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Legal Aid to participate in NHA Sister Care Series symposium


Legal Aid to participate in Neighborhood Health Association’s Sister Care Series symposium: "Domestic Violence: Understanding the Problem, Empowering Change."

The following appeared September 19, 2010 on WTVG 13abc. Lucinda Weller (LAWO) is interviewed in the video, speaking about the upcoming NHA symposium on domestic violence.

Symposium Information

Friday, October 1, 2010
Holiday Inn French Quarter Conference Center

Domestic Violence: Understanding the Problem, Empowering Change, will be a symposium designed to educate a broad range of constituencies about the problem of domestic violence.  The target audience will range from members of social and civic groups, health care practitioners and administrators, social service agencies and care providers, to legal professionals, law enforcement organizations, elected officials, the media, and even those who have been victims.

Legal Aid to participate in Neighborhood Health Association’s Sister Care Series symposium: "Domestic Violence: Understanding the Problem, Empowering Change."

The following appeared September 19, 2010 on WTVG 13abc. Lucinda Weller (LAWO) is interviewed in the video, speaking about the upcoming NHA symposium on domestic violence.

Symposium Information

Friday, October 1, 2010
Holiday Inn French Quarter Conference Center

Domestic Violence: Understanding the Problem, Empowering Change, will be a symposium designed to educate a broad range of constituencies about the problem of domestic violence.  The target audience will range from members of social and civic groups, health care practitioners and administrators, social service agencies and care providers, to legal professionals, law enforcement organizations, elected officials, the media, and even those who have been victims.

It is the intent of this program to raise the focus on domestic violence in our community over the following year. It will:

  • Train participants to be ambassadors for domestic violence awareness, education and prevention.
  • Take the domestic violence issue to the grass roots level.
  • Keep the issue in the public eye.
  • Empower all participants to make a difference in their communities, families and workplaces.

A highlight of the program will be the keynote address by Rory Kennedy, acclaimed documentary filmmaker and daughter of the late U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.  Many of her works have dealt with domestic violence issues.  She is one of the nation's most prolific independent documentary filmmakers. Her impressive body of work tackles some of our most pressing social concerns--poverty, domestic abuse, drug addiction, human rights, AIDS and mental illness--and has garnered numerous awards and been featured on HBO, A&E, MTV, Lifetime, The Oxygen Network, Court TV, TLC and PBS.

The symposium also will include a general session in the morning focusing on "The Dynamics of Domestic Violence." This session will provide an overview of the issue and a solid base to lead into a series of break-out sessions on the following topics:

  • Issues for Health Care Providers
  • Vicarious Trauma – Support for Professional Caregivers
  • Domestic Violence:  From the Abuser's Perspective
  • Domestic Violence Legal Issues Panel
  • Issues for Schools, Educators & Parents

The presentations on domestic violence-related topics and issues will feature speakers from local, state, and regional organizations and agencies.

Partnering Organizations

Area organizations that are participating in the development of this program include Adalante, Bethany House, Cocoon Shelter, Crossroads Family Reformation Lutheran Church, DeVine Connection, Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center, Independent Advocates, Joy Center, Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc., Person to Person, Providence Center, Toledo Lucas County Victim Assistance Program, and the YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter.

Participating organizations also will make available information about their programs and services at resource display tables.


For additional information and schedule for the event,
visit the Neighborhood Health Association website at:
http://nhainc.org/PV_events_calendar.asp