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Conference Highlights Strategies to Reduce Domestic Violence


Conference Highlights Strategies to Reduce Domestic Violence

The 12th annual Inland Empire Domestic Violence Conference will be held Friday, Oct. 24 at UCR Extension

(September 26, 2008)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) -- A woman who served time for killing an abusive boyfriend will share her experiences at the 12th annual Inland Empire Domestic Violence Conference on Friday, Oct. 24, at the UCR Extension Center, 1200 University Ave., Riverside.

Rose Parker of San Bernardino County will share her expertise with professional care-givers at a conference co-sponsored by the Domestic Violence Intervention Consortium of San Bernardino County, UCR Extension and UCR Counseling Center.

Domestic violence knows no boundaries in America, organizers say; no culture, race, religion, age or income level is immune. The daylong conference will include sessions on domestic violence by soldiers returning from military service in Iraq and elsewhere; domestic violence among gays; men’s tools for domestic violence and addiction; and discussions of battered-women syndrome.

The conference is timely, as stress and tension from economic woes leads to rising levels of domestic violence. A 2004 study from the National Institute of Justice, part of the U.S. Department of Justice, found strong connections between domestic violence and economic health. The study found that couples under "extensive financial strain" had triple the domestic violence rate of others.
The conference is designed for social workers, counselors, physicians, shelter workers, victim advocates, law enforcement personnel and other professionals, organizers say. Some professional education credits are available, and reduced enrollment fees are offered for shelter workers. An early-bird registration discount is available until Oct. 13.

Parker, who spent 15 years in prison, killed her ex-boyfriend in self-defense when he burst into her Fontana home and held her family hostage for four days. In 2000, then-California Gov. Gray Davis granted her a rare parole, writing that her case had “all the characteristics of battered women’s syndrome” — today a legally recognized defense.

She was released from lifetime parole in 2006. She now holds a doctorate in Christian counseling, has written a book, “Beat Up, Beat Down, and Still Standing,” and is CEO of Saving Our Women International, Inc., a San Bernardino County-based nonprofit that she founded.

She shares her experiences widely. “She’s inspirational,” said Jennifer Campbell, program coordinator for UCR Extension Science, Law, and Health Programs.

As part of the conference focus on ways to better help victims, other planned speakers include:
• Katrina West, the first African-American woman to sit as a Superior Court judge in San Bernardino County;
• Members of the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air/Ground Combat Center, Family Advocacy Program Branch;
• Protima Pandey, attorney, Inland Counties Legal Services.

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