Empowerment Through Knowledge

This year’s conference is entitled, “Empowerment through Knowledge.” Scheduled presenters will speak on the dynamics and symptoms of strangulation, lethality assessment, human trafficking, domestic violence-related traumatic brain injury, and NFL policies with regard to domestic violence.

For more information contact Wendy Lloyd, Casa Grande Police Department, wlloyd@casagrandeaz.gov or 520-518-5518.

Event date and location:

September 27, 2018, 7:30 am—5:00 pm
Windmill Winery, Lake House
1140 W Butte Ave.
Florence, AZ 85132

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Event Speakers:

Erin Bertino: HonorHealth Forensic Nursing Supervisor

Erin Bertino has been employed with HonorHealth since 2002. In 2015 she was promoted to Forensic Nursing Supervisor. Erin, who has performed more than 950 medical-forensic exams, has completed a Trauma Nurse Core Course. She has also testified as an expert witness for sexual assault and strangulation in numerous city and superior courts.

Ashley Bridwell

Ashley Bridwell, LMSW is the coordinator and co-founder of the nation’s first program to address traumatic brain injury in the domestic violence population at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ. Ashley has taught at ASU School of Social Work and is the subject matter expert for TBI in vulnerable populations at ASU’s Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy.

Nat Paul, Independent Contractor

Nat Paul is a transgender-identified survivor of sex trafficking. She is currently the policy chair of the National Survivor Network and contracts with the US Advisory Council on Trafficking and the UN Delta 8.7 Project. In addition to serving on/leading various councils, Ms. Paul has been requested to assist with LGBTQ+ inclusive policy and training materials for the state of Iowa. She is working to establish PRISM—Pride and Respect for Individuals in Sexual Minorities.

Garner Smith, ASU Senior Associate Athletic Director

Garner Smith has been at ASU since June and also serves as the Senior Administrator for Women’s Athletics there. Prior to coming to ASU, she was the Director of Security and Player Engagement for the National Football League. During her time with the NFL, she gave presentations to all 32 teams on domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. 

Stacey Sutherland, Director of Programs, TRUST (Training and Resources United to Stop Trafficking)

Stacey Sutherland is currently the Director of Programs at Training and Resources United to Stop

Trafficking. She has extensive experience conducting human trafficking-related trainings across the country to multiple disciplines including medical, mental health, child welfare, victim services and law enforcement.

Neil Websdale, Ph.D., Director, Northern Arizona University Family Violence Center

Professor Websdale is the Director of the Family Violence Institute at Northern Arizona University and Director of the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative (NDVFRI). He has published numerous books on domestic violence, the history of crime, policing, social change and public policy. His social policy work involves helping establish networks of domestic violence fatality review teams across the United States and elsewhere.