Reflecting Forward Meet The Faculty

reflecting forward


 22 People from around the country will be presenting their experience, knowledge,

skills and resources to the participants of this conference!


Hoda Amine

Dr. Hoda Amine is presently working as a mental health specialist at Apex Behavioral Health as well as practicing in her private practice Dearborn Counseling Services. She was an Adjunct Associate Professor at Madonna University over 10 years. Hoda has been a community activist/ advocate over 40+ years to improve humanity and support the rights of the elders, women and children.


She was a recipient of several professional Awards including 2013 Arab American Chamber of commerce Professional of the year in Medicine, 2011 MI – NASW Social Worker of the Year, 2010 Susan B Anthony Humanitarian Award (UM-D) Hala Maksoud activist award (ADC), Spirit Award from Wayne County Council on D. V. Women of the Year award ( Loretta Moore Community activist Award) from NOW. She works deligently to support her community and women in general. She is the role model icon in the Arab American community and abroad over 30 years.



TABashir2TA Bashir

TA Bashir was born and raised in the Village of Harlem and raised in Brownsville, Brooklyn. He attended NYC public schools and graduated from Thomas Jefferson HS at the age of 17, he joined the military a year later and spent 2 years in Viet Nam with the 315th Air Commando Wg. (now Special Operations), he’s a 100 % disabled Viet Nam combat veteran. Bashir, as he is known to friends and colleagues is the founding CEO of the House of Peace (HOP) that was initiated In Sept 2001 to provide advice, counseling, and consciousness raising to the issue of Domestic Violence (DV) in the Muslim Community, in general and the African American communities specifically. Instrumental in terms of training and Praxis was working with Dr. Oliver Williams and members of the IDVAAC team.

After training with community and national organizations that included DV training and Batterers’ Intervention Training, more emphasis was placed on dealing with men and boys with issues of violence toward women, teaching them accountability and how to handle stressful situation with positive alternatives to violence against women, and exploring the Qur’an, Traditions, and researched authentic historical sources that are often misinterpreted to justify violence to women and children. Since then, the HOP has provided service for ACS, community and church referrals were attended to. In addition, the HOP has joined with other community activists to bring the message home about HIV/AIDS and other infectious sexually transmitted diseases.

Bashir has presented DV and HIV/AIDS awareness training to private, religious and civic organizations. Focusing on the spread of the disease to a lack of knowledge. He presents about the dangers that families are confronting in terms of abuse: women, children and elderly. Bashir was employed as a State Psychologist NYS-OMRDD for over 26 years; working with psychiatric and developmentally disabled persons, this included working with sexual offenders and those who maintained homocidal/aggressive ideation. In addition, Dr. Bashir studied Certified Pastoral Education (Hospital Chaplain working with criminally insane) at the St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway where the admission of DV as a significant risk factor for women was previously minimized. I have completed graduate work in the area of Psychology and Theology.

He was educated in the CUNY system, from undergraduate to graduate level. He also obtained a Doctorate in Theology from NYTS. He has attended specialize training dealing with DV, counseling, Batterers Intervention, Forensic Psychology for Sex Offenders, Lethality Assessment with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Profilers Training.  The American Institue for Psycotherapy certified him as a level three practioner.  In addition, he initiated a Foster Care Training Program for the Muslim community with New York City’s Agency Children Services (ACS). He is a member of the Queens Borough President’s (Helen Marshall) Panel on DV.

He is also a member of the African Counsel of Imams and continues to support immigrants from West Africa and provide consultation for Batterers’ Intervention. President of the Board of Trustees for Masjid Al Hamdu Lillah, Executive Vice President of the American Indigenous Islamic- CPE: an organization whose aim is to train more minorities and women to be Chaplains in hospitals, nursing homes, prisons etc. Along with counseling skills, he is also a certified psycho hypnotist, working with people on breaking poor habits, severe stress, dealing with trauma, and recalling early episodes of childhood abuse and its impact on present day decision making or behavior. Dr. Bashir has partnered with community organizations and the Interfaith Church of 475 Riverside who is a leader in providing social justice for New York City. He continues to participate with other organizations and Masjids to improve the lives of New Yorkers.

Currently he serves as a Professor and Co Director of the Islamic Studies Program. of New York Theological Seminary (NYTS). Coordinator of NYTS’s Task Force on DV and partnered with Gov. Cuomo’s Task Force on DV in the State of New York. One goal is to standardize Batterers’ Intervention for Men. He has partnered with O. Williams on the crucial literature An Islamic Response to DV 2013. (Publication is available by request from this writer). aa

JeffrieCapeJeffrie Cape

Jeffrie K. Cape LMSW ACSW CAADC is the director of Charron Services LLC and started HEAL (Helping Explore Accountable Lifestyles) a 52 session Batterer intervention program and WEAVE (Women Exploring Accountably Violent Encounters) in Oakland County, Michigan.

Jeffrie has over 25 years of clinical experience and also has a private practice with varied clientele. She was appointed to the Michigan Domestic Violence and Prevention and Treatment Board by Governor Snyder in 2011 She helped develop local standards for batterer intervention programs and was a member of the governor’s task force to develop state standards. She was active in the development and formation of BISC-MI in 1995. She serves on the board and was chair in 2001-2002. She was chair the Batterer Intervention Provider Standards Compliance Council (BIPSCC). She was one of the originators of AQUILA.

Jeffrie also is employed part time at ADA (Alternatives to Domestic Aggression) in Washtenaw County, where she facilitates groups, trains, supervises staff, develops and refines curriculum for community and prison based programs. She participates in a variety of state and local task forces as well as providing local and national training and supervision for agencies and individuals who work with individuals involved in domestic violence.

RicardoCarilloRicardo Carrillo

RICARDO CARRILLO, Ph.D., is the lead mental health supervisor for the Prevention and Early Intervention project at La Clinica Behavioral health program.  He is most recognized as an expert witness and international consultant in the areas of family therapy, domestic violence, cross cultural psychology, forensic psychology, and cultural competence. He has provided leadership in the areas of program development with domestic violence offenders, Latino mental health, and chemical dependency populations. He attended the California School of Professional Psychology in Fresno, CA. He has taught for ten years in professional psychology schools in the Bay area. He maintains a private practice in Redwood City and Oakland, CA and continues to provide professional consultation to a variety of agencies. He is the Director of Training and Technical Assistance for the National Latino Alliance on Domestic Violence (Alianza) in the Latino Community and the National Compadres Network, Inc. He has 26 years of recovery and stems from several generations of addicts. He performs the evaluations for MLB baseball players in the domestic violence policy.

Dr. Carrillo enjoys the performing and culinary arts. He is a member of Squeeze Box Sabroso, a Mexican American band. He is the father of Regina and Reynaldo, and grandfather to David Valenzuela and Micah Preciado, and Reyna & Nellie Carrillo. He is the co-founder of the Latino Men’s Circle that is dedicated to living as a noble man and an advisory board member of the National Latino Compadres network and the National Latino Fatherhood Institute.

He is the co-editor, along with Jerry Tello, of the text FAMILY VIOLENCE AND MEN OF COLOR; published by SPRINGER PUBLISHING COMPANY in 1998.

SusanCayouetteSusan Cayouette

Susan Cayouette, Ed.D., is Co-Executive Director of Emerge: Counseling and Education to Stop Domestic Violence, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Cayouette has been a group counselor and clinical supervisor at Emerge for 30 years and she developed the batterer intervention group for lesbian/bisexual abusers.  She has also worked with heterosexual women who use force and has developed services for men and women who need anger management for non-intimate partner abuse. She was a mental health clinician prior to working at Emerge and also worked at Help for Abused Women and Children, a battered women’s shelter in Salem, Massachusetts for 5 years.  She received a doctorate in education from Boston University in 1986 and her dissertation was on “The Recovery Process of Battered Women.”

She has lectured in the United States and abroad on work with victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. Her writings on domestic violence have been published in several books and professional journals. Dr. Cayouette is co-author of the Emerge Program Manual on Group Interventions for Batterers.  She lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her daughters, Elizabeth, 18 and Sarah, 13 and she dreads October in Salem.a


TedGermanTed German

Ted German, Ph.D., has been working with abusers and issues related to intimate partner violence for twenty-nine years. He has worked at Emerge for a total of 20 years and has been Emerge Director of Training for the past 14 years. Ted has conducted trainings in more than 17 states and 7 countries. In addition to his training duties, Ted currently co-facilitates one group for heterosexual men, supervises multiple other heterosexual groups and is part of the overall Emerge management team.

In recent years, Ted has also helped develop the Emerge program for heterosexual women who use force and has direct counseling experience with some of these women. Ted has also been an evaluation consultant on a domestic violence education project, done doctoral level research on the relationship between peer support, family support and domestic violence perpetration and worked on a dating violence intervention project in coordination with a program for survivors in Cambridge MA.

Rachel GibsonRachel Gibson

Rachel is a Technology Safety Specialist with the Safety Net Project at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). Rachel works with advocates to address all forms of technology that impacts survivors of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual violence.  She also provides trainings, resources, and other technical assistance to increase the knowledge and capacity of victim’s advocates so they can help those in need.

Before coming to NNEDV, Rachel was responsible for the oversight of the Technology and Safety Program at the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence which included: providing technology and safety training, supporting member programs in advocating for survivors of high tech stalking and abuse, and completing projects related to technology and survivors of domestic violence safety.  Rachel also worked with the United States Postal Inspection Service, helping to collect data and information for many high-profile identity theft, mail fraud and money laundering cases.

Rachel has a Masters in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor of Arts in in Criminology Lynchburg College.

EdGondolfEdward W. Gondolf

Edward W. Gondolf, EdD, MPH, is currently a research associate and former research director for the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute (MARTI), based at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (USA).  His most noted book Batterer Intervention Systems (2001) summarizes a seven-year evaluation of batterer intervention systems in four cities funded by the US Centers for Disease Control, and a related NIJ study using the longitudinal data to identify risk factors for re-assault.  Under grants from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), he more recently evaluated the effectiveness of specialized counseling for African-American men, a study of case management for domestic violence offenders, and a 4-year evaluation of supplemental mental health treatment for batterer program participants.

Dr. Gondolf’s subsequent book, The Future of Batterer Programs: Reassessing Evidence-Based Practice (2012), addresses the debate over the research on batterer programs and the means to improving their effectiveness, and his most recent book, Gender-Based Perspectives on Batterer Programs: Program Leaders on History, Approach, Research, and Development (2015) compiles the experience and insights of 24 batterer program leaders on program effectiveness and direction.  He has also authored over 150 academic journal articles and 11 books on domestic violence intervention and related topics.

ChrisHallChristopher Hall

Christopher Hall, MSW, has worked with perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence for nineteen years, and during that time has been a facilitator and trainer for Emerge, coordinated batterer intervention programs statewide for the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and has rebuilt a failing BIP/DVIP from scratch at The Retreat in Suffolk County, New York. He administers the Domestic Violence Intervention and Education discussion group on Facebook (, as well as the Facebook page for Stony Brook University’s Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities.

Christopher takes an intersectional approach to working with domestic violence offenders, victims, and survivors and utilizes Motivational Interviewing and Appreciative Inquiry to facilitate movement toward respect, health, repairs, and amends in relationships.

ChrisHuffineChris Huffine

Chris Huffine, Psy.D., licensed psychologist, has worked with abusive men for the past 24 years.  He is the Executive Director of Allies in Change in Portland, Oregon. Prior to founding that agency in 2004 he worked for 12 years at Men’s Resource Center. During his career he has worked with thousands of abusive men and dozens of female and male victims of abuse. He is the founder of the Tri-County Batterer Intervention Provider Network which has made regular use of facilitated discussions in its 19 years of monthly meetings.

He is an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University where he teaches an anger management class and speaks on domestic violence. He regularly speaks publicly and offers trainings on a variety of issues related to domestic violence.  He is a member of the advisory group to the Oregon state attorney general to monitor standards for batterer intervention programs and of the Oregon Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. In addition to his domestic violence work, he does individual and couples counseling with adults on a variety of other issues including mood disorders, stress management, relationship/intimacy issues, and addictions.

Melissa JeltsenMelissa Jeltsen

Melissa Jeltsen is a senior reporter at The Huffington Post, where she writes about gender-based violence.
She previously worked at MSNBC and Talking Points Memo, and freelanced for Jezebel, Raw Story, The Rumpus, GOOD, Cosmo and The Boston Globe, among others. In 2015, she was awarded the Newswomen’s Club Of New York front page award for a series of articles on domestic violence.

This year, she produced an investigative feature tracking one month of intimate partner homicides in the U.S. Her recent work has highlighted domestic violence victims who are incarcerated for self-defense, the intersection of traumatic brain injury and domestic violence, and the connection between mass shootings and domestic violence.
You can follow her work at The Huffington Post and on Twitter

MahoganyJonesMahogany Jones

International, inspirational hip-hop artist & educator ~ Charyse  Lois Bailey, better known by the stage name Mahogany Jones, is an American inspirational female rapper, singer, and songwriter. Mahogany Jones is a lyrical force, hailed internationally for her work, as a recording and performance artist, arts advocate, community activist and educator. Named the only four time undefeated Champion of BET’s 106 & Park “Freestyle Fridays” in 2001, Jones set about establishing herself as an emcee with a cause appearing on over 30 albums and gracing stages with such greats as Gil Scot Heron, Talib Kweli, KEM, Rah Digga, India.Arie, The Roots, Jessica Care Moore and many others.  2012 marked the transition of Jones into an international artist when she selected by the U.S. State Department to serve as an official Hip Hop Ambassador to 5 nations in Africa. She has since served in Iraq, Kurdistan, Sudan, Brazil, and Haiti. The native New Yorker is also a writer-in-residence for Detroit’s largest literary arts education nonprofit, InsideOut and is a facilitator of hip-hop based prevention programming with the non-profit, The Yuinon.  In addition to teaching, mentoring and recording, Jones serves as weekly host and organizer of 5e Gallery’s The Foundation open-mic. Her latest album, PURE, came out February 4, 2014 and is dedicated to the healing and empowerment of women.

JacksonKatzJackson Katz

Jackson Katz, Ph.D., is an educator, author, filmmaker and cultural theorist who is internationally renowned for his pioneering scholarship and activism on issues of gender and violence. He is co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program. He is the creator of the award-winning educational documentaries Tough Guise and Tough Guise 2.

He is the author of The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help and Man Enough? Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the Politics of Presidential Masculinity. He lectures widely in the U.S. and around the world on violence, media and masculinities.



EricMankowskiEric Mankowski

Eric Mankowski, Ph.D. is currently a community psychologist, professor, and the Associate Chair of the Department of Psychology at Portland State University. Eric’s program of action research is aimed at understanding how masculinities are socially constructed and addressing their connection to violence and other social problems. Eric established the first course ever taught on men and masculinity at Portland State, where he also teaches a course on domestic violence interventions.

Eric serves on the American Psychological Association’s Working Group on Health Disparities in Boys and Men and on the APA’s Expert Panel on Gun Violence Prediction and Prevention. Locally, Eric co-chairs the Oregon Batterer Intervention Program Advisory Committee and am a member of the Oregon Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. Eric received grant funding for my research program from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Nursing Research, and the National Park Service.

Publications of this research include an edited volume, “Men, masculinity, wellness, health and social justice: Community based approaches”, as well as numerous articles and book chapters about batterer intervention, intimate partner violence in the workplace, and community-based self-help programs for boys and men.

ScottMillerScott Miller

Scott Miller has worked for the Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs since 2000.  Scott coordinates Duluth’s Coordinated Community Response to domestic violence which is currently under a demonstration project funded by OVW called the Blueprint for Safety.  Serving as both system advocate and coordinator of the men’s nonviolence program, he is instrumental in the evolving work being done in Duluth.  Scott trains nationally and internationally on the components of the Duluth Model of intervention and helps develop new resource materials and curricula for use in communities working to end violence against women.  Scott has also co-authored the new DAIP men’s nonviolence curriculum Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter.

Scott works independently as an expert witness in criminal and civil trials to explain how the tactics of abusers and the associated risks generated by battering are linked to the counterintuitive behaviors of victims.  Scott has testified in family court, state district court and federal/military court.

From 2001 to 2015, Scott was a contract trainer and forensic interviewer for First Witness Child Abuse Resource Center in Duluth.  Scott was responsible for conducting forensically sound interviews of children suspected of being physically or sexually abused as part of a criminal investigation.   Scott also trained nationally on how to conduct interviews with children and work from a multidisciplinary team approach in the investigation of child abuse. Scott Miller has been working in the women’s movement since 1985.

ChrisMolesChris Moles

Rev. Chris Moles is an ordained minister with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Senior Pastor of Grace Community Chapel in Eleanor, WV and a Certified Biblical Counselor (ACBC). Chris is the author of the book, The Heart of Domestic Abuse, Gospel Solutions for Men Who use Violence and Control in the Home.

A certified group facilitator in Batterer intervention and prevention Chris serves as a faculty member with the West Virginia Coalition against domestic violence state wide intervention training;  B.A. in Bible from Cedarville  College; M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Faith Bible Seminary.


LisaNitschLisa Nitsch

Lisa Nitsch, Director of Training & Education at House of Ruth Maryland, Lisa serves as Director of Training & Education at House of Ruth Maryland. She is responsible for oversight and development of the agency’s abuse intervention programs for perpetrators of intimate partner violence, and the agency’s Training Institute. Lisa oversees the day-to-day operation of these programs and coordinates new program initiatives to improve the quality and scope of services.

Lisa has been with House of Ruth Maryland since 1998. She is a dynamic teacher with a strong grasp of the history of the violence against women movement.  She served as the Vice President of the national organization, Women in Fatherhood, for over six years and as Chair of Maryland’s Abuse Intervention Collaborative for over a decade. She currently serves on the Governor’s Family Violence Council as the advisor for abuse intervention services in the state.

Lisa demonstrates strength in creating collaborative partnerships between programs and agencies that have historically conflicting agendas and provides technical assistance in this area to programs across the country. She is originally from Baltimore City, where she continues to work and live with her remarkably patient husband and gentle pit bull.a


JRThicklinJ.R. Thicklin

Rev. J.R. Thicklin is the Lead Director of the African American Domestic Peace Project in West Palm Beach, Fl. He is the President and CEO of Destiny By Choice, Inc. where he is empowering lives and shaping destinies of those lives impacted and affected by domestic violence and related abuse. He is a strong advocate and activist in the plight to end domestic violence and fatherlessness having been on the front lines as a trailblazer addressing and raising awareness for over 2 decades. His work has included working for Domestic Violence Centers and teaching and making presentations and educating in middle and high schools, colleges and universities. His work has allowed him to work in contractual relations with the Dept. of Children & Families and other Child Protective Services. Thicklin is considered a subject matter expert; His vast knowledge and passionate, charismatic delivery has made him a much sought after conference speaker, lecturer, presenter, trainer and consultant state and nationally in both the Faith and Secular Communities where he has addressed countless hundreds and thousands of seminar and conferences participants.  He currently serves as Vice President of the Palm Beach County Clergy Alliance.

He has received many accommodations including the Governor’s Peace at Home Award: Educating Children; He is a member of the Domestic Violence Council of Palm Beach County, the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) of Palm Beach County and the State of Florida Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Florida Network of Victim Witnesses. He has been a trainer and presenter for the State of Florida Attorney General including a much requested speaker at the Annual National Preventing Crime in the Black Community Conference as well as the National Faith Symposium. He facilitates Corporate Trainings includes areas such as Cultural Competency, Generational Diversity, Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Violence in the Workplace. He is a Facilitator of Domestic Violence Programs and have conducted trainings and Anti-Violence Summits and Trainings for various municipalities. He has been in church/pastoral ministry for over 30 years. Born in the historical city of Selma, Alabama he brings a passion for change and transformation for people and communities.

Rev. J.R. Thicklin has been an advocate on the front line addressing domestic violence for over 22 years and have noted worked in various capacities and projects and have collaborated with various organizations in performing the following:

He has worked and consulted in collaboration with the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC) out of the University of Minnesota addressing issues of Faith and Domestic Violence in the African American Community including as a contributing author to a National Curriculum “Speaking of Faith: Domestic Violence Programs and the African American Church. He conducts trainings, symposiums, forums and seminars for Faith Leaders and the Church at large in addressing Domestic Violence. Thicklin has appeared on many Television and Radio Shows including TBN-Praise the Lord, as well as he hosts a National Radio Show “Hope & Healing: A Journey To Wholeness” every Monday Night.

Thicklin received his Bachelor in Ministry from Southeastern Theological Seminary and is in pursuit of his Doctorate in Philosophy. He has studied Psychology and Sociology at South University and the University of Phoenix. He is a Certified Cultural Competency Trainer, Anger Management Specialist, and Domestic Violence Specialist. Certified 24/7 Dad Trainer and Dr. Dad and 7 Secrets of Effective Fathering with the National Fatherhood Initiative and National Center on Fathering as well as Triple P Facilitator. He is the Founder of “Father’s Lifelines” A 10 week program that equips fathers with tools to navigate the waters of being a father inside of very challenging circumstances, Man Up Stand Up Against Domestic Violence and Man Up For Families is advocacy that mobilizes Men to get involved with eradicating domestic violence. These Men come from all walk of life but share a common goal of addressing domestic violence and building stronger families, Destiny Changers: Building Boys To Men is a 16 session curriculum that addresses boys from ages 11 to 18 years of age in equipping them with the tools to become good, strong and productive men, This program addresses everything from character, behavior, skills, belief systems, conflict resolution, self-esteem and legacy with the goal in mind to build strong men. He and his lovely wife Dr. Erica resides in West Palm Beach, FL and are the proud parents of a blended family of 7 adult children consisting of 5 sons and 2 daughters.

2015-DeborahDTucker-Web-1Debby Tucker

Deborah D. Tucker has contributed 42 years of volunteer and professional leadership in building the movement to end violence. She serves as the Domestic Violence Specialist in the Division of Practice Excellence, Child Protective Services for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

Debby is President of the Board of Directors of the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, devoted to consulting, training, and advocacy.  She co-chairs the Advisory Committee for Jewish Women International’s National Alliance to End Domestic Abuse and serves as the Military Co-Chair for the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence.

Debby was a co-founder of SafePlace and served as its Executive Director for five years.  She co-founded the Texas Council on Family Violence, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and the National Domestic Violence Hotline. She has developed prevention and intervention programs as well as advocated for improvements to laws and policies at the local, state, national and international levels to enhance personal, professional, community, and societal efforts to end sexual and domestic violence. In 2014 Debby was named a Distinguished Alumna of the College of Liberal Arts at Texas State University and inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame.

BryanVictorBrian Victor

Bryan Victor, LMSW is a doctoral candidate at the Wayne State University School of Social Work in Detroit, MI.   His research examines the impact of childhood exposure to domestic violence and subsequent child welfare involvement, as well as the use of electronic communication to perpetrate teen dating violence. He currently serves as a graduate research fellow with the University of Michigan School of Social Work’s Child and Adolescent Data Lab during the 2016-17 academic year.

Bryan’s work has appeared in leading social work and child welfare journals including the British Journal of Social Work and Child Abuse & Neglect, and his latest article “Online, offline and over the line: Coercive sexting among adolescent dating partners” was recently published by Youth & Society.  Prior to entering graduate school, Bryan worked as a survivor advocate with the LGBTQ Domestic Violence Project in Boston, MA and First Step in Wayne County, MI, and as a batterer intervention group facilitator with Alternatives to Domestic Aggression at Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County in Ann Arbor, MI.


OliverWilliamsOliver Williams

Oliver J. Williams, Ph.D., Professor of School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota, in St. Paul. From June 1994 to September, 2016 he was the Executive Director of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC). He has also served as the Director of the Safe Return Initiative that addresses the issues of prisoner reentry and domestic violence from 2003-2016 and Director of the African American Domestic Peace Project (AADPP) that works with community leaders in 10 cities across the United States to address domestic violence. He has worked in the field of domestic violence for more than thirty-five years. Dr. Williams is a clinical practitioner; working in mental health, family therapy, substance abuse, child welfare, delinquency and sexual assault programs. He has worked in battered women’s shelters, developed curricula for batterers’ intervention programs and facilitated counseling groups in these programs. He has provided training across the United States and abroad on research and service-delivery surrounding partner abuse.

He has been appointed to several national advisory committees and task forces from the Center for Disease Control, U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Office on Women’s Health, and the U.S. Department of Education. He has been a board member of various domestic violence and human service organization including the early days of the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1999-2000 and the National Family Justice Center Alliance Advisory Board, 2006 to 2016. In 2000, he was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Domestic Violence by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and U.S. Attorney General. In 2010 he hosted a roundtable on youth and violence for the U.S. Attorney General and participated in a roundtable with the U.S. Attorney General on issues related to fatherhood. He also participated in a Whitehouse Roundtable on Fatherhood and Domestic Violence. He has conducted training for the U.S. Military Family Advocacy programs in the U.S. and abroad. He has presented to numerous Family Violence, Research and Practice organizations in the United States, Kenya, Canada, United Kingdom and Germany. In 2015 Dr. Williams was invited to speak at the United Nations about domestic violence among Africans in the United States and in Africa. His research and publications in scholarly journals, books, reports and DVD’s have centered on creating service delivery strategies to reduce violent behavior and support victims of abuse. He has consulted with the NFL, MLB and NBA on issues related to domestic violence. Dr. Williams has received many awards among them include an award from the American Psychological Association, a International “Telly Award” for his documentary work; the National “Shelia Wellstone Institute Award” related to his National work on Domestic Violence and a Distinguish Alumni Award from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work. Dr. Williams received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Michigan State University; a Masters in Social Work from Western Michigan University; a Masters in Public Health and a PH.D in Social Work both from the University of Pittsburgh.

WisemanPamela Wiseman

Pamela Wiseman has served as Executive Director of the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NMCADV) since 2009 where she oversees a statewide response to domestic violence.

From 1989 until assuming the position of Director at the NMCADV, she served as the Executive Director of Safe Passage, an Illinois domestic violence and sexual assault agency. There, Ms. Wiseman developed the organizations first batterer intervention program and facilitated groups for nearly 15 years. She also chaired the committees that developed standards for batterer intervention programs in both New Mexico and Illinois. In 2015, she initiated and chaired a New Mexico, legislatively created, task force with national participation and impact designed to study the effectiveness of batterer intervention programs.

Ms. Wiseman is also the author of a bestselling book on the topic of batterer intervention. She holds a bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Michigan and a masters in communication from Northern Illinois University.


mourningson*Dave Navarro

Dave Navarro gave BISC-MI his movie for a private showing entitled “Mourning Son”

Dave Navarro is a trauma survivor of the highest order. When Dave was only 15 years old his mother was brutally murdered by her estranged ex-boyfriend. For 8 long years Dave’s mother’s … See full summary »
Director: Todd Newman
Writers: Dave Navarro, Todd Newman
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*Dave Navarro will not be present at the conference