May 10, 2011

Title: A Survivor's Journey: Understanding the Health Impact of Abuse and Paths to Promote Wellness
Date & Time: May 10, 2011, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PDT

More than one in four women across the U.S. will experience domestic, dating or sexual violence in their lifetime. In addition to the lives taken and injuries suffered, violence can shatter the sense of well-being that allows each of us to thrive. It also can cause health problems that last a lifetime. Going to the doctor or dentist and staying on top of all the recommended screenings can be overwhelming. In this webinar we will first explore the health impact of abuse by reviewing the latest data and research. We will then hear from one survivor’s experience of violence and coping, and learn how she discovered the importance of becoming proactive in her health care. She will detail the steps that she took with health care professionals in her life to have them partner with her in caring for her health. Participants will learn about tools available for both women and health care providers to support dialogue and improve health and safety outcomes. We will also explore the role of advocates and other survivor-focused programs such as pro-bono dental and reconstructive surgery programs to help increase the safety, healing and wellness of survivors of abuse.

This webinar is targeted for any woman who may have experienced abuse, and other DV/SA advocates and health care providers are also welcome to take part.


  • Nancy Durborow, former Health Project Coordinator for the PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Technical Assistance Specialist for the National Network to End Domestic Violence
  • Anna Marjavi, Program Manager, Futures Without Violence
  • Olga Trujillo, President, Olga Trujillo Consulting

Co-sponsored by the Office on Women's Health, U.S. DHHS. Learn more about National Women's Health Week.