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2019 Violence Against Women: Changing Perspective

Violence Against Women: Changing Perspective

2019 Violence Against Women: Changing Perspective

During the months of March and April 2019, EHSL is focusing its programming on Violence Against Women – Changing Perspective. Throughout these two months we will host several events to bring attention to the reality of violence against women in our community through different perspectives. An exhibit from the National Library of Medicine will focus on the history of domestic violence and the role of nurses making a difference. There will be an opportunity to participate in creating a gallery of t-shirts as evidence of the epidemic of violence against women; a lecture that shows how virtual reality is being used to combat domestic violence by putting the perpetrator in the role of the victim; an opportunity to see how virtual reality is changing the perspective in many disciplines; and a panel presentation by local experts who will discuss violence against women in our community.

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2019 | March 4 – April 27 Program Descriptions

The Clothesline Project, 2019 at Eccles Library
The Clothesline Project, Interactive Exhibit at Eccles Library [more…]
NLM: Confronting Violence: Improving Women's Lives
Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives NLM Exhibit [more…]
VR demo day at the U
Virtual Reality at the U Demo Days: How Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence are Transforming Higher Education [more…]
Priscilla M. Mayden Lecture
2019 Priscilla M. Mayden Lecture: Towards the Rehabilitation of Domestic Violence Offenders using Virtual Reality [more…]
Ask the Expert Panel
Ask the Experts Panel: Domestic Violence in Utah [more…]
Violence Against Women: Changing Perspective. Program Schedule
Violence Against Women: Changing Perspective. Program Schedule [more…]


The Clothesline Project

Participate starting Women’s Week, March 4 – 7, 2019, Noon-2:00PM
Interactive exhibit throughout March and April 2019
Eccles Health Sciences Library, Main Level

The Clothesline Project [Violence Against Women - Changing Perspective]

The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to violence against women.  During the public display, a clothesline is hung with t-shirts, each designed to represent a particular woman’s experience, by the survivor or by someone who loves a woman who has been killed. The purpose of the Project is to increase awareness of the impact of violence against women, to celebrate a woman’s strength to survive, and to provide an avenue for women to courageously break the silence that often surrounds their experience.  This is an interactive exhibit.  T-shirts and supplies for creating designs on them will be available at the Library throughout March and April 2019.  T-shirts will be hung in the EHSL Art Gallery and throughout the Library as they are created.


This Clothesline Project is co-sponsored by

Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
in collaboration with
Office of Health Equity and Inclusion / The Resiliency Center
WiHMS – Women in Health, Medicine & Science
The College of Nursing

Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives NLM Exhibit

NLM Exhibit Information March 18 – April 27, 2019
Eccles Health Sciences Library, Main Level

NLM: Confronting Violence

Activists and reformers in the United States have long recognized the harm of domestic violence and sought to improve the lives of women who were battered. Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives explores the developments during latter half of the 20th century, when nurses took up the call. Beginning in the late 1970s, nurses were in the vanguard as they pushed the larger medical community to identify victims, adequately respond to their needs, and work towards the prevention of domestic violence.   This exhibition was produced by the National Library of Medicine.


Virtual Reality at the U Demo Days

Join students, staff and faculty from throughout campus to demo VR applications for education, research and community engagement. Hear about ways to get involved with projects and more about the creativity happening around emerging technologies at the University of Utah.


TJ Ferrell, Hololens

April 3, 2019; Noon – 3 pm Eccles Health Sciences Library Main Level

Demo VR apps from The GApp Lab, Dentistry, Occupational and Recreational Therapy, and Diabetes Prevention
Noon – 1:30 pm
Lightning talks and Q&A
1:30 – 2 pm
2 – 2:30 pm
How Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence are Transforming Higher Education” by TJ Ferrill
2:30 – 3 pm;

April 4, 2019; 11 am – 3 pm Marriott Library Digital Matters Lab

Open House and VR/AR Playtime
11 am – Noon
Presentations and demos
Noon – 2 pm
More VR/AR Playtime
2 – 3 pm


Priscilla Mayden Lecture: Towards the Rebabilitation of Domestic Violence Offenders using Virtual Reality

Presenter: Maria V. (Mavi) Sanchez-Vives, MD, PhD
ICREA Research Professor at the IDIBAPS (Institut d’Investigacions Biomediques August Pi i Sunyer), Barcelona, Spain

April 5, 2019; 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM.
Lecture Noon-1 pm, (with reception before and after)
College of Nursing Building, Room 2300

2019 Priscilla M. Mayden Lecture

The Priscilla Mayden Lecture will focus on the results of research conducted by Dr. Mavi Sanchez-Vives on the use of virtual reality to change the perspective in domestic violence – how offenders can become the victims and the impact of that experience. At the foundation of this research are years of research on embodiment in virtual reality and the power of this approach to change from physiological responses to attitudes and behaviour.


Ask the Experts Panel: Domestic Violence in Utah

April 8, 2019; 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Eccles Health Sciences Library Synapse Bays (Lower Level)

Hear from a panel of experts throughout Utah. Experts from throughout Utah will discuss how healthcare professionals and community members are responding to current issues surrounding domestic violence in the state. Topics discussed include social support and shared experiences, digital life, social media and online behavior, and empowering future generations of women.


Ask The Experts Panel


Katie Ward DNP, WHNP
Associate Professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing, and specialty director for the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner track of the DNP Program. Dr. Ward has over 25 years of experience as a Nurse Practitioner working in women’s health care. Her clinical practice includes family planning, colposcopy, menopause care and sexual dysfunction. She received her BSN, MS and DNP from the University of Utah. She is also currently working on a PhD in Anthropology studying hormonal influences on behavior across the menstrual cycle.


Julie L. Valentine PhD, RN, CNE, SANE-A
Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University College of Nursing
Dr. Julie Valentine is an Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University College of Nursing and certified adult/adolescent sexual assault nurse with Wasatch Forensic Nurses.  Her clinical specialty and research focus areas are sexual and intimate partner violence.  She received an MS degree in Nursing from the University of Utah.​

Devon Musson Rose, LCSW
Chief Domestic Violence Services Officer, YWCA Utah
Devon serves as Chief Domestic Violence Services Officer at YWCA Utah. Devon brings with her a foundation of knowledge and skills from her previous positions as the Clinical and Trauma Program Directors at The Children’s Center. Devon has experience providing administrative guidance and advocacy in support of the YWCA’s efforts to provide trauma informed and empowering domestic violence services.

Devon Cantwell
Ph.D. Student, University of Utah Department of Political Science
Devon Cantwell is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University of Utah. As an undergraduate at the University of Kansas, she studied gender and violence internationally. She has also done community and campus advocacy work on issues of sexual assault and violence and is currently a member of the university’s working group which is working to creating programming and resources to expand awareness, training, and resources on intimate partner violence and domestic violence.

Julie Ann Melini, MS, APRN, SANE-A, SANE-P
Clinical Director, Wasatch Forensic Nurses
Julie is a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is currently the Clinical Director for Wasatch Forensic Nurses, a non-profit group of nurses providing exams for persons reporting sexual assault, at hospitals throughout Salt Lake and Utah Counties. Additionally, she evaluates children for child abuse at the Utah County Children’s Justice Center.



The topic of violence against women can generate a wide range of responses. You may feel anger, shame, a sense of helplessness, or a strong desire to make a difference. All of these responses are normal. If you need support or would like more information on resources, please see the following:

Domestic and Sexual Violence Resources Online


2019 | March 4 – April 27 Program Schedule

There are no upcoming events at this time.