Seeking Survivors: 18th Annual UCSF Interpersonal Violence Prevention Conference

We are seeking survivors of violence to share their stories anonymously in print/digital form or in person for the 2018 Interpersonal Violence Prevention Conference. This year’s conference will be held on Saturday, October 27th, 2018 at the UCSF Parnassus campus. The IPVP conference brings together health profession students, health care professionals, and experts from the community to create a dialogue about interpersonal violence. This year the conference is focused on Collective Resistance: Honoring Community Power and Resilience. We want to organize as an act of collective resistance against the belief that violence is inevitable and building a coalition of interprofessional healthcare providers to transform patient care and the healthcare systems to promote healing and resiliency. In so doing, we hope to enable health professional students to better discuss these sensitive issues, support and empower patients who have been affected by violence, and become advocates for change.

We are seeking personal (anonymous) stories from students, staff, and faculty who have experienced violence (emotional, physical, sexual or other) involving an intimate partner, a family member, date, friend, or other person. These stories will be collected anonymously and included in campus displays and the conference website. Your stories will help to increase awareness of how violence affects our UCSF community. Submit your written story anonymously at the following link no later than Friday, October 19th:

We are also seeking student, staff and faculty survivors of violence, abuse, or sexual assault to share their stories in person on the Survivor Panel.* On this panel, 3-4 student/staff/faculty speakers share their experiences with conference attendees at the end of the day. The Survivor Panel is consistently described as the most impactful event of the conference. We are deeply grateful for our panelists’ participation. If you are considering speaking on the panel or have further questions, please contact me or our faculty advisor, Dr. Leigh Kimberg, no later than Friday, October 19th, 2018. We can confidentially discuss your thoughts on speaking:

If you have experienced interpersonal violence and would like confidential assistance, please contact the UCSF Campus CARE advocate, Denise Caramagno,
See: or call 415-502-8802.

If you’re interested in volunteering to help at the conference, please let me know. Please also find us at for more information.