Friday, December 14, 2018 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Northeastern University School of Law

What systems do survivors need and utilize? Where do these systems let survivors down along the path to health, justice, safety and empowerment? Who has been and continues to be left out of this conversation?

Survivors of domestic violence face innumerable barriers when accessing judicial and social service systems — with no central hub, these systems splinter into additional systems, such as shelter, housing, benefits and education. From there, it gets even more complicated: with offices and organizations that are disjointed, siloed, not easily accessible and/or conveniently located, not inclusive, and unable to effectively collaborate and communicate between and among themselves. 

This one-day conference will explore the many barriers domestic violence survivors face, as well as potential solutions to bridging the gaps and linking the systems. Speakers and attendees represent multiple disciplines and sectors, including the judiciary, lawyer, academics, advocates, health care providers, social workers, politicians, faith leaders, policymakers and survivors. Each panel will provide an opportunity for dialogue and meaningful engagement by speakers and attendees, with a goal of actionable steps, including future working groups, technical assistance development, policy recommendations and trainings. 

 Registration is now open! 
This conference is free and open to the public!

Conference Schedule

Friday, December 14, 2018

Northeastern University School of Law

8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

Registration and Description

8:45 - 9:00 a.m. 

Welcome and Introductions

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Panel 1: Context Setting

Deborah Epstein, Professor of Law; Director, Domestic Violence Clinic, Georgetown Law

Victoria Helberg, High-Risk Program Coordinator, RESPOND, Inc.
Shaquera Robinson, Survivor and Advocate

10:30 - 10:45 a.m. 


10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Panel II: Identifying and Addressing Gaps and Disparities 

Jennifer Howard 

Quynh Dang, Director of Refugee/Immigrant and LGBTQ Programs at Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health 
Deb Collins-Gousby, Chief Operating Officer, Brookview House
Rosie Muñoz-López, Director of Roca’s Young Mother’s Program
Rita Nieves, Deputy Director, Boston Public Health Commission 

12:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Lunch and Keynote Speaker

Deborah Epstein 
Professor of Law; Director, Domestic Violence Clinic, Georgetown Law

Professor Epstein joined the Georgetown Law faculty as a visiting professor in 1993. She has been the Director of the Georgetown University Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic for 20 years, and served as Associate Dean for Experiential Learning from 2005-2012. She has spent more than 30 years advocating for the rights of survivors of domestic violence and has represented hundreds of women in civil protection order cases. She co-chaired the DC Superior Court’s effort to design and implement its Domestic Violence Unit, an early, model effort to integrate civil and criminal cases involving intimate abuse. For five years, she served as Co-Director of the court’s Domestic Violence Intake Center. She serves on the NFL Players’ Association Commission on Violence, and has served as Chair of the DC Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, Director of the Emergency Domestic Relations Project, and as a member of the DC Mayor’s Commission on Violence Against Women, the DC Superior Court Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors of the House of Ruth. 

2:30 - 4:00 p.m. 

Panel III: Social Movement and Domestic Violence - Why Are They Not Inclusive? 

Margo Lindauer, Associate Teaching Professor and Director, Domestic Violence Institute, Northeastern University 

Tashira Halyard, Senior Policy Associate, Center for the Study of Social Policy
Reverend Traci Jackson Antoine, Director of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Project, Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts
Fari Sattar, Outreach Worker & Advocate, Violence Recovery Program, Fenway Health 

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