Monday, October 1, 2012

Domestic Violence Resource Center Annual Conference

I'll be the keynote speaker at this upcoming conference in Chester, VA (south of Richmond).  All are welcome to attend.  Please pre-register.  Info is at the bottom.   I'll be showing slides of my work and talking about how low self esteem, often related to body image issues, can contribute to domestic violence and how loving ones body and self can help end abusive situations.

Sept. 24, 2012

For immediate release

Domestic Violence Resource Center hosts annual conference

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — The Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center, in partnership with Virginia State University and John Tyler Community College, will host its annual conference, Beyond Stereotypes: The Intrinsic Nature of Domestic Violence, on Friday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., in the Nicholas Building at the Chester campus of John Tyler Community College.  
            During Susan Singer’s Beyond Barbie presentation and subsequent discussion group, service providers, educators, advocates and college students can learn how body image affects self-image, victimization and healing. Michelle Garcia, director, National Stalking Resource Center, will explain how the latest technology is used to monitor, stalk and intimidate victims.
            Three afternoon breakout sessions will be offered. Discover how children are impacted by or become victims of domestic violence during Caught in the Middle, presented by Sgt. Carol Adams, Richmond Police Department and Arlene Vassell-Richards, president, You Go Girl Enterprises. Learn how HIVs and STDs relate to domestic violence in As if STDs Were Not Enough!, presented by Ann Rogers, Chesterfield County Health Department. Or discover how gang violence relates to domestic and sexual abuse during Gang Violence: It's Deeper Than You Think!, presented by Mike Emmons, Virginia State Department of Juvenile Justice.
            Due to the sensitive nature of these topics, the conference is recommended for adults over the age of 18.
            The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for college students with valid ID. Only checks or money orders made payable to the Chesterfield County Treasurer will be accepted. Preregistration is recommended. For more information or to register, visit or call 318-8332.


Michelle Burchett
Public Affairs Specialist
Chesterfield County Department of Public Affairs

1 comment:

  1. "...talking about how low self esteem, often related to body image issues, can contribute to domestic violence..."
    i say this knowing that you have done a lot of good work with women and body image...but i'm struggling with the "contributes" part because it lays the blame on the oppressed and not the oppressor. and DV is really an issue of power and control more than anything else. i'm confused by this connection, but will assume you have worked closely with women in DV shelters...(?)and just keep this as my two-cents.