** El evento se ofrecerá en inglés con servicios de interpretación en español y en lenguaje de señas estadounidense con subtítulos ocultos.**

**This event will be offered in English with Spanish & ASL interpretation and closed captions.**


National Prevention Town Hall Registration


El Instituto se llevará a cabo durante dos días:

28 y 29 de octubre de
10:00am-12:30pm hora del Pacífico
12:00pm-2:30pm hora del Centro
1:00pm-3:30pm hora del Este

The institute will take place over two days:

October 28 & 29 from
10:00am-12:30pm PST
12:00pm-2:30pm CST
1:00pm-3:30pm EST

Centro Nacional de Recursos sobre la Violencia Doméstica junto con colaboradores de toda la región sureña de los Estados Unidos, te invitan a que nos acompañes a nuestro segundo Congreso Virtual de Prevención. Este evento es una oportunidad para ahondar en el tema de este año para el Mes de Concientización Sobre la Violencia Doméstica: No Hay justicia para les Sobrevivientes sin Justicia Racial.


Aprovechando el impulso del Congreso de Prevención del año pasado, en la que se presentaron las regiones central y noreste de los Estados Unidos, en el evento de este año se explorarán estrategias de prevención que: se centren en les sobrevivientes que sufran mayor marginalización, eleven el trabajo organizativo de base, honren el liderazgo de les sobrevivientes y defensores que sean personas negras, indígenas y de color y, promuevan cambio transformador real que se centre en la justicia racial en nuestras agencias.

Puede registrarse una vez para asistir a una o ambas sesiones.

¡Inscríbete ya! / Register

The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, in collaboration with partners from across the Southern region of the United States, invites you to join us for our second virtual Prevention Town Hall. This event is an opportunity to dig deeply into this year’s theme for Domestic Violence Awareness Month: No Survivor Justice Without Racial Justice.

Building on the momentum from last year’s Prevention Town Hall featuring the East North Central region of the United States, this year's event will explore prevention strategies that center survivors who are most marginalized, uplift grassroots and community-based organizing, honor the leadership of survivors and advocates who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and promote real transformative change that centers racial justice in our agencies.

You can register once to attend one or both of the sessions. 

¡Inscríbete ya! / Register

Download the agenda here!


Programación detallada / Schedule



Día 1, 28 de octubre
10am-12:30pm hora del Pacífico / 12pm-2:30pm hora del Centro / 1pm-3:30pm hora del Este

Day 1, October 28
10am-12:30pm PST/ 12pm-2:30pm CST/ 1:00pm-3:30pm EST


Vivian Sanchez (pronombre: ella) / (she/her/hers)
Defensora de la Juventud /Youth Advocate


Bienvenida y apertura con nuestra Tejedora del evento  
Welcome & Opening with our Event Weaver 


Panel de Discusión de Apertura:

Prevención Centrada en el Sobreviviente: Escuchar a los Sobrevivientes de Color

En nuestra sesión de apertura se presentará y se explorará el concepto de la prevención centrada en les sobrevivientes. Esto permitirá que haya un espacio en el que les sobrevivientes compartan su visión respecto a la prevención con base en sus experiencias de vida. Se les invitará a les participantes a envíen preguntas para les panelistas.


Opening Panel Discussion:

Survivor-Centered Prevention: Listening to Survivors of Color

Our opening session will introduce and explore the concept of survivor-centered prevention. It will allow space for survivors to share their vision for prevention based on their lived experiences. Participants are invited to submit questions for panelists.

Panelistas sobrevivientes / Survivor panelists

Selika Corley-Funchess

Selika Corley-Funchess, Program Manager, Human Trafficking/Crisis Stabilization Unit (she/her/hers)

V SpeakLife Morgan

V. "SpeakLife" Morgan, Founder & Executive Director, Shifted Masterpiece Incorporated

Arlene Vassell

Arlene Vassell (pronombre: ella),
Vicepresidenta de Programas, Prevención y Cambio Social, NRCDV

Arlene Vassell (she/her/hers), Vice President of Programs, Prevention & Social Change, NRCDV


Day 1 Strategy Sessions:

Explore how to center survivors in your prevention work


A. Elevating Community-Based Solutions: Alternative Forms of Safety & Justice 

  • Joyce Kyles (she/her/hers), CEO & Founder, Walking Into A New Life (she/her/hers)
  • Karimah Dillard (she/her/hers), Director of Policy & Community Engagement Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, GCADV

Transformative justice is prevention! Victims of abuse are often times reluctant to report and/or share their experiences based on a myriad of reasons. However, the desire for justice and safety is still needed and necessary. Attendees will gain insights on alternative community-based solutions that center victim support and healing. 

B. Border Policies: An issue of Racial Justice and Safety for Victims of Gender-Based Violence 

  • Alba Jaramillo, J.D. (she/her/hers), Executive Director of Arizona Justice For Our Neighbors

This workshop critically examines current border policies and the impact that it’s having on asylum seekers fleeing gender-based violence and immigrant victims that reside in border communities. This workshop explores the intersection between racial justice, the movement to end and prevent gender-based violence and immigration justice. 


C. Engaging Survivors and Grassroots Organizations in Policy Advocacy 

  • Robin Y. Jackson (she/her/hers), Policy and Systems Advocacy Coordinator

In this session, we will analyze the technique of collaborative organizing and storytelling to impact public policy and advocacy.  Participants will gain knowledge of successful strategies used to develop strong relationships with policy makers and key players in communities. We will discuss how grassroots organizations and survivors increase the awareness of state and federal policies that intersect with interpersonal violence. 

D. Centering Economic Justice in Our Work 

  • Shafeka Hashash (she/her/hers), Economic Justice Programs Director, Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Mona Muro (she/her/hers), MSW, Economic Justice consultant

In this session we will discuss the systematic intersections of poverty, racism, and other forms of oppression, in regards to financial inequity. We will present models of prevention support for survivors, and discuss as a group how this can inform future educational and programmatic prevention work.


Closing Session 

Actualizing our Commitment 

with Event Weaver Vivian Sanchez, Youth Advocate (she/her/hers)

Participants will have the opportunity to share concrete action steps, commitments, and measures of accountability to move their work forward.


Day 2, October 29
10am-12:30pm PST/ 12pm-2:30pm CST/ 1:00pm-3:30pm EST


Vivian Sanchez (she/her/hers), Youth Advocate


Welcome & Opening with our Event Weaver 


Opening Plenary Panel:

Boots on the Ground: Centering the Voices and Leadership of BIPOC Survivors and Advocates in Prevention

This panel will feature the voices and lived experiences of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color advocates who are leading prevention in their organizations and communities. Panelists will reflect on what is needed to create real transformative change that centers racial justice. Participants are invited to submit questions for panelists.


Joyce Kyles

Joyce Kyles (she/her/hers), CEO & Founder, Walking Into A New Life

Molly DeLoris

Molly (Margaret) DeLoris (she/her/hers), Client Services Coordinator/Roberta's Place-Grants, NM

 Rhonda Thompson

Rhonda Anita (she/her/hers), Rose of Sharon Transitional Living for Women Inc.

Sharolyn Payton


Sharolyn Payton (she/her/hers), Lead Coach & Consultant, Payton Place




Day 2 Strategy Sessions

Center the voices and leadership of people of color in our prevention work


A. More than Just Lip Service: Making Real Change Towards Elevating WOC Survivor Leadership

  • Christina Semenchuk, DVOTI/Programs Specialist, Roberta’s Place
  • Nnenna Minimah, Executive Director at Southeast Advocate for Family Empowerment (SAFE) and Founder of Mission Avisée (she/her/hers)

This session will feature the voices and lived experiences of Women of Color advocates/leaders who are leading prevention in their organizations and communities. Presenters will reflect on what the current realities of local and Statewide programs and what is  needed to disrupt the Status Quo in order to really elevate WOC survivors towards leadership.

B. Racial Justice, Intervention, and Prevention: A Three-Pronged Approach to Advocacy 

  • Sharolyn Payton, Lead Coach & Consultant, Payton Place (she/her/hers)

Although intervention and prevention have long been a part of our approach to addressing issues around domestic and other forms of violence, racial justice has not. In this session we will intentionally center Black people’s stories and lived experiences as the impetus for integrating a racial justice-centric approach into our work and mission. We will also consider practical ways to use this approach to recognize and disrupt anti-blackness and racism.


C. Engaging Men of Color in Efforts to End Violence

  • Justin Carter, Carter Prevents (he/him/his)

Men have a significant impact when ending violence, especially Intimate partner violence. In this session, participants will have the opportunity to hear from panel members who are working with men and boys in their unique fields. This session inspires deeper conversations about advocacy oriented behaviors and best practices, peer-to-peer accountability, and communication strategies which move us away from "call out culture" and to more solution and restorative justice oriented practices.

D. Trauma-Informed Resilience Based Post-Pandemic Approaches

  • Roy Rios, Prevention Manager, Texas Council on Family Violence (he/him/his)

Infusing our prevention work with a trauma-informed framework has always been essential to create safer space for the survivors we serve. Now that we are collectively navigating twin pandemics, trauma-informed practices are all the more necessary. This workshop explores how to integrate intersectionality into our trauma-informed prevention practice. Participants will engage in discussion to explore the various ways to be a trauma-informed prevention educator. 


Closing Session 

Prioritizing Caring for Self

with Event Weaver Vivian Sanchez, Youth Advocate (she/her/hers)

Participants will have the opportunity to share concrete action steps, commitments, and measures of accountability to move their work forward.


The Presenters


Justine Carter


Justin Carter, Carter Prevents (he/him/his)

Justin Carter is a rising leader in the field of violence prevention. Justin has worked with universities, non-profits, state and local agencies on Bystander Intervention, Consent Education, Title IX, Masculinity programming and Outreach with underserved populations. Justin promotes social justice, inspires inter-group collaboration, and cultivates a welcoming climate through facilitation, education, and evaluation. Justin has spoken at local, state, and national level conferences, podcasts, and rallies.

Quote: "You can't legislate good will. That comes only through education." - MLK 


Selika Corley-Funchess, Program Manager, Human Trafficking/Crisis Stabilization Unit (she/her/hers)

Selika Corley-Funchess is an international speaker, trainer, advocate and author. She is an engaging and captivating speaker who reflects on her past experiences, pain and trauma to educate her audiences on Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence. Selika will take your participants on her personal journey from adversity to triumph.

Selika Corley-Funchess currently serves as the Program Manager for the 1st Human Trafficking/Crisis Stabilization Unit coed facility for the youth in Mississippi. She passionately served 6 years as the Victims Assistance Coordinator with the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office assisting victims of crimes with referrals, court assistance with domestic violence and other cases and providing trauma informed death notifications within her jurisdiction, Certified Crime Prevention Specialist through the American Crime Prevention Institute, Crisis Counselor through Catholic Charities Rape Crisis Center, Certified Family Advocate and Certified Supervisory Family Advocate through the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi, nonprofit board member with Jubilee Havens locating safe havens for victim/survivors of sex trafficking, member of the community task force with the FBI which focuses on Interpersonal Crimes, and Social Work student at Belhaven University.

Selika Corley-Funchess



Molly DeLoris


Molly (Margaret) DeLoris, Client Services Coordinator, Roberta's Place-Grants, NM (she/her/hers)

I am Molly (Margaret) DeLoris-a mother, survivor and forever advocate. I am from the Pueblo of Laguna in New Mexico. I am the Client Services Coordinator at Roberta's Place, Inc in Grants, NM. I have been in the Domestic Violence field for eight years and a survivor over 17 years. I am the mother of three children and continue to live within my Native American community serving my people and the populations in the surrounding areas.

Roberta's Place is a small non-profit organization that serves an area of both city and rural communities. Donations of any kind are always appreciated. 


Karimah Dillard, Director of Policy & Community Engagement, Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (she/her/hers)

Karimah Dillard, LMSW, RDT/BCT is The Director of Policy and Community Engagement for the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADV). Karimah's primary focus is to provide oversight, direction, and leadership in all anti-oppression initiatives in order to support survivors of domestic/ intimate partner violence from marginalized communities receive services that are culturally responsive, appropriate, and safe.  Karimah also advocates for local and federal policies that strengthen protections and improve conditions for survivors across the state of Georgia.  In addition to her work as Policy Director, Karimah is a local activist and organizer with a passion for housing and racial justice, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Housing Justice League of Atlanta. Karimah is a board certified drama therapist and a social worker, and lives in Atlanta with her wife and lots of plants. 

Karimah Dillard





Shafeka Hashash, Economic Justice Programs Director, Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (she/her/hers)

Shafeka Hashash is the Economic Justice Programs director at the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence where she works to achieve economic justice for survivors both through programming and policy reform. In this role she has developed and secured funding for an equitable entrepreneurship model which harnesses survivor skills, supporting their dreams and economic independence for their families. Her diverse economic justice work has spanned supporting shelters and grassroots programs in project implementation, supporting union and labor causes,  to spending the last three years on the anchor team to close the Atlanta City Detention Center, known as the “extra jail”  and turn it into a Center for equity and wellness.


Robin Y. Jackson, Policy and Systems Advocacy Coordinator (she/her/hers)

Robin Y. Jackson is a native of Jackson, MS. She is a graduate of Jackson State University where she received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Legal Studies. Robin began her journey as a women issues advocate while competing in national scholarship service pageants. She has advocated for women reproductive issues, educational funding, Equal Pay, and voting accessibility.  While coordinating advocacy for issues facing domestic violence victims and service providers, Robin also enjoys creating strategies for program projects and issue campaigns. Robin’s mission is to create avenues for change through storytelling and testimonials of advocates, supporters, and survivors.

Quote: “The art of advocacy is using REAL stories to amplify REAL issues facing REAL people.”

Robin Jackson


Alba Jaramillo


Alba Jaramillo, J.D., Executive Director, Arizona Justice For Our Neighbors (she/her/hers)

Alba Jaramillo is the Executive Director of Arizona Justice For Our Neighbors, a non-profit organization that provides immigration advocacy and legal services to low-income immigrants and asylum seekers. Alba holds a Juris Doctor from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Arts in theatre arts and anthropology from the University of Arizona.  Alba is a recognized community leader in the areas of gender-based violence prevention, immigration, racial justice and human rights. She has created programs that have served thousands of immigrants in Arizona. Previously, Alba was the Co-Director of the Virginia statewide sexual and domestic violence coalition. She currently serves as a Co-Chair for the Southern Arizona Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) and is an advocacy consultant for National Justice For Our Neighbors network. Her passion for immigration and gender-based violence prevention stems from her own experience as a survivor and having grown up in the United States undocumented. 

Quote: “We can never truly prevent gender-based violence against immigrant victims, if we are not working to dismantle our broken and unjust immigration system.”


Joyce Kyles, CEO & Founder, Walking Into A New Life (she/her/hers)

Joyce Kyles is an award winning, international facilitator, speaker, 2x Amazon best selling author, community advocate, and certified life and thriving skills coach. She is the Founder and CEO of Walking Into A New Life, Inc & CEO of Joyce Kyles Consulting, LLC. Joyce has received certifications in areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and mental health. A graduate of Arkansas State University, she most recently received her certification in Women’s Entrepreneurship from Cornell University. Her humbling accolades, awards, mentions, and freelance published work include features in Huffington Post, Mogul, The Memphis Flyer, Tri-State Defender, Black Press USA, the New Orleans Tribune, the Welcome Greenbook for Black Tourists and being named the Crime Victim Advocate of the Year. A proud wife, mother, and MiMi, Joyce is a member of the Junior League of Memphis and a board member for the Memphis & Shelby Co Domestic and Sexual Violence Council. 

Quote: “My voice is my strength.”

Joyce Kyles



Nnenna Minimah


Nnenna Minimah, Executive Director at Southeast Advocate for Family Empowerment (SAFE) and Founder of Mission Avisée (she/her/hers)

Nnenna Minimah has prioritized inclusive policies and practices within her organizations and when responding to the unique needs of all survivors. Nnenna is also a leader in the movement of domestic & sexual violence who provides leadership in the area of wellness for staff and advocates. Her motto is "Lead, Love, Live”. 

Quote: “Let's have more days of joy than not, if you find your days less joyous, then maybe its time for a change."


V. "SpeakLife"Morgan, Founder & Executive Director, Shifted Masterpiece Incorporated (she/her/hers)

With a global motto- "The more we speak life, the more we will see positive outcomes manifest” - Vibrant V. "SpeakLife" Morgan, is an author and sincere servant leader whose message is "Speak LIFE, not strife.” The former Science and Math Educator is equipped with over two decades of combined professional experience working in corporate America and enhancing the lives of youth and families.  She is now all about developing chemistry with the masses and showing domestic violence survivors how to thrive and gain positive self-awareness, worth, and empowerment.  As the Founder and Executive Director of Shifted Masterpiece, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves and supports domestic violence survivors, families, and at-risk youth, V. "SpeakLife" Morgan is a change agent, a life coach who teaches Life Skills, Leadership, Anti-bullying Awareness, and Legacy building.

Quotes: "Speak LIFE, not strife.” 

"Speak LIFE, not strife because the more we Speak LIFE, the more positive outcomes will manifests in our lives."

"We become more gifted, and more hearts are lifted, when our inner masterpiece is shifted."


V SpeakLife Morgan



Mona Muro


Mona Muro, MSW, Economic Justice consultant (she/her/hers)

Mona Muro is an Economic Justice consultant based in Texas. Over the last decade and a half of her career in the non-profit sector, she has championed anti-gender-based violence work with grassroots organizations, community members, and fought to keep survivor voices at the heart of the movement. She is a recognized presenter, facilitator, and trainer in her field, having spoken in front of state and national audiences. During the legislative session, Mona spends her time advancing policy for people impacted by gender-based violence (GBV) and has over overseen state, and national economic justice policy and systems. She is an experienced policy professional focusing on immigration, consumer rights, economic wellbeing, and public benefits legislation. Mona has co-led policy efforts addressing coerced debt; a unique form of non-consensual credit-related debt occurring in GBV relationships, leading to the passage of two landmark coerced debt laws in the state. She believes that reflection and growth are critical to human-centered policy initiatives and strives to center equity in policymaking. Mona has a growing passion for working with organizations, to reflect, evaluate, and create a healthy organizational culture. In this vein, she values and promotes the role of power-sharing models and racial and economic equity in the workplace.  Mona is the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants, a Tejana, a Social Worker, a dog mom, an anti-oppression social justice proponent. She supports and mentors progressive leaders through her board service with the New Leaders Council – Austin chapter, and every chance she gets she’s enjoying international hiking trips and collecting and cooking with spices she finds during her travels.


Sharolyn Payton, Lead Coach & Consultant, Payton Place (she/her/hers)

Sharolyn Payton is the lead coach and consultant at Payton Place.  She is a trainer, human development specialist, Standards for Excellence licensed (nonprofit) consultant, and a certified master life coach, who specializes in community coaching. In her community coaching role, her primary objective is to promote effective equitable leadership and collaboration.  Her practice focuses on meeting the growth and development needs of visionary community leaders, minority/women-owned business enterprises, and nonprofit professionals whose work centers the marginalized, disenfranchised, and under-resourced. Every aspect of her work and practice is justice-centric and in the context of multi-racial, intergenerational, and socio-politically diverse networks. Sharolyn has over 15 years of workshop facilitation, training, and community and organizational development experience; She is known for masterfully infusing passion, practicality, and competency-based strategies into her workshops.  Finally, Sharolyn believes that every human interaction has the power to cause harm or to promote growth and healing...we each get to decide which.

Quote: "Accountability and compassion can and should live in the same space." ~ Coach Payton

Sharolyn Payton





Roy Rios, Prevention Manager, Texas Council on Family Violence (he/him/his)

Roy Rios is the Prevention Manager at the Texas Council on Family Violence in Austin, TX. Rios has worked extensively with victim, offender, and prevention programming service providers on best practices, advocacy, and facilitation. He has worked in the movement to end gender-based violence since 2002; Rios’ current areas of expertise are on issues related to developing trauma-informed prevention practices, understanding the impact of technology on prevention and intervention advocacy, engaging men to end gender-based violence, and effectively serving LGBTQ populations. 

Quote: “​​Engaging a trauma-informed framework in all your prevention work ensures a safer connection to the communities we serve.”


Vivian Sanchez, Youth Advocate (she/her/hers)

My name is Vivian Sanchez, I am a youth advocate and survivor. I attend the Woodlands College Park High school, I graduate this year and hope to further my education to be a prosecutor one day! On my free time, I love spending time with my cat Vivian! 

Quote: “Healing is never linear, and that’s okay! Life after trauma is possible, but not only possible but also enjoyable. Life is worth living, keep going for your future self. You’re doing better than you think you are, and you are so loved! ”






Christina Semenchuk, Programs Manager/DVOTI Specialist, Roberta's Place, Inc. (she/her/hers)

Christina Semenchuk works as the Programs Manager and DV Offender Treatment Intervention Specialist at Roberta’s Place, Inc. in Grants, NM. In addition to providing direct services to families and assisting with the day-today operations for the program; she is the primary service provider to the domestic violence offender treatment intervention program. Christina has worked with offenders for over a decade, starting her career with the New Mexico Corrections Department as a caseworker. Working with incarcerated individuals ignited a passion for helping others, and herself, heal from past trauma. She is currently working towards her master’s degree in social work.



Rhonda Anita, Rose of Sharon Transitional Living for Women Inc. (she/her/hers)

Rhonda Anita, formerly known as Rhonda A. Thompson "A Voice for the Voiceless" Award Winning and 2x International Best Selling Author is an overcomer of domestic violence, child sexual assault, three suicide attempts to name a few to becoming an astonishing award-winning empowerment speaker, certified healing life coach and author, who informs, motivates and empowers women of all walks of life to live purposefully. She is also a champion for victims and struggling survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking and sexual abuse. She is dedicated to helping others to see their options and their potential to, ultimately, finding freedom. Ms. Anita is the mother of two sons and the author of "The ReBirth", "Don't Spill the Tea" and co-author "Women Win Against All Odds." Ms. Anita 's mission is "Healing the human spirit by equipping women to create their own reality of wholeness through self-awareness, confidence and forgiveness."  www.RhondaAnita.com

Rhonda Thompson



Arlene Vassell

Arlene Vassell, Vice President of Programs, Prevention & Social Change, NRCDV (she/her/hers)

Arlene Vassell is the Vice President of Programs, Prevention & Social Change at the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. She joined NRCDV as staff in 2015. Prior to joining staff she served for several years as Vice-Chair of NRCDV’s Board of Directors. Arlene provides leadership to NRCDV’s Programs & Prevention and Communications Teams and oversees several key initiatives, including the Domestic Violence Awareness Project , PreventIPV and the Women of Color Coalition Leadership Project. Arlene has over 25 years of multi-faceted experience within the movement to end domestic and other forms of gender-based violence. Her “formal” advocacy work began in Virginia at the YWCA Women’s Advocacy Program. She later worked at the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance and the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Arlene has served on numerous state-level and national committees and workgroups and has received many awards and recognitions for her advocacy work.

Arlene is a proud immigrant, born in Jamaica, a mother, a mentor, an Auntie, an entrepreneur, a published author, a storyteller, a thought-leader, a joy-seeker and a self-proclaimed hope dealer.


 This event is supported by Grant Numbers 90EV4208 of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) program 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.