Child Victims of Domestic Violence Focus of CAPC Conference

Tulare County Child Abuse Prevention Council is focusing on the effects of domestic violence on children, and what can be done, at the 10th annual Cynthia Lockhart Mummery Conference, “Behind Closed Doors- The Hidden Victims of Domestic Violence”  on Thursday, October 29, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Holiday Inn in Visalia,  9000 West Airport Drive.  See CAPC’s event calendar

Cost is $50 with limited scholarships available for parents, foster parents, and students for $25. Lunch is provided. CEUs available (see below). View and download the registration and information form here.

“Behind Closed Doors- The Hidden Victims of Domestic Violence” starts with focus on the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Study. It is the largest investigation into the connection between childhood trauma and health and well-being issues suffered later in life. The study supports the need to address and prevent child abuse.

With an understanding of the ACE study, the effect of domestic violence on children will be explored from all sides. The context is presented from the perspectives of academics,  law enforcement, a survivor herself, local responders, and community awareness workers.  Those attending will have the opportunity to express their own response to domestic violence as a form of child abuse and to decide how to respond.

Goals of the conference are:

  • To increase knowledge of the ACE study and the long term physical and mental effects of traumatic experiences
  • To increase awareness of the long term effects of children who witness domestic violence.
  • To Increase understanding of domestic violence as a form of child abuse from many perspectives.
  • To increase awareness of the Lisa Project as a tool to educate the community about child abuse and neglect, particularly from the perspective of a 6 year-old child’s 911 call.

Conference Speakers:

Carol Redding
Carol Redding

Carol Redding, MA worked with the ACE study as a CDC Fellow as has since focused on educating other about about ACE.  She is also a survivor who also presents from personal experience.

SS Gailerd
Gailerd Swisegood

Gailerd Swisegood, LCSW, is an instructor at COS in Social Services. He has extensive experience in the field as a Clinical Services Director at Family Services of Tulare County and other agencies.

Mike Boudreaux, Tulare County Sheriff's Office
Mike Boudreaux

Mike Boudreaux, Tulare County Sheriff, MA, Administration of Justice, has extensive education and experience in law enforcement. He is a graduate of LAPD’s West Point Leadership Academy and a graduate of the FBU National Academy.

Alma Borja, Family Services of Tulare County
Alma Borja

Alma Borja is director of Karen’s House, the local emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence, a facility that is part of Family Services of Tulare County. Family Services of Tulare County has been a non-profit agency working with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and child abuse since 1983.

Gene Hardin, Project Creator and Director of the Lisa Project, San Joaquin County Child Abuse Prevention Council, has a background in theater and marketing, skills he used to create this experiential, walk-through exhibit that communicates, through stories and visual effects, what child abuse looks like.

Gene Hardin, Lisa Project
Gene Hardin, Lisa Project

CEUs are available through Brandman University, provider #PCE 1821 to MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and LCSWs. Cost is $45. See brochure for details. CEUs for RNs are provided for free by the Tulare County Public Health Department.

For more information,  contact CAPC Director Billie Shawl at 559-735-0456 or email billieshawl@sbcglobal.net

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