IPV: An Intersectional Perspective

On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, TI Task Force Co-Chairs Susan Hess and Devika Shankar and Core Strategic Planning Committee Member Brenda Ingram presented at Intimate Partner Violence: An Intersectional Perspective.

The event, hosted by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) USC Unit, the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Alumni Association, and Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Service (RSVP), discussed intimate partner violence (IPV) through and intersectional lens, providing a nuanced understanding of the role of oppression, historical and generational trauma, institutional discrimination, and other “isms” in the experiences of IPV in different communities.

Each of the five speakers gave a short “TED Talk” style presentation that shed light on various aspects of IPV as they relate to their multiple social identities and/or the identities of the communities they engage in their work. The presentations were followed by small group conversations addressing a set of questions that encouraged attendees think about how intersectionality applies to their own work and what actions they could take to aid vulnerable populations and inform the way they approach their practice.

The evening ended with a short panel discussion with the five presenters to answer questions shared by attendees.

Marquitta Dorsey, Ph.D., Adjunct Lecturer, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Addison Rose Vincent, Pride United Lead Advocate, Strength United;  Presentation: “When Assumptions are Violent…Intimate Partner Violence and the Transgender Community”
Brenda Ingram, Ed.D., LCSW, Director of Clinical Services, Peace Over Violence, TI Task Force Core Strategic Planning Committee Member Presentation: “Black, Bruised and By-passed: The Marginalization of Domestic Violence Against Black Women”
Devika Shankar, Program Coordinator, Mental Health Services, LA LGBT Center, TI Task Force Co-Chair Presentation: “Beyond Binaries: How Hetero/Cisnormativity Marginalizes LGBTQ Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence”
Norma Cumpian, Life Coach, Anti-Recidivism Coalition Presentation: “Our Story”
Susan Hess, LCSW, Clinical Assistant Professor, USC, TI Task Force Co-Chair & Co-Founder Presentation: “Stop Family Violence; The Intersectionality of IPV and Homelessness through a Trauma Informed Approach”

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