25th Annual DV Conference Call for Presenters

The Utah Domestic Violence Coalition welcomes all applications to present workshops at our 2016 Domestic Violence Conference, “Moving Forward Together: 25 years of Resilience.

At the  25th Annual Conference, we will recognize resilience as a core tenet of advocacy in the domestic violence movement: historically and in the present; as a theory that cuts across experience; and as a practice that shapes survivorship, families, and communities. Our definition of resiliency in the anti-violence movement centers on: flexibility, adaptability, a strengths based approach, the complex in the face of power and oppression, and collective courage to face oppression.

We simultaneously recognize the complex and evolving nature of domestic violence and the need for us to continually move forward in our approaches to better prevent, intervene and respond to intimate partner violence. Our agenda will therefore afford multiple opportunities for learning best practices, new skills and tools to better equip professionals from a variety of disciplines to enhance their work as the most effective response is a concerted one.

We encourage submissions that address any of the following themes:

  • Then & Now - our anti-violence story: we are interested in sessions that will help us to historicize the movement, the promising practices that developed in its various historical moments, and the new modalities that are needed to move forward together. We are also interested in sessions that will speak to the Violence Against  Women Act since its implementation in 1994 to its recent reauthorization in 2013. We are also interested in sessions that will embrace the method of storytelling.

  • Promising practices and approaches: There are a variety of evidence based practices in the anti-violence movement. We invite presentations regarding: Person centered approaches; conflict mediation; models beyond a domestic violence industrial complex; Survivor Centered approaches; Strength-based approaches; Modalities of communication (i.e., active listening); Prevention; trauma informed care; advocacy - from the courts to the school system, advocacy across institutions; storytelling and storying the self; from crisis response to thriving; the roles of institutions in the anti-violence movement (from shelters to schools); and other practices not listed.

  • Language Matters: from acronyms to specialized language. How anti-violence theorists and practitioners communicate means that our words, and the new terms we create, matter. The language in the anti-violence movement can create new norms regarding how we speak to and through violence which can result in a sense of being “lost in translation”. We invite sessions that will contend with language in the domestic violence movement.

  • Social Media: Social media shapes norms in intimate partner violence and domestic violence. It impacts our notions of healthy relationships. Regular news and media coverage of domestic violence in the media also impacts survivors. What do we need to know, and what are the technologies and practices organizations and individuals are implementing, to enable social media as a site of social change in the domestic violence movement? What are the promising practices for anti-violence organizations regarding social media (from twitter to snapchat, to websites to news coverage)?

  • Intersectionality and intersecting violence: Intersectionality is a framework that draws upon the complex; it is a theory and practice inspired by women of color and queer of color experiences regarding the multiple oppressions shaping our lives. Therefore, we invite sessions that embrace the complex and the multiple forms of oppression that impact the domestic violence movement: disabilities and domestic violence; race, racism, and other intersectionalities; DV, Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking; LGBTIQ Movement and the Domestic Violence Movement; Religion and the anti-violence movement; Indigeneity and domestic violence; mental health; gender, men, and beyond the role of women; violence across life-span; Substance use; and violence beyond the physical.

  • Death, suicide & fatality: Between 2000 and 2013, 43% of all adult homicides in Utah were related to domestic violence.(Utah DOH VIPP) At the same time there are at least 3 domestic violence related suicides each month in the state and a suicide occurs every 16 hours in Utah (DOH Indicator Based Information System for Public Health 2011). We believe that in order to continue to be resilient together, we must contend with suicide and fatality. It is through these difficult dialogues that the living can remember those who have passed on as well as work to prevent further death-related to domestic violence.

  • Coalitional work: the anti-violence movement has thrived because of the multiple individuals and collectives across generations working to address the violence in our lives. We seek to dialogue and learn from coalitional models and the “must knows” regarding effective coalitional work so as we envision a future free of violence, we can do so together implementing the best practices.

Workshops are 1 ½ hours long and presenters should be prepared to present any time Wednesday October 5th through Friday October 7th.  If you require special consideration in the schedule, please indicate it in the appropriate place on the submission form which can be found at www.udvc.org  from June 24th.

Deadline: July 29, 2016

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