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National Crime Victim Law Institute

Panel Discussion on Holistic Services to Victims of Domestic Violence

Date: 12:00pm - 1:00pm PST November 30, 2011 Location: Lewis & Clark Law School McCarty Classroom 1

Lewis & Clark Law School McCarty Classroom 1

Although Domestic Violence Awareness Month is recognized for just one month of the year, in October, the truth is that domestic violence is all around us, all the time.  Although estimates vary, studies show that as many as one in four women will be subject to domestic abuse in their lifetimes. 

NCVLI, with support from Lewis & Clark Law School student groups the Crime Victims’ Rights Alliance and the Women’s Law Caucus, will be hosting a presentation that aims to educate students about the resources available to domestic violence victims and best practices in providing holistic services.  The event will be hosted as a round table discussion and will feature professionals from the legal, mental health, and social services worlds, each with deep experience in helping victims of domestic violence.  

Cookies and beverages will be provided.

Presenter Bios:

Alison Wilkinson, J.D.

Alison is an attorney and Violence Against Women Project Director at NCVLI, and adjunct faculty at Lewis & Clark Law School, where she co-teaches a clinic on victim’s rights. She supervises the administration of NCVLI’s grant with the Office of Violence against Women, including by collaborating with other organizations, planning training sessions, and fielding legal technical assistance requests. Alison has worked on a broad range of technical assistance requests at NCVLI, including drafting amicus briefs, and performing research and drafting memos on issues relating to sexual assault, domestic violence, and privacy, among other topics. She has presented at both local and national conferences on victims’ rights. She has also been appointed by the Oregon Attorney General to Oregon’s Sexual Assault Task Force. Prior to joining NCVLI, Alison worked as a litigation associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in New York City. Alison has a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.


Martha Strawn Morris, Director, Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services

Martha Strawn Morris is the Director of the Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services in Portland, Oregon. The Gateway Center is a one-stop shop where domestic violence survivors and  their children can access a wide variety of public and private services including criminal justice services, civil legal services (including access to restraining orders), mental health services, monetary assistance, and safety and crisis planning among others. Martha was hired by the City of Portland when the Gateway Center was only a concept. Since opening in September 2010, the Gateway Center has helped thousands of victims and their children access advocacy and other services that support their safety and autonomy. From 1998 until 2009, Martha developed programs for the Multnomah County Family Court to improve outcomes for vulnerable families navigating the legal system. During those years, Martha conceptualized, implemented and managed many successful public-private collaborative programs including the Family Involvement Team (family treatment court equivalent), the Family Probation Program (coordinating adult probation and child welfare services), and the juvenile court facilitation program (offering comprehensive domestic relations assistance to pro se litigants referred by the juvenile judge). Martha has a B.A. from Portland State University and a J.D. from the University of Arizona College of Law. Martha lives in historic NE Portland with her husband, Sloan, and two children, Sofia (7 years old) and Jackson (5 years old).


Cristina Damiani

Cristina Damiani has been the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center’s Administrative Director since November 2010. In addition to managing the daily operation of the Center, Cristina acts as a victim advocate, providing social-support services and referrals to crime victims. Prior to her work at the Center, Cristina led the development and implementation of the Domestic Violence and Homeless Court Programs in Puerto Rico and worked as a program analyst at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York.


Christopher F. Wilson, Psy.D.

Dr. Wilson is a licensed psychologist in Portland, Oregon who has been involved in the field of domestic violence since 1999.  He provides regular trainings on topics such as the dynamics of abusive men as well as the neurobiology of trauma.  Dr. Wilson has given talks both regionally and nationally, for a wide range of organizations such as the Office for Victims of Crime, the National Crime Victim Law Institute, the Portland Women’s Crisis Line, and the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force.  He also works directly with victims of domestic violence and other forms of abuse, and conducts domestic violence evaluations.  His experience also includes working with offenders.  Currently, Dr. Wilson runs a full-time private practice in downtown Portland that includes working with clients, as well as providing supervision, consultation and training.


Jacqueline Swanson (moderator)

Jacqueline Swanson is currently the Lead Legal Intern at the National Crime Victim Law Institute, and works for Professor Doug Beloof as a research assistant. She is in her second year at Lewis and Clark Law School, and is the founder and president of the Crime Victims’ Rights Alliance. Jacqueline has assisted the NCVLI with violence against women legal issues, and has researched and written on multiple subjects, including stalking, sexual assault, domestic violence, privacy, disclosure, due process, and more. She presented at the 10th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference, has helped draft amicus briefs and memorandums with the NCVLI, and organizes multiple monthly events on campus at Lewis and Clark Law School. Prior to attending law school, Jacqueline worked as a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate, volunteered for numerous organizations dedicated to helping women and children who have been victims of violence, and conducted trainings and given speeches on sexual and domestic violence through community outreach programs. She holds a B.A. in Critical Gender Studies from University of California, San Diego, where she graduated with honors.