On Tuesday, May 21st the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Women's Health Research Institute co-hosted the Symposium on Interpersonal Violence at Northwestern University. Led by Dr. Traci Kurtzer (pictured, right), who serves as the Medical Director for Trauma Informed Care and Education, the symposium attracted a multidisciplinary audience of physicians, trainees, social workers, policymakers, and allied health professionals.

Marlita White (pictured, left), the Director of the Office of Violence Prevention and Behavioral Health at the Chicago Department of Public Health kicked off the afternoon with an engaging lecture on the impact of trauma on the health of women and girls in the city of Chicago. In addition, the symposium featured lectures on intimate partner violence, human trafficking, and updates to Illinois law regarding sexual assault.

To learn more about the topics presented, please consider visiting the following resources:

Chicago Department of Public Health – Violence Prevention
Erase Trafficking Clinic
Between Friends Chicago