Advocates' Retreat and Conference

"Balancing Healing & Justice: Restoring Ourselves and Our Community"

May 6-7, 2019

Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Center

Rehoboth Beach, DE

Thank you to our presenters, attendees, and exhibitors for making this year's Advocates' Retreat and Conference a success!

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Keynote Presentation: Monday, May 6

Varsha N

From Surviving to Thriving- What's Stress Got to Do With It? An Initial Exploration of Healing Modalities from Around the World

Presented by Varsha N., JD, Founder, ROAR Training & Consulting, LLC

Breathing Techniques, Music, Storytelling, Chiropractic, Dance, Meditation, Tai Chi, Reiki, and Yoga – are several healing modalities around the world that have been found to offer ways to alleviate stress and re-energize individuals, bringing about resilience. Hippocrates once stated, “Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity”. This engaging keynote will review the different causes and impact that stress and trauma have on the body, both physically and emotionally. Myths around self-care will be reviewed and there will be an initial exploration of stress relieving practices successfully used by professionals around the world.

Panel Presentation: Tuesday, May 7

Housing Matters

Panel facilitated by Marcey Rezac, LCSW, DVS, Policy Coordinator, Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Panelists include:

  • Devon Manning, Planner, Delaware State Housing Authority
  • Janell Stanton, Program Director, SAFE Program at People's Place
  • Rachel Beatty Stucker, Associate Director, Housing Alliance of Delaware
  • Christopher Whaley, Director of Housing Management, Delaware State Housing Authority

Access to safe and affordable housing is crucial for domestic violence victims, yet there is a shortage of units available and a complicated array of resources and ways to apply.  It is imperative that domestic violence advocates have a clear understanding of the types of housing available and how best to help survivors apply for them.  This panel presentation is intended to educate advocates about the various housing resources in Delaware, including public housing, subsidized housing, vouchers, and rapid rehousing programs.  Participants will also learn how to apply for these resources, including how to use the Delaware Housing Search website.