Public health leaders, advocates and survivors from diverse backgrounds will convene on Capitol Hill to discuss the prevalence and impact of domestic violence and a vision for cross-sector collaboration to advance prevention efforts on Thursday, Feb. 15.
Jayne O’Donnell, USA TODAY health policy reporter, will moderate a panel discussion, including L.Y. Marlow, a multi-generational survivor and founder of the nonprofit Saving Promise; Dean Michelle Williams of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Sarah DeGue, PhD, Senior Health Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Violence Prevention; and Gloria Mayfield Banks, survivor, Mary Kay sales leader and internationally recognized inspirational speaker. Williams and Marlow will share their vision for the Learning Lab – a new initiative of Harvard University that will develop and disseminate new research-based strategies and policies to prevent intimate partner violence.
In the U.S., domestic violence affects nearly 50 million women, men, and children. One in four women and one in seven men have been victims of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.