March 04, 2008

Symposium will explore domestic violence in region

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Pre-registration deadline is March 10 for a free "Symposium on Rural Issues of Intimate Partner Violence in Southern Illinois" set for March 24 at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The symposium begins at 9:15 a.m., with coffee and registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. The symposium ends at about 2:30 p.m. The program is free, but pre-registration is a requirement. Those interested in attending the symposium can call 618/453-6365, email Mariann Baratta at, or come in person to Faner Hall, Room 4248, which is the main office of the SIUC Center for the Study of Crime, Delinquency and Correction (CSCDC). Continuing Education Credit is available. Those pre-registering should indicate whether they will attend lunch.

The Center for Rural Violence and Justice Studies sponsors the symposium with a grant from the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Assistance. Support for the symposium also comes from U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, the CSCDC and the College of Liberal Arts at SIUC.

The program features four presentations, including a musical history of domestic violence in American country music, and a panel discussion.

Here is an overview of the program.

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.

Welcome by Joan McDermott of the CSCDC and the director of the Women's Studies Program at SIUC. She is also a member oft he Chancellor/Mayoral Sexual Assault Task Force.

9:30 – 10 a.m.

"Police Responses to Domestic Violence in Southern Illinois," presented by Joseph A. Schafer and Matthew Giblin of the CSCDC.

An examination of how agencies respond to domestic violence in Southern Illinois, using data collected from the agencies themselves. The presenters emphasize policies, partnerships and training used by Southern Illinois law enforcement agencies and explore the challenges faced by small, rural agencies.

10:15 – 11 a.m.

"An Ecological Model of Advocacy and Relationships in Southern Illinois," presented by Jennifer Dunn and Michelle Miller of the SIUC Department of Sociology

An examination of the unique challenges faced by the environment in which rural victims' advocates work, this presentation focuses on research conducted in 16 Southern Illinois counties.

11 a.m. – noon

"Greatest Hits: Domestic Violence in American Country Music," presented by Sheila Simon.

A musical investigation of the way popular music reflects changing attitudes toward domestic violence.

Lunch is from 12 to 12:30 p.m.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

"What Does Current Research Tell Us About Protective Orders in Rural and Urban Areas?" presented by T.K. Logan, a behavioral scientist from the University of Kentucky.

This presentation offers an in-depth look at orders of protection, including issues pertaining to enforcement, violations, perceptions and the differences between rural and urban areas when it comes to understanding partner violence and the justice system.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

"Panel Discussion on Next Steps for Research" featuring Joan McDermott; Susie Tolliver, Carbondale Police Department Victim Advocate and a member of the Chancellor/Mayoral Sexual Assault Task Force; Gail Thomas, staff attorney for the SIU School of Law Domestic Violence Clinic; and previous speakers from the symposium.