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2017 Violence Prevention Conference


Fostering Healthy Communities by Addressing Family and Community Trauma

May 8 & 9, 2017

The California Endowment
1000 N. Alameda St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

Registration Cost:
Both Days $250
Single Day $125

New! Student Rate: $50 both days, $25 single day

Registration Deadline: May 3, 2017

“In effect, we human beings act together because the meaning of our lives springs from our relationship with others.”  (Febres, 2011)

VPC is peace building! We invite you to our 2017 Annual Violence Prevention Conference:  “Clearing Pathways to Healing and Wellness: Fostering Healthy Communities by Addressing Family and Community Trauma“. We are envisioning peaceful homes and communities, and we are Clearing Pathways to Healing and Wellness for those who seek to understand the effects of trauma and violence and want to explore innovative ways of engaging communities about the reality of people’s experiences with violence.  Trauma is experienced both on an individual level, like an injury or bruise, and on a collective level, where trauma affects a system of people and is socially produced and maintained.  Addressing trauma requires acknowledging societal factors that allow trauma to persist and treating its root causes.

Our 2017 conference will focus on identifying and bringing forth solutions that improve the quality of care for individuals and their families.  We look forward to highlighting promising practices that help service providers build their capacity to serve families represented in social systems through education, expanding networks, engaged listening, facilitating dialogue, and encouraging solution-oriented conversation.

Our charge at this year’s conference is to become better listeners and better facilitators, and to encourage dialogue and conversations that ensure communities are heard.  We seek solutions that are culturally relevant and responsive to individuals, families, and the greater Los Angeles County.  We seek to unite people to work together to solve social problems and make the world a better place.

Featured Conference Speakers

Susan Burton is a CNN Hero, a Starbucks “Upstander,” a Soros Justice Fellow, a winner of Harvard’s Citizen Activist Award, founder of the internationally-recognized non-profit A New Way of Life, and someone that Michelle Alexander has compared to Harriet Tubman. She is also one of the millions of American women who have been incarcerated—in her case over 15 years—for non-violent offenses.
Robert K. Ross, M.D., is president and chief executive officer for The California Endowment, a health foundation established in 1996 to address the health needs of Californians. During his tenure at The California Endowment, the foundation has focused on the health needs of underserved Californians by championing the cause of health coverage for all children, reducing childhood obesity, strengthening the capacity of community health centers, improving health services for farm worker and ex‐offender populations, and strengthening the pipeline for bringing racial and ethnic diversity to the health professions.
Avis Ridley-Thomas founded the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Dispute Resolution Program in 1989, and served as Director until retiring in March 2011. Under her leadership, the program grew from four staff members to include over 2,000 volunteer conciliators, mediators, trainers, facilitators and peacemakers who handled thousands of disputes annually. Ridley-Thomas now serves Co-Director of the Institute for Nonviolence in Los Angeles and Days of Dialogue.
Dawnn Lewis, a multitalented and multifaceted individual: recently co-producing with the Los Angeles Urban League the A NEW DAY: Concert For A cause – The Entertainment Family Gives Back! - an All-Star fundraising concert event, raising awareness & funds for non-profit organizations, that serve the Inner City Community. She is an: NAACP Image Award, Trumpet Award, Grammy Award-winning singer, multiple ASCAP & BMI Award-winning songwriter, film, television & stage actor, and a Series TV creator/producer. She’s now mesmerizing audiences with her powerful voice and stirring performance in the ETC production of Gershwin’s PORGY & BESS as “Serena”, and can now be seen on the hit TNT series MAJOR CRIMES & the recently launched highly anticipated new AMAZON series: THE LEGEND OF MASTER LEGEND, starring alongside John Hawkes (Winters Bone, American Gangster) and Shea Whigham (Kong: Skull Island & Boardwalk Empire).
Patricia (aka Patti) Giggans has been the Executive Director of Peace Over Violence, a sexual and domestic violence and youth violence prevention center since 1985. Giggans has held numerous statewide and national leadership positions including Board Vice-President of 1in6, appointed to serve on the California Domestic Violence Advisory Council, former President of The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA), and founding Board member of the California Partnership To End Domestic Violence (CPEDV). She has co-authored several books including the most recent When Dating Becomes Dangerous; A Parents Guide To Preventing Relationship Abuse. Giggans is a recipient of The California Peace Prize, and is a Durfee Foundation Stanton Fellow.
(Photo by Noah Berger)
Lucia Corral Peña is a senior program officer for Blue Shield Against Violence, managing the portfolio of grants focused on ending domestic violence in California. Prior to her role at the Foundation, Ms. Corral Peña was principal of Corral Peña Consulting where her practice focused on creating opportunities for diverse and low-income communities, addressing the unmet needs of immigrants, agricultural workers, and women in California. With twenty years of programmatic and grantmaking experience, Ms. Corral Peña has contributed to national- and regional-level collaboratives on Latino leadership, reproductive justice, and civic engagement projects across Northern California and the Central Valley.

Who Should Attend

  • VPC Members
  • Behavioral & mental health providers
  • Educators
  • Researchers
  • Local, State and Federal government employees
  • Students (all ages)
  • Domestic violence, sexual assault and human/sex trafficking advocates
  • Violence interrupters/Interventionists
  • Child and youth development specialists
  • Legal advocates
  • Public health advocates
  • Law enforcement
  • Anti-gun violence advocates
  • Immigration advocates
  • Policymakers
  • Journalists and media
  • Civil and human rights advocates
  • International NGOs
  • Business community
  • Foundations
  • And you!


Founded in 1991, the VPC was established in response to the escalating epidemic of fatal violence in Los Angeles County.  Looking at the ongoing epidemic of violence, the VPC came together organically, acknowledging that a coalition of many diverse organizations and individuals have greater power to effect change than individuals and organizations operating in silos.  VPC is a network of public and private organizations and individuals dedicated to preventing and reducing violence, and the corresponding injuries and disabilities caused by violence, using public health methodology and models. Coalition members come from community organizations such as domestic violence shelters and programs, gang intervention and prevention programs, rape crisis centers, law enforcement, the arts, after school programs, parenting and conflict resolution organizations, the media, the judicial system, children of incarcerated parents, schools, gun violence prevention programs, policy makers and many others. The VPC has been recognized for its work by the American Public Health Association and the Safe States Alliance for its collaboration with national partners to effect changes in violence prevention efforts at the local, state and federal levels.  Throughout our more than 25 year history, the VPC has worked mindfully to achieve community change through our mission—to unify and strengthen voices of member organizations and individuals committed to ending the epidemic of violence by providing education, resources, and policy advocacy.

Our 2017 vision is to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and to develop and nurture the combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make that difference.

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2017 Conference Advisory Committee

Randal Henry, DrPH, MPH – Committee Chair
Community Intelligence

Detective Mike Bland

Paula Bond
First Option Entertainment

Kristin Bray

Nason Buchanon
L.A. City GRYD Program

Chris Finney
Flintridge Center

Jewel Forbes
L.A. County Office of Education

Sidra Gifford
L.A. County Department of Mental Health

Daniel Healy, MPH
Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles

Adrienne Lamar Snider
Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles

Patrice McKenzie

Tara Peterson
Glendale YWCA

Eve Sheedy
Office of LA City Attorney

Verónica Vargas
VV Strategic Consulting, LLC

George Weaver
Brotherhood Crusade

Robert D. Weide, PhD
Cal State LA Department of Sociology

Conference Sponsors