What People Are Saying About:
May 23rd, 2013
November 11th, 2012
Introduction from the Dean of the College, Jim Larimore
Hostages at Home: Why Don't Battered Women Just Leave?
- While it is widely acknowledged that women who are being battered face many powerful barriers to leaving an abusive relationship, Jeri Martinez argues that this dynamic is not unique to women in violent relationships and that Stockholm Syndrome provides a useful framework for understanding the dilemma.
- Jeri Martinez has worked with and for victims of domestic violence since 1977 as an advocate, educator, public speaker and writer. She has drafted and lobbied court rules in the Vermont Supreme Court (Family, Criminal and Civil Rules Committees), and has drafted and lobbied legislation in the Vermont Legislature and the U.S. Congress. She is the author of the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council's Domestic Violence Response Training Curriculum used in training all Vermont police officers.
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
- 1A. Domestic Violence in LGBTIQ Relationships
One in four LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning) people will be battered in their lifetimes, yet domestic violence continues to be closeted in LGBTIQ communities. Topics covered will be: barriers to service and support; dispelling myths; LGBTIQ community barriers in recognizing abuse/assault and how homo/bi/trans-phobia affects community awareness and actions.
Gunner Scott is Organizer/Outreach Coordinator of The Network/LaRed: Ending abuse in lesbian, bisexual women, and transgender communities, a Massachusetts-based social justice/social change organization. He speaks from the perspective of being both a survivor of domestic violence and an educator on LGBTIQ domestic abuse.
- 2A. Batterer Profiling: Can We Really Tell Who He Is?
Stereotypes of men who batter abound, but who are they really? Ted Bunch will draw on his extensive experience working with men who batter to allow us to identify the real trends.
Ted Bunch is the Senior Program Director of Safe Horizon Domestic Violence Accountability Program, a Brooklyn, NY organization offering classes for men whose attendance has been mandated by the court. Safe Horizon's DVAP offers the largest program for domestic offenders in the U.S. It serves the NY City supreme, criminal and family courts with well over 1,800 men attending per year. Bunch is recognized for his leadership role within the domestic violence community as an organizer and advocate for human rights. He is devoted to strengthening the community-coordinated response to end domestic violence.
- 3A. Relationship Violence on Campus?
While issues of sexual assault on campus are often addressed in a myriad of ways, relationship violence is barely acknowledged on most college campuses. This interactive, discussion-based workshop will outline what relationship violence on campus looks like and how colleges might respond effectively.
Susan Marine, MA is the Director of the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response at Harvard University. She has been working in the field of sexual assault and relationship violence prevention on college campuses for ten years, serving previously in similar roles at Colorado College and Dartmouth College. Susan serves on the board of directors of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) and on the board of directors of The Network/La Red: Ending Violence in Lesbian, Bisexual Women's, and Transgender Communities in Boston.
- 4A. Stranger than Fiction: Domestic Violence in the Media
This workshop will explore the ways domestic violence is portrayed, exploited, glorified, romanticized, minimized, and ignored in the media today. We'll look at portrayals of domestic violence in literature, films, TV, news reportage, video games, and music and the potential for life to imitate "art" as young women and men are inundated with images portraying women as mindless objects and men as violent thugs and pimps.
Anne Coughlin is the Public Relations Coordinator for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. She is a former member of the New Hampshire House, a volunteer with a number of public service organizations, and the mother of two young children.
- 5A. Domestic Violence: A View from the Bench
An exploration of the difficulties the traditional judicial process presents when domestic violence is on the docket and what that means for the person sitting behind the bench. The session will provide ample time for questions and discussion.
Judge David Suntag is the Bennington County, VT District Court Judge. He is described by lawyers, court staff and fellow judges as a scrupulously fair, brilliant legal mind and as a judge who demands as much from himself as he does from the attorneys that practice in front his courtroom.
1:45 - 3:15 p.m.
- 1P. From the Glen Ridge Case to the Kobe Bryant Trial: Why Is Violence Against Women an Issue for Student-Athletes?
This session will address a range of issues related to perceived and/or real connections between participation in sports and sexual violence. Are some sports more likely to attract or generate violent men -- and women? What do high profile cases teach us about cultural perceptions of athleticism and violence? How can college athletes resist translating the aggression of athletic competition into violence in their intimate relationships? How can athletes combat stereotypes about sports and violence?
Mary Turco teaches "Sex, Gender and Society" and "Title IX and American Education" in Women's and Gender Studies at Dartmouth College. She is the author of Crashing the Net: the 1998 U.S. Women's Olympic Ice Hockey Team and the Road to Gold.
Steve Jefferson, Ed.D., is a lecturer and director of the undergraduate program in Sports Management at the University of Massachusetts. He also works as a Certified Batterers' Intervention Counselor and group leader for MOVE. He received his doctorate in education from UMass. He has worked extensively in the fields of education and corrections: as a high school Dean of Students, as institutional school principal at the North Central Correctional Institution, as a director of the Crime and Justice Foundation, and as consultant to the Robert F. Kennedy Secure Treatment Program.
- 2P. Substance Abuse Treatment: Effective Strategies for Men who Batter
While we know that substance abuse does not create violent behavior, we also know there is a sizable overlap between substance abusers and men who batter. Given his extensive experience in both fields, Tony Porter will explore effective methods of working with this population.
Tony Porter is the Director of Addiction Services for Nyack Hospital where he is responsible for an inpatient detoxification program, a rehabilitation program and an outpatient clinic. At the Rockland County Addictions Counselor Training Program and the Rockland County Incarcerated Parents Project, he is responsible for educational groups, case management and advocacy upon release. Formerly, he taught domestic violence classes for men who batter and is currently a faculty member for NY State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services Academy of Addiction Studies, where he has co-authored their curriculum for clinicians who work with chemically-dependent African-Americans.
- 3P. The Politics of Victimization
An exploration of the multiple and complex ways that being a "victim" of sexual violence propels one into political understandings and stands -- in both public and private realms.
Susan Brison is professor of philosophy at Princeton and Dartmouth Colleges where she has been teaching since 1985, including a class on Multicultural Perspectives on Violence Against Women. She is the author of the much-acclaimed book on surviving sexual violence, Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of Self. After being sexually assaulted by a stranger, beaten and left for dead, Susan Brison had to navigate judicial, cultural and social systems in the United States and in France where the assault occurred. Her commitment to speaking out as a political act is a powerful model for individuals, academia and all of our communities.
- 4P. Law, the Courts and Domestic Violence
This workshop will be a discussion of how the legal system handles cases of relationship violence. It will include the story of a domestic violence survivor and reflections on her case by attorneys with experience in workplace law and domestic violence representation; representatives from Women's Information Service (area crisis center) and the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence; a psychologist, and a police officer.
Ellen Arnold, Esq., moderator, is a Grafton County Family Division Judge, the Henniker District Court Special Justice, and Associate General Counsel for Dartmouth College.
Have Justice - Will Travel
From the perspective of a woman who suffered the effects of violence at home, Wynona Ward presents a compelling narrative of moving from victim to advocate for change. Her presentation will demonstrate how personal passion can engender social and political action.
Wynona I. Ward, Esq. is the founder and director of Have Justice - Will Travel, an innovative, mobile program that has been assisting rural victims of domestic violence through the legal process -- from the initial interview and relief from abuse order through self - sufficiency and independence -- since 1998. HJWT is expanding to assist women who live in rural areas throughout the United States with its commitment to bringing an end to the generational cycle of abuse in rural families by bridging the legal, cultural, geographical, psychological, and economic gaps that exist for victims of domestic violence. Ward's inspiring work has led to many awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award, articles in Ms. Magazine and interviews on public radio in the U.S. and Britain.