Violence against women runs rampant across our nation and around our world.
Seeking solutions to end this epidemic, community leaders, front-line responders and victim advocates recently joined together at the Conference on Crimes Against Women (CCAW) in Dallas, Texas.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown led off conference noting, “Violence against women has stayed constant …. I believe we can change this scourge of our society, and conferences like this one will help us continue to advance.”
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, who has made domestic violence a “signature issue” during his tenure, took a strong stand during the opening plenary. "If you don't feel safe at home...you don't feel safe anywhere. The greatest terrorism that takes place is in our own homes. One in four women is affected. Enough is enough.”
Now in its tenth year, the CCAW is designed to be the national clearinghouse for training on best practices regarding the prevention, investigation and prosecution of all types of violent crimes against women.
The three-day event, organized by Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support and the Dallas Police Department, featured more than 108 training classes by 90 speakers for some 1,500 professionals in the fields of advocacy, campus safety, law enforcement, medicine, prosecution, social work, and others focused on helping victims.
Attendees―from the United States, Canada, Guyana, Mexico and Puerto Rico―learned about high-profile case resolutions; interrogating and prosecuting suspects; aiding and empowering victims; and technology safety. Innovative computer lab training programs provided hands-on investigation and techniques for prosecutors and law enforcement personnel.
“This conference serves as a platform that allows us to introduce groundbreaking policies and practices that will change the way crimes against women are dealt with in local communities, and at the state and federal levels,” remarks Becky Park, national conference director. “It gives participants information that they can implement in their own communities to launch new approaches to deal with crimes against women. This multiplies our efforts.
“We’re so appreciative that The Mary Kay Foundation℠ has been the Presenting Sponsor of this forum for ten years. The commitment the Foundation has made to end violence against women is awe inspiring. People from all walks of life attend, and the Foundation’s continued support helps us grow this event and increase the people we reach.”
Jan Langbein, chief executive officer, Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support, applauded the dedication of attendees and reinforced that it is all of our responsibilities to be part of the solution.
“By coordinating all of our efforts we can create communities that provide safety and justice for victims and hold accountable their perpetrators,” she emphasizes.
From the White House to the Grammys to the Super Bowl―all across this country―we are being joined by messages of zero tolerance.”
For more information, visit www.conferencecaw.org
About Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support
The mission of Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support is to provide quality safety and shelter to battered women and their children through crisis intervention and short-term crisis therapeutics, and to reduce the occurrence of violence against women and children in the greater Dallas area. Genesis is also committed to raising the level of community awareness regarding the pervasiveness and effects of domestic violence.
Help is free and confidential. www.genesisshelter.org