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Domestic Violence Awareness Webinar

  • 01/22/2022
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
  • Zoom

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Domestic Violence Awareness Webinar

Saturday, January 22, 2022

2pm - 3:30pm EST / 11am - 12:30pm PST

DESCRIPTION: As Covid creates more stress for families and communities, what specific things can men do – as fathers, husbands, sons, brothers, and boyfriends – to help reduce the potential for violence? What kinds of positive role models will foster greater collaboration and equity in our communities and families? In this first session, several presenters will offer ideas and invite all participants to share their own thoughts and experiences.

Don't miss this fascinating discussion with male leaders in the field and other men who are willing to publicly speak out about how we can reduce violence against women and girls. Q&A to follow the presentation. 



Razmig Sarkissian

Razmig Sarkissian is a 3rd year law student at Southwestern Law School where he serves as the Volunteer Chair on the board of the Armenian Law Students Association. He is a proud alumnus of the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF), an international youth organization dedicated to the principles of self-determination, economic justice, and social equality. Through the AYF, he learned to work toward the moral, social and intellectual advancement of Armenian youth and has worked as Director of the Montebello Chapter of the AYF Juniors. He worked as an educator at Armenian Mesrobian School, where he taught English, Armenian History, and digital media to high school and middle school. He graduated from UCLA in 2013, studying English, Armenian Studies, and Digital Humanities.

Judy Norsigian

Judy Norsigian was a founding member of Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS) in 1971, served as its executive director from 2001 to 2015, and currently chairs the board of this organization best known for the landmark publication Our Bodies, Ourselves. She co-authored all eight Simon & Schuster editions of this book, named by the U.S. Library of Congress as one of “88 books that shaped America.” She was also a member of the editorial teams that produced Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause and Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth. OBOS seeks to advance the health and human rights of women and girls globally.

Judy has appeared on hundreds of television and radio programs, including NBC Nightly News, Al Jazeera, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Oprah, Fox News, and The Current. She has served on numerous boards for organizations such as the National Women’s Health Network (14 years) and Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (24 years).

Personal recognitions include the Public Service Award from the Massachusetts Public Health Association; the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association Annual Recognition Award; and the Massachusetts Health Council Award. She holds honorary doctorates from Boston University and Simmons University.


Craig Norberg-Bohm,  NB Associates

Craig Norberg-Bohm, is a consultant, recently retired from 15 years working with Jane Doe Inc., The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.  Craig is founder and past director of Jane Doe Inc.’s Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign.   In addition, years go in 1978, Craig was one of the founders of RAVEN (Rape and Violence End Now) in St. Louis, Missouri, one of the earliest men's centers in the U.S. established to engage men to end men's violence against women.  Craig is a founder and present administrator for the North American MenEngage Network, a regional member of the international MenEngage Alliance.   He is also currently president of Community Works, a fundraising federation made up of cooperating social justice organizations across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  

Michael Manoog Kaprielian

Michael Manoog Kaprielian is a combat Vietnam Veteran who was one of the first men to earn a degree in women’s studies in 1970 from Rhode Island College.

Kaprielian was the first to be contacted by the UN in 1994 to head The war Victims Project as a consulting psychologist. The project, funded by the US Department of State selected Kaprielian as the only American to train mental health staff in an active war zone on the Black Sea where he recovered over 200 women in need of PTSD Therapy. He has lectured nationally among academics and students of Women Studies and Domestic Violence and has been the featured scholar and practitioner at international women’s conferences about torture and rehabilitation. Most recently in RI, his state's DCYF, Family Court and International Institute for refugee settlement determined Kaprielian as the choice professional in whose care four children were placed and housed after their mother’s life was taken in an act of DV. With his vast experience, Kaprielian served on the Board of Directors of the Armenian International Women’s Association for a 2-year term. 

Aram A. Gavoor

Aram A. Gavoor is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at The George Washington University Law School and a nationally recognized scholar in the fields of administrative law, federal courts, and national security law. Associate Dean Gavoor's co-authored work was cited by the Supreme Court of the United States in 2019. His scholarship has earned placement in the Florida Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, Ohio State Law Journal, Administrative Law Review, and other law journals. In 2021, The National Law Journal named Associate Dean Gavoor a DC Rising Star honoree. He received GW Law’s Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award from the 2020 and 2017 graduating classes.

As an advocate in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and in private practice, Associate Dean Gavoor has litigated federal court appellate and trial cases involving high-profile challenges to statutes, regulations, and policies. He received The Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service in 2019, a Commendation from the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section of the Criminal Division in 2018, and the Civil Division Special Commendation Award in 2020, 2019, and 2018. Associate Dean Gavoor has briefed and argued over a dozen cases before a majority of the United States Courts of Appeals. He has litigated in nearly a third of the 94 United States District Courts.

Associate Dean Gavoor previously served on the law school’s adjunct faculty from 2008-2017 before accepting a term-limited position as a Visiting Associate Professor from 2017-2019. He currently teaches Constitutional Law II, Administrative Law, Federal Courts, and National Security Law.

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