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23rd annual Safe at Home Conference is empowering professionals, championing survivors, advancing prevention tactics in family violence


Tue, Oct 10th 2023 01:10 pm

The Child Advocacy Center of Niagara (CAC), a service of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, in collaboration with the Niagara County Family Violence Intervention Project, announced its 23rd annual Safe at Home Conference, featuring speakers and interactive workshops, will be Thursday, Oct. 26, at Niagara Riverside Resort, 7001 Buffalo Ave.

A press release stated, “Aimed at child welfare, victim advocacy, criminal justice, mental health, and education professionals, the conference will delve into pivotal discussions surrounding family violence, abuse and trauma. Both national and local experts are slated to lead informative workshops and deliver keynote addresses, providing fresh insights on pressing topics and evolving strategies in the sector.”

"The Safe at Home Conference remains a guiding light in the battle against child maltreatment and domestic violence," said Shelley Hitzel, L.M.S.W., the Child Advocacy Center's executive director. "This year, we emphasize survivors' narratives and spotlight prevention tactics rooted in the latest research. We're committed to equipping professionals with the resources, expertise and perspective to drive meaningful change."

Jasmine Grace Marino, the event's keynote speaker and a survivor of both sex trafficking and drug addiction, will share her experiences, emphasizing the importance of recognizing signs, forging prevention strategies, and championing survivor support.

Additionally, Dr. Elizabeth L. Jeglic, a psychology professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, will present her recent findings on sexual grooming behaviors, aiming to deepen understanding of the preemptive methods used by offenders.

NFMMC stated, “Her insights promise a comprehensive perspective on prevention, detection and intervention in adult sexual abuse scenarios.

“The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will also offer a workshop, presenting crucial data and knowledge on modern challenges like financial sextortion, self-generated imagery, and preventive communication.

“This year's event also introduces a bonus virtual session on Oct. 25, and a toiletry drive, further showcasing the conference's dedication to comprehensive care and community outreach.”

Registration closes Oct. 19. The fee is $50. Early registration is encouraged to ensure participation. For more details or to register, visit http://cacofniagara.org/services/family-violence-intervention-project/.

The Child Advocacy Center of Niagara is a nonprofit organization that is accredited by the National Children's Alliance and designated by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. The center collaborates with various professionals such as law enforcement, child protection agencies, prosecutors, victim advocates, medical professionals, and mental health practitioners to provide a child-centered facility that aims to minimize trauma for children. It offers investigative interviews and other services. Additionally, the center provides access to medical, mental health, advocacy and support services.

For more information, visit cacofniagara.org or call 716-285-0045.

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