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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
Joey Hernández is the Policy and Mobilization Manager for the Los Angeles LGBT Center, where they manage the Center's mobilization efforts to protect and expand the rights of the LGBT community along with managing the Center's child welfare and youth housing policy advocacy efforts. Joey has dedicated nearly a decade on grassroots organizing and mobilizing of LGBTQ youth, supportive educational staff, and parents to bring change to school communities. Joey comes to the LA LGBT Center from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU SoCal), where they engaged in organizing, policy work and lobbying on LGBT rights, education equity, criminal justice reform, HIV discrimination, immigration reform, and economic justice. In their first year at the ACLU SoCal, Joey developed and executed a public education campaign that educated over 10,000 community members about the rights of LGBTQ students.
Tonya brings two graduate degrees and over 23 years of direct service, systems change, project coordination and national, state and local anti-oppression and cultural competency training to lead the Women of Color Network, Inc. (WOCN, Inc.) She led the successful spin-off of WOCN, Inc. in September 2014, bringing it from a $150,000 to $1.7 million organization. As CEO, Tonya oversees the overall operations and programming of WOCN, Inc., generates funds for new initiatives, and provides vision and direction for the national training, technical assistance, programming and support provided to WOCN, Inc. constituents and colleagues by staff, Board, and consultants across the country. Tonya is located at the Harrisburg, PA home office.
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 a Professor at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University. Her research is on physical, sexual, and economic victimization experiences of women with her most recent attention given to developing a Violence Against Women Research Consortium, funded by the National Institute of Justice (2016-MU-CX-K011). Dr. Postmus is also the director of the Center on Violence Against Women & Children . She has given many local, national, and international presentations on the impact of policies and interventions on survivors of violence. Her work is strongly influenced from her 20 years as a practitioner and administrator.
Paul Schewe is a clinical/community psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice at UIC. Paul has served as the Director of UIC’s Interdisciplinary Center for Research on Violence since 2006. His work ranges from basic research identifying factors associated with the perpetration of interpersonal violence, to developing preventive interventions, to using evaluation and dissemination strategies to further develop existing violence prevention programs for agencies, communities, and statewide networks of service providers. The focus of his research includes sexual assault, teen dating violence, domestic violence, and young children’s exposure to violence.