The Health Law and Policy Institute of the University of Houston in

cooperation with The University of Texas Health Science Center and the

Texas Medical Center presents:




February 6-7, 1997

Edwin Hornberger Conference Center in the Texas Medical Center, Houston,



VIOLENCE IN AMERICA has reached epidemic proportions and is exceeding the

capacity and the responsibility of law enforcement alone. Though

unacceptably high, overall criminal violence statistics have declined in

recent years. However, the frequency and severity of violence against

children, women, and the elderly is increasing at an alarming rate.

Between 1986 and 1993, reported cases of child abuse and neglect increased

by 98 percent, while reported cases of elder abuse increased by 106

percent. It has been estimated that a woman in the United States is

physically abused by her husband every nine seconds. Preventing family

violence and providing appropriate treatment for the victims of family

violence are important concerns for the health care system and society.


Among the issues to be addressed are the following: the effectiveness of

government agencies with responsibility for prevention, protection and

intervention of populations vulnerable to family violence, including women

and children; barriers to the identification and reporting of family

violence, including issues of patient screening, education of health care

professionals, reporting violent incidents, and referral to appropriate

support services; adequacy of existing trauma systems to treat persons

injured by violence; violence against pregnant women; and the spousal

testimonial privilege.



Conference events include:


"The Medical Toll of Spousal Violence" by Ann H. Flitcraft, M.d., Associate

Professor of Medicine, University of Connecticut Medical Center


"Current Legal Issues in Spousal Violence" by Marth A. Fineman, J.D.,

Maurice T. Moore Professor of Law, Columbia University


"Community-Based Violence Prevention" by Sarah M. Buel, J.D., Tucker, Buel

& Associates




Elected officials, Lawyers, Nurses, Patient Care Personnel, Physicians,

Public Health Officials, Social Service Personnel, etc.


Registration fee is $150 if received on or before January 27, 1997. The

fee for late registration (after January 27) is $175. Registration fees

include all sessions, continental breakfast, lunch both days, and all

printed conference materials.


If additonal information is needed please contact:


Cathy Rupf

(713) 743-2106


Laura X

National Clearinghouse on Marital and Date Rape

Women's History Library

S.F. Women's Centers Date/Marital Rape Education Project

(510) 524-1582 Berkeley, Ca.




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