February Chapter Meeting: Understanding the Dynamics & Domains of Domestic Violence

    February 13, 2020
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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    Las Cruces Convention Center
    680 E University Avenue
    Las Cruces, NM 88001
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    Presented by: Pat Acosta  BSW, Support Services Director, LA CASA, INC.

    This presentation will be submitted for 1 SHRM PDCs and 1 HRCI credit hours.

    For many victims of domestic violence, reaching out for HELP is a scary and at times embarrassing and a fearful experience.  When it comes to speaking with an employer about their DV dilemma it’s even harder. Victims may fear reporting or sharing their problem, thinking they may be judged and or get fired. Employers need to become educated, and be empathetic when addressing employees victimized by their intimate partner. Presentation will address some of the critical factors and domains of domestic violence and the importance of observing the law ,that allows victims the opportunity to file a restraining order, be able to attend to her scheduled court appointment without fearing  being fired. Employers need to create a culture where no added shame or pressure is given to these employees some are even told what they should do. A victim of domestic violence can only be provided with available options it is them who make the decision as to which option may best work for them at that moment. Victims know their offenders better than anyone. And they can have a more accurate range of their offender’s ability to escalate or become a higher lethality that can lead to safety factors. Attendees, will be encouraged to interactively engage with ice breakers and  group discussions/ reflections.

    Attendees will obtain a clear understanding of the dynamics and domains of domestic violence

    Attendees will learn about the most common best practices to help offenders become accountable

    Attendees will learn the importance of having a Safe Work Environment for employees


    Pat Acosta was recently promoted as the Support Services Director for La Casa, INC. Domestic Violence Comprehensive Program here in Las Cruces; she was the former Batterer Intervention Program (BIP) Coordinator and Facilitator. She is responsible for the day-to-day functions of the following departments, Offenders, Legal/Immigration Services, Children Services, South Valley Outreach Site, Community Education and Community Outreach and Donations. In the early 80’s she also worked as the Program Director for the El Paso Shelter for Battered Women now known as CASFV, (Pat continues to serve as a volunteer for this organization).

    Before accepting a supervisory position with La Casa, Pat served as the National Lead Trainer for ENCUENTRO LATINO National Institute on Family Violence. (collaborative between NMSU School of Social Work and La Casa, Inc.)

    Pat was born in El Paso Texas, but lived the first 12 years of her life in Cd. Juarez Chiuh. At 12 she moved to El Segundo Barrio one of the poorest and dense communities in El Paso. She began her community involvement with groups like Clinica La Fe, KC Community Center, Armijo Center and CAPEA under the leadership of Salvador Balcorta current CEO for Centro Familiar Clinica La FE. Pat has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from NMSU and other certifications in the areas of Public Housing, Parenting and teaching Curriculums of Intimate Partner Violence.

    As a survivor of domestic violence, she managed to raise her four daughters as a single mother and credits her ability to becoming self-sufficient after making the decision to pursue secondary higher education. “When you are born poor, education is one of the most important tools in breaking the Cycle of Poverty”.

    Pat is passionate about the issues surrounding domestic violence in the Latino communities. Her public speaking and training have included topics such as Domestic Violence in the Barrio, Community Building, Housing Redevelopment, Latinos in Public Housing, Self-Sufficiency and Self- Esteem, Teen Pregnancy, Teen Dating Violence, Immigration and the Latino DV victim, Evolution of a Latina Survivor, Children exposed to DV, History of Batterer’s Intervention Programs, Multicultural Sensitivity, as well as DV & Substance Abuse Offenders and Victim’s Rights! Understanding the Court Systems (A tool for Victims).

    Prior to coming to La Casa, Inc., Pat worked with Jewish Family Services in Los Angeles (JFS) and for 10 years she oversaw their Emergency and their Transitional Housing Domestic Violence Programs. She also served as the Bilingual Batterer’s Intervention Instructor for offenders at the Valley Family Center in San Fernando California. She has also worked in the El Paso State Center MHMR, El Paso Community College, YWCA, Housing Authority in El Paso , The City of El Paso Community Development SAFE 2000 & Los Angeles Adult Protective Services ( Pat considers herself to be very fortunate in that she has worked in several Social Services fields making her even a better well rounded individual, in helping individual’s with their specific needs)

    In 1997 she was the recipient of the Presidential Silver Medal Award presented to her by President Bill Clinton (the highest national recognition given to volunteers across the United States) She has been appointed to serve on local, state , national and international advisory boards almost always having to do with human rights, domestic violence and teen issues. She was featured in a book titled “Voices from the Heart” were several volunteers across America were highlighted for their community commitment of care. She also appeared in the Oprah Winfrey Show were she was interviewed to speak about her community dance troupe “Las Mariposas”. Pat also served as a board member for the International Shelter for Women Services for four years, (an organization servicing victims of Domestic Violence in Cd.Juarez Chih. Pat is often invited to speak as a Survivor in Local, National and International Conferences.


    $20.00 SNMSHRM Members

    $30.00 Non-Member Registration

    $10.00 NMSU Student SHRM Members

    $100.00 Meeting Sponsor