an attorney might be in the client’s interest.
Karen Geiger is the attorney coordinator of the Family Violence Project of Georgia Legal
Services Program. In her capacity as coordinator, she assists the 11 legal services offices
throughout the state with their representation of survivors of domestic violence. She also
offers educational, training, and logistical support for advocates and attorneys throughout
the state. Ms. Geiger is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and
practiced in Washington, DC, Florida, and Georgia before becoming affiliated with the
Georgia Legal Services program as an attorney and then as a supervising attorney. She is
pleased to have the opportunity to focus on the important work of supporting survivors in
their efforts to break free from their abusers.
FVIPs & Victim Liaisons: Working Together for Women’s Safety___________
Gus Kaufman, Julia Perilla, Lindsey Siegel
This workshop will highlight key findings of GCFV’s two year research project interviewing
women whose partners were in Family Violence Intervention Programs (FVIPS). They told
us a lot about what was working for them and what wasn’t. Using this info we’ll conduct
four workshops around GA this spring/summer with domestic violence advocates and FVIP
workers strategizing best practices for women’s safety and batterer accountability. The
conference session will discuss results of the strategy sessions, and how to implement these
strategies. Highly recommended for FVIP facilitators, victim liaisons, and victim advocates
and open to all!
Gus Kaufman, Jr., Ph.D., a psychologist and social activist from Atlanta, GA, who often
conducts trainings for the GA Commission on Family Violence, has co-founded five social
change organizations. The most recent, Retreat From Violence, trains and does research
around innovative approaches to ending male violence toward women incorporating
nonviolence, just communities and trauma prevention and resolution. Gus co-founded Men
Stopping Violence in 1982. His writings include “The Mysterious Disappearance of
Battered Women in Family Therapists’ Offices: Male Privilege Colluding with Male
Violence” published in the Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy and in Secrets in
Families and Family Therapy (Norton). His twelve-session curriculum on Family Violence
has been used with 40,000 prisoners in the GA correctional system. A trainer for the
Duluth men’s program, Gus has also consulted to the Army, Marine Corps, Seattle Mariners
“Refuse To Abuse” campaign and the FaithTrust Institute in Seattle. His work with youth in
the Utah correctional system and with youth and families at a residential school in
Massachusetts has included body-based group work focusing on unmet developmental
needs and trauma. Gus is vice-chair of the national council of the Fellowship of
Reconciliation, the oldest interfaith peace and justice group and is a former chair of the
Shalom Bayit (Peace in the Home) committee of Jewish Family and Career Services,
Julia L. Perilla, Ph.D., is a clinical community psychologist and Associate Professor of
Psychology at GSU. Her work in the areas of domestic violence, diversity, Latino families,
and trauma uses a human rights and social justice framework, which she applies to her
research and interventions with immigrant communities. Dr. Perilla is the founder of
Caminar Latino, a comprehensive intervention for Latino families affected by domestic
violence. She serves as Director of El Centro: The National Latino Research Center on
Domestic Violence at GSU. She is past President of Tapestri, Inc. (a non-profit immigrant
and refugee organization) and appointee to the Georgia Commission on Family Violence.
Dr. Perilla received the Georgia Psychological Association Division of Women
Psychologists 2005 Woman of the Year Award; the Georgia Psychological Association
2003 Community Service Award; the Georgia State University Exceptional Service Award
in 2000, and the Georgia Commission on Family Violence 2001 Gender Justice Award for
her work with immigrant populations affected by domestic violence.
Lindsey Siegel is the Research Analyst at the Georgia Commission on Family Violence.
She recently finished a two-year research project in which she talked with women
throughout Georgia about their experiences since their partner began attending a Family
Violence Intervention Program. She has been a member of the movement to end violence
against women since she began volunteering with Dekalb Rape Crisis Center in 2002. This
experience solidified her commitment to this work and led to internships at the Georgia
Coalition Against Domestic Violence, at the State Capitol, and with a women's advocacy
organization in Kampala, Uganda. Lindsey received her bachelor's degree in
International Studies and Women's Studies from Emory University. She will be studying
law at American University in the fall.
Drawing from Within: Using Art to Work with Women and Children________
This workshop will give an overview of art therapy with rational for using it and ideas
about how to introduce art into your practice. Also included, will be ways to talk to your
clients about their art.
Edna Bacon is a Board Certified Art Therapist in private practice in Atlanta, GA. She has
worked with children, adolescents and adults in psychiatric hospitals, with people dealing
with health issues and with those interested in their personal growth. Her biases include a
strong belief that each one is creative and this creativity is something to be recognized
and tapped for living life.
Word on the Street: A Conversation with Law Enforcement_______________
This workshop is designed to help law enforcement connect and brainstorm with their
colleagues around family violence issues. Attendees will participate in a facilitated
discussion of current problems, solutions, and best practices when helping families stay
safe from violence. It is formatted specifically for law enforcement personnel.
Jay Eisner is a Sergeant with the DeKalb County Police Department and is currently in
charge of the Domestic Violence & Elder Abuse Unit in the Criminal Investigation Division.
He joined the Department in 1992 and has previously served as a patrol officer and later
patrol sergeant, as a member of a Mobile Crisis Unit, as a full-time instructor in the
Academy, and as a domestic violence investigator in the DeKalb Solicitor General’s Office.
He is a Georgia POST certified instructor and has provided domestic violence training to
many law enforcement agencies and state regional academies. He has frequently
presented at statewide conferences conducted by the Georgia Commission on Family
Violence and the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. He also presented at the
National Organization of Victim Advocates Conference. He is a past Chair of the DeKalb
County Domestic Violence Task Force where he helped initiate domestic violence Fatality
Review. He is also past Chair of the International Women’s House shelter for battered
refugee and immigrant women where he helped lead the initiative to fund and build a new
shelter (1.2 million dollars was raised; shelter completed October 2005). In 2006 he
received the Georgia “Eagle Award for Law Enforcement” for service to victims of crime
from the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. In 2006 he also received the
“Deborah McDorman” award for service to victims of domestic violence. Jay is married to
Tina Dillard (a highly decorated sergeant with DeKalb Police) and they have three (highly
Tuesday, September 9th Workshops C – 10:30 a.m - 12:00 p.m.
Bridging the Gaps Between Child Protective Services and Domestic Violence_
Beck Dunn, Mary Jenkins
This workshop for CPS workers and domestic violence advocates present strategies to
improve responses and case management when domestic violence and child protection
issues jointly emerge. This participatory session will examine methods of collaboration
between domestic violence centers and CPS staff, including use of several case scenarios.
Beck Dunn is the Executive Director of the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
She worked more than 17 years in two Florida domestic violence centers. Ms Dunn
provided training, technical assistance and policy development as staff of the Florida
Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Governor’s Task Force on Domestic Violence (FL).
Prior to coming to Georgia, Ms Dunn was the CEO of The Advocate Outfitter, a private
training and consulting firm. In that capacity she worked on a U.S. Department of State
domestic violence project in the Republic of Kazakhstan and consulted and trained on the
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center domestic violence curriculum currently used in its
Small Town and Rural (STAR) project.
Mary E. Jenkins is a graduate of Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. Ms.
Jenkins earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice at Columbus State University. Ms.
Jenkins began her career with the State of Georgia in October 1984 as Food Stamp
Family Independence Worker in Fulton County. Ms. Jenkins served the families of Fulton
County for 13 years as a Family Independence Food Stamp, TANF and General
Assistance Worker. Ms. Jenkins expanded her work with the families of Georgia by
joining the Social Services Section in Clayton County. While in Clayton County Ms. Jenkins
provided foster care services as a Social Services Case Manager and Supervisor for five
years. Policy Development, consultation and support, policy clarification and community
partner’s liaison have been Ms. Jenkins’ area of responsibility for six years while working
as a Project Administrator with the Division of Family and Children Services.
Financial Empowerment for Survivors_______________________________
Jean Douglas, Barbara Gibson
When it comes to money, it isn’t always about how much you have but how you manage it
and what you think about it. This workshop will explore practical strategies and ideas
advocates can use to improve financial outcomes for survivors.
Jean Douglas has served as WRC’s Executive Director for almost 11 years, and during
that time she has become known as a leader in Atlanta in the subjects of domestic violence
and women’s issues. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Coalition
Against Domestic Violence and Georgia’s WIN List, and as a member of the DeKalb
County Domestic Violence Task Force.
(See Barbara’s Bio Under “Safe Reproductive Lives: Working with Women at Risk’)
Because We Have Daughters______________________________________
Suliaman Nuriddin, John Tramel
Men Stopping Violence has learned over the years that working with individual men in the
classroom is not going to end male violence against women and children. It has become
increasing clear that all men need to join women in creating safety and justice in our
homes, our communities and in the world. When men of conscience bring the weight of
their own outrage over violence against women into their communities and institutions,
those communities and institutions will undergo profound and meaningful transformations.
But why should moral men, progressive men, men of conscience, take on this work?
Because we have daughters. Because we have mothers, sisters, nieces, co-workers, and
friends; we want them to be safe. The facilitators will use the values and experiences of
Men Stopping Violence’s Because We Have Daughters Campaign to demonstrate ways to
engage men in efforts to create a world safe for women and girls to experience their full
humanity. This workshop will be interactive, and consist of role plays, dialogue,
audio/visual and didactic presentation.
(See Bios Under “Addressing Batterers’ Sexual Violence Workshop)
Linking Animal Abuse and Family Violence: Improving Protection for Victims_
Christy Cardina, Maya Gupta
The connections between animal abuse and family violence are becoming well
documented among victim services professionals and researchers alike. Animal abuse is
also emerging as a risk factor for severity of family violence and as an obstacle to victims
seeking safety. This workshop will provide an overview of how animal abuse fits into the
spectrum of family violence and explore how risk assessment, safety planning and
community response can be improved through screening and inter-agency collaboration.
Christy Cardina is currently the Training Coordinator for the Georgia Coalition Against
Domestic Violence (GCADV) and serves on the Board of Directors of Ahimsa House, Inc. as
Director of Outreach and Education. Christy previously coordinated GCADV’s Legal
Assistance to Victims Project and has worked as an advocate and educator in the fields of
domestic violence and sexual assault since 1996. Before coming to GCADV, she worked
as Director of Education for the Gwinnett Sexual Assault Center & Children’s Advocacy
Center and as an outreach advocate and educator with a domestic violence center in
Evansville, Indiana. Christy has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of
Maya Gupta, Ph.D., completed her training in clinical psychology at the University of
Georgia and at the United States Penitentiary-Atlanta, where she focused on assessment
and intervention with both perpetrators and victims of family violence. Her research
specializes in strengthening batterer typologies through better understanding of the
connections between animal abuse and family violence. She is currently president of
Ahimsa House, Georgia’s first and only nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the
human and animal victims of family violence reach safety together.
Guiding Girls to Take Action Against the Culture of Violence: An Experiential
GOAL – A Girl’s Journey of Growth presents newly developed curriculum designed to
address the culture of violence in the lives of early adolescent girls. The workshop will
provide an interactive experience for attendees through sampling a variety of activities
from our girl-focused and girl-friendly skill-building module, Recognizing & Rejecting
Violence & Abuse. Participants will discuss survey responses to the effectiveness of the
program. The program is designed to engage girls in the process of acknowledging the
climate of violence in their lives and in the lives of peers, equip them with the knowledge
to combat violence in their lives, and build resiliency through action by mobilizing girls to
serve as peer/community educators.
Zola Shannon-Mullen is GOAL's Director of Programs & Partnerships, knows that positive
female influences can make a tremendous difference in a young girl’s life; her own
experiences with female mentors guided her commitment to youth development work. Zola
has over 10 years experience in community partnerships and community event planning
including work with the YWCA of Minneapolis and the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta.
Zola applies her broad professional experience in program development, training and
workshop facilitation to developing and implementing girl-centered programs with
GOAL’s partners locally and nationally. Zola earned her degree in Theater Education and
Secondary Education from Florida A&M University. Zola is committed to the work of
creatively developing girl-centered programs, identifying and addressing girls’ needs,
and training adults to have a positive impact on the lives of girls– guiding and shaping
their journey from girlhood to womanhood.
Tuesday, September 9th Workshops D – 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.
Looking back Thirty Years, a Mother and Son Share their Life of Recovery and Healing
Atum Azzahir, Anthony Taylor
Atum and Anthony will share strategies for creating and environment in the home that
offers a balanced life experience under extremely different circumstances. They will
describe the listening, teaching and coping skills that each family member acquires under
these conditions. They will also make recommendations for the healing paths the family
members may take whether adult or child when the violence occurs. This mother and her
sons share from their own Recovery, Redevelopment and Restoration. Their pain and
suffering have become lessons for living a healthy whole life. The lessons in this workshop
are taken from the experiences of this mother and her son. In 1978, 30 years ago this
mother was shot several times and thought to be killed by her husband who later
committed suicide. Her son the oldest of whom will speak with her at the conference, have
not only survived but have created a center for cultural wellness, hope and healing for
others who are at risk for the experiences family had.
Anthony Taylor has built a reputation as a “whole-systems” thinker and works to reveal
those connections (between nature and our nature), to strengthen the awareness of cause
and effect on a personal level – and to offer choices for living life in balance. As chief
story-teller for SPA O.N.E., his goal is to spread a new idea of beauty that encompasses
a total body approach to care by using plant-based products and simple rituals to
enhance appearance, an inner sense of well-being and quality of life. His newest venture
is Simply Organic Living, manufacturing organic personal care and home care products. As
a motivational speaker and educator, Taylor has shared his philosophies at Harvard
University, The University of Minnesota, Stanford University, The Black Women’s Expo, The
Healthy Living Conference, Aveda Congress, Allina Health’s Speaking of Women’s Health
and at Fortune 500 Companies throughout the nation. He has also been featured in
numerous consumer publications, such as Shape and Self and has appeared on nationally
syndicated television programs. Taylor earned his BS degree in chemical engineering,
from The University of Minnesota-Institute of Technology, Minneapolis, Minnesota.In all of
this professional success, Anthony considers success in his personal life his greatest
accomplishment. He is a survivor of witnessing and experiencing domestic violence. The
experiences of pain, transcendence and healing have become the foundation for
workshops, seminars and speeches on manhood, womanhood and becoming, personal
mastery and wellness in varied settings and for diverse audiences. Anthony and his mother
Atum Azzahir co-host a weekly radio show addressing wellness, holistic health and healthy
living. They share the lessons learned from their special relationship with a growing
audience looking for hope and strategies for living life in balance. Anthony Resides in
Minneapolis and is a proud father, uncle and husband in a violence free relationship. He
and his wife, Nesret raise their son, Aten-Wa, sharing life as business partners, parents
When Kids are Present: Best Practices for Law Enforcement______________
This workshop focuses on law enforcement’s role when children are present at a family
violence scene. We’ll also be discussing primary aggressor assessments and how law
enforcement can create best practices to help keep children safe. The workshop is
designed for law enforcement personnel and children’s advocates, but is open to all.
(See Jay’s bio under Word on the Street: A Conversation with Law Enforcement”)
Breaking it Down: Putting FVIP Rules in Context_______________________
Most Family Violence Intervention Programs are familiar with the rules and requirements
regarding operations, but how do these rules really impact victim safety in a larger
context? Why are the rules important? How were these rules created? What do they
look like as they are implemented in our own communities? These questions and more will
be explored in this workshop designed to invoke critical thinking about the work being
done to hold batterers accountable. This workshop will provide an opportunity for Family
Violence Intervention Providers and others to discuss the context of the work they do and
share experiences. Please bring questions you have around circumstances and challenges
your program faces. If you are an FVIP provider, please bring a copy of your contract to
(See Asher’s bio under “Self Care: A Commitment to Ourselves and Our Children”)
Incest: Not Just a Child’s Issue____________________________________
Incest is a topic few talk about and fewer understand. This workshop will begin with the
presenter’s experiences as a child survivor of incest and how those experiences influenced
life decisions. Attendees will gain valuable knowledge about how to recognize grooming
behaviors, warning signs and adult survivor behaviors of those still in the healing process.
The presenter will bring you full circle as we explore the best practices and innovative
ways of working with this population of adult survivors in order to build safer future for
ourselves and our children.
Shawn Paul is the President & CEO of Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault, the state
coalition. She holds a Master’s degree in Sociology with an emphasis on Human Services,
Administration and Planning and a Bachelor’s degree is Sociology. She was awarded the
Social Justice Award from the College of Behavior Sciences at Minnesota State University,
Mankato (MSUM) in recognition of her ability to connect her academic education to the
world around her. She graduated magna cum laude; is a Blandin Community Leadership
alumni and a trained Neutral in conflict resolution. Shawn has been in the victim services
field for over 10 years and held the position of Nominating and Membership Committee
Chair on the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women’s Board of Directors. She sat on the
MN Victim Assistance Academy Steering Committee and trained for the Academy. She
currently sits on the Georgia Victim Assistance Academy planning committee and the Rape
Prevention Education steering committee. Shawn has taught in the areas of criminal justice,
sociology and victim issues at Rasmussen College and MSUM. She has presented as the
Key Note speaker at MSUM’s Family Awareness Conference and Kennesaw State
University’s Take Back the Night. Shawn is a survivor of childhood incest who has spoken
publicly about her victimization to offer hope and inspiration to those with similar
DV on TV (and in the Paper): Promoting Responsible Media Coverage______
Crime is one of the hottest topics in the news and those who work with crime victims need
to know how to effectively work with the media, both to better serve their victims and to
educate the public about domestic violence issues. In this practical workshop, participants
will learn what the media needs from Victim Advocates, learn how to assist victims in
determining if they want to talk with the media, prepare victims for media interviews,
learn how to write an effective news release, and understand the important role of Victim
Advocates in educating the public about crime victims’ issues.
Helen P. Bradley has served as the director of the Chatham County Victim-Witness
Assistance Program since 1986. Prior to her victim advocacy, she was a newspaper
reporter in S.C. She has trained on many topics, including effectively working with the
media. She has developed a curriculum “Victim Advocacy and the Media” for the Joint
Center on Violence and Victim Studies.
Tuesday, September 9th Workshops E – 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Preventing Homicides: Strategies for Removing Firearms________________
Karen Geiger, Kris Jones, Betsy Ramsey
While firearms are involved in a very small percentage of domestic violence calls each
year, they are disproportionately present in cases of death and serious injury. To promote
victim safety, communities are taking up the challenge of addressing access to firearms.
Come hear the strategies several communities and taskforces have developed to promote
safety for survivors of family violence.
Kris Jones has been working as a litigation paralegal in domestic violence for the
Gainesville Regional Office of Georgia Legal Services Program for 8 years. As a
paralegal, she has interviewed many battered women and assisted her office in obtaining
temporary protective orders at the second hearing stage. Also through her job, Kris
participates in four local area domestic violence task forces: Northeastern Judicial Circuit,
Mountain Judicial Circuit, Western Judicial Circuit and Enotah Judicial Circuit-White
County. With the task forces, she has served in various leadership roles such as co-
chairperson, secretary, committee chairperson, and fatality review coordinator. During the
time that Kris served as co-chair of the Family Violence Task Force of the Mountain
Judicial Circuit, this task force was awarded the Task Force of the Year by the Georgia
Commission on Family Violence. Furthermore, Kris serves on the Advisory Committee for
the Georgia Domestic Violence Fatality Review Project. Kris has been recognized for her
work with the Domestic Violence Task Force of Athens-Clarke and Oconee Counties by
being awarded an Advocate of the Year award in 2003. In May 2008, she was
awarded the Community Leadership Award by Georgia Legal Services Program.
Betsy Ramsey is the Coordinator, Victim/Witness Assistance Program DeKalb Solicitor-
General’s Office. She was formerly one of the founders and Executive Director of a
domestic violence program Credentialed Advocate, Crisis Responder, Chair of DeKalb
County Domestic Violence Task Force Author of “Stop the Stalker – A Guide for Targets”
and publications on Relocation and Legal Identity Change.
(See Karen’s bio under “Child Support Made EZ”)
My Community Has a task Force, Now What?_________________________
Having a Family Violence Task Force in your community does not necessarily equal a
coordinated community response. This workshop is intended for members of local Family
Violence Task Forces. Workshop participants will learn what key components should be
present in a local Family Violence Task Force to increase rates of success. Workshop
participants will learn strategies for increasing participation at their local Task Force
meetings. This workshop will also demonstrate how to perform goal setting for a local Task
Jennifer Thomas serves as Statewide Family Violence Task Force Coordinator for the
Georgia Commission on Family Violence (GCFV) and the Georgia Department of
Corrections. In this capacity, Ms. Thomas provides technical support, training, strategic
planning, and assisting communities to establish a coordinated community response to
Family Violence. Ms. Thomas earned her BA from Piedmont College in Demorest Georgia.
Ms. Thomas’s experience includes several years of work in the field of domestic violence
(both direct service and prevention / community outreach), as well as experience with
other nonprofit social services organizations and the private sector too. Having worked
with the Circle of Hope (DV program in Habersham) and with Partnership against
Domestic Violence (DV program in Gwinnett / Fulton), Ms. Thomas brings with her an
awareness of the challenges assisting survivors of domestic violence from both urban and
A Collective Approach in Serving Refugee & Immigrant Survivors__________
Aparna Bhattacharya / Vanisa Karic
This is an interactive strategy session where we can discuss and document the gaps that
refugee and immigrant women face in the state so that we can have a collective voice in
stating the challenges and getting the resources we need to ensure that all women and
children have access to safety and support.
Aparna Bhattacharyya has served as Executive Director of Raksha since 1998. Aparna
graduated from Georgia State University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. Her experience
and skills come from volunteering and working as a Victim Advocate for 5 years for
Atlanta's Victim Witness Assistance Program. She also worked as an Employment Specialist
for the Newcomers' Network's Refugee Family Violence Prevention Project. She has served
as Task Force member and Board Secretary for International Women's House and a
founding member of Tapestri. She has trained law enforcement, victim advocates, social
workers, community members, refugee/immigrant women, and healthcare providers on the
dynamics of family violence and the needs of refugee and immigrant families. She was
awarded with the Indian Professionals Network award in 1997 and 1998 for her service
to the community. She serves as a member of the Georgia Advisory Committee for the U.S
Commission on Civil Rights, the board Vice President for Tapestri, an advisory board
member for the National Network to End Violence Against Immigrant Women, and a
board member for the Dekalb County Domestic Violence Task Force. She was recently
awarded the Director's Eagle Award from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.
Vanisa Karic is currently working as the Programs Director with Tapestri, Inc., Ending
Violence in Refugee and Immigrant Communities. She previously worked at Refugee
Family Services as the Domestic Violence Program Manager. Vanisa came to the U.S. as a
refugee from Bosnia in 1996. She has been working with refugees and immigrants in the
domestic violence field since 1999. In 2001, Men Stopping Violence, Women’s Resource
Center, and Tapestri recognized her for her dedication to the work of increasing safety
Rural Responses to DV: Working with Limited Resources________________
This workshop will explore options for a variety of rural-specific issues that affect
domestic violence responses and collaborations. Some areas of discussion will include
creative safety planning in rural and remote areas, dealing with privacy confidentiality
when “everyone knows”, building and keeping allies, and creating resources when there
(See Beck’s bio under “Bridging Gaps between Child Protective Services and Domestic Violence”)
Improving Advocacy Through New Technology________________________
Our work has advanced, but has your agency? Do you have a website? Do you
fundraise online? Do you use the internet for marketing, outreach or education? You don’t
have to be a computer genius to make these things happen, you just need a few tricks up
your sleeve and someone willing to try new things. Geared toward beginners, this highly
interactive workshop will allow participants to choose from a list of technological topics to
discuss, including websites, internet fundraising, e-newsletters, blogs, Facebook/Myspace,
Café Press (for merchandise like t-shirts), Google Alerts, Google Analytics, and more.
(Don’t worry if this is all new to you! Beginners are definitely welcome!)
Amber Harris currently serves as Director of Development for Women’s Resource Center
to End Domestic Violence in Decatur. Before that, she spent time in development and in
programs at the Atlanta Women’s Foundation and worked as a Women’s Advocate for
Project Safe in Athens. She also served as an intern during her college years at Peace
Place in Winder. A certified web designer, Amber is a strong advocate for the use of
new technologies, especially internet-based services, in non-profits, particularly in
fundraising and outreach.
Wednesday, September 10th Workshops F – 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
FVIPs & Substance Abuse: New Response to an Ongoing Challenge________
Kevin Batye, Charles Sperling
This interactive workshop will focus on the co-occurrence of Domestic Violence and
Substance Abuse. Presenters and attendees will discuss and give a historical perspective
of the unique challenges or issues that FVIPs, probation, the courts and victims of domestic
violence experience when batterers are also substance abusers. These problems or issues
have resulted in the creation of a protocol for screening and management of co-occurring
substance abuse and domestic violence. The workshop will provide insight into the
development and implementation of the protocol. The potential impact of this protocol on
underserved populations and children will be discussed. Attendees will be encourages to
share their experience in this area, comment on the protocol and make recommendations
relative to implementation and provide suggestions relative to this ever present challenge.
Kevin Batye currently serves as the Chief Probation Office for the DeKalb County State
Court Probation Department, located in Decatur, GA. He has served as a probation
officer in DeKalb County since 1982, having worked for the local probation systems and
the Georgia Department of Corrections. He is the Treasurer of the DeKalb County
Domestic Violence Task Force, Inc. and has been active in the Task Force since 1993. He
has participated in the Fatality Review Subcommittee of the Task Force as well. He was
appointed as the Probation Representative to the Georgia Commission on Family Violence
in May of 2006. He serves on the Commission’s Family Violence Intervention Program
Subcommittee, as well as the Standards and Protocol Subcommittee.
Charles Sperling holds a Masters Degree in business, he is the founder and director of
STAND, Incorporated, (Standing to Achieve New Directions) a community based non-profit
whose mission is to “Reduce Recidivism”. He is a board certified addiction counselor,
clinical supervisor, researcher, trainer, mental health professional, and family violence
intervention facilitator. In the year 2000, Mr. Sperling as director of STAND, Inc.
contracted with the Georgia State Department of Human Resources, Division of Public
Health, Prevention Services and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to
develop a feasibility study. The study is designed to focus on men newly released from
jail. This research study provides an opportunity to determine the feasibility and cost
effectiveness of providing interventions focused on the sexual behaviors and resultant STD
infections in men newly released from jail. In addition, STAND, Inc offers drug treatment,
supportive transitional housing, and dedicated case management for consumers. On July
1, 2003 STAND, Incorporated’s Family Violence Intervention Program (FVIP) was
approved by the Georgia Department of Corrections and the Georgia Commission on
Family Violence. This FVIP is named “Court and Community Intervention Program” (CCIP).
STAND, Inc under the leadership of Mr. Sperling offers an “integrated” service delivery
approach for domestic violence and substance abuse. For the past ten years he has
developed and facilitated a variety of programs that address the spiritual, mental,
physical, and emotional decay experienced by those individuals who are substance users
and are recently released from jail or prison experiences. Mr. Sperling maintains
reciprocal work relationships with the Georgia Department of Corrections and Pardons
and Parole. Georgia State and National Louis Universities have recognized Mr. Sperling
for his outstanding work in the community.
Technology Safety for Survivors of Domestic Violence: Exploring Risks and Solutions
In today’s information age, batterers are increasingly using technology such as GPS, the
Internet, and spyware to stalk and threaten victims of domestic violence. This workshop
will explore the latest technological tools available to both victims and batterers, and the
benefits and risks with regard to victim safety. Participants will receive valuable
information and tools for effective safety planning with victims surrounding technology
(See Christy’s bio under “ Linking Animal Abuse and Family Violence: Improving Protection for
Safety in Our Circles: What Happens When it’s One of Us________________
This workshop will be a strategy session where we can identify what we as advocates
need to feel safe in seeking support when we are in a violent relationship. Let’s face it,
none of us are immune from domestic or sexual violence- it does not matter how long we
have been doing the work. As advocates we are often ashamed of what others will think
about us and fear the repercussions of how our agencies and co-workers may view us if
we come forward or ask for help. What can we do as individuals to create safety for
ourselves and our coworkers? What assumptions do we all have that make it difficult is
talking about violence in our own homes or workplaces? What kind of policies and
practices would we ideally like to have in our shelters, community based organizations,
and centers to ensure our own safety as well of the women and children we work for. Do
our current policies and practices mirror what we expect from corporate america? This is
an opportunity to put our brains together and think about what we would like to create to
ensure safety in our circles.
(See Aparna’s bio under “A Collective Approach in Serving Refugee & Immigrant
Survivors” Belsie’s workshop coming soon)
Working with Refugee and Immigrant Families: Current Challenges and
Widline Dalambert-Ducena, Vanisa Karic
This workshop offers an opportunity to explore and understand the issues surrounding
domestic violence within the Refugee and Immigrant communities. Participants in this
workshop will be provided with effective tools and culturally competent resources for
providing services to Immigrant and Refugee victims and survivors of domestic violence.
Also, identify the barriers faced by both victims and providers and will gain successful
strategies to assist Immigrant and Refugee victims as they transition from victim to survivor
when accessing community and legal resources.
Widline Dalambert-Ducena is the Legal Advocacy Program Coordinator for Tapestri, Inc.,
where she provides advocacy, assistance, and referrals for survivors of domestic violence
within the Immigrant and Refugee communities. She trains on domestic violence and
refugee and immigrant issues for court interpreters and personnel. In addition, she serves
as the Victim Liaison for victims whose partner attends Tapestri’s ongoing 24-week Family
Violence Intervention Program designed for refugee and immigrant men. She previously
worked as a Domestic Violence Program Family Advocate at a health center in Boston with
Community Advocacy Program through Center for community Health Education Research
and Services, Inc., before relocating to Georgia. There she worked with victims and
survivors of domestic violence, advocating on their behalf. Moreover, she served as an
educator to medical staff and community members on domestic violence and health
related issues within a health care setting. She has extensive experience working with
youths as a Health Educator, providing education as part of the REACH 2010 project with
Center for Disease Control at Mass Community Health Center, Center for community
Health Education, and Research, Inc., and Haitian American Public Health Initiative. Her
passion remains in helping survivors of domestic violence and their children find safety,
culturally competent resources, and empowerment.
(See Vanisa’s bio under “A Collective Approach to Serving Refugee and Immigrant
Silent Suffering: DV and Elder Abuse________________________________
This workshop will define the issue of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Analyzing
how elder abuse and domestic violence intersect through the similarities and differences.
While discussing the impact of elder abuse and the emerging trends. Discuss interviewing
older victims, reporting elder abuse and accessing the aging network for resources. Discuss
and strategize about how the domestic violence community and the aging network can
Jennifer Hogan is Coordinator of the Elder Abuse and Consumer Fraud Prevention
Program within the Georgia Division of Aging Services. She coordinates a statewide effort
to educate and train the public, professionals, and caregivers about elder abuse and
consumer fraud. Jennifer has nine years of experience in elder abuse and consumer fraud
prevention. Jennifer has trained at the Georgia Victim Witness Assistance Academy since
2005 and has presented at several national conferences including the National Adult
Protective Services Association (NAPSA) Conference and the American Society on Aging
and the National Council on Aging (ASA/NCOA) Conference. Jennifer received her
undergraduate degree from Emory University and her Masters in Social Work from the
University of Pennsylvania.