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Violence Connected

July 18, 2011

The first of a three-part series, Building Community, Breaking the Cycle of Violence, this daylong conference explored the interrelationship of domestic violence, gangs and parenting.

Presentations included:

  • Film screening: Violence Connected. Produced by Eve Sheedy, Esq., with the support of the office of the City Attorney and the Domestic Violence Gang Nexus Task Force, this documentary addresses the interconnection between domestic violence and gang violence. Ms. Sheedy, who also moderated the screening, works with prosecutors and defense attorneys, judges and service providers to protect the safety and rights of victims of DV and their children. She is the founder and co-chair of the Ad Hoc DV/Gang Nexus Committee and co-chairs the Los Angeles City Task Force Legislative Committee.
  • A Trauma-Informed Approach to Nonviolent Parenting after DV, presented by Ruth Beaglehole, MA. Participants learned a trauma-informed approach to nonviolent parenting, the importance of nonviolent parenting for victims of DV, and ways to break the cycle of violence within families. Ms. Beaglehole is the founder of Echo Parenting and Education and is a widely recognized advocate for safe and healthy child-raising.
  • Women: The Crux of Connection, explored the important role women play in gang violence, its impact on women, and the co-occurrence of DV in gang families. Presenter Dawn L. Brown, MA, Executive Director of Girls and Gangs, is a managerial consultant and facilitator who has worked extensively with the California and New York juvenile justice systems.
  • Panel presentation: Violence on the Street and Violence at Home, considered the connections between DV and street violence, root causes and effects of DV, and best practices for child welfare in addressing domestic and gang violence. Moderator Xiomara Flores-Holguin, MSW, is Law Enforcement Liaison with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). She helped to develop and implement MART (Multi-Agency Response Team), a collaboration of child welfare and law enforcement agencies working to serve endangered children living in homes associated with high-level gang, narcotics and weapons activity. Featured panelists included Skipp Townsend, a nationally recognized gang interventionist and Executive Director of 2nd Call, a grassroots community organization that addresses violence reduction in the Greater Los Angeles area; and Aquil Basheer, CEO/President of Maximum Force Enterprises, an internationally known lecturer, author, instructional coach and violence prevention specialist.
  • Panel discussion: Resources: What is Available and What is Needed?

Click here to download printable information on the conference.


Registration begins at 8:30 am. The conference begins at 9:00 am.


The California Endowment | Redwood Room

1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012


This conference is a program of the S. Mark Taper Foundation Child Trauma Training Academy and the Violence Prevention Coalition. Presented by The Leadership Center at Children’s Institute in cooperation with the Violence Prevention Coalition, Girls and Gangs, and the Domestic Violence Task Force, City of Los Angeles.

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