National Gender-Based Violence Conference

October 20, 2011

Xavier University in Cincinnati presents “Gender-Based Violence: A Community In Dialogue” a conference of experts from across the United States convened by Xavier University president Michael Graham, S.J. and the Xavier Women's Center. It will be held Tuesday, November 8 from 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. at the Schiff Conference Center on the Xavier campus. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and the event is free and open to the public. To register, please go to:

“Gender-based violence has an impact on our society as a whole as it is both a human rights and a public health concern,” said Graham. “This conference aims to expand knowledge about the magnitude of gender-based violence and its impact on the individual and society. Hopefully this gathering will also be the beginning of intense dialogue on how to reduce gender-based violence and understand and begin to heal its psychological and social consequences.”

The conference features an opening keynote session and various workshop sessions. (See below) A buffet-style lunch is provided to all pre-registered participants and a vegetarian option is available.

The keynote speaker is Dorothy J. Edwards, executive director of Green Dot, a center dedicated to effective intervention and prevention of power-based personal violence. Edwards holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University. Prior to serving as executive director of Green Dot, she was founding director of the University of Kentucky Violence Intervention and Prevention Center. She has worked in both counseling and teaching capacities in higher education at Appalachian State University and Texas Women’s University. She founded the Community Education Program at Denton County Friends of the Family, which addressed sexual assault and relationship violence. With a specialty in primary prevention, she provides training and consultation in the areas of power-based personal violence, organizational capacity building, program implementation, strategic planning and community mobilization. Edwards currently works with government entities, state coalitions, military, non-profits, community organizations, high schools and colleges around the globe.

Six (CEU) contact hours are available to Ohio Counselors, Social Workers and Psychologists. Xavier University is a Continuing Education Provider for the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & Marriage and Family Therapy Board. Social Work Provider: RSX 090602 & Counselor Provider: URCX049112. Xavier University is approved by the Ohio Psychological Association MCE program to offer continuing education for psychologists. Xavier University Department of Psychology, #317453533 maintains responsibility for the program.