Susan Kelly-Dreiss, executive director of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, told conference attendants about a woman who testified that her participation in the judicial system was more painful than her gunpoint rape and robbery, which she said she would never forget.
Improving such systems is a challenge, said Kelly-Dreiss, and is best initiated on the inside of the system. Insiders sensitive to the issues should be supported, recognized, trained and encouraged to build alliances.
Kelly-Dreiss was encouraged to find the diverse mix of police, clergy and social-service agency representatives attending the two- day "Conference on Violence nad Networking" at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Center. She said it is vital for them to first identify the policy changes needed most.