Keeping Families Safe Conference & “Private Violence” Screening

30 Oct

The YWCA of Asheville has joined with MAHEC, Mission Women’s Health, Helpmate, and Our Voice for the following conference and film screening.

Keeping Families Safe:
A Collaborative Educational Conference on Domestic Violence
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
8:30 am – 4:45 pm at MAHEC

Private Violence Film Screening
(Click link scroll down to special events section for more details.)
Thursday, November 8, 2012
6:00 pm at the Fine Arts Theater

Keeping Families Safe Conference Description:

Domestic and sexual violence is a prevalent problem in the United States that is under reported and under addressed in healthcare settings. It is estimated that one in three women are physically or sexually abused by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime. In the 2009 North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations report sixty two percent of the reported rapes were made by people under thirty years old. In 2011 fifteen people were killed in domestic violence disputes, four of whom were children in Western North Carolina (WNC). Because all ages, ethnicities, and genders are impacted by intimate partner violence a coordinated and comprehensive approach, including all levels and specialties of healthcare, is needed to prevent, identify, treat and end intimate partner violence.

This conference will highlight how effective collaboration and coordination of care between healthcare and community providers can improve outcomes for people impacted by domestic and sexual violence. Though components of the conference will have a regional focus a majority of the content is relevant for any healthcare or human services provider.

Best practice recommendations to increase knowledge and improve prevention and treatment of intimate partner violence will be provided. Morning sessions will include identification and implementation strategies for universal screening, risk assessment and brief interventions. Afternoon sessions, as outlined in the conference agenda, will focus on special populations, community collaboration and referral information. At the end of the program steps to develop a collaborative system of care to address domestic and sexual violence in the WNC region will be discussed.

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