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Beyond Skin Deep: The Impacts of Domestic Violence

22nd Annual Domestic Violence Conference


The 2023 Annual Domestic Violence Conference covers a range of topics, prevention strategies and cases related to the correlation of animal cruelty to domestic violence, sex trafficking, stalking, and rapport-building with LGBTQ victims.  We welcome professionals who assist domestic violence victims and further support the prevention of domestic violence.  Join us to learn how to better assist domestic violence victims and to further your education while networking with others across the region.


October 6th, 2023
8:45 – 4:30pm

Wytheville Meeting Center
333 Community Blvd., Wytheville, VA 24382

Organized and Planned by the
Southwest Virginia Elder Justice Task Force

$40 FEE


CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS

Magistrates/ClerksMagistrates/Clerks will submit their credit hours electronically through the e-Registration system after the conference.  Their supervisors will then review and approve those credit hours.  
AttorneysApproval for 2.50 credit hours by the Virginia State Bar
Guardian Ad LitemHas been approved for 2.5 hours for break out sessions (1.25 per session excluding keynote and closing sessions)
Law EnforcementApproval for 5 hours Legal Career Development.
Adult Protection ServicesAPS workers will receive a certificate of attendance after the conference (with hours attended) to submit to their supervisor for approval of continuing education hours up to 5.0 credit hours.

For Continuing Education Certificates and Certificates of Attendance,
Please visit the registration table after the conference.


A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors:

Virginia Law Foundation Logo
Anthem Logo
Aetna Better Health of Virginia Logo


For more information, please contact:

GARY CODY
Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society
Director of Development
email: gcody@svlas.org
phone: 276.783.8300, ext. 2011


Session Descriptions:

KEYNOTE:
1. Power Of Love =
The Conscious Choice to See the Best in Others.
2. Power To Be Compassion = To Recognize the Suffering of Others and Then Take Action to Help.
3. Power Of Forgiveness = An Intentional Decision To Let Go of Resentment and Anger
4 .Power Of Resilience = The Ability to Navigate Through Adversity to Effectively Adapt to Change and Thrive 


Correlation of Animal Cruelty to Domestic Violence
This session will explore the correlation between pet abuse and domestic violence and how many abusers use the animal as means of control, punishment and retribution.  Examples of how the pet abuse victimizes the victim in additional ways.  Animal abuse is a crime and how to best address it in your cases and advocacy will be discussed. 


Sex Trafficking: Connections between Appalachia and the Dominican Republic
This collaborative session will highlight and define the issue of sex trafficking as a local and global issue.  Participants will learn about the prevalence of sex trafficking and systems response to that violence in the Commonwealth of Virginia and how it is similar to and different from the stories of survivors in the Dominican Republic.  Participants will walk away with resources for recognizing and responding to victims of sex trafficking here in Virginia and a greater global perspective of sex trafficking.


Stalking: What it is and How we can help
Session will explore the following areas of STALKING: The Price of Stalking; How it affects us everyday; What is Stalking in Virginia; Virginia’s Stalking Statute; How we can Help; and Ways to keep Victims Safe.


Rapport-Building with LGBTQ Victims of Violence
Group will discuss prevalence, boundaries, and trauma-informed rapport-building skills that will benefit victims of partner & sexual violence in the LGBTQ+ community. We will examine one contact with law enforcement and one court case, the effect chronic minority stress, prevalence of violence within the community, and offer resources that will help professionals both in and out of the community improve collaboration on an ongoing basis.


CLOSING: The power “The” is in you. You have the ability to do whatever you want to do. You Owe it to yourself to be the best version of yourself.

About Our Presenters

Bios are provided by the participating speakers below:


David Godfrey

Katrina Brownlee
Young Ladies of Our Future, Inc.
Founder/Director

Katrina grew up in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, New York and she herself was an at-risk youth. She became a mother at the early age of fourteen. When she was twenty-two years old she was shot 10 times in a violent domestic relationship that left her paralyzed. Several surgeries later she had to relearn to walk. After this traumatic experience her challenges did not end, she and her children became homeless. Katrina worked to overcome the obstacles of her troubled past and she triumphed. She attended the College of New Rochelle. Upon completion, and after surviving an attempted murder on her life by her then fiancé that worked in law enforcement, She made the heroic decision to join the New York City Police Department (NYPD). She started out as a traffic agent and worked diligently to be promoted to police officer and from there she quickly climbed the ranks.

Katrina made detective third grade, detective second grade, and then detective first grade, which is the highest ranking detective in the NYPD. While a detective, Katrina used all the skills she developed over the years to work undercover for five years. She later spent years as an investigator. Following her work in investigations, she worked in the Department of Community Affairs. Katrina subsequently received the opportunity to work security detail for Mayor Bill de Blasio. During this time, she received a 5.0 evaluation, which is the highest evaluation that a police officer can receive in the NYPD. She received many accolades for her outstanding performance and accomplishments.

Katrina has been mentoring since 2012. She has helped many at-risk young ladies during this time. She deemed it time to take her work one step further and started Young Ladies of Our Future 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to fulfill her calling as a mentor and life coach. The organization’s mission, “through healing the wounds of interpersonal violence, building self-esteem, and promoting health and wellness, these young ladies can achieve their goals and live successful lives.” She is also working to grow the Katrina Cooke Brownlee charity. She recently wrote her memoir, “And Then Came The Blues.”


Paul Greenwood

Michelle K. Welch
Senior Assistant Attorney General
Virginia Attorney General’s Office
Director of the Animal Law Unit

Michelle Welch is a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Virginia Attorney General’s Office and the Director of the Animal Law Unit at the Attorney General’s Office.  She is charged with taking all animal law questions in Virginia.  She is called on by agencies all over the Commonwealth to act as a special prosecutor in animal cruelty and animal fighting cases.  She frequently gives advice to local law enforcement authorities and prosecutors all over Virginia, across the nation and internationally.  She also trains prosecutors, animal control and law enforcement officers on the state of Virginia animal law.  She is a board member of the Virginia Animal Fighting Taskforce.  Ms. Welch serves as a special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia to aid in animal fighting and animal crime prosecutions.

She is a senior faculty member for the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA).  She is the Chair of the Animal Law Curriculum Advisory Committee for the APA.  She serves as adjunct faculty for Animal Law at the University of Richmond Law School and William & Mary Law School.  She has testified before a Congressional Caucus examining the enforcement of animal laws and the cooperation between state and federal partners. She has trained other countries on animal crime, including Greece, the United Kingdom, and Spain and she has advised on animal criminal cases in Columbia and Belgium. 

She has received many honors for her work on behalf of animals.  In 2022, she received the Ellen Glasgow Award for Humane Service from the Richmond SPCA for her work on behalf of abused animals.  In 2020, she received the Humane Law Enforcement Award from HSUS for the seizure of zoo animals from a neglectful zoo (one of the first times in twenty years that law enforcement has intervened on behalf of zoo animals).  In 2019, HSUS gave her and her Unit the Humane Law Enforcement Award for bringing to justice wildlife trafficker, resulting in the closing of 5 fox pens.  In 2018, the Norfolk SPCA honored her with The Thomas M. Ammons III Animal Welfare Award.  In 2014, she was named Prosecutor of the Year by the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.   In 2013, she was named one of the Top 10 Animal Defenders in the Nation by Animal Legal Defense Fund.  She was presented with the Albert Schweitzer Medal for her work on behalf of the animals in 2012 by the Animal Welfare Institute.


Annette Clark

Caitlyn Scaggs, M.S.
Executive Manager of New Hope Girls

Caitlyn is Executive Manager of New Hope Girls, an organization based in the Dominican Republic that fights trafficking, abuse and exploitation of young girls and women. Based in Southwest Virginia, her role includes strategic communication, organizational development, and social entrepreneurship components. Additionally, Scaggs is a published author and local media contributor.  


Judge Martin

Bob Kaiser
Assistant Attorney General in Wisconsin

Bob is a 44-year veteran prosecutor, presently an Assistant Attorney General in Wisconsin.

Bob has handled all types of felony and domestic violence cases as both a trial and appellate lawyer and has lectured on all aspects of prosecution and investigation of crimes with particular focus on stalking and body-less homicides.  Bob was instrumental in the major revisions of Wisconsin’s Stalking law in 2000, 2003 and 2017.


Judge Martin

Emil Morris

Emil (he or she pronouns) works at the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley. Specializing in education and outreach, Emil also serves on the WRCNRV’s Inclusion Council, which is a multi-disciplinary group that works for parity in victim service provision to LGBTQ+ victim/survivors of partner and sexual violence. He graduated from Radford University in 2014 and volunteers with Floyd PFLAG.  


Paul Greenwood

Laura Beth Weaver

Laura Beth Weaver grew up in the Shenandoah Valley, the daughter of generations of strong Mennonite women who taught the value of serving others, of working for peace, and of believing in our larger common good. At Emory & Henry College, she earned a B.A. in Public Policy & Community Service and a M.A. in Community & Organizational Leadership. Since moving in 2011 to the New River Valley, she has worked in various capacities at the Women’s Resource Center and has been the Executive Director since November 2019. Over the years, Laura Beth has served in various volunteer and board appointments on the local, regional, and state level, always with an eye toward social justice and especially the rights and safety of women and children.

Panelists


Paul Greenwood

Honorable Judge Stephanie Murray Shortt,
J&D Relations District Court Judge for the 27th Judicial District in Virginia


Paul Greenwood

Laura Beth Weaver

Laura Beth Weaver grew up in the Shenandoah Valley, the daughter of generations of strong Mennonite women who taught the value of serving others, of working for peace, and of believing in our larger common good. At Emory & Henry College, she earned a B.A. in Public Policy & Community Service and a M.A. in Community & Organizational Leadership. Since moving in 2011 to the New River Valley, she has worked in various capacities at the Women’s Resource Center and has been the Executive Director since November 2019. Over the years, Laura Beth has served in various volunteer and board appointments on the local, regional, and state level, always with an eye toward social justice and especially the rights and safety of women and children.


Paul Greenwood

April Bennett

April Bennett BSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, GFN-C, Forensic Nurse Examiner, Legal Nurse Consultant, Executive Director of SAFE Center of SWVA, and Owner Forensic Nurse Consulting LLC


Paul Greenwood

Kathy Blauth
SVLAS Director of Litigation and Attorney


Paul Greenwood

Mark Edwards
Detective for Bristol City


Paul Greenwood

Mary Beth Burkes
DV Advocate for People, Inc.


Paul Greenwood

Sarah Sparks-Arnold
DV Advocate for Women’s Resource Center

8:45 amWelcome & Introductions
Joseph R. Carico, Esq., Executive Director, Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society
9:00 amOpening: KEYNOTE
Katrina Brownlee
10:15 amBreak & Session Change
*10-MINUTE SESSION CHANGE
10:25 amBreakout Sessions (Choose 1 Room)

Stalking: What is it and what can we do about it?

Sex Trafficking: Connections between Appalachia and the Dominican Republic
11:40 amLunch Break
12:25 pmPanel Discussion
1:25 pmBreak & Session Change (10 mins)
1:35 pmBreakout Sessions:
2 Sessions –

Correlation of DV and Animal Cruelty

Rapport-building with LGBTQ Victims of DV Crimes
2:50 pmBreak & Session Change (10 mins)
3:00 pmClosing Session: Katrina Brownlee
4:15 pmFinal Thoughts
Gary Cody, Director of Development, Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society