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UNI hosts conference to discuss effects of domestic violence on children<br>

August 22, 2002

Al Hays, director, UNI graduate program in public policy, (319) 273-2910
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'The Effects of Domestic Violence On Children,' a free workshop, will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 in Room 102 of the University of Northern Iowa's Sabin Hall.

Keynote speakers are Susan Schechter and Lundy Bancroft. Schechter is a clinical professor at the University of Iowa School of Social Work, and the author of several books about domestic violence. She also has directed and founded several clinical and advocacy programs, and is a member of the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women.

Lundy is a counselor in Massachusetts who has worked with more than 2,000 batterers. He serves as a court-appointed custody evaluator and expert witness in cases involving allegations of domestic violence or child abuse; and trains judges, probation officers and other court personnel.

Workshop sessions will cover legal/law enforcement response to domestic violence, healthcare providers' screening and referral, faith community/social workers' identification of family violence, tools for school personnel, and a primer on community costs of ineffective intervention.

Al Hays, director of UNI's graduate program in public policy, says participants will learn about the relationship between domestic violence and child abuse; and develop solutions for addressing the issues of domestic violence and child welfare in the community.

The workshop is sponsored by the Community Partnership for the Protection of Children, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, the Black Hawk County Department of Human Services, UNI graduate program in public policy, and Cedar Valley's Promise.

Registration deadline is Sept. 6. To register, contact UNI Conferences and Visitor Services, (319) 273-6899. Attendance is limited to the first 250 registrants. Continuing education credit is available.