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Shared Parenting Annual Symposium

January 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Free

Learn from a panel of legislators and researchers discussing the domestic and legal abuse implications for shared parenting policies.

Questions to be addressed:

– What is legal abuse and how is it a form of domestic violence?
– How often does it occur?
– How does such abuse impact shared parenting plans?
– Are there different types of domestic violence relevant to child custody decisions?

Agenda:

After each 20-minute talk we allot 10 minutes of questioning from legislators. Questions from the public will be addressed at the end. Submit your questions via email to info@sharedparentinginc.org or directly in the chat feature of the Zoom session.

1:00 – 1:15pm
Introduction by host Colleen O’Neil, MSW, M.Ed.

1:15 – 1:35pm
Research on Male Victims of Domestic Violence: Implications for Shared Parenting by Denise Hines, PhD

1:35 – 1:45pm
Legislator Q&A

1:45 – 2:05pm
“Stacked Against Me” – Perceptions of Institutional Response to Incidents of Partner Abuse Involving Men and their Children by Alexandra Lysova, PhD

2:05 – 2:15pm
Legislator Q&A

2:15 – 2:35pm
New Findings Regarding Domestic Violence, Parent Conflict, Parenting Time, Children’s Emotional Security, and Children’s Stress-related Physical and Mental Health by William Fabricius, PhD

2:35 – 3:00pm
Legislator discussion and Q&A from the public.

Legislators in attendance:

– Senator Saud Anwar (East Hartford, East Windsor, Ellington, South Windsor)
– Representative Robin Comey (Branford)
– Representative Jillian Gilchrest (West Hartford)
– Representative Nicole Klarides-Ditria (Beacon Falls, Derby, Seymour)
– Senator Henri Martin (Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth, Thomaston)
– Representative William Petit (Plainville, New Britain)
– Senator Derek Slap (Bloomfield, Burlington, Farmington, West Hartford)

Our host:

Colleen O’Neil, MSW, M.Ed. is a trained mediator, therapist, educator, social worker, and divorce coach. She has successfully implemented solutions for divorce mediations and difficult post-divorce issues, most recently through her private practice in Westport, CT, Mediation and Beyond, LLC.

Our featured speakers:

Professor William Fabricius, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University. The topics he studies include young children’s early linguistic references to mental states, preschoolers’ reasoning about knowledge and belief and how that relates to their social behavior, and school-age children’s and high schoolers’ understanding of the interpretative nature of mental processes and how that relates to their understanding of conflict and their aggressive behavior. Another area of research is father-child relationships, especially in divorced families. Fabricius is interested in the impact of these relationships on children’s health and well–being, and in the implications this research can have for social policy.

Professor Denise Hines, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work, College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University. Dr. Hines’ expertise includes the causes, consequences, and prevention of family violence and sexual assault, with a particular focus on under-recognized victims of violence. As the former director of the Massachusetts Family Impact Seminars, she also has a specialization in translating university-based research for policymakers. Professor Hines provides training to domestic violence agencies and court officials, and has been published widely on various domestic violence topics.

Professor Alexandra Lysova, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. She has studied intimate partner violence, including violence against women and children, for over 15 years in Russia and currently in Canada. Recently, she has focused on men’s experiences of intimate partner violence, including victimization, help-seeking behavior, and issues involving children. Dr. Lysova’s research has been supported by prestigious institutions, including the Trudeau, Fulbright, Carnegie, and Humboldt Foundations, as well as the Library of Congress and the Max Planck Institute.

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