Domestic violence conference in Ivins to discuss cognitive distortions, being trauma informed

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ST. GEORGE — An opportunity to┬ábecome more informed about domestic violence is coming to Southern Utah this week during the Saving Abuse and Violence Victims through Education conference.

SAVVE will be hosting its free conference on domestic violence at Tuacahn High School for Performing Arts Friday and Saturday in hopes of bringing awareness on the subject to those who may know little about it.

Shareene Rice, executive director of SAVVE, said domestic violence has become a societal illness.

“The worst possible thing a community can have is a lack of knowledge or understanding of something that is as serious as this, because it’s only getting worse,” Rice told St. George News.

According to the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, at least 42 percent of adult homicides since 2000 were related to domestic violence. The coalition’s 2019 domestic violence-related deaths report shows 12 people have died so far this year.

Rice aims to bring awareness by selecting a wide range of experts for the conference. Some of this year’s speakers include Bernadette McClafferty, of Ireland, who will discuss what it was like growing up in a country where people are taught to abuse, and Ashlee Martlage, of California, who will discuss hidden messages in seeking help.

Speakers will also include some of Southern Utah’s own, such as Nale Fakahua, a St. George resident and representative of PIK2AR, who will discuss how to change cognitive distortions and improve mental health, as well as how to recognize signs of trauma.

A full list of speakers can be viewed on the SAVVE website.

Other topics for this year’s conference include how the brain reacts to trauma, cultural violence, human trafficking and domestic violence in marginalized communities.

“I’d really like people who don’t understand it, never seen it, to try and learn a little bit about it,” Rice said.

The free conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Registration will take place at 8 a.m. For a full schedule, click here.

Event details

  • What: Saving Abuse and Violence Victims through Education Conference.
  • When: Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where: Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts, 1100 Tuacahn Drive #C, Ivins.
  • Cost: Free. Register online or at the conference.

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