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Conference Tuesday to focus on family violence issues

NIAGARA FALLS - The Child Advocacy Center will host its annual Family Violence Intervention Conference on Tuesday at the Conference and Event Center of Niagara Falls.
More than 200 professionals from across Western New York are expected to attend the 14th annual conference, "Safe at Home: Seeking Solutions for Adult and Child Victims of Family Violence."
Keynote speaker Alison Cunningham of the Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System of London, Ont., will discuss the problems children face when they grow up in homes with domestic violence in her presentation, "Helping Children Thrive by Understanding How They Think and Feel about Domestic Violence."
Other speakers include Mike Lew, director of the Next Step Counseling and Training Center, who will address the need to prevent sexual victimization of males, with special attention to how male victims of sexual abuse differ from female victims.
The convention begins Domestic Violence Awareness Month and is sponsored by the Niagara County Family Violence Intervention Project and Child Advocacy Center of Niagara Falls. Co-sponsors are the Niagara County Department of Mental Health Trauma Treatment Specialty Services Division, Catholic Charities of Buffalo, Niagara County Social Services and the Northeast Regional Child Advocacy Center.