The 2019 Domestic Violence Symposium is co-sponsored by the following agencies and organizations. Our sincere thanks to all:

  • King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
  • Seattle University School of Law Continuing Legal Education Department
  • Seattle Human Services Department - Mayor's Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
  • Washington State Supreme Court Gender & Justice Commission F18-31103-218 (STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program).
  • King County VAWA STOP Grant No. 2018-WF-AX-0057
  • King County Domestic Violence Child Maltreatment Oversight Committee
  • YWCA Spokane
  • Moccasin Lake Foundation and Erin and Michael Kenway

2019 Domestic Violence Symposium

Reframing Response: Trauma-Informed, Trauma-Aware

September 05-06, 2019 | 12.25 Law and Legal CLE Credits | 13 CJE Credits applied for | 12.25 Social Work CEU Credits applied for

A collaborative symposium promoting critical and innovative thinking for prosecution, law enforcement, civil and family law attorneys, advocates, judges, law students, social workers and child welfare professionals, corrections, mental health/healthcare professionals and others responding to survivors of domestic violence and their children. In 2019 speakers will examine the issues around reframing response to survivors in a way that is trauma informed and trauma aware.


Save the Date!

Registration will open in June 2019

The role of trauma is recognized as a critical element in achieving healing for survivors of physical, emotional and sexual violence. Participants in the 2019 DV Symposium will come away with a stronger understanding of how people are affected by trauma and how professionals can practice a trauma-informed approach to services for survivors of domestic violence and their children. Keynote speakers will offer an analysis of where we started and what we must do to move forward in responding to domestic violence; strategies for developing social connections and mitigating the impact of bias in our advocacy; and insights into healing the trauma experienced by women, children and other vulnerable members of society. Breakout sessions will help reframe our response, both in direct services and in our systems, to avoid compounding survivors' traumas.

Featured Speakers:

Justice Bobbe Bridge, JD (ret.), Washington State Supreme Court

Lucy Berliner, MSW, Director, Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress

Dr. Jonathan Kanter, Ph.D., Director, Center for the Science of Social Connection, Department of Psychology, University of Washington

Suamhirs Piraino-Guzman, Senior Program Coordinator for the Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network

Dr. Oliver Williams, Ph.D., Founder, Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community

Bettie Williams-Watson, Founder and Executive Director, Multi-Communities

Breakout workshops will examine issues and provide practical tools in a variety of areas including:

  • Creating a Coordinated Community Response - Spokane YWCA
  • Social Connectedness: Avoiding Trauma, Promoting Healing
  • Detraumatizing Social Media: Creating online safe spaces for survivors
  • Trauma-Informed Practice Tips for Law Enforcement Officer Response
    Intersectionality of Housing Instability, Homelessness and DV
  • Addressing the needs of African Immigrant Survivors
  • Creating a Trauma-informed Courtroom
  • Seattle Municipal Court Domestic Violence Intervention Project
  • Healing Historical Trauma in Native Communities
  • And more...


12.25 Law and Legal  CLE Credits

13.0 CJE Credits applied for with the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts

This workshop has applied for 12.25 of CEUs by the Washington Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Our Provider number is #1975-295.

Networking Reception

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 5:00-6:30 p.m.

SU School of Law, Sullivan Hall, 2nd Floor Gallery

DV Symposium Pre-Conference Event

Separate RSVP will be required - Free to the public

Engaging Black/African American Males in Ending Gender-Based Violence: Increasing Pathways to Safety, Justice, Reconciliation and Healing

Please join us for a conversation with Dr. Oliver Williams and Bettie Williams-Watson on gender-based violence in the African-American community. The conversation will focus on working with men to address prevention, healing, holding each other accountable, and a safe return to the community after causing harm. This event is open to anyone attending the 2019 DV Symposium or anyone interested in learning more about gender-based violence in the African-American community. Registration for the DV Symposium will not be required

Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Time: 3:30pm-5:30pm
Location: Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave., Seattle, WA 98104


Featured Speakers

Justice Bobbe Bridge

Justice Bobbe J. Bridge, ret. is the Founding President/CEO of the Center for Children & Youth Justice, a nonprofit organization she established in 2006 to reform Washington State's child welfare and juvenile justice systems. She served on the Washington State Supreme Court from 2000 to 2008 and on the King County Superior Court from 1990 to 2000, where she was Chief Juvenile Court Judge for three years. She continues to chair the Washington State Supreme Court Commission on Children in Foster Care. Before joining the bench, Justice Bridge was the first female partner at the Seattle law firm of Garvey Schubert Barer. Throughout her long career, Justice Bridge has spoken and taught on issues pertaining to system involved youth, sex trafficking, domestic violence and criminal justice. She holds a BA in Political Science from University of Washington, an MA & PhC from University of Michigan, also in Political Science, and a J.D. from the University of Washington Law School. She has been honored with numerous awards for her civic involvement, philanthropy and service to children and youth.

Lucy Berliner

Lucy Berliner, MSW, is Director, Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress and Clinical Associate Professor, University of Washington School of Social Work and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her activities include clinical practice with child and adult victims of trauma and crime; research on the impact of trauma and the effectiveness of clinical and societal interventions; and participation in local and national social policy initiatives to promote the interests of trauma and crime victims. Ms. Berliner is on the editorial boards of leading journals concerned with interpersonal violence, has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has served/serves on local and national boards of organizations, programs, and professional societies.

Jonathan Kanter

Jonathan Kanter, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for the Science of Social Connection (CSSC) of the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. Over the course of his career, Dr. Kanter has collaborated closely with members of Black, Latino, Muslim and other minority communities across both scientific and social activism efforts, including police brutality, voter engagement, racism and discrimination, mental health stigma, and culturally appropriate psychological treatments. His current research focuses on identifying and decreasing microaggressions and the development of innovative anti-bias trainings, emphasizing how to improve relationships across differences. Dr. Kanter is regularly invited to give talks and workshops nationally and internationally on topics of interest to the Center, including the scientific basis of microaggressions and other modern manifestations of racism and discrimination, anti-racism workshops for the public and organizations, workshops for therapists on how to improve psychotherapy relationships and help clients with relational problems, and behavioral treatments for racial and ethnic minority patients with depression.

Suamhirs Piraino-Guzman

Suamhirs Piraino-Guzman, graduated from the University of California San Diego with a Masters in Psychology, he has years of experience developing curriculum and providing training on trauma informed care, mental health, human trafficking, evidence-based practices and more to a diverse range of audiences. Suamhirs' professional experience also includes direct services to vulnerable youth, program management, policy advocacy around foster care and human trafficking in California, and co-coordination of the National Survivor Network. As a male survivor and an expert in behavioral psychology, Suamhirs has been an active subject matter expert consultant for the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime, the Department of Health and Human Services National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistant Center, The International Association of Human Trafficking Investigators and is a member of the National Council for Community Behavioral Health. He was appointed by President Barack Obama to the United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking and has worked with the UN and Vital Voices to develop curriculum and training on engaging men in gender-based violence initiatives. Suamhirs is currently the Senior Program Coordinator for the Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network. He was a 2015-2018 Presidential Appointee, to the United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking.

Dr Oliver Williams

Dr. Oliver Williams, Ph.D., is a nationally-known expert on domestic violence. He has had a distinguished career at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul as a professor of the School of Social Work. Dr. Williams was the executive director of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC) from June 1994 to September 2016, and he currently directs the African American Domestic Peace Project (AADPP), which works with community leaders in 12 cities across the United States to share ways to reduce violence and increase peace within the African American Community. He was awarded the International

Bettie Williams-Watson

Bettie Williams-Watson is the founder and executive director of Multi-Communities (M.I.C.), which creates connective relationships between predominantly African American faith and other communities for effective responses and solutions to violence. Ms. Williams-Watsons' three decades of work with gender-based violence survivors has been recognized locally and nationally. She has received the Ginny Nicarthy Award for Excellence in Advocacy by King County Coalition Ending Gender Based Violence and has been a National R.O.S.E. Award Nominee. She has been recognized by the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center for groundbreaking work in addressing domestic and sexual violence through the use of faith communities.



General Registration (non-attorneys) - $119

NPO/Government Attorneys & Judicial Officers - $159

All other Attorneys - $199

Registration will open in June 2019

In-Person Participation Only

Cancellations and Refunds:

The last day to cancel your registration for this program is 4:30 p.m., Thursday, August 29, 2019. A $15 administrative fee is charged for cancellations and the balance will be refunded. After 1 week before the program, cancellations will not receive a refund; however, substitute attendees are welcome. Please inform us of substitutions at or (206) 398-4281.