TOWN HALL 2021
Part 1: The Barriers
Part 2: The Solutions
This year's virtual Town Hall discussion brings together stakeholders in the community for a direct, solution-based conversation about breaking significant barriers facing Lowcountry domestic violence victims. The panel-led event will feature leaders across multiple segments of the victim service population, engaging with the community in a collaborative, cross-functional discussion.
*Both panels will now be held virtually.
This year, our Town Hall event is presented as a two-part virtual conversation.
In Part I, on October 5th, our panelists will be highlighting barriers faced by domestic violence victims and why coming forward to seek help during and after abuse can be so difficult.
In Part II, on October 19th, we will reconvene for an engaging panel discussion around solutions and practices that support victims of intimate partner violence.
At My Sister's House, we strive to be innovative and transformative. As part of our annual campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence with a focus on breaking barriers to survival, we look forward to these engaging and victim-centered conversations with you.
We want to hear from you! If you have experiences to share, please fill out our survey before the event: 2021 Breaking Barriers Survey
Dr. Christine Hahn, MUSC
Dr. Christine Tirabassi Hahn conducts research focused on the reduction of substance use and traumatic stress following recent exposure to sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Her translational program of research utilizes novel, brief, technology-based interventions integrated in primary care and community-based agencies (e.g., rape crisis centers) to increase access to services. Dr. Hahn also investigates the role of emotional and behavioral regulation on traumatic stress, sexual risk taking, and substance use among people who have experienced sexual assault. Finally, her interests include the intersection of traumatic stress and women's reproductive health. Dr. Hahn's early career development at MUSC has been supported through NIH funding (e.g., NIAAA, NIDA, NIMH). After completing a NIMH T32 postdoctoral fellowship at MUSC, Dr. Hahn was a career enhancement scholar through MUSC's Specialized Center of Research Excellence (SCORE) on stress-related sex and gender differences. Dr. Hahn was recently awarded a Career Development Award from NIAAA to test an early intervention for posttraumatic stress disorder and alcohol use disorder following sexual assault. Dr. Hahn is the director of the sexual assault follow-up services at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center. She provides clinical supervision and research mentorship to psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows.
Deputy Monique Martinez, Charleston County Sheriff's Office
Dr. DaNine J. Fleming, MUSC
Dr. DaNine J. Fleming is the Associate Chief Officer for Inclusive Excellence at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is also an associate professor and unconscious bias faculty scholar. She is one of the founding Advisory Council Members of Taking Back OUR Village that is housed in Lincolnville. As a community coalition builder Dr. Fleming has worked continuously to bring about systemic change, unity amongst communities and law enforcement as well as work with those impacted by senseless violence. She is a proud life member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and serves as the Business Manager for the McNeil Foundation for the Awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse. She is not new to this and considers it a privilege to the community and lives by the following motto “I have pitched my tent in the land of hope.” Acts 2:26
Rev. DeMett E. Jenkins, Faith Based Communities at the African American Muesuem
Sara Barber, SCCADVASA
Michael Leach, DSS State Director
Michael Leach is the State Director for the South Carolina Department of Social Services. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Leach served with the Department of Children’s Services for more than 10 years, most recently as the Deputy Commissioner of Child Programs. There, he also served as Executive Director of the Office of Continuous Quality Improvement; Director of Performance and Quality Improvement; Director of Independent Living and Director of System Integrations. Mr. Leach has done extensive public speaking related to his experience with the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) tool, Extension of Foster Care and helped the child welfare agency maintain accreditation through the Council on Accreditation. Mr. Leach was also a therapist at the Vanderbilt Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic in Tennessee and has experience in facilitating crisis response services at a community mental health center and case management in congregate care.
Dr. Alyssa Rheingold, MUSC
Dr. Rheingold is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor at the National Crime Victim's Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is the Director of Clinical Operations at the NCVC and Associate Director of the Sleep and Anxiety Program. She completed her undergraduate coursework in 1996 at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating Cum Laude and with Honors in Psychology. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from MCP Hahnemann University (currently known as Drexel University). Dr. Rheingold completed a Pre-Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology at the Charleston Consortium Psychology Internship Program and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the NCVC, Medical University of South Carolina. Her clinical expertise includes the treatment of anxiety disorders and trauma related mental health issues. Her main research interests include child sexual abuse prevention, loss by homicide, traumatic grief, etiological factors and treatment outcome research of trauma related psychopathology.
Part 2: Discussing Solutions, will be moderated by Jennifer Berry Hawes. Jennifer is a projects reporter on The Post and Courier focusing on investigative narratives. She previously worked with three other reporters on "Till Death Do Us Part," a series about domestic violence that won the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service.