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May 8, 2009

May 12-15, 2009, Minneapolis, MN

Bridging Perspectives Conference 2009
The Domestic Abuse Project in Minneapolis will host the Bridging Perspectives Conference 2009. Building on the successful Michigan conference of 2005, the Bridging Perspectives Conference 2009 will bring together nearly 600 people interested in and involved with working with men who use violence in their familial relationships with women and children. It will offer a chance to simultaneously explore multiple issues in the field of batterers intervention such as accountability, culturally specific approaches, new and emerging research, fathering and battering, interdisciplinary cooperation, chemical dependency, mental health issues and more. For more information, click here.

May 21-22, 2009, New York, NY

Stand Up and Speak Out
A Call to Men, a national association of men and women committed to ending violence against women, will host its fourth national conference at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. At Stand Up and Speak Out, women and men will come together and strategize about how best to end violence against women – with a solution that engages men in addressing the issue. For more information, click here or email conferences@acalltomen.org.

May 27-29, 2009, Washington, DC

National Child Welfare Evaluation Summit
The Children’s Bureau will host a National Child Welfare Evaluation Summit at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel for Children’s Bureau discretionary grant evaluators, state and Tribal child welfare administrators and analysts, evaluation experts in child welfare and other human service fields, and other interested professionals. The Summit will explore the state of evaluation practice in the field of child welfare and promote cohesive, strategic and sound approaches for evaluating child welfare systems, programs and projects. For more information, email evaluationsummit@pal-tech.com.

May 27-30, 2009, New Orleans, LA

Children, Courts and Custody: Back to the Future or Full Steam Ahead?
The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts 46th annual conference will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans and will examine how family law research, practices and processes have evolved. It will feature 70 workshops, including three-hour advanced sessions, three plenary sessions and a choice of six daylong pre-conference institutes. Sessions will address challenges to conventional child custody wisdom including assertions about 50/50 parenting, the child’s role in the process, the resiliency of children after divorce, the changing role of court systems in resolving family disputes, and more. For more information, click here.

June 2-4, 2009, Jackson Hole, WY

The Next National Summit: Exploring Effective Interventions in Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment
The Family Violence Prevention Fund and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, will host this Summit on the intersection of domestic violence and child welfare. Professionals working on issues related to co-occurrence will share strategies for transforming the way child welfare agencies, domestic violence organizations, courts, other service providers, and communities respond to families in need. For more information, call 216/707-9499 or click here.

August 3-4, 2009, Long Beach, CA

A Journey to Healing: Finding the Path
Organized by the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community, this conference will offer informative and engaging presentations, practical information, interactive sessions and artistic expressions focused on learning how to help battered women and those who witnessed domestic violence as children. Featured speakers will include: Brenda L. Thomas, author of Laying Down My Burdens; Carolyn West, Ph.D., a scholar specializing in violence in the lives of black women; and Mildred Muhammad, former wife of the ‘DC Sniper’ John Allen Muhammad. For more information, click here.

September 3-4, 2009, San Diego, CA

A New Direction for a Safer Tomorrow: A National Conference on Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the Office on Violence Against Women will host a conference to inform professionals about how to provide safe, supervised visitation and exchange services that take domestic violence into account at the Omni San Diego Hotel. National experts will discuss safety for adult victims and children; services for diverse populations; community collaboration; and advocacy. For more information, contact Michele Robinson at 775/784-6427 or mrobinson@ncjfcj.org.

November 6-7, 2009, Collegeville, MN 

First National Conference for Campus-Based Men’s Gender Equality & Anti-Violence Groups
This conference will be the first chance for male students from across the country to explore how to find positive ways to reach campus men with messages against dating and other forms of men’s violence, and for gender equality. It will provide opportunities to discuss how to deal with backlash and hostility, and how to work in partnership with women’s groups. St. John’s University will host the conference. For more details, email gkellom@csbsju.edu.