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Conference at Medical Center Will Focus on Domestic Violence

Monday, April 09, 2007

Domestic violence and ways to prevent it will be the subject of a conference at the University of Rochester Medical Center April 17 and April 18 that will bring together researchers and care providers.

Titled “Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Partner Violence: A Conference for Creative Dialogue and Collaborative Problem-solving,” it will be held in the Class of ’62 Auditorium and the Flaum Atrium in the Kornberg Medical Research Building. The conference is open to the public.

“This conference is unique because it brings together community agencies, clinicians and researchers to share ideas related to reducing domestic violence in our communities,” said Susan H. Horwitz, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and one of the conference organizers. “The program connects clinicians and researchers, consumers and providers, the legal perspective and psychosocial approaches. All these groups wrestle with this public health problem, working hard to reduce the prevalence of domestic violence and powerful long-term effects on children.”

The ultimate goal is to encourage collaboration across systems and further the development of a strong coordinated community response to reduce domestic violence, Horwitz said.

Topics include treatment of high-conflict couples, domestic violence as a risk factor for suicide and criminal justice research. Poster presentation of domestic violence research will be held Wednesday April 18 in the Flaum Atrium. For more information on the conference, call Christina Smith at 585-275-4293.

Sponsors of the conference are the Department of Psychiatry’s Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization, The Wynne Center for the Family, the University of Rochester School of Nursing, the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law Family Violence Clinic and the Rochester/Monroe County Domestic Violence Consortium.

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