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19th Annual HSCADV Conference

2022 Hawaiʻi State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Conference flyer: Lōkahi United in Purpose


The 2022 HSCADV Conference, “Lōkahi: United in Purpose,” will be on June 14-16, 2022. Join us for this virtual learning opportunity!

Lōkahi means unity, oneness, and harmony, and reflects the conference goal of bringing service providers together with the objectives of centering survivors in our work and building health and solidarity in our movement.

We welcome everyone who works with survivors of domestic violence, including victim/survivor advocates, mental health professionals, legal professionals, educators, batterer intervention program staff, children’s advocates, and other related occupations to attend.

Although the deadline to register for the conference is Friday, June 3rd, registrants will be guaranteed conference materials if they register before Tuesday, May 31st at 5:00pm HST. Materials will be mailed to the work addresses provided in the registration form.

  • ASL Provided


Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Opening Ceremony & Welcome

Keynote Address: Beckie Masaki

Burn it to the Ground: Moving Beyond Burnout

Victoria “Tori” Wynecoop-Abrahamson

As advocates, we support survivors to challenge oppressive systems and live a path that is true to their needs and safety.  In this work, advocates are witnesses to the hardships and trauma that survivors are often confronted with.  Too often, advocates feel like they must push their needs aside to continue offering support, ignoring personal trauma responses while navigating stressful environments.  This is a recipe for burnout.  In this session, we will respond to burnout and turnover among advocates with an Accessible, Culturally Responsive, and Trauma-Informed (ACRTI) framework.  Through a deeper understanding of the sources of burnout and stress, we will identify strategies to support individual self-care and organizational community-care.  Using an ACRTI framework, this session will support advocates and leaders to create an organizational environment that not only upholds social justice and healing for survivors, but also creates an organizational culture that responds to advocates’ needs and the impacts of stress, burnout, and collective trauma.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify three strategies for self-care or community-care
  2. Create a plan for implementing at least one strategy for self-care or community-care
Preventing Institutional Betrayal: Creating a Culture of Safety & Integrity for Advocates

Dr. Faith Joyner, LMFT

As a result of this session, participants will discover:

  1. The definition of institutional betrayal and various examples of how this occurs in organizations
  2. The difference between vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress, compassion fatigue, moral injury, and burnout
  3. Organizational factors to consider when creating a culture of safety, integrity, self-care, and psychological well-being
  4. Embodying a Love Ethic (as proposed by bell hooks) in our professions to prevent institutional betrayal
  5. Individual and communal ideas on how to flirt with life to experience pleasure and expand our play practice
E Hoʻi i ke Ola Pono
Dr. Dayna Schultz, Psy.D, LSW, CSAC & Dolly M.I. Tatofi, MSW, LCSW

Learning Objectives:

  1. Raise awareness about gender-based violence toward Native Hawaiian women
  2. Understand the impact of colonization and oppression on Native Hawaiian communities
  3. Demonstrate and visualize the disconnect and dysfunction of the Lōkahi because of Colonization
  4. Share the impacts of COVID-19 in relation to trauma and violence

Wednesday, June 15, 2022Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Financial Stability Resources for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Dr. Marie Vorsino & Celene Roberts

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn the financial impact of DV on survivors and their children.
  2. Gain knowledge in the financial needs of survivors of DV and barriers that they may encounter in accessing those needs.
  3. Learn about how to access different resources for survivors and their families to gain financial empowerment and independence.
  4. Increase knowledge of community resources and how to access.


Navigating Crisis and Suicide-Related Calls

Verónica Quiñónez

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the stages of a suicide-related call
  2. Learn how to respond to a survivor in crisis or dealing with suicidal ideation
  3. Consider how power dynamics may impact survivors’ options


Practical Tools for Lifting Up Survivor Voices (Rather than Replacing Them)
Alicia L. Aiken, J.D.

In advocacy and victim services, we talk A LOT about centering the voices of survivors.  But we have to ask ourselves, do we provide services in a way that centers survivor voices or in a manner that replaces those voices with our own?  When we talk about confidentiality, many people are deeply concerned about how to get the “right” release from a survivor, but rarely ask the question, “Why am I (the advocate) the one doing the speaking?”  What would it look like to support survivors to speak for themselves?  And how can we genuinely make space for survivors to decide who says what and when?  In this session, we will:

    1. Discuss the pressures advocates feel to personally “fix things” for survivors and the unintended consequences of those pressures,
    2. Analyze scenarios where choices must be made about who will do the information sharing to meet survivor goals, and
    3. Generate ideas for how advocates can make systems do a better job of listening and responding to survivors directly.
Courageous Conversation: How can Hawaiʻi’s child welfare system and family courts create a survivor-centered approach to protecting survivors of intimate partner violence and their children?
Judge Matthew Viola, Cathy Betts, Daisy Lynn Hartsfield, Melenani Waiʻalae, Liam Skilling, & Amanda Pump

Our community in Hawaiʻi deeply values family, including extended and adopted family and community connectedness. Yet, over the decades, we have learned that when survivors of intimate partner violence engage with the legal and child welfare systems, there are often negative consequences for both the survivor and their children. Survivors are being held accountable for the abuse and their children are being separated from the non-abusive parent and other support networks and demonstrating a disconnect from the core values of our community. Both the child welfare system and the legal system are evolving and the intention of this roundtable discussion is to start a conversation and collaborate with survivors, advocates, child welfare and family court on how we can improve the system responses to survivors of intimate partner violence and their children and hold the abusive partner accountable for the harm they have caused.

Thursday, June 16, 2022Thursday, June 16, 2022

Roundtable – The Future of the Gender-Based Violence Movement in Hawaiʻi
Sanoe Kaʻaihue, Dr. Kealoha Fox, & Khara Jabola-Carolus


Telling Our Own Story: Power of Storytelling for Survivor Healing and Culture Change

Meghna Bhat, PhD

Writing and sharing our true personal stories have the power to engage our communities, build empathy, help survivors navigate their healing journey, and shift harmful narratives around gender.  Using storytelling, we can transform the ways we engage our diverse communities across all generations in ongoing healthy dialogues about preventing gender violence, and also amplify and center the voices and experiences of those affected by gender violence.  In this interactive session, participants will first explore why and how storytelling can be used as a creative and culturally relevant tool, the process of storytelling and types, and its benefits to us and our communities.  Using examples and activities, participants will be encouraged to think about their own journeys as storytellers (or survivors if they wish), and will be provided guidance and prompts to write and share their stories.  The participants will walk away from the session feeling empowered to write their stories as agents of culture change.  They will also be provided with tools and resources for facilitating and implementing written, oral (spoken), and digital storytelling activities in their own circles and communities.

At the end of the session, participants will learn how to:

    1. Explain why and how storytelling is instrumental in shifting our culture and support survivors in their healing process
    2. Demonstrate the process and assess our readiness to write and share our own stories as our way of coping, healing and empowerment
    3. Describe the steps to facilitating story circles in culturally specific communities, and
    4. List tools and resources to successfully adapt and implement different types of storytelling to strengthen prevention efforts
Advocate Recognition Awards Ceremony & Closing
  • ASL Provided


Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Amanda Lyon

Amanda Lyon

Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Brittany Davis

Brittany Davis

Dr. Dayna Schultz

Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Yasi Safinya-Davies

Dr. Yasi Safinya-Davies

Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Gabriela Zapata-Alma

Gabriela Zapata-Alma

Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Hon. Sherrill A. Ellsworth

Hon. Sherrill A. Ellsworth

Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Kuʻulani Keohokalole

Kuʻulani Keohokalole

Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Leslee Matthews

Leslee Matthews

Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Michael James Williams

Michael James Williams

Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Michelle Toledo Caiñas

Michelle Toledo Caiñas

Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Sarah Kendall

Sarah Kendall

Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Vernon Viernes

Vernon Viernes


What are the registration fees?

Early Bird Registration (April 10 – May 10)

  • HSCADV Member Programs: 20% off general admission (Must be employed by an HSCADV member program to qualify.)
  • Students: $35 (Please register using your school email address.)
  • Community Inclusion: $35 (people of color; Indigenous people; Other historically marginalized communities; Individuals from diverse backgrounds; and Survivors of domestic violence and need financial assistance)
  • General Admission: $65

From May 11 until June 2, registration fees will increase by $10.

Is the registration fee for the entire conference or per workshop?

The registration fee covers access to the entire conference.

How can I pay for my registration fee?

Eventbrite will accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover cards at the registration checkout.  HSCADV will also accept registration by check.  If paying by check, please mail to P.O. Box 214, Honolulu, HI 96810.

How many tickets can I buy at one time?

You can purchase up to 10 tickets at one time.  This is useful if you are buying tickets for yourself and your staff and want to include the payment on the same credit card.

Can we use the same email when we register?

No.  For accurate reporting purposes and to personalize your conference agenda on SCHED, we do not recommend you use the same email address when registering.  If multiple people register at one time, each person will receive a confirmation email of their registration and an email to create an account on SCHED to personalize their conference agenda.

How do I know if I am an HSCADV member?

If you are employed by one of the following HSCADV member programs listed on our website, you qualify under the HSCADV member program rate.

For HSCADV member programs, does the fee cover the whole organization or just one person?

The fee covers only one individual person.

When does registration close?

Early bird registration will close on May 10 at 11:30 pm HST.  General registration will be open from May 11 until June 2.

Registration will close on Friday, June 2 at 5:00 pm HST.

What happens after I register?

After registering for the conference, you will be automatically redirected to the web platform, SCHED, and receive a confirmation email with the link to accessing SCHED.  This is the platform attendees will use to schedule conference sessions.  Registrants should stay tuned for more details and instructions.

What accommodations will be provided and when is the last day to request them?

Accommodations available:

  • Assistive listening devices
  • Captioning
  • Large print font on all materials
  • Wheelchair access throughout the event facilities
  • Lactation room
  • Diet restrictions or dietary needs
  • Language interpretation (indicate which language)

The last day to request accommodations is Thursday, May 25 at 5:00 pm HST.

Will attendees receive conference materials?

Yes, attendees will receive conference materials if they register on Eventbrite before Friday, June 2.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Questions and concerns about the conference can be sent to and HSCADV staff will respond within one (1) business day.