Finding Jenn’s Voice

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Last night I had the opportunity to go to the Albuquerque Film Fest’s screening of ‘Finding Jenn’s Voice‘.

film maker Tracy Schott at the Abq Film Festival
film maker Tracy Schott at the Abq Film Festival

The movie highlights the fact that homicide is the leading cause of death during pregnancy! Did you know that?

Please take the time to watch the movie, watch the trailer, go the the website, and add your voice to make societal changes in your community! Support your local shelters, SANE nurses, crisis hotlines: find out how you can help create and be the change in your community by adding your voice.

Your voice is important!

The screening was followed by a round table discussion with the film maker and several prominent activists against domestic violence and sexual assault in the state of New Mexico.

 The panel discussion following the film included:

  • Lynn GentryWood – Executive Director, DVRC (Domestic Violence Resource Center)
  • Gail Starr – Clinical Coordinator, Albuquerque SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners)
  • Antoinette Sedillo Lopez – Executive Director, Enlace
  • Kay Bounkeua, MPH – Executive Director, New Mexico Asian Family Center
  • Alexandria Taylor, MPA – Executive Director, Valencia Shelter Services
  • Rosemary Traub, JD – Albuquerque Family Advocacy Center

Lending their support to the movie, several prominent experts in the field contributed their knowledge to the film. From the website:

Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, MSN – Professor of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University. Dr.Campbell is a national leader in research and advocacy in the field of intimate partner violence. Her studies paved the way for a growing body of interdisciplinary investigations by researchers in the disciplines of nursing, medicine, and public health. She is the current Chair of the Board of Directors for the Futures without Violence. She was also a member of the congressionally appointed U.S. Department of Defense Task Force on Domestic Violence

Diana Cheng, MD – Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Director of Women’s Health, Maryland Dept. of Health and Medical Hygiene. Dr. Cheng and Dr. Isabelle Horon’s 2001 landmark study found homicide to be the leading cause of death among pregnant women. Dr. Cheng is the former vice-chair of  the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Healthcare for Underserved Women, and is a leader in the movement to encourage IPV screening by physicians.

Rae Taylor, PhD – Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Loyola University – New Orleans. Dr. Taylor dissertation examined pregnancy as a risk factor for intimate partner violence, and has researched the media’s coverage of intimate partner violence. Dr. Taylor is also a trained advocate for victims in the criminal justice system.

Linda Burke-Galloway, MD – Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Social Worker, Author – “The Smart Woman’s Guide to Pregnancy”. Dr. Burke-Galloway is a board certified OB/Gyn and public health advocate working with underserved populations.

Marcus Kondkar, PhD – Chair, Associate Professor-Sociology, Loyola University – New Orleans. Dr. Kondkar has researched Intimate Partner Homicide, Gender Violence, and Sexual Coercion.

David Adams, PhD – CoFounder/CoDirector EMERGE – the first counseling program for men who abuse women, founded in 1977. He is the author of “Why do they Kill? Men who murder their intimate partners”.

Evan Stark, PhD, MSW –Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University – sociologist, forensic social worker and author of “Coercive Control: How men entrap women in personal life”, and “Women at Risk: Domestic violence and women’s health” (co-author – Anne Flitcraft).d Professor of Public Health, Rutgers University. Dr. Stark is a forensic soc

Marilee Strong – An award-winning journalist who specializes in reporting on psychological and social issues. She is the author of “Erased: Missing Women, Murdered Wives”, and followed the Scott and Laci Peterson case for five years.

Janine Latus – A freelance writer, radio commentator and speaker, Janie is the author of “If I am Missing or Dead”, a book which describes the murder of her sister, and the culture of abuse in which she grew up. The book has been on the New York Times Bestseller and republished in half a dozen languages.

here is a photo of the amazing, intelligent, activist women who attended:

Roundtable discussion Finding Jenn's Voice
Roundtable discussion Finding Jenn’s Voice

 

 

 


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