Seeking increased collaboration between all parties within the criminal justice system and advocates providing services to Domestic Violence clients, Dove is hosting “Journey to Justice” a Domestic Violence Symposium.

The event will he held on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel, 4191 US 36 West – Wyckles Road, in Decatur, Illinois.

The objectives for the Symposium are: Promote evidence-based, victim-centered and trauma-informed services to all domestic violence survivors; Improve prosecution of those who perpetuate domestic violence; Gain better understanding of barriers that keep victims from leaving; To better ensure accountability to the perpetrators of domestic violence.

Special thanks to Ed Bachrach, a passionate supporter of our program’s purpose in bringing prevention and awareness to domestic violence, for his guiding initiative and underwriting of this event.

This event is also Co-Sponsored by the Decatur Bar Association.

Our guest speakers will be two nationally recognized advocates for victims of domestic violence, Kit Gruelle and Mark Wynn.

Who Should Attend? Law Enforcement Personnel, Prosecutors, Public Defenders, Judges Probation/Parole Officers and Advocates.

This event is free with a complementary lunch provided, but registration is required by noon on August 28. Participants may check in on the day of the event beginning at 7:45 a.m. Please register at doveinc.org, call 217.428.6616 or email dove@doveinc.org.

Continuing Education Units will be provided – State’s Attorney’s Office will be providing CLE (Continuing Legal Education); Macon County Sheriff’s Office; Dove – ICDVP (IL Certified Domestic Violence Professional); and IL Coalition Against Domestic Violence – SW, MSW, LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor), LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor) and PAIP (Partner Abuse Intervention Professional).

More about the speakers:

Mark Wynn of Wynn Consulting offers a wide range of training and technical assistance services on child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault prevention.

• Retired Lt. and 21 year member of Nashville Metropolitan Police Department

• Faculty Instructor at National District Attorney’s Association

• Instructor/Board Member of International Assoc. of Chiefs of Police

• Instructor of National Sheriff’s Association

• National/International Expert Trainer on Domestic Violence

• Recipient of 121 commendations/51 awards & certificates

• Consultant to Department of Justice Office of Victims of Crime

• Past Board Member to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic Violence

Kit Gruelle is a survivor of domestic violence who has worked as an advocate for battered women and their children for almost 30 years.

As a renowned community educator, she has trained scores of advocates, criminal justice professionals (law enforcement, prosecutors, magistrates, and judges), health care providers, clergy, legislators, educators, and other allied professionals, and has guest lectured at colleges, universities, medical and law schools, schools of social work and public health, and departments of sociology, women’s studies, and psychology on violence against women and children.

John Curtis can be reached at john.curtis@shelbyvilledailyunion.com

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