Building a Better Community Response to IPV Conference


Supporting Pregnant & Postpartum Birthing People in Connecticut


Friday, June 23, 2023  |  8:30am - 2:30pm

Double Tree by Hilton  |  Bristol, CT

Cost: $70
(Includes breakfast, lunch, 5 CEU/CME pending approval)


The intersection of intimate partner violence (IPV) and maternal mortality among birthing people remains one of the least explored and under-resourced topics, yet is central to ensuring expectant and parenting people do not continue to die from preventable causes. This conference will feature individual and organizational level strategies that can be taken to advance health equity and increase positive health outcomes for birthing people who have experienced IPV. Participants will hear from experts working to improve the clinical response to IPV during the perinatal period. The evidence-based CUES intervention, an adaptable screening and education protocol, reproductive coercion, the affects of toxic stress, and tools for building partnerships and strengthening connections between domestic violence advocates and other health and community-based programs will be shared.  

This conference is aimed at perinatal providers of all types, adult and pediatric health professionals, social workers, early intervention providers, community service providers, domestic violence advocates, and anyone working with pregnant and postpartum individuals.


Keynote Speakers:

Addressing Racial Disparities in Reproductive Health
Lucinda Canty, PhD, CNM, FACNM
Mother, nurse, midwife, researcher, nurse educator, historian, a reproductive health justice activist, artist, poet and founder of Lucinda’s House

Survivor-Centered Responses to Maternal Exposure to Gender-Based Violence
Cassandra Aho, CPM, CA
Manager of Program Innovation at the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence


Breakout Sessions:

If Someone Discloses IPV, What Do You Do? Safety Planning and Responses to Positive Disclosures
Linda Blozie, Director of Training & Prevention, CCADV

They Made Me Get Pregnant/End the Pregnancy
Dr. Nancy Stanwood, Chief Medical Officer, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Inc.

Comprehensive IPV Screening and Education - Start to Finish
Devon Rayment, MA, Health Professional Outreach Project Manager, CCADV

The Importance of Recognizing the Impact of Toxic Stress on Early Childhood Development from Perinatal Through Age 3
Kimberly Martini-Carvell, MA, Executive Director, Help Me Grow National Center; Associate Director, Office for Community Child Health; Senior Director, Connecticut Children's


Tabling opportunities available for attendees to showcase their work to help support pregnant and postpartum birthing people.


For questions or more information:

Devon Rayment, MA, Health Professional Outreach Project Manager  |  |  959.202.5069


This conference was supported by WH-AST-21-003 issued by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $324,639.00 with 100 percent funded by the Department of Health and Human Services. The contents are solely the responsibility of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by Department of Human Services or the U.S. Government.