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I am available as a speaker to your organization. As a survivor of intimate violence culminating in an attempted murder-suicide, I bring a unique vision of what it takes to migrate instant unanticipated change and offer a glimpse into the who, what, and how of intimate partner violence.
I train front line medical professionals how to screen, recognize and effectively approach patients about intimate partner violence including how to handle disclosure. I guide legal professionals in understanding and mitigating risk to family law clients and consult on development of effective corporate domestic violence workplace policy.
An accomplished entrepreneur with over 20 years of hands on business experience, my passion is empowering organizations, individuals and families to build relationships that work whether they be individuals, doctors and patients, attorneys and clients, or organizations and employees.
Engagements include: VCU Medical Center Advances in Obstetrics and Gynecology Conference 2014 Speaker, YWCA Richmond Empower & Transform Keynote 2014, YWCA Remember My Name Memorial Keynote 2013, Washington & Lee and Mary Washington University Fear2Freedom Keynotes 2014, Christopher Newport University Fear2Freedom Keynote 2013, Senator Mark Warner’s Women’s Conference 2011,VCU Health Systems Injury and Violence Prevention Program/Project Empower DV Awareness Keynote 2012 and 2014; Beyond Barbie, Through the Fire: Reclaiming Lost Power After Trauma & Abuse 2010, 2012, & 2013; The BBC, Outlook Nov2013, HearSay WHRO FM Virginia 2013. Regional Hospital Accompaniment and Healthy Relationship Outreach Team for Safe Harbor. Medical College of Virginia/VCU Health Systems Forensic and Trauma Professionals, Nurse Residency Program and OB/GYN training and Henrico County Police Department Academy Trauma Informed Intimate Partner Violence Response training ongoing.
2017 National Association of Social Workers VA Citizen of the Year Award
2015 Cole Sydnor Trauma Survivors Giving Back Award/VCU Medical Center,
2014 Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance Action Honor Hope Award,
2012 VCU Medical Center Injury and Violence Prevention Program Project Empower Award.
Legislative Initiatives for Intimate Partner Homicide Reduction
Testimony – United States House Of Representatives Steering & Policy Committee Hearing: “Domestic Violence & Guns: An Epidemic for Women & Families” June 2015
Testimony – Virginia General Assembly, various homicide reduction bills 2014/2015/2016/2017
Speaker – Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe Bill Signing of historic landmark legislation prohibiting possession of firearms for respondents of Permanent Protective Orders and Class 6 Felony for failure to comply
Journey of A Bullet – NBC.com http://www.nbcnews.com/specials/journey-of-a-bullet#story0-3
Why Didn’t You Just Leave – Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/12/why-didnt-you-just-leave_n_5805134.html