Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Registration Now Open for Domestic Violence, Guns, and Children Webinar

December 19, 2019

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia’s Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) is hosting a free webinar entitled "Domestic Violence, Guns, and Children: Putting Policies into Action" for pediatric physicians; nurses, social workers; hospital staff; domestic violence agencies; and community-based organizations. Continuing education credits for nurses and social workers will be offered.

In late 2018, Governor Wolf signed Act 79 into Pennsylvania law, mandating that those convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence (IPV), or subject to final protection orders surrender their guns within 24 hours. This law also mandates that defendants surrender their firearms to specific authorities, rather than turn guns over to family members or friends.

One in three women and one in four men will experience IPV in their lifetime. It is estimated that over 15.5 million children in the U.S. are exposed annually to adult IPV at home, with young children making up the majority of exposed youth among families who seek police involvement for IPV. Concurrently, 1.7 million children live with unlocked, loaded guns: one out of three homes with kids have guns.

This webinar will educate pediatric providers so that they understand the current policy landscape related to domestic violence and guns in the home and can best support patient families who may be in crisis.

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the mandates of PA Act 79 and where to find information/resources about it
  • Explain intimate partner violence, the overlap between domestic violence and child abuse, and how this topic can be addressed in a healthcare setting
  • Identify the importance of understanding Act 79 to help protect families

Moderator & Presenter

Teresa Salinas, LSW

Medical Advocate at Lutheran Settlement House and an Intimate Partner Violence Specialist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) Violence Prevention Initiative


Christian Soltysiak

Managing Director and Interim Executive Director at CeaseFirePA

Eileen Horgan, JD, Esq.

Supervising Criminal Advocacy Attorney at Women Against Abuse

Joanne Wood, MD, MSHP

CHOP Attending Physician, Research Director of Safe Place: Center for Child Protection and Health, faculty member at PolicyLab at CHOP, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Date and Time

January 15, 2020
12:00-1:30 PM EST

Registration and Information

Click here to learn more and to register.

1.3 Continuing Nursing Education Credits
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

CHOP is a pre-approved provider of continuing education credits for Pennsylvania Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors. Participants licensed in Pennsylvania who attend the full workshop and complete the required evaluation are eligible for 1.5 Continuing Education Credits. Participants licensed in other states should check with local licensing boards to determine continuing education approval.

NOTE: If you are interested in receiving continuing education credits, you must log on to the webinar as an individual. Those who view the webinar as a group will not be eligible to receive credit.