20th Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Conference

 Registration is closed for this event
April 24 & 25, 2013, Best Western Ramkota Hotel, Bismarck, ND

Program Purpose
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This year’s conference focuses on the emerging problem of human trafficking and rape in North Dakota as well as how to safely respond to domestic violence in the workplace.  The conference also stresses the need for developing community partnerships to create a safe response to the crimes of rape, domestic violence and human trafficking. 

At the conclusion of this conference participants will be able to: 

  • Understand the impact that domestic violence can have on the workplace.
  • Develop work protocols and create a safe work environment for responding to domestic violence in the work place.
  • Understand the links between lethality assessments and victim safety.
  • Identify the Maryland Coalition Model Program:  Lethality Assessment Program.
  • Identify signs of Human Trafficking.
  • Understand the impact of trafficking upon communities and learn effective techniques for engaging victims of trafficking in a safe and effective manner.
  • Identify partners and learn creative methods for developing a community response to Human Trafficking.
  • Understand the structure of the military and its response to sexual assault.
  • Identify unique issues for sexual assaults in the military.
  • Develop a military-civilian community partnership to respond to sexual assault.
  • Recognize challenges and find solutions to developing a community-based SART.
  • Organize a sexual assault response team based on the strengths of a multidisciplinary response.
  • Be able to create a support system for safety within the workplace.

Conference Location
  The Best Western Ramkota Hotel is located on south 3rd street, just north of the Bismarck Expressway. A block of 50 rooms have been set aside at a special rate of $91 and may be obtained by calling the Best Western Ramkota Hotel directly at 1-701-258-7700. You must mention the Abused Adult Resource Center and reserve your room prior to April 18, 2013 to receive the special rate.  

  Continuing Education Credits
Continuing education credits (CEU, POST Board, CLE) have been applied for social workers, licensed counselors, law enforcement, addiction counselors, attorneys and nurses. 

AGENDA – Wednesday, April 24




Welcome - Opening Remarks
Diane Zainhofsky, LSW, Executive Director Abused Adult Resource Center
“In a Thousand Pieces” (A play about human trafficking.)
Dan Rogers, Bismarck State College and Paper Birds Theatre, United Kingdom


Creating Pro Active Community Responses to Human Trafficking
Detective Harvey Sloan (Retired)




Creating Pro Active Community Responses to Human Trafficking
Detective Harvey Sloan (Retired)




Creating Pro Active Community Responses to HumanTraffic
Detective Harvey Sloan (Retired)




Creating Pro Active Community Responses to Human Trafficking
Detective Harvey Sloan (Retired)

Thursday, April 25 - Break Out Tracks

TRACK A: Creating a Safe Response to Domestic Violence in the Work Place


Introduction: Amy’s Story
Cary Degenstein, Associate Director, Verizon Wireless Great Plains Region


Screening: Amy’s Story
Pam Albers


Creating a Safe Response to Domestic Violence in the Work Place
Pam Albers




Creating a Safe Response to Domestic Violence in the Work Place
Pam Albers




Creating a Safe Response to Domestic Violence in the Work Place
Pam Albers




Creating a Safe Response to Domestic Violence in the Work Place
Pam Albers

TRACK B: Community Responses to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault


Strengthening Military-Civilian Community Partnerships to Respond to Sexual Assault
Erica Davidson, Abused Adult Resource Center
Heather Mattson, North Dakota National Guard




Ethical Responses
(Required ethics training for Licensed Social Workers)
Bobbi Weiler, Attorney Jackson, Thompson & Weiler PC

12:15 - 1:15


1:15 - 2:30

Model Responses to Sexual Assault: SART
Tamara Unterseher, Abused Adult Resource Center
Mark Gaddis, Bismarck Police Department
Tisha Scheuer, Central Dakota SANE Program

2:30 - 2:45


2:45 - 3:45

Model Responses to Sexual Assault: SART
Tamara Unterseher, Abused Adult Resource Center
Mark Gaddis, Bismarck Police Department
Tisha Scheuer, Central Dakota SANE Program

3:45 - 4:00


4:00 - 5:00

Maryland Lethality Assessment Program
Tamara Unterseher, Abused Adult Resource Center
Mark Gaddis, Bismarck Police Department

Det. Harvey Sloan (Retired)

Det. Harvey Sloan has been an officer with the Seattle Police Department for 42 years, 11 of which he served as a Vice Detective. In addition, he worked human trafficking cases for the past 10 years and was co-chair of WashACT (Washington Advisory Committee on Trafficking), a DOJ-funded Human trafficking task force, until his retirement from law enforcement in January 2011. His primary focus as a detective was to identify suspects and victims of human trafficking and to assist in the prosecution of the suspects to fullest possible means under the law. He also provided training on human trafficking to the Seattle Police Department and to other law enforcement and nongovernmental agencies throughout Washington State. Detective Sloan’s trainings identified what human trafficking is and where it can be found, and how to locate victims and to possibly prosecute the traffickers. WashACT was called upon by the Department of Justice to give training to other less cohesive task forces throughout the United States. The purpose of this training was to enable the task force (federal and local government and NGOs) to work together and therefore obtain more rescued victims and the prosecution of suspects. Detective Sloan is committed to providing quality education on human trafficking to both law enforcement and the greater community, at the local, state, and national level. His educational background includes a B.A. in public administration from University of Puget Sound (1977) and an A.A. degree in police science from North Seattle Community College (1975).

Pam Albers

Pam Albers is Program Director of Community Outreach and Education for the Crescent House Healing and Empowerment Center. Ms. Albers has planned and facilitated over 100 workshops for social workers, counselors, educators, and medical professionals on topics such as identifying, assessing and referring for domestic violence and sexual assault, dating violence, date rape, the systems approach to alleviating social and economic barriers for women experiencing domestic violence, and domestic violence in the workplace. She has provided training and technical assistance to Harrah’s Casino, Walmart, and the Louisiana Restaurant Society for responding to and addressing domestic violence in the workplace. She has also provided training to CASA volunteers about how violence affects children in the home. Ms. Albers has used many different techniques in her training and is most comfortable in a setting that allows for participant interaction and participation. She began her career with Crescent House in 2004, just before graduating from Tulane School of Social Work with an M.S.W. For two years she did her internship with the local rape crisis program working with children and adolescent survivors of sexual abuse. She worked the crisis line and acted as a rape trauma response advocate for the local hospital. In the seven years since graduating from Tulane, Ms. Albers has worked full time as a therapist for those experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault. She provides individual and group support for over 200 clients per year.pan>

Erica Davidson

Erica Davidson has her bachelor’s degree in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota. She has worked as a sexual assault advocate at AARC since 2010.

Heather Mattson

Heather Mattson has been the North Dakota National Guard Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) since earned her masters in Social Work from the University of North Dakota in 2010. A member of the North Dakota Air National Guard since 2005, Heather lives in Bismarck with her husband Justin and daughter Ryleigh.

Detective Mark Gaddis

Det. Mark Gaddis has been a police officer for the Bismarck Police Department since 1991. In 1996 he was assigned to the Investigations section. He has investigated Property Crimes and Personal Crimes. His investigative duties now involve investigating Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking Crimes. He is a defensive tactics instructor. He certified to conduct ND P.O.S.T. Law Enforcement Training. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Minot State University.

Tisha Scheuer, MSN, RN, SANE-A

Tisha Scheuer has been in the nursing field since 1995. She has held positions in several different areas of nursing. She also has experience teaching in the LPN/RN nursing program at Bismarck State College and was an Assistant Professor at the University of Mary- Nursing Division. Most recently she is the State SANE Coordinator with the Counsel on Abused Women's Services for the past 2 years and is the Director of the Central Dakota SANE program in Bismarck, ND for the past 4 years. She has worked as a SANE nurse since 2003.

Tamara Unterseher, LSW

Tamara Unterseher, Victim Services Director of the Abused Adult Resource Center, has a bachelor’s degree in social work and an associate of arts in criminal justice with a minor in psychology. She has worked as a licensed social worker for more than 20 years, including 17 years as an advocate at AARC. She was involved in creating the first community-based sexual assault response team protocol and the first community-based SANE program in ND.

Bobbi Weiler

Bobbi Weiler is a local attorney primarily practicing in family and criminal law. She graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, magna cum laude, in 2009. She was licensed to practice law in May, 2010. Since being licensed, she has spent more than 500 hours working with domestic violence victims.

Conference Planning Committee Members

  • Katie Oliver, Special Event Planner and Volunteer Coordinator, Abused Adult Resource Center
  • Erica Davidson, Sexual Assault Advocate, Abused Adult Resource Center
  • Nicole Weiss, Education Advocate, Abused Adult Resource Center
  • Stephanie Gerhardt, Training Coordinator, North Dakota Council on Abused Women Services
  • Sue Anderson, Officer, Bismarck Police Department
  • Tisha Scheuer, Program Coordinator, Central Dakota SANE Program
  • Julie Skaret, Marketing Specialist, St. Alexius Medical Center
  • Alyson Downs, Education Project Specialist, St. Alexius Medical Center Abused Adult Resource Center

Registration Information

Fee: The registration fee for two days $125.00. The one day fee is $75.00. The Undergraduate student fee (ID required) is $60.00.

A limited number of scholarships to cover registration fees are available for ND Law Enforcement Officers. To apply contact Tamara Unterseher at the Abused Adult Resource Center (701)222-8370.

Late Registration: If pre-registration is postmarked after April 18, 2013, an additional $20.00 fee will be charged.

Cancellation: The fee, less $20.00, will be refunded if you choose to cancel before April 18. No refunds will be given after this date.

St. Alexius Medical Center and Abused Adult ResourceCenter reserve the right to make program changes or to cancel the conference. Only those who pre-register will be notified and their fees will be refunded in full.

St. Alexius Medical CenterFor more information call (701) 530-7700 or toll free (800) 843-9628.

April 24th, 2013 8:00 AM   through   April 25th, 2013 5:00 PM
Phone: 701-530-7700
Two day rate $ 145.00
One day rate $ 95.00
Undergraduate student fee (ID required) $ 80.00

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