Domestic violence has a far-reaching impact on individuals and the community at large. Never has this been truer than during this particularly stressful and turbulent time. In response, the UVU College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Veteran Success Center, Student Health Center Crisis Services, Center for Social Impact, and UVU Student Life – in conjunction with state and local sponsors, are pleased to present the 2023 UVU Conference on Domestic Violence. This single-day event is scheduled for Friday, April 14, 2023.
The conference features a virtual portal that will host all conference session descriptions, presenter bios, and recordings (whether presented live in person or via live streaming) for a full two weeks. During this time, all registered participants (regardless of the type of attendance) will have access to all sessions, videos of special presentations (such as graduate student presentations), and virtual exhibit booths (featuring information on resources and services offered by our sponsors and supporters).
Attendees can earn continuing education units (for DOPL licensing requirements) throughout the conference. Required survey/quiz will be available in the conference portal and must be completed after each session attended (whether virtual or live) to earn CEU credit. Student attendees are ineligible for continuing education units. The conference will close permanently on Friday, April 28, at 5 pm.
This year's opening keynote speaker will be Dr. Ludy Green, one of the world's foremost experts on violence against women and children. She regularly speaks in national and international venues on the importance of financial autonomy in breaking the abusive patterns that hold captive victims of violence and human trafficking, is a contributing writer on women's issues for the Huffington Post, and is the author of Ending Domestic Violence Captivity: A Guide to Economic Freedom. The methodology pioneered by Dr. Green has been validated by the work of the non-profit organization she founded in 2001, Second Chance Employment Services. Second Chance's innovative program has been uniquely successful in helping hundreds of survivors attain lifelong freedom from domestic violence and human trafficking through financial and emotional independence. It is the nation's first and only employment placement agency for domestic violence and human trafficking victims and has become one of the leading domestic violence prevention programs in the United States.
An afternoon plenary presentation will feature Nubia Peña, JD, the Senior Advisor on Equity and Opportunity, to Governor Cox and the Director for the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs. Ms. Peña has actively sought to bring awareness to violence and systemic oppression issues. She has a decade of experience assisting survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, and violent crimes as a Law Enforcement Victim Advocate. Since 2007, Ms. Peña has served as the Training and Prevention Education Specialist at the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA). In addition, she developed training on Youth Advocacy for Trafficked Survivors, Social Justice in Prevention Efforts, and Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era. Most recently, Ms. Peña was named the recipient of the Utah Minority Bar Association (UMBA) 2022 Jimi Mitsunaga Excellence in the Law Award for significantly contributing to and promoting the provision of legal services to underserved communities, excelling in the practice of law and contributing to UMBA's mission of inclusive social impact.
The conference will also feature several concurrent sessions dealing with the topic of domestic violence (including intimate partner, dating, and interpersonal violence) and is designed to meet the interests/needs of students, professionals, service providers, and community members.