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King University News :: Conference on Domestic Violence to be Held at BRMC

King College along with the Bristol Regional Medical Center and Abuse Alternatives, Inc. is hosting the third annual Compassion 2012: A Conference on Domestic Violence for Health Care Professionals on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the Monarch Auditorium at the Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, Tenn.

“Although domestic violence is not always the most popular topic, I believe through attending the conference that barriers to screening by increased awareness equates to improved patient outcomes” said Dr. Lynn Holden.  “One in every four females is a victim of domestic violence over their lifetime.  As a health care provider, we need more education on the subtle warning signs of abuse and more importantly when someone discloses that they are victims of domestic violence what can we do to assist them.”

This will mark the third year for the Compassion conference.  Event coordinator, Dr. Lynn Holden, associate Dean of King College’s School of Nursing, works with domestic violence groups across the Tri-Cities region.  Her passion for helping victims of domestic violence began over 25 years ago during her time as an emergency department nurse at Bristol Regional Medical Center. 

Conference participants will spend the day learning about issues related to domestic violence including assessment, treatment, and available resources for potential victims.  They will also hear firsthand from an actual domestic violence survivor.

Conference topics will include – You’re not a victim of domestic violence, are you?; the role of the forensic nurse examiner; reporting laws related to child abuse, elder abuse, and domestic violence; understanding the needs of LBGT patients; understanding the scope, dynamics, and impact of domestic violence in men; stalking and technology; healthcare incivility; and domestic violence community resources. 

Participants will also learn about the silhouette project, known as Silent Witness Virginia.  The project seeks to raise awareness of domestic violence and create opportunities for healing through a visual memorial to lives lost.  The project exhibits life-size silhouettes representing women, men, and children from all over Virginia.  Silent Witness Virginia will be on display at the Bristol Regional Medical Center a week of the conference.

Holden will open the event with her presentation entitled, “You’re not a victim of domestic violence, are you?”  Other speakers include – Tessa Profitt, forensic nurse examiner with Johnson City Medical Center and the VA Hospital; Kelly Jo Sexton, RN for BRMC and 2009 King College alumna; Barry Staubus, Sullivan County District Attorney General; Kim Bushore-Maki, president of Shakti in the Mountains; Rob Franklin, sexual and domestic violence community outreach coordinator for the Division of Prevention Health Promotion with the Virginia Department of Health; Charlie Thomas, Captain with the Bristol Tennessee Police Department; Robin Foreman, assistant professor of nursing for King College’s School of Nursing;  and Kathy Johnson, executive director for Abuse Alternatives Inc. in Bristol, Tenn.

After the conference, King College nursing students have the opportunity to apply their newly acquired knowledge when they participate in a live simulation learning environment with the assistance of King’s Theatre department students who serve as their “real patients”.

“We are hearing from students and health care providers who have attended the conference that they feel better equipped to assess and care for victims of abuse because of what they have learned during the Compassion conference. It thrills me to know the information learned from attending the conference could save many lives in the future,” said Dr. Holden.

To register for the event, email Kawana.Barbour@wellmont.org.  Donations of cleaning supply products for the local women’s and children’s shelter will be accepted during check-in, which will begin at 7:30 a.m. prior to the conference start.  For additional information, contact Dr. Lynn Holden at clholden@king.edu