Sheriff's Office hosts 17th annual Child Abuse & Family Violence Summit April 19-22

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: April 13, 2016, 12:35 p.m.


Child Abuse & Family Violence Summit


The 2016 Child Abuse and Family Violence Summit starts Tuesday, April 19 and ends Friday, April 22 at the Red Lion Hotel on the River in Portland, Oregon. For media outlets, interview opportunities are available with experts leading sessions at the Summit; contact PIO Sgt. Brian Jensen for details.

Special events at this year's Summit include:

  • A Wednesday, April 20 screening of "Swift Current" -- a documentary that tells the story of former NHL hockey player Sheldon Kennedy, who was sexually abused by his junior hockey coach and has gone on to become one of the world's leading advocates for victims of child abuse. Kennedy will also give a keynote speech at the conference on April 20.
  • A Thursday, April 21 fundraiser for Camp HOPE, a camping and mentoring program provides children ages 6-15 who have been exposed to domestic and sexual violence with the opportunity to get outdoors, play, and have fun. The fundraiser will feature an appearance by Camp HOPE and Family Justice Center founder Casey Gwinn, who is also delivering a keynote at the Summit on April 21.
  • Other keynote speakers at this year's Summit include motivational speaker and trainer Derek Clark of ; and Sharon W. Cooper, MD, FAAP, a retired Air Force colonel and CEO of Developmental & Forensic Pediatric, PA -- a consulting firm that provides medical care, research, training and expert witness experience in child-maltreatment cases, as well as medical care for children with disabilities.
  • The Sheriff's Office is also working to schedule interviews with experts from the conference for its Facebook Live feed. Keep an eye on the Sheriff's Office Facebook page for details.


The Summit was started in 2000 by Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts. At that time, he was a CCSO detective working child-abuse and child-homicide investigations. He realized they weren't isolated cases -- that instead we were facing a hidden epidemic of violence and abuse.

This led to the founding of the three-and-a-half-day multi-disciplinary conference -- designed for professionals working in the areas of investigations, interviewing, assessment, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse, neglect and domestic violence.

Last year, over 750 attendees came from across the United States and around the world.

The Summit is hosted by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Child Abuse Team and the Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT). The Summit's goal is to educate professionals on the complex issues associated with child abuse and family violence, to broaden each professional's knowledge base in multiple areas, and to increase understanding of the other agencies' roles and responsibilities.

The conference theme, "The Power of One in Collaboration with Others," continues throughout the Summit as professionals learn new ways to work together to protect and make each child safe in our communities.

Visit for more information -- including session descriptions, speakers and other activities.

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Media should contact Sheriff's Office PIO Sgt. Brian Jensen for interview inquiries.


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