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Family Violence Prevention Advisory Panel
Family safety serves as an underpinning for all activities offered through the Resource Center. Healthy, supportive family relationships are important to the well-being of children and their parents. Preventing and addressing domestic violence, intimate partner violence, dating violence, and child maltreatment are important components of all HMRE programs. Equally, collaboration among domestic violence programs, child welfare services, HMRE practitioners, and other stakeholders (e.g., states, community-based organizations, human-services agencies, program participants, and the general public) creates an important safety net to support families in building safe and stable homes.
To ensure that issues of domestic violence and child maltreatment continue as a foundation of all Resource Center efforts to promote relationship education, the Resource Center has established a Family Violence Prevention Advisory Panel. Our panel members provide expertise serving diverse populations across a broad spectrum of family violence issues as well as innovative prevention and intervention strategies.
Meet the Panel Members
Men Stopping Violence is a national training institute that provides organizations, communities, and individuals with the knowledge and tools required to mobilize men to prevent violence against women and girls. Mr. Douglas is the executive director and has extensive and specialized training in working with individuals, families and communities affected by violence.
Men Stopping Violence is a national training institute that provides organizations, communities, and individuals with the knowledge and tools required to mobilize men to prevent violence against women and girls. Mr. Giordano is a community organizer and violence prevention advocate interested in building and sustaining communities of men dedicated to using anti-oppression frameworks to end male violence against women.
Fernando Mederos is Adjunct Faculty at the Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work, a writer and researcher on fatherhood and DV, and an independent consultant, trainer and speaker on men and domestic violence, fatherhood and domestic violence, and fatherhood and trauma. From 2006 to 2015 he was Director of Fatherhood Engagement at the Massachusetts Department of Social Services. He is committed to strength-based and culturally competent approaches to working with men that are firmly rooted in safety and responsibility.
Judy L. Postmus
Dr. Judy L. Postmus is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University whose research is on physical, sexual, and economic victimization experiences of women. Dr. Postmus is also the director of the Center on Violence Against Women & Children whose mission is to strive to eliminate physical, sexual, and other forms of violence against women and children and the power imbalances that permit them. This mission is accomplished through the use of a collaborative approach that focuses on multidisciplinary research, education, and training that impacts communities and policy in New Jersey, the U.S., and throughout the world.
Attorney Terra Slavin is the Deputy Director of the Policy and Community Building Department at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Prior to this position, Attorney Slavin was their Lead Staff Attorney and Project Manager of their Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project from January 2006 - February 2014, where she was responsible for overseeing the delivery of comprehensive and holistic legal services to more than a thousand LGBT survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Attorney Slavin has provided trainings on these issues to hundreds of attorneys, judges and advocates across the country.