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Bringing participants together from across five different professional sectors, as well as from around the nation, Innovation Through Collaboration: Building a Community Response to Family Violence strives through both its structure and its content to realize the vision embodied by its title.

In addition to general sessions, participants can select from more than 55 presentations and master classes. Five programming tracks – Business, Health Care, Legal, Victim Services, and Faith -- each offer sessions that highlight promising practices, emerging issues, and collaborative efforts in addressing family violence in our communities. (Cross registration across the tracks is not only allowed but encouraged!)

Keynote Speaker:

Blair Underwood Standing Together Against Family Violence

Denise Brown, Born in Germany and raised in Southern California, Denise Brown led a life remarkable only in its normalcy until June 12, 1994 when her sister, Nicole Brown Simpson, was murdered. If you were to ask Denise to describe herself prior to this tragic event, you would have heard, "I'm just a mom from Laguna Beach." Brown's life path dramatically altered, she would now tell you that along with her devotion to her son, Sean, she is also committed to raising awareness against domestic violence - a crime that kills three women every day in the United States.

Since early 1995 Denise Brown has traveled to various states speaking on the epidemic of domestic violence. Ms. Brown has helped raise funds for local shelters all across the country with her appearances, and has assisted in the success of a major project called the Vine System. This Program is an automated victim notification service of the release of batterers from jail or prison.

As part of her commitment, Ms. Brown has worked to help pass a variety of legislative solutions for domestic violence. One of her most important projects was to lobby on behalf of the Violence Against Women Act. With a potential slashing of its federal allocation to domestic violence services, Denise Brown testified to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee for increased funding for the Violence Against Women Act. After her testimony, that portion of the bill's funding was increased from eighteen million to thirty-two million dollars. U.S. Senators Biden and Hatch have cited Denise Brown as "having done more for the issue of domestic violence than any other individual."

Denise Brown has made a life-long commitment to educate the public as well as improve the quality of living for women and children who have been victims of domestic violence, She is determined to banish the darkness and end the silence.

Featured Speakers Include:

  • The Honorable Ronald Adrine
  • Lundy Bancroft
  • Dennis Butler, SPHR
  • Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Jeffery Edleson, PhD
  • The Reverend Dr. Marie Fortune
  • The Reverend Al Miles
  • Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD
  • Anthony (Tony) Porter, MPH
  • Robin Runge, Esq.
  • Gael Strack, JD
  • Olga Trujillo, JD
  • Kimberly Wells, MA
  • Oliver Williams, PhD
  • Lt. (Retired) Mark Wynn


Sponsored by:

For more information about the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence click here.

Supported by:
Thanks to the following companies for their generous support:

Nationwide Insurance

J.P. Morgan Chase