2015 Los Angeles Gang Violence Prevention & Intervention Conference

Conference Title: Cultures and Effects of Violence

Dates: May 4 & 5, 2015

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


Each year, the Violence Prevention Coalition (VPC) and Hospitals Against Violence Empowering Neighborhoods (HAVEN) host a national (and increasingly international) conference focused on improving prevention and intervention services, practices, and policies addressing gang violence.  The conference emphasizes multi-stakeholder collaborations, and cross-field dialogue and partnership, with a goal of changing the framework of gang prevention and intervention practice to incorporate the public health model.  More than 300 practitioners, advocates, and stakeholders are expected to attend.

Our 2015 conference will focus on cultures and effects of violence – how we learn violence, the context of violence, and culturally impacted responses to the root causes of violence.

Join us this year as we consider these issues and discuss how communities – schools, courts, law enforcement, service organizations, youth and families – have and can come together to effectively understand the impacts of violence on resiliency, why it affects people in different ways, and the exportation of the effects of violence.  We will spend two days exploring what works, where there are challenges, how to communicate better with each other, and how to collectively move to solutions.

Call for Workshops: Concurrent Sessions

VPC and HAVEN invite proposals for concurrent workshops sessions to be held on Monday, May 4 and Tuesday, May 5, 2015. The Conference Advisory Committee will select LOI’s for Workshop topics to submit fuller proposals.  The Advisory Committee will make final recommendations to the Planning Committee, recognizing there are a limited number of available slots.

Interactive presentations should be designed to last 60-75 minutes and must address one or more of the following:

  • Intersection of gang violence and sex trafficking
  • Intersection of gang violence and domestic violence
  • Evidence-Based and Promising Practices and Interventions
  • Lessons Learned:  Violence Reduction Efforts that didn’t work
  • Community Policing
  • Engaging faith community and faith leaders
  • How to improve access points for prevention and Intervention (hospitals, schools, churches); building partnerships
  • Clinical approaches to violence/trauma
    • Biofeedback
    • Bringing therapeutic practice to the field
  • Variations of/Impacts of Trauma
    • Intergenerational trauma
    • Passing down trauma
    • Incubation of trauma
    • Non-traditional approaches to trauma
  • Strategies along the spectrum of prevention and intervention
  • Creating a community of practitioners
  • Integrating panels to bring an international perspective
  • Racially motivated gang violence
  • The use of technology in prevention and intervention efforts
  • Institutionalizing legitimacy of solutions and collaborations (so not dependent on individual)
  • How to create functioning coalitions; includes both surviving disagreements and separations
  • Public/private and business partnerships
  • Gender issues and gangs
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Gangs and undocumented youth

STAGE ONE: Guidelines for Submission Abstract

To be considered, workshop abstract submissions must include the following:

  • Suggested workshop title
  • Category: Workshop, Training, or Panel Discussion
  • Brief description of the session, including topic/issue, proposed trainers/facilitators/presenters, and how the workshop will connect to the conference theme and goals.

Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words, two pages in length with 1 inch margins and 12 pt size font. Abstracts will be reviewed by the Advisory Committee.

Abstact Submission Deadline

Workshop abstracts must be received by December 8th, 2014.

STAGE TWO: Guidelines for Submission of full proposal (By invitation only)

If interested, the Advisory Committee will ask for a more detailed proposal for the workshop.  This does not automatically ensure selection.  There are different categories for presentations, Workshops, Discussion Tables, Trainings, and Panel discussions. We welcome all varieties; however, our goal is to have a diverse program in both subject matter and type of workshop.

Full workshop proposal should include:

  • Name, Title, Organization
  • Mailing address, Email, Phone
  • Biographical summary for each presenter, including credentials (200 words max)
  • Handouts and Power Point presentations. We ask that powerpoints be limited to 20 slides.
  • 500–1,500 word expanded description, which includes:
    • Three learning objectives
    • Evaluation results and data
    • Unique features or impacts
  • Explain your strategies to ensure audience understanding/participation.
  • Describe specific audio‐visual needs or set‐up requirements.

List all presenters. Note who will serve as the Lead Contact for correspondence. There is a limit of 2 presenters for Workshop and 3 for Panel Discussion, inclusive of the moderator, unique requests for more presenters, speakers can be submitted but is subject to the approval of the Planning Committee and the request may effect your eligibility. VPC/HAVEN will assign a moderator, unless you have a specific moderator as part of your proposal.

Full Proposal Submission Deadline

Invited full proposals must be received by January 22, 2015.

Selection Criteria

Presentations will be selected based on:

  • Overall relevance to conference theme.
  • Added value to the conference as a whole, so that a variety of topics/viewpoints/approaches are represented.
  • The degree to which the presentation promotes audience interaction
  • Whether the presentation brings new/fresh content to the VPC/HAVEN audience.

Notice of Selection

  • LAGVPI Advisory Committee will review all presentations and submit their recommendations to the VPC/HAVEN Planning Committee for final approval.
  • The Lead Contact will be notified of the final decision via email and/or telephone.
  • If your presentation is chosen and you are notified, changes in your presentation’s content (power point, information, hand out, etc.) and speakers (adding or subtracting) after the fact, will change your eligibility as your proposal will have to be re-submitted and go through due process as a new proposal.

Support for Presenters/Reimbursements

  • VPC/HAVEN will waive the conference registration for maximum three presenters and will provide up to two nights’ accommodations (room + tax only) at the conference hotel for out of town presenters. VPC/HAVEN regrets that we cannot provide travel support or honoraria. Travel and per diem costs must be borne by the presenter(s).
  • Conference registration and hotel accommodations provided by VPC/HAVEN to presenters are ‘non-transferrable’.
  • Please note:  the conference sells out every year, pushing the space to capacity, thus we cannot accommodate unexpected guests or visitors.  Please be in touch with the conference organizers as soon as possible at conference@vpcgla.org if you need to make a special request.