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Skeleton in the Closet: Domestic Violence in the GLBT Community

April 6, 2011 4:40pm - April 6, 2011 5:40pm
Room 118

The panel discussion “Skeleton in the Closet” will address the unique issues facing GLBT victims of domestic violence and the practitioners who represent them.  The program will primarily cover the legal issues, both direct and indirect, that complicate representation of GLBT domestic violence victims as well as non-legal remedies to domestic violence situations and substance abuse concerns.

CLE Credit:  Approval has been received for 1 hour of CLE credit  for both Ohio and Kentucky.

About the Program
Abusive relationships have dynamics and risks that can be difficult for many to recognize and understand.  Our panelists will discuss the special tactics of abuse that are used in GLBT relationships and additional risks faced by those seeking to leave the relationship.  Various options are available to  members of the GLBT community who seek to escape abuse.  The panelists will discuss both legal and non-legal remedies  and the safety considerations that survivors of violence must consider before deciding which remedy to seek and institutional responses to survivors abuse within a GLB or T relationship..  In addition, the panelists will discuss the role of substance abuse in violent relationships and how substance abuse problems can complicate treatment for both the abuser and the survivor.    Treatment options will be discussed as well as the challenges posed in treating both the substance abuse concerns as well as recovery from abuse.   
About the Speakers
Margaret Drew is Professor of Clinical Law and Director of the Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.  In 2005, Drew developed the domestic violence clinic in collaboration with the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati. Prior to joining the College of Law, she was an instructor at the Domestic Violence Institute at Northeastern University School of Law and taught as an adjunct professor at Northeastern Law School. Professor Drew is a former chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic Violence and remains special advisor to the Commission. She co-chairs the amicus committee of the National Association of Women Lawyers and she is a member of the association’s Supreme Court committee. Prior to her clinical teaching, Drew represented victims of violence in the district, family and appellate courts of Massachusetts. She received her juris doctor from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston and her LLM in Taxation from Boston University School of Law. 

Lauren Gray ’07 serves as a volunteer counselor at the William Way LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia, PA.  She provides weekly direct-client services to individuals struggling with coming-out issues, abuse, HIV+ diagnoses, stress, anxiety, and depression. She is a member of the New Jersey Bar, and in 2010, served as a guest lecturer on LGBT Issues and the Law at Wilmington University.  Currently, she works on training and knowledge management initiatives at the Delaware Department of Justice. While attending the University of Cincinnati College of Law she served as a senior articles editor for the Human Rights Quarterly and co-chaired the student group Law Women.

A local substance abuse counselor will participate as well and provide information on resources available to the GLBT survivors of abuse.

For more information, contact Cheryl DelVecchio at 513-556-0063/ .
University of Cincinnati College of law
P.O. Box 210040
Cincinnati, OH 



This event is sponsored by Out & Allies and the Domestic Violence and Civil Protectin Order Clinic.