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VAWC Speaker Series


The VAWC Speaker Series was created in 2011. The primary aim of the VAWC Speaker Series is to foster brief, but meaningful conversations with stakeholders about violence against women and children issues. These stakeholders include students (undergraduate, graduate, and PhD level), practitioners, and the general public. Each event highlights a specific issue that currently impacts the broader field. A secondary goal is to introduce attendees to the mission and activities of the Center. The VAWC Speaker Series events are held on each of Rutgers campuses, last ninety minutes, and are free for attendees. 

 Since its inception, the program has hosted nine events for over 500 attendees.Topics have included:

  • An Introduction to Alternative Therapies with Survivors of Abuse (2011-2012)
  • Understanding Sexual Violence Perpetrators: A Conversation with Dr. David Lisak (2011-2012)
  • Teen Dating Violence: A Panel Discussion (2011-2012)
  • Religion and Culture: How Do They Impact VAWC Issues? (2012-2013)
  • Learning How to Work with Complex Trauma (2012-2013)
  • The Role of the Media in Preventing Violence Against Women and Children (2012-2013)
  • Utilizing Song and Story to Heal from the Trauma of Violence (2013-2014)
  • Utilizing the Arts to Bring Awareness to Violence against Women (2013-2014)
  • Unaccompanied Child Migrants (2015-2016)
  • The Role of a Dentist in Preventing Domestic Violence (2015-2016)



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