The October 18 meeting of the Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia (DWCNV) welcomes the general public to this event designed to educate the community about domestic violence occurring in the region. A panel of experts on this issue will discuss trends, causes, treatment and prevention of domestic violence in Northern Virginia and share an assessment tool designed determine danger to victims attempting to distance themselves from abusers. Our panel of speakers will include:
Melanie Dunn-Chadwick has been working for Fairfax County Public Schools’ FECEP/Head Start program for 34 years, and for the last 15 years, as the Violence Prevention Specialist. In her current capacity, Melanie provides resources and support to staff, families, and children, primarily focusing on the issues of domestic violence.
Nora Mahoney is the Family Law Practice Group Chair for Legal Services of Northern Virginia, supervising family law attorneys as well as externs and volunteers across five jurisdictions.
Heather Sarmiento, M.Ed., is the Prevention and Education Coordinator in the Fairfax County Office for Women and Domestic and Sexual Violence Services. In her role, she develops and implements prevention curriculum and trains others in the best prevention practices as well as provides support on task forces and workgroups.
Jacqui Smith, Domestic Violence Detective with the Fairfax County Police Department, Sully District Station, will speak on her role in investigating domestic violence cases (simple assault and malicious wounding), abduction cases, stalking cases, protective order violations, and telephone threats. Fairfax County assigns one domestic violence detective to each of the eight district stations. Detective Smith sits on the Fatality Review Committee, which reviews domestic fatalities in Fairfax County to better improve response to domestic violence calls.
The meeting will be held on Sunday, Oct. 18 at the Clifton Town Hall, 12641 Chapel Rd Clifton VA 20124 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. A short business meeting will precede the domestic violence agenda. For more information and to rsvp: firstname.lastname@example.org.