Conference Explores Solutions to Domestic Violence

Conference Explores Solutions to Domestic Violence

Inspired by the 2014 Conference on Crimes Against Women

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Top leaders join together to end violence against women at the 9th Annual Conference on Crimes Against Women.

Friday, June 13, 2014 - 11:35am


Although I’ve attended many thought-provoking conferences for business and personal interests, the most profound of these was the 2014 Conference on Crimes Against Women, held recently in Dallas, Texas.  

There, I was in awe of the community officials, front-line responders and victim advocates – from across the country and around the globe – who had joined together to help end the worldwide epidemic of violence against women.

Despite progress, statistics related to violence against women and children alarm me. Every day, more than three women in the U.S. are murdered by their intimate partners. More than three million children witness violence in their home each year. And more than one-third of women will experience rape, physical violence and/or stalking by their intimate partner during their lifetime.

Yet, it elevated me to be part of the record-breaking crowd who were collectively, openly and passionately addressing issues, seeking solutions, and learning best practices and new tools. 

Eye-opening is the most accurate way I can describe the spectrum and depth of topics discussed. With more than 90 training sessions packed into three days, narrowing down which to attend was challenging.

The “Genesis Trauma Approach” workshop, which presented a comprehensive approach on healing victim’s invisible scars, gave me a better understanding of how to recognize and meet the needs of women and children recovering from abuse.

While the seminar “Mirror Neurons, Epigenetics, and Intergenerational Domestic Violence Effect” showed how new neuroscience research is giving insights into preventing intergenerational transmission of violence, neglect and abuse in the first place.

“From Outcry to Victim Restoration” speakers raised my awareness of untested sexual assault kits stored around the country and how communities are grappling with what to do with this unanalyzed evidence – and what policies and procedures could be developed for future improvements.

What struck me most is that men and women from multiple professions are collaborating and taking a stand against violence. The conversation is increasingly out in the open, as it needs to be to create national and international change.

 Ultimately, we must all lift our voices and be part of the solution.

I’m thankful for the foresight of Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support and The Dallas Police Department co-organizers of this conference, and for The Mary Kay FoundationSM, Presenting Sponsor.

We have come a long way. We have a long way to go. But I am more hopeful now than ever.

This post was written by Diane Montgomery, a contributing writer for The Mary Kay Foundation℠ for 13 years. She is committed to supporting the Foundation's mission of ending women’s cancers and domestic abuse.