3rd Annual Safe & Together Symposium 2015

Recap of the 2015 Symposium


Domestic Violence and Children    October 14-16, 2015

Thank you you everyone who made this year’s symposium a huge success!! We will post a more comprehensive recap in the coming weeks. But until then, attendees looking for more materials and resources can click here.


See below for this year’s description:

Welcome to the 3rd National Safe and Together Symposium. We are very excited to announce that this year the symposium will focus on children exposed to domestic violence perpetrators’ behaviors. We hope that you will join David Mandel & Associates, incredible presenters and experts from all over the country, and other professionals eager to learn how to help children when domestic violence is present. 

Held in Orlando, FL at the beautiful Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek hotel, we know this year’s symposium will be a wonderful opportunity to learn, share ideas, and develop collaborative opportunities while enjoying all Orlando has to offer. 

This year’s symposium will highlight:

  • Practice and policy-specific training about the intersection of domestic violence and child maltreatment
  • How the Safe and Together™ model can enhance collaboration in communities where co-located domestic violence advocates or specialists work inside child welfare agencies
  • National experts on children exposed to violence
  • Opportunities to discuss harm, resilience, and healing for children
  • Using a perpetrator pattern-based approach to understanding child safety
  • Sessions run from 9:00am to 4:00pm each day

Pre-Symposium Presenters:

  • David Mandel & Associates, LLC staff
  • Healther Meitner, MSW, Senior Associate, NCCD Children’s Research Center
  • Maxine Weinreb, EdD, Advisor to the Child Witness to Violence Project

Special Keynote Presentation:

  • Casey Keene, MSW Online Resources and Education Manager, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
  • Oswaldo Montoya, MA: Expert on domestic violence, children and fatherhood:The Latin American perspective on the work related to domestic violence, fatherhood and children.

Symposium Presenters:

  • David Mandel & Associates, LLC staff
  • Casey Keene
  • Heather Meitner
  • Maxine Weinreb, EdD, Advisor to the Child Witness to Violence Project
  • Safe and Together site presenters

Symposium Workshops:

  • Using a Pathways to Harm approach to improve assessment of impact of domestic violence on children 
  • Use of the Safe and Together model by Florida co-located advocates
  • Effecting Systems Change: Building a coalition to implement a statewide effort to become domestic violence-informed
  • Interviewing Children Exposed to Domestic Violence Perpetrators: The Florida Safety Methodology videos
  • 5 Critical Components X 6 Domains of Information:  Domestic Violence-Informed Assessments of Family Functioning 
  • How setting high standards for fathers improves outcomes for children and families
  • Mapping perpetrator patterns
  • Safety planning for child safety in domestic violence cases
  • An international perspective on creating domestic violence-informed child welfare systems
  • Plus: Safe and Together site presentations from New Jersey, Ohio, Florida