Illinois State Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz will be the opening speaker at YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s annual domestic violence conference on November 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines.
The conference, which is presented in partnership with Oakton Community College and other local organizations, is titled “A Lethal Relationship: Gun Violence and Domestic Violence.” It will focus on the increasing evidence linking gun violence, mass shootings, and domestic violence and what can be done in response.
Gong-Gershowitz, a Democrat from Illinois’ 17th District and an advocate for common sense gun safety legislation, brings personal experience to this urgent issue; her cousin and her cousin’s two children lost their lives to gun violence at the hands of the children’s father.
The conference also will feature April M. Zeoli, an expert on the intersection of intimate partner violence and gun violence and an associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University, and David W. Keck, project director for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and Firearms, an offshoot of the Battered Women’s Justice Project.
The conference is geared to professionals in criminal justice, law enforcement, public health and safety, human services, mental health, education, and legislation/advocacy; the general public also is invited to attend.
The cost of the conference is $100, with a discount for those registering by November 1.
Registration information can be found at www.ywca-ens.org/domestic-violence-program/conference/ or by calling Oakton Community College at 847-635-1438.