Event Participants and Breakout Session Descriptions
Mistress of Ceremonies
Larmender A. Davis, M.S.W, L.M.S.W., (PhD Candidate)
- Larmender A. Davis is the Coordinator of Integrated Behavioral Health and Community Services at The Wellness Plan Medical Centers, a federally qualified health care clinic, located in Detroit, MI. She is a current adjunct professor with Wayne State University School of Social Work. She is also an agency founder, incorporator, and Board Member of Serenity Services, a non-profit domestic/sexual violence agency. As principal of Soul Fire, LLC, Davis provides event planning or organizational consulting to small businesses and organizations. She is Second Vice President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Detroit Alumnae Chapter. Having over 23 years’ experience in non-profit management, Davis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and a Master’s degree in social work, both from Wayne State University. She is licensed with the State of Michigan as a Licensed Social Worker. She is completing her dissertation to obtain her PhD is Organizational Psychology at Walden University. Born and raised in Detroit, Davis is married and has one daughter.
Breakout Session Descriptions
Defining Domestic Violence
Larmender A. Davis, M.S.W., L.M.S.W., (PhD Candidate), The Wellness Plan Medical Centers.
- During this interactive session, we will discuss the definition and dynamics of domestic violence, including the Power and Control Wheel, the cycle of abuse, and dispelling myths about domestic violence. Participants will increase their knowledge domestic violence, understand victims and survivors, in addition to how to support and advocate for victims and survivors.
- Larmender A. Davis is the Coordinator of Integrated Behavioral Health and Community Services at The Wellness Plan Medical Centers, a federally qualified health care clinic, located in Detroit, MI. She is a current adjunct professor with Wayne State University School of Social Work. She is also an agency founder, incorporator, and Board Member of Serenity Services, a non-profit domestic/sexual violence agency.
“Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault – An Exploration of Rights and Options”
Amy Dowd, MSW, Wayne County Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners Program (WC SAFE).
- This workshop will focus on the needs of sexual assault survivors in the immediate aftermath following a sexual assault. This workshop will review the medical, legal and social concerns that survivors of sexual assault commonly face and will explore best practice for practitioners and other helping processionals when supporting a survivor through the process of seeking help. A WCSAFE Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner will provide a detailed review of the medical forensic exam.
- Amy Dowd is a licensed MSW and currently, the Director of Advocacy Services for Wayne County SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner) Program in Detroit. Amy has over 15 years’ experience as an advocate for both domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. In addition to her direct service and leadership experience, Amy has a passion for education and outreach. Amy has collaborated with several local colleges and universities including University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University and Marygrove College in effort to increase awareness and student engagement on campus. Amy has helped to plan and execute events including Take Back the Night, Survivor Speak-Out, and Survivor Art Show. Amy has been invited as a guest lecturer with Eastern Michigan University and University of Michigan’s volunteer program lecturing on topics related to gender based violence, in addition to women and substance abuse issues. Amy has been an advising member to several ground breaking projects in the city of Detroit, including the National Institute of Justice Rape Kit Action Research Project and the Wayne County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force. She is a trainer for the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards in the area of non-stranger sexual assault investigations and has presented both locally and nationally on issues related to sexual assault, trauma, and best practices.
- Amy Dowd is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University where she obtained both a Bachelor’s of Science degree and a Master's degree in Social Work with concentrations in mental health and chemical dependency. She has been a licensed practitioner in the State of Michigan for 5 years.
“6 Myths about the Legal System that Silence Survivors”
Monica Batsford, Wayne State University Law School and
Jamison Brewer, Supervising Attorney, Lakeshore Legal Aid.
- An overview of the myths that survivors of intimate partner violence often hear that prevent them from seeking help through the legal system, and the truth about access to family law assistance and personal protection orders (PPO’s).
- Monica Batsford is a second-year law student at Wayne State University Law School. At the Free Legal Aid Clinic she provides legal services for low-income clients in family and elder law. Monica has been elected as Board Secretary of the clinic and looks forward to training more law students to continue helping those in need.
- Jamison Brewer is a Supervising Attorney with Lakeshore Legal Aid, and he provides supervision to Wayne State law students working at the Free Legal Aid Clinic. Jamison’s previous legal aid work in Detroit includes representing survivors of intimate partner violence and low-income homeowners facing foreclosure.
Special Session: Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
Sergeant Jaclyn Wilton, R.A.D. Instructor Trainer, Wayne State Police.
- Discussion and overview of how rape aggression defense techniques can be utilized for self-dense. “The mission of the R.A.D. Systems is to establish an accessible, constantly improving and internationally respected alliance of dedicated Instructors. These Instructors in turn, will provide educational opportunities for women, children, men and seniors to create a safer future for themselves. In doing this, we challenge society to evolve into an existence where violence is not an acceptable part of daily life.” - R.A.D. Mission Statement