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“Real Safety” Keynote Lecture featuring Jill Davies

Family violence victims hold complex and practical views of safety. Their perspectives and priorities drive the decisions they make about their relationship, children’s needs, and plans. What happens when the law or a system’s focus drives the response? When safety is defined narrowly? When leaving is seen as the “answer” to family violence? The family violence field is at a crucial stage in its evolution and there is much to learn from survivors of violence about safety, success, and helping all victims be safer.

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Location: UCI Law School, EDU 1131. $10 per vehicle and parking available in the Social Sciences Parking Structure (Directions)

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About Jill Davies

Attorney Jill Davies is the deputy director of Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Inc. (GHLA) and directs Building Comprehensive Solutions to Domestic Violence, a key initiative of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, in collaboration with GHLA. Her advocacy on behalf of family violence victims spans three decades. One aspect of her work is the conception and continued development of the victim-defined approach to advocacy. She has written and consulted extensively on issues of importance to family violence victims, including advocacy and safety planning, poverty, and legal issues.

The author of numerous articles and materials regarding violence against women and family violence, her writing encourages critical thinking and supports improved practice. She is the co-author of the book, Domestic Violence Advocacy 2d: Complex Lives/Difficult Choices, Sage Publications (2014). Other publications include: Victim-Defined Safety Planning (GHLA, 2017); Advocacy Beyond Leaving: Helping Battered Women in Contact with Current or Former Partners: A Guide for Advocates, (Futures Without Violence, 2009); Supervised Visitation Programs: Information for Mothers Who Have Experienced Abuse, (Futures Without Violence, 2007); and Confidentiality and Information Sharing Issues for Domestic Violence Advocates Working with Child Protection and Juvenile Court Systems, (Greenbook National Technical Assistance Team -NCJFCJ, FWV, APHSA, 2003).