2023 Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse Awareness Conference


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Please join AppalReD Legal Aid for our 20th annual Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse Awareness Conference on September 15th from 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.This year's conference will be livestreamed over Zoom. 

Participants can earn free CEUs and CLEs. 


Registration will open in July. As always, this conference is free.


The agenda will be released closer to registration. Please find the 2022 agenda below as an example of sessions and speakers.


7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.:          Registration


8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.:          Welcome and Opening Remarks

Hon. Robert Johns, Executive Director, AppalReD Legal Aid

Hon. Caleb Pittman, Emcee, AppalReD Legal Aid


8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.:         Out Late: Protecting LGBTQ+ Seniors

Hon. Ross Ewing, Private Practice Attorney, Lexington, KY

Emily Dial-Hensley, Law Student (3L), University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law


9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.:        Serving Those Who Serve: Clients Tied to the Military

MSgt. Charles Lay, USA (Ret.), Army HRC SHARP Program Manager


10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.:      Morning Break


10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.:     Legal Rights and Remedies for Immigrant Survivors

Hon. Shannon Church, Private Practice Attorney, Lexington, KY


11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.:      Helping Survivors with Innocent Spouse Tax Issues

Hon. Stephanie Flanary, Low-Income Tax Clinic Director, AppalReD Legal Aid

Optional session without continuing education credit


11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.:        Lunch Break


1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m:          Voices of Foster Care: Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

Kelly Jaramillo, MSW, & Andy Holt, MSW, DCBS Social Workers

Dante Lynox & Keisha Lyon, Co-Chairs, Voices of the Commonwealth


2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.:         Afternoon Break


2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.:        Helping Elders Experiencing Domestic Violence

Hon. Meg Savage, Director, KY Coalition Against Domestic Violence


3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.         Closing Remarks

Session Descriptions


Speaker Bios


Operation Donation


Is This Conference For Me?

Individuals who work in any capacity with individuals who have experienced domestic violence and those who work with older individuals in any capacity will benefit from this conference.  This would include, among others:

  • social workers
  • health professionals
  • nursing home administrators
  • attorneys
  • case managers
  • court personnel
  • victim advocates
  • law enforcement officers
  • licensed clinical alcohol & drug counselors


In 2022, CEUs/CLEs were offered for the following number of hours:

  • Licensed Professional Counselors 6.5
  • Social Workers 6.5
  • Psychologists 6.5
  • Nursing Home Administrators 6.5
  • Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselors 6.5
  • Attorneys 5.5
  • Nursing 6.6

As approval is granted for 2023, this section will be updated.


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Conference Funding

This project is supported by Grant Number VAWA-2022-Appalach-00029 awarded through the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice's STOP Formula Grant Program U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, the Office on Violence Against Women or the U.S. Department of Justice.

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