ODVN is partnering in an exciting multi-disciplinary summit to take place March 22-23.
Did you know that recent research indicates that children living with domestic violence are 2.6 times more likely to be physically abused and 4.9 times more likely to be sexually abused? (Zolotor, etal., Intimate partner violence and child maltreatment: Overlapping Risk. Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention. 2007;7(4):305.) Similarly, a statewide child welfare needs assessment released in 2016 by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services found that DV was a co-occurring factor in 60% of Ohio child welfare cases with abuse, neglect or dependency concerns, and a co-occurring factor in 41% of cases with a sexual abuse concern.
The experiences of ODVN’s member programs and the research in this area all indicate that community responses to children abused in families where there is also domestic violence face unique and complicated barriers for this child abuse to be identified, understood, and addressed effectively.
The two-day “Calling All Heroes: Responding to Violence Against Ohio’s Children” summit will address best practices and key principles relevant to multiple systems for responding to the intersection of child abuse and domestic violence in Ohio. Participants will gain valuable knowledge on keeping Ohio’s children safer, as well as on abuse and trauma recovery in children. Grant-supported rooms are available to offset the costs to attend both days.
Presenters include Lundy Bancroft, internationally renowned expert on domestic violence and best-selling author; Mark Everson, PhD, Professor and Director, Program on Child Trauma and Maltreatment, UNC Chapel Hill; CeCe Norwood, MA, author, trainer, award-winning CASA volunteer, and founder of Nirvana Now!; Anna Salter, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and best-selling author/expert/lecturer on sexual predators and victimization; and Joyanna Silberg, PhD, Executive Vice-President of The Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence and Senior Consultant, Child and Adolescent Trauma, Sheppard Pratt Health System.
The summit will convene professionals among judges, CASAs/GALs, prosecutors, law enforcement, child welfare, forensic investigators, custody evaluators, batterer intervention and offender treatment program staff, probation, behavioral health, crisis intervention and trauma teams, advocates, attorneys, state government agencies, and policy advisers.
Summit Planning Committee Members include: Family and Youth Law Center; Harcum House Child Advocacy Center; Institute for Human Services; Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence; OhioCASA/GAL Association; Ohio Domestic Violence Network; Ohio Network of Children's Advocacy Centers; Office of the Ohio Attorney General; and the Supreme Court of Ohio
Registration is open to these professionals, and can be accessed at the following link: