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LIU Post to Host Regional Conference on Family Violence

"Violence is Not the Answer! The Many Faces of Family Violence" is sponsored by Nassau County Task Force on Family Violence


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post

Brookville, N.Y. -- "Violence is Not the Answer! The 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 of Social Work program at LIU Post, will be held Friday, April 20 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Hillwood Commons Lecture Hall in Brookville.

The second annual conference, which is free and open to the public, will feature six workshops on different aspects of family violence, including "Intimate Partner and Dating Violence," "Child Abuse and Child Witnesses," "Panel Discussion on Sexual Assault," "Batterer's Accountability," "Multicultural and Faith-Based Approaches to Family Violence," and "Criminal and Civil Responses to Domestic Violence." The workshops will be led by a host of professionals who are experts in their field.

Dr. Eileen Treacy, who has worked for the past 32 years in the areas of sexual abuse/assault in a variety of capacities, including as rape crisis counselor, co-founder of Bronx Women Against Rape and the founder of the Kingsbridge Heights Community Center's Child Sexual Assault Counseling and Prevention Program, is the keynote speaker. Her lecture will offer a historical and current perspectives on the progress of programs and policies related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse, including the criminal justice system, and social services.  Additionally, Dr. Treacy will explore accomplishments in educating the public about the impact of interpersonal abuse. She will discuss the future progression of these issues and what still must be done to protect the rights of victims.

Also addressing the conference will be Mr. Mangano; Gregory Blass, Suffolk County Department of Social Services Commissioner, who also chairs the Suffolk County Task Force on Family Violence, and Nassau County Department of Social Services Commissioner and chair of the Nassau County Task Force on Family Violence, and Dr. John Imhof, who earned a master's degree in health care administration from LIU Post and teaches in the LIU Post Social Work Department.

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

Mangano created the Family Violence Task Force in February 2010 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.

Elissa D. Giffords, DSW, LCSW, associate professor in the social work department and a member of the task force said, “I look forward another successful conference this year. I am pleased that the LIU Post Social Work Department is sponsoring this important event. I am also honored to have the opportunity to contribute to the conference in my role as co-chair of the program committee. Our committee worked very hard to ensure a valuable experience for all attendees. We anticipate the 2012 conference will once again provide an educational forum for many community leaders, researchers and practitioners from a variety of organizations including government, academic, health and human services, law enforcement and faith-based, to learn about the multiple factors associated with family violence. Family and domestic violence will continue to harm the most vulnerable members of our society unless community members and other professionals work collaboratively to mitigate this problem.”

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. LIU Post (formerly known as the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University) 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 04/04/2012

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