Panel Discussion on Holistic Services to Victims of Domestic Violence
Date: November 30 2011 12:00pm - 1:00pm Location: Law Campus - Lewis & Clark Law School Room TBA
Although Domestic Violence Awareness Month is recognized for just one month of the year, in October, the truth is that domestic violence is all around us, all the time. Although estimates vary, studies show that as many as one in four women will be subject to domestic abuse in their lifetimes.
NCVLI, with support from Lewis & Clark Law School student groups the Crime Victims’ Rights Alliance and the Women’s Law Caucus, will be hosting a presentation that aims to educate students about the resources available to domestic violence victims and best practices in providing holistic services. The event will be hosted as a round table discussion and will feature professionals from the legal, mental health, and social services worlds, each with deep experience in helping victims of domestic violence.
Cookies and beverages will be provided.
Alison Wilkinson, J.D. (moderator)
Alison is an attorney and Violence Against Women Project Director at NCVLI, and adjunct faculty at Lewis & Clark Law School, where she co-teaches a clinic on victim’s rights. She supervises the administration of NCVLI’s grant with the Office of Violence against Women, including by collaborating with other organizations, planning training sessions, and fielding legal technical assistance requests. Alison has worked on a broad range of technical assistance requests at NCVLI, including drafting amicus briefs, and performing research and drafting memos on issues relating to sexual assault, domestic violence, and privacy, among other topics. She has presented at both local and national conferences on victims’ rights. She has also been appointed by the Oregon Attorney General to Oregon’s Sexual Assault Task Force. Prior to joining NCVLI, Alison worked as a litigation associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in New York City. Alison has a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Martha Strawn Morris, Director, Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services
Martha Strawn Morris is the Director of the Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services in Portland, Oregon. The Gateway Center is a one-stop shop where domestic violence survivors and their children can access a wide variety of public and private services including criminal justice services, civil legal services (including access to restraining orders), mental health services, monetary assistance, and safety and crisis planning among others. Martha was hired by the City of Portland when the Gateway Center was only a concept. Since opening in September 2010, the Gateway Center has helped thousands of victims and their children access advocacy and other services that support their safety and autonomy. From 1998 until 2009, Martha developed programs for the Multnomah County Family Court to improve outcomes for vulnerable families navigating the legal system. During those years, Martha conceptualized, implemented and managed many successful public-private collaborative programs including the Family Involvement Team (family treatment court equivalent), the Family Probation Program (coordinating adult probation and child welfare services), and the juvenile court facilitation program (offering comprehensive domestic relations assistance to pro se litigants referred by the juvenile judge). Martha has a B.A. from Portland State University and a J.D. from the University of Arizona College of Law. Martha lives in historic NE Portland with her husband, Sloan, and two children, Sofia (7 years old) and Jackson (5 years old).
Janine Robben, J.D.
Janine Robben was a prosecutor in Oregon for more than 20 years, specializing in prosecuting crimes against children, the elderly, and other vulnerable groups, as well as financial fraud. She left prosecution to help the Portland Tribune newspaper and was then in private legal practice before being hired to help start the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center in July 2009. The Center now has an administrative director and Janine serves as its legal director and only attorney on staff.
Christopher F. Wilson, Psy.D.
Dr. Wilson is a licensed psychologist in Portland, Oregon who has been involved in the field of domestic violence since 1999. He provides regular trainings on topics such as the dynamics of abusive men as well as the neurobiology of trauma. Dr. Wilson has given talks both regionally and nationally, for a wide range of organizations such as the Office for Victims of Crime, the National Crime Victim Law Institute, the Portland Women’s Crisis Line, and the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force. He also works directly with victims of domestic violence and other forms of abuse, and conducts domestic violence evaluations. His experience also includes working with offenders. Currently, Dr. Wilson runs a full-time private practice in downtown Portland that includes working with clients, as well as providing supervision, consultation and training.