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Safe Mom = Safe Baby

Posted on August 24, 2017 by Deanna Spiotta

Join us for a conference to equip providers with valuable resources to identify, serve, and support victims of domestic violence, turning victims into survivors, and helping survivors thrive.

Pregnancy is a time of heightened danger for women living with domestic violence. Healthy Baby Network, along with Willow Domestic Violence Center, is addressing domestic violence as the public health crisis it is.


Safe Sleep = Safe Baby

Pregnancy, Violence, and Maternal Mortality

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
9:00am – 3:00pm
Registration begins at 8:00am.

Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport
175 Jefferson Road
Rochester, NY 14623

Breakfast and lunch provided. 

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell, Johns Hopkins University
Attendees will receive the Danger Assessment training at the conference.  After the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to complete the Danger Assessment certification online for a discounted rate of $25 ($125 value). 

For more information on the Danger Assessment post test certification, click here.


Register here!

Tickets are available for $22. Limited scholarships for community members are available. Please contact Deanna Spiotta at or 585-546-4930 ext. 215 for details.

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Learning Objectives

  1. Understand domestic violence as a public health crisis.
  2. Understand how responses and actions affect clients.
  3. Identify new strategies to improve response to domestic violence.
  4. Commit to applying learned strategies in daily interactions with clients.


8:00am – Registration & breakfast
9:00am – Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:30am – Keynote Address:  Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell, Johns Hopkins University
9:50am – Survivor Speech
10:00am – Danger Assessment  Training
10:45am – BREAK  – Chair Yoga with Anita Black
11:00am – Danger Assessment Training (cont.)
12:00pm – Lunch
12:45pm – Breakout Session I
1:45pm – Breakout Session II
2:45pm – Closing

Breakout Sessions

Four breakout sessions will be offered at two different times.  Please select your desired breakout session choices at registration.  The four breakout sessions include:

What If They Say Yes?: Practical Skills to Identify and Respond to Intimate Partner Violence
Facilitated by Jaime Saunders, Willow Domestic Violence Center and Nicole Trabold, University of Rochester

This session will review practices for successful screening, assessment, and response(s) to intimate partner violence (IPV). Clinicians/providers will gain confidence in empathetic responses to IPV through practice based learning and skill building.  Intervention planning will be discussed using the current state of research evidence and practice guidelines that enhance well-being, provide stability, and ensure safety.

Learning Objectives:
1) Demonstrate knowledge and practice skills for screening and assessment
2) Demonstrate knowledge regarding intervention planning for individual who experience IPV

Blurred Lines
Facilitated by Jennifer Sullivan, Willow Domestic Violence Center and Ngozi Udo, Healthy Baby Network

This session will include information regarding healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships along with an exploration of societal impacts on domestic violence survivors including; social media, common misconceptions, and victim blaming beliefs. This session is designed to improve one’s understanding of domestic violence as well as increase sensitivity towards survivors. 

Parenting After Intimate Partner Violence: Bringing Our Community Together to Support Parents and Children Impacted by Violence
Facilitated by Lisa D’Orsi and Brittney Kennedy, Society for the Protection and Care of Children

During this session, we will discuss and share what trauma symptoms may manifest for children who have been exposed to intimate partner violence; we will look at ways for parents and the community to support these young individuals. We will also discuss how the non-offending parent’s experiences may shape the way they themselves parent and what community/national resources may be available to assist in parenting safely.

Compassion and Wellness: Finding Your Way!
Facilitated by Cheryl Martin, Coordinated Care Services, Inc., DeVon Medlock, Healthy Baby Network, and Vanessa Santiago, Healthy Baby Network

This interactive breakout session will explore wellness and resilience for those who spend their workday providing support and guidance to others. Areas of focus may include supportive relationships, personal and professional strengths, seeking serenity (and the serenity prayer), cognitive flexibility, focusing on the “why”, and keeping physically and emotionally fit and safe. We welcome your expertise and experience and seek to join you on your journey of self-discovery.

jacquelyn-campbellJacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN is Professor and Anna D. Wolf Chair at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.  Dr. Campbell’s major area of research is violence against women and associated physical and mental health outcomes, including intimate partner homicide, HIV/AIDS, and abuse during pregnancy.  She is committed to the collaborative development and testing of interventions for women exposed to violence in the health care, VA, advocacy and judicial systems in the US and globally including the Danger Assessment risk of DV lethality instrument and interventions based on it, interventions that can help end health inequities for marginalized women.  Dr. Campbell has mentored an amazingly talented and committed group of interdisciplinary scholars in research on violence against women who have collaborated in producing her more than 250 publications and seven books, including the 2017 version of Assessing Dangerousness and the 2011 Family Violence and Nursing Practice.


About Deanna Spiotta

Deanna is the Communications Director for Healthy Baby Network.