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C.W. Post to Host Regional Conference on Family Violence

"Many Faces of Family Violence" is sponsored by Nassau County Task Force on Family Violence


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University

Brookville, N.Y. – "Many Faces of Family Violence," a regional conference co-sponsored by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano's Executive's Task Force on Family Violence, and the master's of social work program at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University will be held Friday, April 8 from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at C.W. Post.

The conference, which is free and open to the public, will feature six workshops on different aspects of family violence, including "Veterans and Family Violence," "Family and Criminal Court Systems," "Child Development 0 to 3 and Trauma," "Elder Abuse," Essential Group Work with School-Aged Children Who Witness Violence," and "Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion of Family Violence." The workshops will be led by a host of professionals who are experts in their field.

The Honorable Fern A. Fisher, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge from the New York City Court System will serve as the keynote speaker and will discuss where she would like to see family violence policies in the future. Given her statewide responsibilities for access to justice initiatives, she also will share her thoughts about the need for an interdisciplinary and coordinated approach to the problem of family violence and any new legislative initiatives that might affect law enforcement, social service agencies, faith-based programs or the courts.

Also addressing the conference will be Mr. Mangano; Nassau County Department of Social Services Commissioner and chair of the Nassau County Task Force on Family Violence, Dr. John Imhof and Suffolk County Department of Social Services Commissioner, Gregory Blass who also chairs the Suffolk County Task Force on Family Violence.

"Family and domestic violence are public health emergencies that threaten the lives of children and other family members," Mr. Mangano said.

Mr. Mangano created the Family Violence Task Force last February in an effort to reduce the incidence of family and domestic violence in Nassau County. The task force has made a number of recommendations on ways to increase the awareness of family and domestic violence within the community, this conference being a major one.

"We anticipate that this conference will offer an opportunity for community leaders, researchers and practitioners from a range of institutions including government, academic, health and human services, law enforcement and faith-based organizations to learn about the multiple facets associated with family violence," said Elissa D. Giffords, DSW, LCSW, associate professor in the social work department and a member of the task force. "I'm pleased that the University is offering this opportunity for attendees to come together to discuss coordinating prevention and intervention strategies and to share their knowledge about family violence. One goal of the conference is to emphasize the impact that family and domestic violence has on all members of the family. Unless we come together and address this crisis from an interdisciplinary perspective, this pervasive problem will continue to harm the most vulnerable members of our society."

If you or someone you know is dealing with Family or Domestic Violence, please call the 24-hour Domestic Violence hotline at 516-524-0404.

Registration is required. The C.W. Post Campus is located at 720 Northern Blvd. in Brookville, N.Y. For more information regarding the conference, including registration, contact Jamie Essig in the Commissioner's Office at (516)-227-7408.

Posted 03/14/2011

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