National Conference on Health & Domestic Violence a Success!
With over 1,000 participants from around the world and across the United States, the 2012 Conference, hosted by Futures Without Violence in San Francisco, and funded by the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. DHHS, was a huge success! In addition to 70 workshops and plenary sessions featuring cutting-edge research at the intersection of health and domestic and sexual violence, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee addressed Conference attendees at lunch on Friday.
For Esta Soler’s personal video thank-you to conference participants, please click here:
Our luncheon speaker on Friday was Dr. Dacher Keltner, founder of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. His compelling presentation on the science of compassion encouraged Conference attendees to challenge the notion that violence is an inevitable part of the human experience.
On Saturday, award-winning actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith performed excerpts from her powerful play on the health care system, Let Me Down Easy, and debuted a new character who was touched by gender-based violence in South Africa. After her performance, Conference attendees had an opportunity to meet the talented Ms. Smith at a book signing.
Conference participants got a taste of San Francisco’s rich culture throughout the weekend, enjoying performances by Chinese lion dancers, Loco Bloco, Changing Lives Youth Theater Ensemble, and the Hiewa Taiko drummers.
Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the 2012 National Conference on Health & Domestic Violence! We look forward to seeing you again in 2014.
For more information about the Conference, please visit www.NCHDV.org.