Logo Image



Dear Colleagues –

As we all know, rates of domestic violence and sexual assault in Alaska are extremely high; in fact the ‘face’ of interpersonal violence is evident in so many ways and in so many different forms. Bullying, intimidation, verbal and mental abuse, hitting, beating, burning, fondling, sexual assault and rape are all variations of interpersonal violence. We also know there are many root causes, influences and causal relationships impacting how and when interpersonal violence is unleashed.

In partnership with the Governor’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Initiative, we are hosting two national experts to provide training on issues related to interpersonal violence and how we, as a state, can continue to find new ways to promote healthy behaviors, prevent interpersonal violence from ever occurring, intervene earlier (and hopefully better), and promote an enhanced comprehensive service delivery system.

Dr. Vincent Felitti is a noted physician and researcher on the negative impacts of adverse childhood experiences on adults. Dr. Felitti is one of the principal investigators of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, a long-term, in-depth analysis of over 18,000 adults that matches their current health status against eight categories of adverse childhood experiences. Findings to date reveal a powerful relationship between our emotional experiences as children and our physical and mental health as adults.

Nancy Ver Steegh serves as Vice Dean for Academic Programs at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she teaches family law, domestic violence law and policy, and alternative dispute resolution. Her publications include law review articles exploring domestic violence in the context of child custody decision making and implications for processes such as mediation, collaborative law, and mandatory divorce education. She is the coauthor of two family law texts, Work of the Family Lawyer and Family Law: Examples & Explanations.

Please join us in Anchorage on April 7-8 to listen, learn, discuss and debate issues related to interpersonal violence; we hope this training opportunity will continue to create synergy and action toward a comprehensive, innovative and successful approach to reducing and preventing interpersonal violence across Alaska.

L. Diane Casto, MPA

Manager, Prevention & Early Intervention Services

DHSS, Division of Behavioral Health