12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
The recent COVID-19 pandemic has seen an increase in domestic violence cases and as a result, many survivors are reaching out to suicide crisis lines for support. The Ohio Domestic Violence Network’s Rachel Ramirez and Emily Kulow will provide background on the trauma caused by domestic violence and how it often intersects with suicide in different ways.
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Rachel Ramirez, MA, MSW, LISW-S, RA
Rachel Ramirez is the Founder and Director of The Center on Partner-Inflicted Brain Injury, a project of the Ohio Domestic Violence Network. The Center provides statewide, national, and international leadership to raise awareness on the emerging area of brain injury caused by domestic violence. The Center increases collaboration among systems, and provides training, technical assistance, consultation, research, and resource development for researchers and direct service providers.
For the past 13 years at ODVN, Rachel has led multiple initiatives on trauma-informed approaches as well as other topics, with a recent national focus on partner inflicted brain injury. She co-authored Trauma-Informed Approaches: Promising Practices and Protocols for Ohio’s Domestic Violence Programs, which was originally published in 2010 and revised in 2019, as well as peer reviewed academic journal articles in the Journal of Family Violence and the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma. Rachel is a bilingual licensed independent social worker with graduate degrees in Latin American studies
Emily Kulow, BA
Emily Kulow is the Assistant Director of Training and Program Support for the Ohio Domestic Violence Network. In her role, Emily oversees all in-person trainings, virtual webinars and the ODVN on-line learning academy. In addition, Emily coordinates the meaningful access project at ODVN. The project’s goal is developing best practices, policies and procedures for local domestic violence programs across the state around providing accessible services to survivors from marginalized populations, including members of the LGBTQI communities, individuals who are Deaf/HOH, limited English proficient individuals and individuals with physical, mental health or cognitive disabilities. Emily began her work in the domestic violence movement 13 years ago, working for multiple domestic violence and victim service agencies in Northeast Ohio. Emily has her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a minor in Conflict Management from the University of Akron.