Speaker to focus on domestic abuse
Winchester Academy program to examines global response
Winchester Academy will present “The Global Movement to End Domestic Abuse” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, at the Waupaca Area Public Library.
The speaker will be Dr. Daniel Saunders, a professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work.
Crisis services and legal protections were first developed for domestic abuse victims and their children in the 1970s in the U.S. and United Kingdom. Since then, programs for victims and perpetrators have spread around the world.
Saunders’ presentation will describe global efforts to prevent domestic abuse from happening in the first place. This worldwide movement often features media campaigns using video public service announcements, some of which will be shown during the presentation.
He will discuss educational programs that help develop healthy male-female relationships. These efforts, focused mostly on women, are aimed at ending all forms of gender-based violence.
Saunders will also discuss efforts that focus on men, such as MenEngage and MenCare, a global fatherhood campaign. The global White Ribbon Campaign encourages men to pledge “never to commit, condone or remain silent about men’s violence against women”.
Focusing on the connections between global prevention efforts and Wisconsin prevention work, he will share ways the public can get involved in central Wisconsin programs.
Saunders, Ph.D., Professor of School of Social Work, established one of the first intervention programs for intimate partner abusers and was a leader in establishing crisis and advocacy programs for survivors of abuse in the 1970s.
His research, teaching, and service center on the problems of dating and domestic violence, with over 80 publications to his credit on these topics.
Saunders has testified as an expert witness in cases of intimate partner homicide and child custody.
He has received major grants from the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, U.S. Department of Justice, and the Centers for Disease Control and was recently awarded a Fullbright U.S. Scholars grant to conduct research at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.
The program is free and open to the public. Cookies and coffee are served at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30.
Winchester Academy program expenses are funded through sponsors and tax-deductible donations.
Saunders’ program is sponsored by Vance and Ann Linden.
For more information, check winchesteracademywaupaca.org, follow Winchester Academy on Facebook, or contact Executive Director Ann Buerger Linden at 715-258-2927 or [email protected]