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The Practice and Policy Lecture Series has been developed to provide thought-provoking presentations on Oklahoma's emerging policy issues, trends and best practices. The series is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Office of Planning, Research and Statistics and the University of Oklahoma Center for Public Management with the goal of providing the best educational opportunities available in a forum that offers participants an opportunity to question, share and learn from each other.

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Thur., Oct. 25, 2012, Noon to 1 p.m.

Domestic Violence, the problem, the resources and OKDHS' response

Governor's Blue Room
Oklahoma State Capitol

Marcia Baker Smith, Executive Director
Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Brandon Pasley, Program Manager
Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General

Jacqueline Steyn, Chief Programs and Compliance Officer
YWCA Oklahoma City

Victoria A. Harrison, Assistant Director for Quality
Oklahoma Child Support Services

Cindy McGowan, Programs Field Representative
OKDHS Adult and Family Training Section

This session will explore Oklahoma’s pervasive problem of Domestic Violence and how each of us can understand and respond to families facing this issue. You will hear from a panel of experts who will give you the latest information on Oklahoma’s current Domestic Violence status, you will learn about the community services available for victims and perpetrators and finally you will learn about the work of the OKDHS Domestic Violence Taskforce and how OKDHS has developed an education and awareness campaign for our customers and co-workers.    

About the Speakers:

Marcia Baker Smith
Marcia Baker Smith is the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, the membership organization of domestic violence and sexual assault service providers.  She received her BA from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and is a Certified Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Professional.

Marcia began her work in the field of violence against women at Poteau, OK in 1993, where she managed a 14 bed shelter facility.  She has been with OCADVSA since 1997. 

She is a founding member of the Oklahoma Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board and State Sex Offender Management Team.   She is the Governor’s appointee to the Interstate Compact on Offender Management and sits on the OSDH Prevention Advisory Council, OK Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board,  OK Child Abuse Training and Coordination Council, and the OK STOP VAWA Funding Board.  

She has successful trained hundreds of law enforcement officers and thousands of advocates during her career.  Most recently she participated in National Sexual Assault Conference, Delta Prep Intervention Summit, national invitation only Immigration Summit,   She participates nationally with the National Sexual Assault Resource Sharing Project, the National Network to End Domestic Violence and National Alliance to End Sexual Violence.  

Marcia was recognized as an Olympic Torch Bearer in 1996, and has received the Latino Community Development Agency Partnership Award, Oklahoma Bar Association Liberty Bell Award, OCADVSA Ann Lowrance Award, and the Zonta of Central Oklahoma Woman of the Year Award.

Brandon Pasley
Mr. Pasley is the Program Manager of the Oklahoma Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) in the Victims Services Unit of the Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General.  As manager of the program he ensures safety of participants by liaising with governmental agencies, coordinating records management and maintains victim accessibility by training ACP Application Assistants across the state. He is co-leader of the Certification Team for the certification of domestic violence, sexual assault and batterers intervention programs. Brandon also staffs the Attorney General’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advisory Council.  Currently, Brandon chairs both the Partners Conference for Oklahoma Families committee and the Domestic Violence Awareness Month Partnership Committee, and serves on the Oklahoma Sexual Violence Prevention Planning Committee and the Oklahoma Victims Assistance Academy Steering Committee. Prior to joining the Victims Services Unit, he served as a volunteer, court advocate and Victim/Services Liaison in Grady County for 7 years.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in 2004 and has also been a Certified Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Professional since 2004.

Jacqueline Steyn
Jacqueline Steyn draws upon over 25 years of experience working in the domestic violence and mental health fields.

She holds the position of Chief Programs and Compliance Officer at the YWCA Oklahoma City, providing a variety of services to victims of domestic and sexual violence. She has practiced as a mental health professional in a variety of inpatient and outpatient behavioral health settings. 

Ms. Steyn is a board member on the Oklahoma Justice Commission, Office of the Attorney General’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advisory Council, Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and the Oklahoma County Domestic Violence Post-Adjudication Review Board. She has previously served as a designee to the Child Abuse Training and Coordination Council and the Oklahoma Child Death Review Board.

Ms. Steyn provides domestic violence training to Level II and Level III Child Welfare workers statewide and more recently, she participates in a newly formed workgroup with representatives from DHS Child Welfare and other community partners to develop statewide policies and protocols for enhancing safety working  with children and families at the intersection of domestic violence and child maltreatment. Ms. Steyn is a member of the statewide steering committee to develop a trauma-informed child welfare system and regularly provides training for Domestic Violence Service Providers across the state on trauma-informed service delivery

Victoria A. Harrison
Victoria Harrison is an Assistant Director for Oklahoma Child Support Services, a Division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. A 1990 graduate of Oklahoma University College of Law, Ms. Harrison has devoted her career to the practice of domestic law and poverty issues. Ms. Harrison began her career with Legal Aid of Western Oklahoma where she worked as a staff attorney in the family law division. Ms. Harrison joined the child support community in 1996. She worked as an attorney in two local offices. Ms. Harrison has been a leader for the Child Support Services Division in implementing and presenting new and innovative programs to a staff of over eight hundred. Currently, Victoria is the manager over 4 distinct areas of child support: training and career development; grants and resource development; strategic planning and outcomes evaluations and a statewide child support certification program.  Ms. Harrison has been a board member and first Vice President of the National Child Support Enforcement Association. Additionally, Ms. Harrison has spoken on a regional and national level about numerous child support issues. Ms. Harrison lives in Norman, Oklahoma with her husband, Gregg.

Cindy McGowan
Cindy McGowan is a Programs Field Representative with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Adult and Family Training Section.  Since her promotion to this position in 2000, she has conducted over 5,000 hours of training on the topics of Domestic Violence Awareness, Substance Abuse, Addiction and Recovery, Self-Care for Service Providers, Interviewing Skills, and Training Skills for Trainers as well as program and policy trainings for OKDHS.

Ms. McGowan is a co-developer of the “Safe Town – Domestic Violence Awareness Training” which has gained national attention from Human Services training organizations for its creative and interactive activities.  She is co-author of the “Domestic Violence Awareness Guide” which received an Oklahoma Governor’s Commendation and was named a Notable Document by the American Library Association and is currently in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.  

Ms. McGowan has created and presented workshop sessions for 3 national training conferences thru APHSA/NSDTA (American Public Human Services Association/National Staff Development Association.)  She has also presented conference workshops for the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (OCADVSA), Oklahoma Partners Conference, OKDHS Supervisors, and trainings for other community partners across Oklahoma.  She is currently co-chair of the OKDHS Domestic Violence Task force.

Ms. McGowan holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and has taught in the Oklahoma public school system.

Last Updated: June 19, 2015
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