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Covid impacted our community in many ways.  Domestic violence incidents increased—there were more stressors, social isolation, and limited resources during and after the pandemic. In addition, our community saw a huge turnover in mental health professionals, advocates working directly with survivors and their children, teachers and first responders. These trends continue today.

The goal of Reclaiming Hope: A Statewide Conference to End Domestic and Sexual Violence is to build capacity in our community to respond to individuals, children and families impacted by violence. This conference will be a call to action for everyone who attends about what we can do together to prevent, respond, and support those impacted by violence to begin healing — In Unity, Hope Blossoms. 

This conference brings together IPV advocates, mental health professionals, social workers, medical professionals, educators, counselors, first responders, attorneys, survivors, and anyone working with individuals impacted by violence.

Reclaiming Hope is a collaboration between Child Saving Institute and our partners: Women’s Center for Advancement, Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, and Women’s Fund of Omaha.

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

  1. Describe the impact of violence on individuals, children, families and community health and well-being.
  2. Discuss promising- and evidence-based prevention, intervention, and responses to violence.
  3. Identify strategies to understand resources and  support systems to respond to those impacted by violence in their homes, relationships, and community.
  4. Cultivate a resilient and sustainable self-care practice that leaves participants feeling inspired, connected, challenged, renewed, and activated.

Overview of breakout session topics:

  • Impact of DV on children
  • Why victims don’t leave – fundamentals of domestic violence
  • Understanding of legal rights of victims
  • Survivor inclusion in services
  • Brain impacts as a result of DV
  • Men as partners to end sexual and domestic violence
  • Holistic and sustainable practices for service provider well being
  • Supporting families to reclaim hope
  • Supporting parent-child dyads in therapeutic services
  • Impact of trauma related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking on parenting
  • Teen dating violence
  • Supporting DV survivors in navigating the criminal justice system
  • Being both a survivor and advocate
  • Survivor/parent panel
  • And more!

Date & Time
Thursday, June 27 from 8:15am – 4:30pm & Friday, June 28, 2024 from 8:15am – 4:00pm.

CHI Health Center

Cost: $100

Questions? Reach out to Jana Habrock at

CEU Opportunity
Continuing education credits will be provided for licensed mental health professionals in Nebraska. 10.5 CEUs Available.

Continuing education credits for other professions are pending approval.

CHI Health Center
455 N 10th St.
Omaha, NE 68102

Keynote Speakers

Mildred Muhammad

Mildred D. Muhammad is a globally recognized figure, renowned for her impassioned advocacy against domestic abuse and violence. As an award-winning keynote speaker, she shares her harrowing experiences as a survivor of domestic abuse and former spouse of the DC Sniper, shedding light on the trauma and abuse she endured. With a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and certifications from the US Department of Justice, she educates diverse audiences worldwide, including military personnel, law enforcement, and survivors, about the realities of abuse and the importance of awareness and prevention. Through her books, including the critically acclaimed memoir Scared Silent: When the One You Love Becomes the One You Fear, and her podcast Rising Above It All, Mildred provides invaluable resources and support for victims and survivors. Her relentless commitment to advocacy is evidenced by her extensive media appearances, legislative testimonies, and numerous accolades, including Maya Angelou “Still I Rise” Award, Shirley Chisholm Woman of Courage Award and REDBOOK’s Strength & Spirit HEROES Award. Mildred’s unwavering dedication to eradicating domestic abuse continues to inspire change and healing on a global scale.

John Noltner

John Noltner is the visionary behind A Peace of My Mind, a multimedia arts initiative dedicated to fostering dialogue and empathy through storytelling. As an award-winning photographer, Noltner utilizes portraits and personal narratives to bridge divides and highlight the common humanity that unites us all. With a keen eye for capturing human emotion and resilience, he has traveled across four continents, gathering stories of courage and grace. Noltner’s work extends beyond traditional boundaries, encompassing exhibits, workshops, lectures, and distance learning programs that aim to ignite transformative experiences and promote social cohesion. Through A Peace of My Mind, he champions the power of art and storytelling to articulate shared values and inspire positive action, fostering community connections and building social capital in an increasingly polarized world.

Amanda Lyon, MSW

Amanda Lyon, MSW (she/they) is a Training and Technical Assistance Specialist at the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health, where she leads the Survivor Health Connections Consortium project. With a deep commitment to empowering survivors and their families, Amanda develops comprehensive training and technical resources tailored for behavioral health providers, domestic violence and sexual assault programs, hotlines, and coalitions. Her work aims to increase resource accessibility and effectiveness, ensuring survivors receive the support they need on their journey toward healing and empowerment. Amanda’s pursuit of a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Alaska, Anchorage reflects her unwavering dedication to social justice. This commitment was strengthened through her prior role as a Rural Grant Specialist at the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, where she supported the development of integrated services for Alaska Native survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault who experience behavioral health challenges. Amanda has over two decades of experience as a certified yoga instructor, integrating trauma-informed principles, mindfulness, and compassion-based practices into her classes. Her holistic approach to healing extends to her 17 years of expertise as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist. In this role, she has served as the Ayurvedic Director for programs in California, Wisconsin, and Alaska, where she developed curriculum, trained practitioners, and supervised interns.

Additional Resource: Family Empowerment Program

Mother hugging Daughter

Our Family Empowerment Program offers free support groups to survivors of domestic violence and their children during a 10-week session utilizing a research-based model to help enhance life after domestic violence. Parents and caregivers attend free weekly classes, while their children also attend classes to engage in fun, interactive activities that are proven to help them process and heal from past trauma. Together, families will grow and develop skills to find stability and new hope for the future.

Event Partners

This conference is supported by Grant Number 90EV0499 from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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