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The Economic Crisis Impacting Domestic Violence: Overcoming Challenges, Developing Strategies & Restoring Lives

Friday, November 4, 2011 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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Friday, November 4, 2011



The Urban Resource Institute presents its

6th Annual Domestic Violence Conference in collaboration with

Kings County Hospital for the 2nd year!


The Economic Crisis Impacting Domestic Violence:

Overcoming Challenges, Developing Strategies

& Restoring Lives


Conference Goals:

  • To explore how the economic crisis has affected victims of domestic violence.
  • To identify resources and alternative strategies that will assist survivors in overcoming domestic violence in a challenging economy.
  • To examine the role of racism, sexism and other oppressive ideologies impacting the financial lives of survivors.  

Keynote Speaker:


Robert L. Hawkins, Ph.D., MA, MPA

McSilver Assistant Professor in Poverty Studies

New York University Silver School of Social Work


Panel Discussion: Economic Barriers for Survivors of Domestic Violence

June F. Chisholm, Ph.D,, Professor, PACE University, Department of Psychology

Robert E. Sage, Ph.D.,  CASAC, Senior Vice President, Division of Human Services, Urban Resource Institute & Addiction Research & Treatment Corporation

Rozetta Wilmore-Schaeffer, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work

Robert L. Hawkins, Ph.D., McSilver Assistant Professor in Poverty Studies, New York University Silver School of Social Work

Catherine Trapani, Housinglink Director, New Destiny



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This all day conference will be held at:


Kings County Hospital Center

T-building Auditorium, 2nd Floor

451 Clarkson  Ave., corner of New York Ave.

Brooklyn, NY 11203



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Morning Workshops 


Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence from Employment...

Victims of domestic violence face a variety of challenges in the workplace.  Some survivors are forced to take time off from work in order to appear in court, obtain necessary medical treatment, attend domestic violence counseling, or seek shelter.  They may be harassed or stalked at work, or may decide to quit their jobs in order to relocate.  Unfortunately, by taking these critical safety measures, survivors risk demotion, suspension, loss of pay and/or benefits, and possibly termination.  This workshop will provide an overview of the employment related legal protections available to domestic violence victims.  The workshop will highlight several New York laws that were enacted to ensure that domestic violence victims are able to maintain safe, stable employment, and will address what steps to take when a survivor's rights are violated.


Elizabeth L. Grayer, Esq., President, Legal Momentum

Caroline Downey, Esq., General Counsel, NYS Division of Human Rights




Dismantling the Illusion of Equality

The workshop will explore and examine are victims of domestic violence given equal access to be free from violence and live the American dream. It will address how various systems of the "isms' are operating in society; institutional racism, sexism, social privilege and other oppressive ideologies impacting domestic violence victims' lives in becoming self-sufficient during this economic downturn.


June F. Chisholm, Ph.D., Professor, PACE University, Department of Psychology


How Domestic Violence Can Affect Your Health

In addition to the immediate injuries following the assault, there are various long term physical and emotional health effects that victims of domestic violence face.  As a result of physical violence, victims can sustain various physical injuries, and also develop chronic pain and infections.  The psychological effects can be just as devastating, ranging from post-traumatic stress to suicide.  The speaker will address the different physical and mental health consequences brought about by domestic violence, and discuss their effect on our society as a whole.


Stephan Rinnert, MD., Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine and Vice Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Kings County Hospital Center


The Faith Communities Response to Coping with Domestic...

This workshop will explore how faith communities have been responding to domestic violence and the stressors that affect victims/survivors of domestic violence.  We will examine factors affecting family functions in the midst of the economic crisis, i.e. homelessness, unemployment, hunger, lack of health care, child care and education.  A review of what the Bible and Koran says about domestic violence and economics will be presented.  We will identify resources that the households of faith have put in place to help meet the needs of the community.


Phyllis S. Hyatt, LCSW-R, Social Work Supervisor, Urban Women’s New Beginnings, Urban Resource Institute

Joyce A. James, LCSW-R, BCD, Psychotherapist, Private Practice

Joyce Skinner, MSW, Master's Social Worker, Private Practice

Teresa Ornas, M.A., ACS CPS worker, Lecturer

T.A. Bashier, Psychologist and Chaplain - Muslim Faith

Dr. Mardi Wright, Pastor, Progressive International Christian Church

Wilson Prunier, Lecturer


Afternoon Workshops 


Reassessing Domestic Violence Shelter Services in Light of the Economy

Shelters are integral to providing safety and support to survivors of violence.  However, in light of the shortage of housing and economic resources available to domestic violence victims, shelter providers must reassess whether their services are properly addressing the needs of their clients.  Financial empowerment is a key component to providing comprehensive services.  This workshop will explore programs that have established unique partnerships and have incorporated creative services, including workforce development, housing readiness, credit repair, and financial literacy and education, to address the various economic barriers domestic violence victims encounter.   


 Lisa Rachmuth, Director, Project Safe Home, New Destiny Housing Corporation

Shelley Buchbinder, Research Associate with the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.

Rachel Teicher, JD, MA, Self-Sufficiency Coordinator, NYC Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence, NYC Family Justice Center in Brooklyn

Dawn Adams, Coordinator, Working Women's Internship Network, Urban Resource Institute


Self-Care for Service Providers

This workshop will explore the physical and psychological impacts that service providers working in the field of domestic violence often experience and will stress the importance of self-care in order to maintain physical, emotional and psychological strength.  Caregivers’ empathetic response to hearing the violent, emotional and painful experiences of the clients they serve increases their own risk of developing vicarious trauma (VT) and these symptoms are closely related to those of their clients.  VT can cause anxiety, depression and disruptions in family and other relationships.  This can cause burnout and high staff turnover.  This workshop will give caregivers some skills to reduce stress and build resilience.  An example of a self-care technique used that will be discussed in the workshop is Reiki.  Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Other self-care strategies such as therapeutic laughter designed to give you greater responsibility and control over your own health and well-being will be provided to prevent the hardening of attitudes through  six simple principles of good-hearted living. 


Sascha Griffing, Ph.D., Evaluation Consultant, Urban Resource Institute

Priscilla Santiago, LCSW, Reiki Master

Sandra Jackson, LCSW, CLL, Senior Director of Administrative Services, Urban Resource Institute


Developing your understanding of the economic crisis:

This workshop will discuss the question of how has the economy impacted the domestic violence environment, and has the economy become a trigger for abuse? The presenters will explore perceptions relating to masculinity and finances, positive ways some men are dealing with the economic crisis and the work being done to prevent future abusive behavior. 


Quentin Walcott, Program Director, CONNECT Training Institute and Community Empowerment Program


Treating Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual ...

 Health care providers in the Emergency Room often encounter victims of abuse.  Victims frequently suffer from domestic violence and sexual assault.  Having compassionate, competent and qualified staff are essential to the victims' care.   In this workshop, a panel of healthcare professionals will detail the process of assisting victims on the road to recovery, starting with their initial encounter in the Kings County Hospital Center Emergency Room.


 Alice Blair, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, SANE-A, NYSAFE, SR. Management Consultant, Brooklyn SART Coordinator, Kings County Hospital Center

Maria F. Giganti RN,MSN,FNP,CEN, Nurse Educator, Kings County Hospital Center

Rose Mitchell, MSW, LCSW, Domestic Violence Coordinator, Kings County Hospital Center. 



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When & Where

451 Clarkson Ave
T-Building Auditorium, 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, 11203

Friday, November 4, 2011 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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