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Igniting Change In How We Face Domestic Violence



Thank you for agreeing to speak at the “Lean In NJ” Conference to launch National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Our intention is to go beyond the media sound bites and statistics and lean into vital information for victims to better understand the legal process when they reach out for help, for organizations to make informed decisions when recommending technology solutions, for parents to know what casual conversations may be warning signs, for employers to know legal and safety concerns when employees are victims, what laws are working their way through the legislative process, and help attendees understand how they can get involved.

It is a lot for one day, so we’ll be marketing it as workshops that are all happening as part of one conference – an “Open House” conference.

All sessions will be streamed live and recorded.

Again, thank you.


Speaker Profile and Agreement
—–DUE: September 11, 2020

Presentation Overview
—–DUE: September 18, 2020

Electronic Copy of Presentation
—–DUE: September 25, 2020

Attendee Handouts and Resource
—–DUE: September 25, 2020


Sheri Kurdakul, VictimsVoice
P: (609) 400-2208


This is a tentative schedule for internal purposes only and is not to be shared yet. Times listed are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). We will provide marketing materials, hashtags, and talking points so you can maximize your experience.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your contact above.

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
Welcome Networking:
Chat with speakers and small groups of attendees in the virtual lounge.

8:45 AM – 9:15 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks
A word about the National Domestic Violence Rally, The Halo App, Sprinters, and a special appearance from Miss New Jersey!

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM
Camp HOPE for kids and why HOPE is so vital.

Presented by Casey Gwinn, The Alliance for HOPE International

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM
Commercial Break and Networking
Brought to you by Sprinters

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
“When Dating Hurts” The Signs Parents and Friends Should Not Ignore.
Presented by author Bill Mitchell – Based on lived experiences.

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Law Enforcement. What Can And Can’t They Do?
Presented by Heather Glogolich, Law Enforcement advisor to VictimsVoice

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Commercial Break and Networking
Brought to you by The Halo App

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
PANEL DISCUSSION: How Are Domestic Violence Cases Handled From A Justice Perspective
Domestic violence is complex and so is the justice system. Learn which courts handle what and who determines the process.

Robin Hughes
Victim Advocate
Jersey Battered Women’s Services

Jeralyn Lawrence
Civil/Family Court
Lawrence Law

Angelo Onofri
Criminal Court
Mercer County Prosecutor

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Lunch Break and Networking:
Brought to you by VictimsVoice. Grab your lunch and chat with speakers and small groups of attendees in the virtual lounge.

12:45 PM – 1:15 PM
Strangulation: What Does That Really Mean?
Presented by the Essex County Justice Center

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
Considerations When Recommending Technology for Victims
Presented by Sheri Kurdakul, VictimsVoice

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
What It Looks Like When Pets Need To Escape Too
Presented by Jennifer Gregory, St.Huberts Animal Welfare Center

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Commercial Break and Networking
Brought to you by (Invited Guest)

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM
PANEL DISCUSSION: Legal and Safety Considerations When Domestic Violence Comes To Work

As an employer, there are laws governing how to handle DV situations, but safety protocols for all your employees should be in place as well.

Ayesha Hamilton
Employment Law
Hamilton Law

Glen Wilson
Internet Creations

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Clery Act and Title IX: How Educational Institutions Are Navigating the Recent Changes

Presented by Jessica Mertz, Executive Director of The Clery Center

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM
When Domestic Violence Is Suspected in Middle School

Presented by Nancy Phillips, School Teacher, and Hamilton Township Councilwoman

4:15 PM – 4:45 PM
PANEL DISCUSSION: Policy in NJ and Introduced Legislation

(Invited) NJ Assembly

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Next Actions and Closing Remarks

Presented by Sheri Kurdakul, CEO of VictimsVoice


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