In celebration of 25 years of providing free education to professionals, KCMBF's Domestic Violence Alliance ("DVA") has expanded to provide a three-part series of free hybrid events about Trending Issues in Domestic Violence 25 Years Later. We are excited to bring nationally and internationally acclaimed speakers to Kansas City. 

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PLEASE NOTE: In-Person seats are limited and will be reserved on a first come first serve basis! Register now to ensure your seat is saved.

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DVA speaker, Beverly Gooden has been featured on NPR, The New York Times, and MSNBC, among others, and has written her debut memoir, SURVIVING: Why We Stay & How We Leave Abusive Relationships. Limited copies will be available for purchase for those who attend in person and Beverly will stay for a book signing following the event. We hope you can join us! 

To support the Domestic Violence Alliance, please donate! Donations allow us to continue hosting these events each year and to bring you nationally-renowned speakers.

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A recording of the event from April 1, 2022 is now available!

Click here to view the event program!

Please note: a recording of this program is provided for free by KCMBF and is not eligible for continuing education credits.

Sensitive content warning: The program includes forthright content about domestic violence. If you believe that the recording will be traumatizing for you, then you may choose to forgo it.

In celebration of 25 years of educating professionals who support victims and work to eliminate domestic violence, KCMBF is hosting a three-part program throughout 2022. Please save the dates for our other FREE hybrid program scheduled for October 14. More details to come!

Domestic Violence Alliance is usually an annual day-long seminar held each October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Since 1998 KCMBF the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation has provided education to over 2,200 professionals who work to combat domestic violence. This year, in celebration of 25 years, we have greatly expanded our programming to welcome nationally-recognized speakers. Our goal is to enrich the community and provide content relevant to attorneys, judges, social workers, therapists, law enforcement professionals, and members of the public at large. 

This program is made possible by the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation, a grant from the Missouri Lawyer Trust Account Foundation, and by donations from people like you. Thank you to those of you who contributed. Please note that this program is intended to provide the public with law-related information. It is not intended to render legal advice. Neither MLTAF nor KCMBF and their Boards of Directors are responsible for any information or representations provided herein. 

One of KCMBF's three Legal Connection programs, Domestic Violence Alliance (formerly the Domestic Violence & Children Interdisciplinary Conference) is an annual day-long seminar held each October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Under the leadership of KCMBF, various legal, social service, medical and law enforcement agencies across the Kansas City metropolitan area collaborate to plan, promote and attend the seminar aimed at providing essential interdisciplinary information, education and support to these crucial partners who support victims and work to eliminate domestic violence.

            Chair                                                       Vice Chair                                                      Secretary
Judith Westmoreland                                  Daniel Berezoski                                          Kelsey L. Blackwell
Jackson County CASA                               Husch Blackwell LLP                          Jackson County Prosecutor's Office

The committee includes members from the following organizations: 16th Judicial Circuit Court, Baty Otto Coronado PC, Child Protection Center, Crossroads Charter Schools, Great Plains SPCAHope House, Husch Blackwell LLP, Jackson County CASA, Jackson County Prosecutor's Office, Law Office of Young, Kuhl & Frick, LLC, Legal Aid of Western Missouri, Lynch Sharp & Associates, LLC, McDowell, Rice, Smith & Buchanan, P.C., Missouri Department of Social Services Children's DivisionMOCADSV (Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence), MOCSA (Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault)Newhouse, Saint Luke’s Health System, Spencer Fane, and Synergy Services.


If you would like to donate to support the Domestic Violence Alliance, click here!

Archive of Past Domestic Violence Alliance Seminars
To explore past year DVA speakers and topics, click here.

For more information or to get involved please contact
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation at or (816) 474-4322.