Violence Prevention & Response

Promote a culture of non-violence, support victims, and reduce the cycle of violence toward women and girls.

As a part of our 2013 OneVoice Educational Forum Series, we covered domestic violence and heard from women who experienced domestic violence, including a near-death survivor who was left for dead by her abuser.

Thursday, June 27, 2013
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
YWCA, 525 S. Quincy, Enid, OK 73701

2013 OneVoice Educational Forum: Domestic Violence Agenda

11:30 – Registration
11:45 – Welcome & Introduction – Kristin Davis, OWC, Exec. Director
11:50 – Intimate Partner Violence – Dr. Janet Sullivan-Wilson,
OU Health Sciences Center, Founding Member of the OK DV Fatality Review Board
12:05 – Kathy Bell, MS, RN, Tulsa Police Department, Forensics Expert
12:20 – Viviana Rountree, YWCA Enid, Women’s Services Director
12:30 – Rebuilding of Lives – Speakers Panel of Domestic Violence Survivors;
moderated by Ayanna Najuma, Contributor to The Oklahoman
and principal, Lincoln-McLeod.
12:50 – Questions and Answers

Speaker Bios

Dr. Janet Sullivan-Wilson is a Founding Member of the (ODVFRB) and works at OU Health Sciences Center. Dr. Wilson is an Associate Professor in the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, College of Nursing Doctoral Programs and Associate Director of Community Based Interdisciplinary Research for the Reynolds Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. A highly sought after national and internationally recognized consultant, author, and researcher in the area of family violence, Dr. Wilson’s research focus is how women and children from different cultural, socio-economic backgrounds safely disengage from intimate partner violence. Dr. Wilson is a founding member of the Oklahoma Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board (ODVFRB) and served as chair, co-chair, and is currently an Oklahoma Attorney General appointed member to the now legislated ODVFRB to review all intimate partner homicides for the state. Analysis of case data from this board provided the initiative to develop an interdisciplinary, cross-university, and community based research team in Oklahoma to study, “Police Departments Use of a Lethality Assessment: An Evaluation,” that was funded by the National Institute of Justice (#2008-91147-MD-IJ). She is a consultant to the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative in Arizona where she assists states around the country to develop community fatality review teams to gather/analyze data to identify problems and solutions for prevention. With this national group she works with surviving family members and children of intimate partner homicides. She serves on the Advisory Board of the National Violent Death Reporting System for the Oklahoma Department of Health that analyzes data to identify problems, groups at most risk, and trends over time for violence prevention. She has served as a consultant to the National Institute of Justice, Washington, DC, on best practices to engage Native American/Alaskan Native communities in violence prevention research.
Kathy Bell is an MS, RN, and works as a Forensics Expert at the Tulsa Police Department. Ms. Bell joined the Tulsa Police Department in 1994. She provides the day to day operations management of the forensic nurse examiner programs. She is responsible for development of replication strategies and training programs that will facilitate other communities in providing forensic nurse examiner services. Ms. Bell is a forensic nurse, performing sexual assault, drug endangered children, domestic violence, and CODIS examinations in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is certified as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner of Adults and Adolescents and Pediatrics (SANE-A and SANE-P) by the International Association of Forensic Nurses. She is an active member and Past-President of the International Association of Forensic Nurses. She is a member of the American Nurses Association and Oklahoma Nurses Association. She is a member of Academy on Violence and Abuse. She has participated on many task forces, advisory committees and forums regarding sexual assault, violence, and forensic nursing issues.
Viviana Rountree works as a Women’s Services Director at the YWCA Enid. Viviana Rountree moved to the United States in 1977 from Argentina and is fluent in Spanish. She grew up in Enid and graduated from Enid High School. She attended Northern Oklahoma College and Mid America Christian University, majoring in Business Administration and Ethics. She has been with the YWCA Enid for seven years. Viviana has worked as a manager in REFLECTIONS Halfway House, Court Advocate for the Crisis Center and is currently the Women’s Services Director. She has two children, Christian-25 and Nick-23.
Ayanna Najuma is a contributor to The Oklahoman, and principal with Lincoln-McLeod LLC. Ayanna Najuma is a woman filled with the passion needed to change the world. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University and a Masters degree in Urban Planning from Howard University in Washington, DC. A native of Oklahoma, Ms. Najuma’s current interest includes all issues that impact the future of Boomers that are people of color. She is Chief Empowerment Officer of GNC Media LLC, a communications vehicle created to educate, inform and empower Boomers of Color™ on issues related to aging. It is for this reason that she launched THE BEST IS RIGHT NOW! with Ayanna Najuma, Honor It! Embrace It! Live It!™ , which was featured on Retirement Living She has also worked as host and producer of WPFW’s radio talk show Business World. Ms. Najuma is a principal with Lincoln-McLeod LLC, a public relations and marketing firm, and is a contributor to The Oklahoman.
Shelly Collins is the Prevention Coordinator and Community Educator for the Oklahoma Coalition against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (OCADVSA). She is a Certified Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Professional, and is a graduate of the Oklahoma State University with a degree in Crime Victim Survivor Services and graduate of Southern Nazarene University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Gerontology. She has recently completed a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling with a focus on trauma graduating December 2013. She will be working toward her LPC under supervision. Shelly’s professional experience includes over six years of service in the sexual assault and domestic violence field; she has volunteered part time as a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Hospital Advocate and Crisis Line worker for the past four years.



“In the past this has been viewed as a women’s issue…”


…Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is the 2012 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. Why? In large part because of Witten’s tireless commitment to ending domestic violence…As Rawlings said in a recent press conference: “In the past this has been viewed as a women’s issue, but it ain’t. It’s our problem.” The problem is not confined to a shocking spate of killings in Dallas, or to one major U.S. city. The New York Police Department reportedly receives 700 domestic violence calls every day. Domestic violence costs the United States more than $9 billion a year. More than 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not a crime. Globally, at least one in three women and girls are beaten or sexually abused in their lifetimes, usually at the hands of men…” (Click here, to see the full article from CNN)


How can I help a friend or family member who is being abused?

Don’t be afraid to let him or her know that you are concerned for their safety. Help your friend or family member recognize the abuse. Tell him or her you see what is going on and that you want to help. Help them recognize that what is happening is not normal” and that they deserve a healthy, non-violent relationship.

Acknowledge that he or she is in a very difficult and scary situation. Let your friend or family member know that the abuse is not their fault. Reassure him or her that they are not alone and that there is help and support out there.

Be supportive. Listen to your friend or family member. Remember that it may be difficult for him or her to talk about the abuse. Let him or her know that you are available to help whenever they may need it. What they need most is someone who will believe and listen to them.

Be non-judgmental. Respect your friend or family member’s decisions. There are many reasons why victims stay in abusive relationships. He or she may leave and return to the relationship many times. Do not criticize his or her decisions or try to guilt them. He or she will need your support even more during those times.

Encourage him or her to participate in activities outside of the relationship with friends and family.

If he or she ends the relationship, continue to be supportive of them. Even though the relationship was abusive, your friend or family member may still feel sad and lonely once it is over. He or she will need time to mourn the loss of the relationship and will especially need your support at that time.

Help him or her to develop a safety plan.

Encourage him or her to talk to people who can provide help and guidance. Find a local domestic violence agency that provides counseling or support groups. Offer to go with him or her to talk to family and friends. If he or she has to go to the police, court or a lawyer, offer to go along for moral support.

Remember that you cannot “rescue” him or her. Although it is difficult to see someone you care about get hurt, ultimately the person getting hurt has to be the one to decide that they want to do something about it. It’s important for you to support him or her and help them find a way to safety and peace.

For local resources on domestic violence, click here.