National Conference
April 13th, 14, and 15th, 2011
The 16th Annual BISC-MI Conference
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Historically, domestic violence has been viewed as a family or private matter that only impacts those directly involved. We now realize that domestic violence is a criminal justice issue that has many reverberations throughout our communities. We need to challenge views that minimize, obfuscate, compartmentalize or dismiss the many ways that this type of violence makes its way into all of our lives. Current misconceptions, media response, laws and policies support a culture and view that includes secrecy, shame, and victim blaming while perpetuating the myth that domestic violence only affects those who are directly terrorized by it.

This conference gives participants an opportunity to explore the many ways that domestic violence spills out of the privacy of people's homes and enters many places we expect to be safe, such as the workplace, courtrooms, schools, sports teams, hospitals, and other public places. This conference is intentionally designed to include only plenary sessions so that participants have an opportunity to hear from all nationally recognized faculty that specialize in different areas. We hope to broaden participants' understanding of the complexity of domestic violence and its effect on the many facets of our lives and communities.

Early Bird Rate
to March 15, 2011

$225.00 BISC-MI Member*
$295.00 Non Member*
$125.00 Day Rate (same for Member and Non-Member)

After March 15, 2011 all fees increase
$275.00 BISC-MI Member*
$345.00 Non Member*
$175.00 Day Rate (same for Member and Non-Member)

The conference rates include the following meals:
3 continental breakfasts and 3 lunches

*To find out more about becoming a BISC-MI member go to: BISC-MI Membership

OVW Grantees interested in attending this conference should seek approval from their Program Manager since OVW has already approved this training!If you are currently receiving one of the following OVW Grants:
(1) Grants to Encourage Arrest
(2) STOP Violence Against Women Grants, or
(3) Rural Domestic Violence and Child Victimization Enforcement Grant Program

Contact your Program Manager to request approval to utilize grant funds to attend this important conference!

A partnership of Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Registration
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Housekeeping
8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks:

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Plenary #1: Domestic Violence and the Media
Presenter: Jackson Katz
Summary: Jackson Katz will use clips from his videos and others' to illustrate how mainstream media images -- from sports, television, Hollywood film, advertising, and music video - help to promote violent masculinity as a cultural norm. The idea is to introduce participants to a conceptual framework about the central role of media in producing and reproducing social norms, as well as to provide them with some practical tools for reading media images critically - especially those connected with masculinity and violence.

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45a.m. – 12:15p.m.
Plenary #2: Domestic Abusers at Work: Impact and Solutions
Presenter: Johnny Lee
Summary: Much attention has been given to helping victims of domestic abuse in the workplace but employers need to be aware of the impact of abuser employees on their bottom line and how they can effectively respond. Model policies, intervention measures and methods to connect with business professionals will be covered. Learning objectives include review of research on impact, performance and liability; relationship with type III- co-worker violence; review of administrative response options; understanding of employers role in
changing culture norms; and reaching out to business professionals.

12:15p.m. – 1:15p.m. Lunch Provided

1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Plenary #3: Animal abuse: Research, Policy, and Treatment
Presenter: Ken Shapirio
Summary: Fueled, in part, by high profile cases in the media, the issue of animal abuse is receiving considerable attention. Beginning with a critical review of recent studies on the relationships between animal abuse and violence against humans (the link), this presentation will debunk some myths and misunderstandings about the link – how it is both oversold and undersold. Finally, we will discuss policy implications for the criminal justice system, human services, and animal advocates.

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Plenary #4: Transforming Batterer Intervention Programs into Domestic Violence Solution Centers
Presenter: Etiony Alderando
Summary: Make no mistake, advocates, clinicians, and researchers know considerably more about domestic violence today than they did 30 years ago. This is particularly true of the knowledge of correlates and determinants of violence and the effectiveness of interventions to curb the violence. Yet when it comes to the depth of our understanding of violence perpetration and reduction we find ourselves tentative about what we know and what we should do with this knowledge. Although domestic violence interventions have been the subject of considerable attention by social science researchers, this work is often not adequately disseminated among battered women advocates, criminal justice personnel, and service providers. Moreover, available specialized reports tend to present individual studies and modes of intervention in isolation. This practice has the unfortunate effect of promoting the view that interventions with men who batter are discrete procedures without connection to a larger system, undervaluing the contribution of a properly implemented systemic response. This workshop takes a different approach by bringing together the research literature on the effectiveness of the most common interventions on re-assault and evaluating their relative contribution to a broader systemic response to domestic violence. The workshop concludes with recommendations for developing “Domestic Violence Solutions Networks” designed to build on the strengths of existing community talents and resources for violence prevention and intervention.

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Informal Gathering: To Talk About Violence, Men In The Movement, Motivations Around Violence, Cultural Values And What We Can Do?
Presenter: Johnny Lee

Thursday, April 14, 2011
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Registration
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Housekeeping
8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks:

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Plenary #5: Unraveling the Web of “The D.C. Sniper”
Presenter: Mildred Muhammad
Summary: The truth behind the theory of the unfortunate ‘random’ wounding and killing of people in the DC Metro area. Mildred Muhammad's presentation will fill in the gaps as your listen to her story of domestic violence and survival.

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Plenary #6: Understanding Batterers Through the Eyes of a Child
Presenter: Jim Henderson
Summary: Drawing on personal experience with the child protection and the foster care system, Mr. Henderson will talk about the consequences imposed on him and his family by well meaning individuals, applying well meaning policies, that were in place to enhance safety. Mr. Henderson will focus on how even a well organized system can be experienced as sanctions by the very individuals we as helping professionals aim to support. Mr. Henderson will further elaborate on how he feels the system discouraged victims of domestic violence and their children from utilizing a system that they feel as counter productive.

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch Provided

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Plenary #7: Bullying and Domestic Violence: Exploring the Links
Presenter: Rus Funk
Summary: This workshop will explore school and other bullying from both a power and control and a gendered analysis and explore the connections between domestic violence and bullying. Providing such an analysis leads to understanding bullying as much more like domestic violence than different. This discussion will also propose some necessary questions to explore further in terms of these linkages, provide an overview of models offered to address bullying from a power and control perspective, and explore next steps in the prevention of bullying that are also connected to the prevention of domestic violence.

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Break

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Plenary #8: The Role of Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention in Employment-based Fatherhood Programs
Presenter: Jacquelyn Boggess
Summary: In recent years much public policy discussion and initiative have been directed at increasing the level of support that noncustodial fathers provide to their children. The policies aim on the one hand to increase the amount of child support that is paid by noncustodial fathers. In addition, however, many programs and policies aim to increase noncustodial fathers’ involvement with their children and families. Many community-based fatherhood programs address the most intractable socio-economic barriers to father involvement. Some of those barriers are based on poor men’s lack of economic viability and include lack of education and training, lack of employment and employment opportunities, race and class discrimination, criminal records, and lack of identifying and validating credentials. Others are barriers created by sociological and psychological factors in their lives such as drug and alcohol abuse and mental illness. At this relatively early point in their collective history, many programs do not have effective processes or protocols to help staff discern or respond to the issue of domestic violence in the families of the fathers they serve. Any group of participants in an employment-based fatherhood program will include men who have in the past used violence with their children and/or partner, men who might, at some future point become violent. And, importantly, the group will also include men who have never been violent or abusive. This presentation will explore the issues presented by working toward father involvement with this diverse group of men.

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Break

3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Plenary #9: Understanding Domestic Violence from The Bench
Presenter: Judge Steve Aycock
Summary: Judges play a vital role in responding to the overlap of domestic violence and child maltreatment. This session will provide an overview of how judges can protect children from the damaging effects of domestic violence by understanding a batterer’s use of violence inside the home and within the court setting; responding to the unique risk and safety needs of domestic violence victims and their children; and holding batterers accountable to stop their violent and coercive behavior.

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Informal Discussion: Tools Used in Batterer Intervention Programs

Friday, April 15, 2011
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Registration
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Housekeeping
8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks:

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Plenary #10: Domestic Violence Agencies and the Military Services: Working Together to Analyze and End the Violence
Presenter: Debby Tucker
Summary: Acts of violence in the military context require a sophisticated analysis of the precipitating factors while military and civilian organizations coordinate to ensure the safety of victims. Intervention in violence committed by service members can be more effective if the underlying cause is well understood and appropriate treatment is provided and/or sanctions imposed.

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45a.m. – 12:15p.m.
Plenary #11: Elder Abuse: Forms, Causes and Possible Legal Remedies
Presenter: Linda Dawson
Summary: Elders are the fastest growing segment of our population. In the next two decades, the number of individuals over 65 will double, representing one in five Americans. When people think about their “golden years”, they do not think of themselves as victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation. However, reported incidents of elder abuse, including domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, neglect, and financial exploitation are significantly increasing in each state. Most often, the abuse is perpetrated by family members, caregivers or trusted individuals. This interactive presentation will cover the forms of elder abuse, and information about perpetrators, victims and the causes of elder abuse. It will also include a video of an older survivor describing her experiences of abuse, as well as information about the legal remedies that helped end the abuse.

12:15p.m. – 1:15p.m. Lunch Provided

1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Plenary #12: Sports and Coaches as Allies
Presenter: Coach Joe Ehrmann
Summary: Sports in America engage more individuals, families, and communities in a shared experience than any institution, religion or cultural activity. Approximately 20-30 million children play recreational sports with another 10 million playing interscholastic sports. That means between 40 to 80 million parents are involved and invested in sports at varying levels with their children. There are also an estimated 5 million coaches, who represent one of the most influential adults in a young man’s life. Coaches have exceptional power to promote and influence values and ideas about masculinity, aggression, violence and exploitation of girls and women. This workshop will develop a multi-systemic approach to transforming the culture of sports and harnessing the power, platform and position of coaches as a delivery system to redefine masculinity and educate players about gender violence prevention.

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Summary
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Conference Closing and Door Prizes








Early Bird Rate
to March 15, 2011

$225.00 BISC-MI Member*
$295.00 Non Member*
$125.00 Day Rate (same for Member and Non-Member)

After March 15, 2011 all fees increase
$275.00 BISC-MI Member*
$345.00 Non Member*
$175.00 Day Rate (same for Member and Non-Member)

The conference rates include the following meals:
3 continental breakfasts and 3 lunches

*To find out more about becoming a BISC-MI member
go to: BISC-MI Membership

Conference Location & LODGING RATES
Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest (THE MARRIOTT IS NOW FULL)

*Lodging at the Conference Location (The Marriott) is FULL*We have set up lodging at a secondary location,

The Hampton Inn which is about 10 minutes away.

The Hampton Inn will honor the $65.00 rate if you mention you are attending the BISC-MI conference.
You will need to call the hotel to get the $65.00 rate at 734.699.2424

The Hampton Inn has a shuttle to and from the airport at no charge for our out of state attendees who stay there.

Room Rates
$65.00 for a double or a single!

If you don't have someone to share a room with, we are happy to assist!

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You must make room reservations separately from your conference registration.
Rooms at this rate are limited!
Register for lodging and get the discounted rate!

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Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest (LODGING IS NOW FULL)

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Any opinion, findings, recommendations or conclusions, expressed by any author(s) or speaker(s)
do not necessarily reflect the views of BISC-MI.
BISC-MI reserves the right to substitute a qualified instructor or topic due to unforeseen circumstances

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations received before March 15, 2011 are refundable less a $50.00 administrative fee
No refunds will be given after March 30, 2011
Substitutions may be made

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