CAFC Historic 2008 & 2009 Domestic Violence Conferences.
CAFC produced two truly historic domestic violence conferences. The
conferences were held in Sacramento
during February of 2008 and in Los Angeles during June of 2009.
had so many of the world renowned experts in the field of research,
assessment, treatment and prevention been assembled for single events.
As a result we were able to produced 36 DVDs covering 45 hours of video
education and training materials.
The video is a short sample from some of the first 16 videos we produced.
We expect to get an updated sample video soon with some clips from the
remaining 20 DVDs soon.
Catalog with Abstracts
All of this was partly made possible through funding from
The Saxton Family Foundation
The conferences received international attention and attendance. This was
due to all of the internationally respected experts that presented at the
conference, as well as attendees that came from all over the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. Easily 95 percent of those who had registered and attended the conference were with
state, local and U.S. government agencies, including officials and staff from the Department of Health and Human Services.
It was also attended by a myriad of public health agencies, Social Services, law enforcement, treatment providers and family law practitioners.
The list goes on. In addition, several states had representatives from their Judicial Branches attend, including judges.
After going through the post conference surveys, we learned that most attendees gave the conference overall scores ranging in the 4 & 5's
(with 5 being the highest score). We have heard directly from many attendees who are mediators and evaluators in family courts, and they called the conference the best they had ever attended on the issue. Many of them have been in the practice for 30 years. One District Attorney wrote:
"I thoroughly enjoyed the conference and felt it was one of the best I'd ever attended (I've been attending DV conferences ever since the Judicial Task Force put on a statewide conference after the OJ case!)"
One of the presenters from Canada, who has done over 70 international scholarly presentations and published 23 peer reviews on domestic violence, e-mailed this:
"Thank you once again for an amazing experience! It was nothing short
of awe-inspiring to see Straus, Pizzey, Mills, Dutton, etc. at one
conference. You really pulled off an amazing feat. I will always
remember that conference as a highlight of my career, as I am sure will
many other attendees. Congratulations!"
Dr. Tonia Nicholls, Ph.D, BC Mental Health &
Addiction Services and University of British
Another one wrote:
"I thought the conference was great. I was tremendously impressed by the openness of the attendees and the frankness of the presenters. Congratulations! I hope next year's conference builds on the momentum of this one and is an even bigger success."
And still another:
"This was the single best conference I have attended in my more than 30 year career. I have never seen such a stellar group of presenters in one conference! I am already looking forward to next year!"
John P. Condron, Court Approved Domestic Violence Evaluator, Child Custody Mediator and Parenting Coordinator, Idaho.
From the 2009 Conference:
Many thanks for a sensational conference, full of
stimulating discussion and energizing to hear of the
refocus toward male victims. Thank you so much for
the collegial environment and your foresight into
shifting the ideology. I look forward to returning
next year, all going well.
Elizabeth Celi, Ph.D
Psychologist & Author
Elements Integrated Health Consulting
An outstanding and pioneering conference focusing on
critical issues of partner violence. Presenters were
an excellent group of highly respected and renown
national and international researchers and
practitioners. The framework was balanced,
sophisticated and grounded in scientific findings. I
trust this valuable program will continue.
Martin Fiebert, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
California State University, Long Beach
Seal Beach, California
Carole Fox, MA
One of the best conferences in the area of domestic
violence. A "Star-studded" event with all the
researchers that have helped develop the field. I
like the high caliber of presenters and narrowing
the choices of the breakouts.
The facility was convenient and hospitable. The food
and snacks were abundant, tasteful.
The conference overall was refreshing and solidified
what I see in the field on a day-to-day basis,
giving me new tools and approaches to take in
working in the area of DV.
Virginia Beach, VA
This was my first CAFC conference and I am so glad I
attended. The speakers were exceptional — tops in
the field. The information shared was
ground-breaking and vital for everyone who works in
the field. I learned a great deal, which I am
already using in my practice with clients. I also
met several professional colleagues from all over
the world that I fully intend to keep in touch with
in the future. It was a great experience in all
aspects, including the food! And if all this weren't
enough, there were 17 hours of CEUs available to
meet mandatory CEU requirements for domestic
violence. I would recommend this conference to
everyone in the field — and if you missed it, get a
hold of the DVDs!
Psychotherapist, Group Facilitator
Orange County, California
Santa Rosa, CA
Attended: 2009 2008 2007
Whittier School of Law
Costa Mesa, CA
Lori Harral, Psy.D.
Super Social Skills
This was an excellent conference! I was so impressed
by the line-up of speakers, as it captured so many
leading voices within the field of intimate partner
violence. I really appreciated the diversity of
topics, along with the different areas of research
that were covered. I definitely left feeling
enriched, and look forward to next year's
Kimberly Flemke, PhD
Asst. Professor, Couple & Family Therapy Dept.
Nice to get a different perspective. I thought the
conference and accommodations were very
professionally done. Thanks!
Marriage and Family therapist
San Luis Obispo, CA
Attended: 2009 2008
Excellent conference. A good balance between
research and practice. I appreciated that everyone's
presentation was based on new and innovative ideas,
rather than the same old recycled material. This
conference put forth two incredibly important
Daniel Sonkin, Ph.D.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist