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Valiant Voices: How Do You Know It's Abuse? What the Power and Control Wheel Reveals about Intimate Partner Violence
The root causes of intimate partner violence are often misunderstood because gender bias and social acceptance of violence adds to the complexities. In this conversation about the Power & Control Wheel, advocates, survivors, and upstanders will gain critical insight into how domestic violence is reinforced by systems and social norms. Ulester Douglas, former director of Men Stopping Violence, Scott Miller, advocate and co-director coordinator at Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs, and Melissa Scaia, Director of International Training for Global Rights for Women and facilitator of Pathways to Family Peace, will discuss this critical tool in identifying common patterns of abusive behavior, and how to change it.

Oct 19, 2022 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Ulester Douglas
Consultant, psychotherapist, and former executive director of Men Stopping Violence
Ulester Douglas is a consultant, psychotherapist, and former executive director of Atlanta-based Men Stopping Violence, Inc. He has extensive training and thirty years of experience working with individuals, families and communities impacted by violence. He has received several honors and awards for his violence prevention work, including the 2019 Deborah C. McDorman Memorial Award for “Exemplary Humanitarian Efforts and Advocacy to End Domestic Violence.” In addition to being interviewed by CNN, The New York Times, NPR, and other media, Ulester has authored and co-authored several curricula and articles on violence prevention and intervention. Ulester has provided consultation, training, and keynote presentations in forty states, Europe, and the Caribbean.
Melissa Scaia
Director of International Training & Pathways to Family Peace Facilitator @Global Rights for Women
In her position at GRW she brings a wealth of experience as the former executive director of Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP), also known as “the Duluth Model.” She was the executive director of Advocates for Family Peace (AFFP) 17 years, a local domestic violence advocacy program. She has also lead and organized two Coordinated Community Responses (CCR) to address domestic violence in Minnesota, as well as co-facilitating groups for men who batter and women who use violence. As a qualified expert in the state of Minnesota she testifies as an expert witness on domestic violence in criminal court cases.
Scott Miller
Community Response Coordinator & Trainer @Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs
Scott Miller is the Executive Director for the Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs and has worked for the DAIP since 2000. Scott coordinates Duluth’s coordinated community response to domestic violence by managing the system change efforts and men’s nonviolence program. Scott trains nationally and internationally on the Duluth Model method of organizing. He also develops specific community interventions using the Duluth Model and creates new resource materials and curricula for use in communities working to end violence against women. Scott has also co-authored the latest edition of DAIP men’s nonviolence curriculum Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter. Scott works independently as an expert witness in criminal and civil trials to explain how the tactics of abusers and the associated risks generated by battering are linked to the counterintuitive behaviors of victims. Scott has testified more than 35 times in state district courts and federal/military court.