News Release

Sixth Annual Domestic Violence Conference Planned at Dalton State

August 28, 2012

Violence Conference
Members of the Planning Committee for the Fifth Annual Domestic Violence Conference to be held Oct. 19 at Dalton State College are, from left, Suzanne Harbin of Whitfield Family Connections; Attorney Marcy Muller of Georgia Legal Services; and Dr. Lynne Cabe. Other committee members not pictured are Sue Jordan of the Northwest Georgia Family Crisis Center; Jim Sneary, Coordinator of the RESOLV Project; and Wesley Lynch, Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office.

Topics ranging from the mental health needs of abuse survivors to healthy teen relationships will be covered in the Sixth Annual Domestic Violence Conference to be hosted Friday, Oct. 19 at Dalton State College.

The annual conference is sponsored this year by the Conasauga Family Violence Alliance, Dalton State College Department of Social Work, the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, the Northwest Georgia Family Crisis Center, Inc., the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Amedisys.

“We are very proud of the excellent reputation this conference has gained over the years,” said Dr. Lynne Cabe of the Conference Planning Committee. Designed to “provide information and training to professionals, community organizations, faith communities, and families in order to increase understanding of domestic violence victimization,” the conference attracts helping professionals and others interested in the problem of domestic violence from across the northwest Georgia and southeast Tennessee region.

“We want to dispel myths relating to domestic violence and assist conference attendees in effectively identifying and responding to domestic violence in their own families and communities,” said Dr. Cabe.

Highlights of the day will include a morning keynote address on “Victimization: A Survivor’s Perspective” by Olga Trujillo, an attorney, advocate, and former abuse victim.

Attendees will have their choice of morning breakout sessions including “Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Survivors of Abuse,” by Ms. Trujillo; “Family Violence Lethality Assessment, Part I,” by Sergeant Robert Gavin of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department; and “Speaking the Truth in Love: Religious Congregations and Domestic Violence,” with The Rev. Pat Grace of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Dalton.

Lunchtime will include the presentation of The Betty Higgins Domestic Violence Victim Advocate Award and The Jackie Williams Criminal Justice Award as well as an address by Christina Hall on “Losing a Sister to Intimate Partner Violence:The Theresa Parker Story.” The body of Theresa Parker, a 911 dispatch operator, was found three years after she went missing from her Walker County home. Her estranged husband, Sam Parker, a police officer with a history of domestic violence, was found guilty of murder and is serving a life sentence. The couple was in the process of divorcing when Theresa disappeared in 2007.

Lunch will be followed by Trujillo’s plenary address, “Responding to Domestic Violence in Latino Communities” after which conference attendees will have a choice of second-round breakout sessions, including “Responding to Human Trafficking” with Ms. Trujillo; “Family Violence Lethality Assessment, Part II” with Sgt. Gavin, and “Teen Relationships: Rehearsals for Intimacy,” with Tom Bissonette, MSW, who currently teaches courses on adolescence and young adult development at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Continuing education units are available for licensed social workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists, and application has been submitted for continuing education units for attorneys and law enforcement officers.

Cost of the daylong conference is $35 (includes lunch) for those who register before Oct. 17; after that date, it will be $45 and will not include lunch. For registration information, go to

Those with questions are invited to call 706-270-5130.

Dalton State, 650 College Drive, Dalton, GA 30720
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