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UWF Hosts Domestic Violence Conference

Favor House of Northwest Florida

“Building a Case Against Domestic Violence” is the theme of a two-day conference Monday and Tuesday at the University of West Florida Conference Center.

Sponsored by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, the annual meeting is open to law enforcement officers and other first responders, social workers and victims’ advocates. It’s aimed at promoting prevention, enforcement, and access to resources.

The conference will cover interviewing techniques, stalking technology, investigation for prosecution and the dangers of domestic violence.

Organizer Kimberly Tatum, associate dean UWF and President of the Favor House Board of Directors – says in a written release that they recognize the importance of education and training for those who respond to domestic violence.

Law enforcement offices in a number of agencies – including the ECSO – undergo year-round training in how to diffuse a domestic violence scenario before any such escalation.

Featured speakers will be Washington state prosecutor Rhonda Giger, a specialist on domestic violence laws, and Michael LaRiviere of the Salem, Massachusetts Police Department – who serves as a national consultant on domestic violence Issues.