June  2016

What happens when an employed person struggles with the physical, financial, emotional abuse of domestic violence -- and continues to go to work every day?
How does the employee and those in that workplace deal with the pain, distraction, disruption, lost work time and security concerns and more?
Employers, managers and supervisors can be equipped to recognize and respond to these situations at "Victims at Home. Violence at Work." -- a conference on domestic violence in the workplace now set for 7:30 a.m. to noon on Oct. 20, 2016.  Register today at www.memphiswomen.org or Event Brite.
The conference is organized by the Memphis Area Women's Council and the newly formed Memphis Employers to End Domestic Violence -- and will be hosted by Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. in the Baptist Memphis Education and Conference Center, Dr. H. Edward Garrett, Sr. Auditorium located at 6027 Walnut Grove Rd., 38120. Parking is in the adjacent garage.
The new alliance of business leaders has formed to help employers deal with domestic violence among employees and colleagues and to create a safer and more profitable work environment.
In addition to Baptist Health Care, founders of the alliance include Verizon Wireless, Crown Manufacturing and the Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority with additional leadership from First Tennessee Bank, University of Memphis and others.
The conference fee is $50. Continental breakfast and lunch are included. 
Employers will learn to "recognize, respond and refer" when employees and colleagues experience intimate partner violence. Panel experts will cover risk and liabilities; security, workplace policies and employers' responses; local resources including third party orders of protection.
Alliance leaders will describe their goals, membership benefits and projects going forward.
Conference content should be applicable for human resource professionals' certification credits. Faith groups and non-profits attending will get a certificate of completion from the Memphis Employers Alliance against Domestic Violence and Baptist Memorial Health Care. Please contact Deborah Clubb at dclubb@memphiswomen.org with questions.


Shopping, dining, in clinics and classrooms -- in places across Memphis and Shelby County, Memphis Says NO MORE is there on posters featuring four leading Grizzlies players.
The campaign is clear: "Memphis Says NO MORE -- together we can end domestic violence and sexual assault."
Volunteers with the NO MORE Corps -- led by University of Memphis interns Katie Gentzler and Erika James -- took on zones from Germantown and Bartlett to Cooper-Young and Overton Square. Members of the Blue Suede Shoes who support the Downtown Memphis Commission carried dozens of posters from one end of downtown to the other.
The Memphis Fire Department, Memphis Police Department, Methodist Hospitals, the Navy base, University of Memphis and LeMoyne-Owen College, Poplar Plaza, Concorde Career College, White Station High School, Bridges USA, Alliance for the Homeless, the Vet Center, the Family Safety Center, numerous churches and City Hall -- all have posters, wristbands bearing the website, and the palm-size card of crucial phone numbers and guidance for victims/survivors.
Help that list grow:  Take MSNM materials to festivals, your employer, coffee shops, restaurants, clubs and place of worship. Call 901-378-3866 to arrange your supply.
On the website --  www.memphissaysnomore.com
-- find the Memphis Says NO MORE 30-second PSAs that played on WMC-TV, personal narratives by local survivor s and community leaders, t-shirts to order and other images and information.
Stop by the baggage area at Memphis International Airport to see Grizzlies players and their messages against the violence showing on big screens.
The campaign is a project of the Memphis Sexual Assault Kit Taskforce which raised funds to localize the national NO MORE awareness movement. Memphis Says NO MORE aims to let victims/survivors know help is available and how to get it, to raise awareness for domestic violence and sexual assault, to change attitudes and behavior and to end bystanding.
For more information about Memphis Says NO MORE visit www.memphissaysnomore.com  or email dclubb@memphiswomen.org .
For details on progress testing Memphis's stored rape kits and resulting investigations and prosecutions, go to http://www.memphistn.gov/SexualAssaultKitInventory.aspx.
If you want to meet others in the Corps, come to the next work day on June 29, anytime between 3 and 8 p.m. at 2574 Sam Cooper Blvd. Volunteers will be rolling posters to be distributed at kids' summer camps across the city.
Dr. Owen Phillips_ Dr. Nancy Hardt_ and Deborah Clubb
Dr. Owen Phillips, Dr. Nancy Hardt, and Deborah Clubb
The Urban Child Institute brought Dr. Nancy Hardt back to Memphis recently for a conference addressing community response to impact of violence and other trauma, especially on children.
Dr. Hardt, retired pathologist and obstetrician-gyneologist from the University of Florida, described research and projects she has led in urban Gainesville, Florida. She began by layering onto city maps data about issues such as high domestic violence and child abuse, Medicaid births, infant mortality, poor school performance and high unexcused absences. The maps showed leaders in city government, law enforcement, health care and others exactly where deeply traumatized residents were and the kinds of damage resulting from their circumstances. She then led programs such as mobile clinics to bring specialized assistance to those neighborhoods.

She shared ways to ascertain trauma and then respond to it, and presented evidence-based strategies to address trauma at the individual level and at the systemic level.
Inspired by the Hardt conference, a small group will continue meeting at the Institute to discuss future steps to help build a trauma-informed community in Memphis.

Dr. Hardt is an emeritus board member of the Women's Council and a Changemaker-level donor.
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In T his Issue

Workplace Conference October 20

Memphis Says NO MORE Campaign Spreading

Hardt Conference on "Becoming a Trauma-Informed Community"


A local foundation will grant the council $30,000 if we raise $15,000 by July 1.

We have raised $11,000 --- can you help us meet the match?

Any amount toward the $4,000 will help get us there!

Go to our website to use Paypal or mail checks to 2574 Sam Cooper Blvd., Memphis 38112.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Join our 'work day'   
If you are interested in meeting others in the Memphis Says NO MORE Corps, come to the next work day on June 29, any time between 3 and 8 p.m. We will meet at 2574 Sam Cooper Blvd. (first floor). Volunteers will be rolling posters to be distributed at kids summer camps across the city.

About Memphis Area Women's Council
The Memphis Area Women's Council is a non-profit dedicated to advocacy to assure equity and opportunity for local women and girls. Our goal is strategic changes in policy, procedure, law and regulations that remove barriers, eliminate sexism and assure equal access.  

For more information or to donate go to  memphiswomen.org
or contact Deborah Clubb at  901-378-3866 or 


We will not be having a WomenTalk meeting in July so that we can put all our resources into the Employer/DV in the Workplace conference.  Please stay tuned or check our website for our next scheduled WomenTalk night.