Welcome to the 2nd Independence House Prevention Conference

(all links will become LIVE on the morning of the event)

Please notice the orange bubble to the right of your screen.  If you need to speak to a domestic or sexual violence counselor at any time during this event click on the bubble to initiate confidential secure contact with an Independence House counselor.  Or call the Independence House 24-hour hotline at 800.439.6507.


Click the image to download the Conference Program containing the full schedule, speaker information, and links to numerous resource articles.



We encourage you to click the “Main Ballroom” button by 9:25  to get settled. The program will begin promptly at 9:30am.

Click on any Room Button to enter a session or workshop. Your browser will open your session in a second window.
Upon completion of each session, exit by closing only the active session tab in your browser in order to return to this dashboard to choose another session. 

9:15am Movement Room 1: You are invited to join the movement room to start your attendance in the conference. Amy Peters and Deirdre ‘deer’ Sullivan will present simple stretches and breathing exercises that will help to create a sense of balance, reduce stress and bring calm. There will be guided gentle movement and mindfulness for all bodies. Feel uplifted and energized. (note: Movement Room 2 will also be available from 1:15-1:30pm)
Meditation Room: Immerse yourself in this video loop of beautiful images and sounds from nature to help reduce stress, tiredness and low energy. The calmness and beauty of nature will help restore your sense of well-being, happiness and ease. (note: the Meditation Room will be available throughout the conference for anyone wishing to visit for moments of stress relief)
9:30-10:45am Welcome: Lysetta Hurge-Putnam
Emma Mills Brennan
Domestic Violence 101 Plenary:
Molly Machain
Ayana Wallace
10:45am-11:30am Trauma Informed Pastoral Response to Sexual Assault/Intimate Partner Violence
Presenters: Anne Marie Hunter and Alyson Morse Katzman
Policies, Prevention & Community: What Works – What Doesn’t
Presenters: Chris Morin and Bob Ravenelle
Why Marginalized Communities are Vulnerable
Moderator: Jeanne M. Morrison
Panel: Barbara Burgo, Max Archer, Emma Mills Brennan, Eric Ill


Visit Meditation Room

VENDOR EXPO:  Visit Vendor/Collaborative Partner Booths by clicking on each booth:

Barnstable No Place For Hate Booth

Enough Abuse Campaign Cape Cod & Islands Booth

Men’s Action of Independence House Booth

Independence House Booth

12:30pm-1:15pm Clergy Response to Those Who Abuse
Presenters: Anne Marie Hunter and Alyson Morse Katzman
Why & How Policies Prevent Domestic & Sexual Violence
Presenter: Chris Morin and Anna Milan
1:15-1:30pm   Visit Movement Room 2
  Visit Meditation Room
1:30-2:15pm Faith Communities Role in Prevention
Moderator: J. Thomas Kirkman
Panel: Rev. Pancheta Peterson; Rev. Darren Morgan; Brook Eaton-Skea
“Roll Red Roll, Culture Reframed, Bystander Intervention”
Presenters: Bob Ravenelle and Deirdre ‘deer’ Sullivan
Christine Ernst, Performer, Maker, and Speaker of Wellness, Personal Narrative, Hope and Community.


We appreciate your feedback.  Please take a moment to fill out our EVALUATION SURVEY.

Support Independence House Your generous donations help survivors of domestic and sexual violence on Cape Cod.

Many thanks to our Prevention Conference Committee Members:

Chris Morin, Committee Chair, Independence House, Inc., Director of Prevention, Education and Outreach

Deirdre deer Sullivan, Independence House, Inc., Independence House Counselor and Advocate

Bob Ravenelle, Independence House, Inc., Director of Domestic & Sexual Violence and Grants & Contract Management

Sarah Jesse, Independence House, Inc., Upper Cape Program Coordinator & Counselor 

Donna Giberti, Independence House, Inc., Director of Development and Marketing

Edye Nesmith, Cape Cod Council of Churches, Executive Director

J. Thomas Kirkman, Safe Havens: Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse,
Board Member

Kara O’Donnell, MassHire-Cape & Islands Workforce Board, Executive Director

Jeanne Morrison, Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission, Board Member

Anna Milan, CORD-Cape Organization for Rights of the Disabled, Rape Prevention and Education Program Coordinator