2018 Safe at Home Conference

Registration is now open for the 20th Annual Safe at Home Conference. The conference will be held October 16, 2018 from 8AM to 4PM at The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls.

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Michelle Kaminsky, Esq., Keynote Speaker:

Domestic Violence in the Age of Criminal Justice Reform

Michelle Kaminsky, Esq., author of Reflections of a Domestic Violence Prosecutor: Suggestions for Reform, shares her twenty years of experience prosecuting domestic violence crimes. Using eleven compelling cases she handled, Kaminsky illustrates how societal beliefs about women, inadequate laws, judicial biases, inflexible prosecution polices, and a lack of resources prevent meaningful change for battered women in the criminal justice system. 

Kaminsky advocates for a number of reforms including judicial screening committees for the selection and monitoring of domestic violence judges; collaborative interdisciplinary response teams to address the myriad needs of battered women; legislation allowing for the admission of the history of domestic abuse at trial; an age appropriate continuing curriculum from K-12, which addresses socially constructed gender norms and healthy relationships; media accountability; and adequate funding for Family Justice Centers.

Kaminsky has discussed her book with numerous media outlets and organizations including the Judith Regan Show, the Bob Salter Show, NPR, and the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Kaminsky graduated from American University, and received her law degree from Brooklyn Law School.


Cory Jewell Jensen, M.S., Plenary Speaker: 

Sex Offenders: Responding to Crimes Against Children

Cory Jewell Jensen, M.S., spent the last 35 years providing evaluation and treatment services to adult sex offenders and their families.  In addition to her clinical work, Ms. Jensen has provided training and consultation services to The National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse, The National Child Advocacy Center, The National Children’s Alliance, The United States Navy, The National Crime Victims Association, The National Boy Scouts Foundation, The Mark Mc Gwire Foundation for Children, US Marshall’s Office, NYPD Special Victims Unit and a number of law enforcement, child advocacy and Faith based organizations. She has published a number of articles related to sex offender treatment, risk management, and child abuse prevention.

She has also been a featured guest on radio talk shows and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Session One Workshops:

A.  Selection, Engagement, and Seduction of Children and Adults by Child Molesters, Cory Jewell Jensen, M.S.

B.  Reflections of a Domestic Violence Prosecutor: Suggestions for Reform/IN-DEPTH, Michelle Kaminsky, Esq.

C.  Substance Use Disorders and Domestic Violence: Identifying Risks and Treatment Options, Richard Blondell, M.D.

D. Interpersonal Violence Within the Military and Veteran Communities, Nikki Slaughter, LCSW and Joel Smith, MSW, LICSW

Session Two Workshops:

A. Protecting Our Children: “Advice from Child Molesters, A Child Safety and Crime Prevention Program, Cory Jewell Jensen, M.S.

B. Integrating Trauma-Informed Care Into Practice for Services and Systems, Aimee Neri, LMSW

C. Navigating the Crossroads: Opioid Use and Human Trafficking, Tara Hughes, LSCW-R and Julie Butkowski

D. Stalking and Technology: Technology and How it is Used Against People, Stephanie Lamarque, Assistant United States Attorney 

For more information about our workshops and speakers, download the 2018 Safe at Home brochure.


Continuing Education – Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors

The conference has been approved for six (6) live contact hours. Certificates will be distributed upon completion. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded. Catholic Charities of Buffalo, NY SW CPE is recognized by the NYS Education Department State Board for Social Workers as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers 0191. Catholic Charities of Buffalo, NY is recognized by the NYS Education Department State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors MHC 0047.


Thank you to our sponsors for making this conference possible