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Ask The Experts Panel

Ask the Experts Panel: Domestic Violence in Utah, April 8

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

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