New in 2021, DVSN presents its virtual Speaker Series!

Join us for insightful discussions and informative presentations on domestic violence related subjects.

DVSN’s Speaker Series will be hosted on Zoom.

Registration required!

Click the button below to register for the March event and receive Zoom details.

JANUARY 28, 2021, 7pm-8pm via ZOOM: The Chaos of COVID: A Tsunami of Needs in the Wake of the Crisis

A panel of DVSN’s community partners describe how COVID-19 has seriously affected basic needs, compounding the trauma of abuse and curtailing efforts to plan for safety.

Bethany Hadvab, Board of Health Social Worker for Sudbury

Bethany is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW) who has served the Sudbury community since 2016. She has a background in trauma-informed care and has served as a therapist, case manager, community organizer, and clinical director in a variety of settings, including municipalities, therapeutic schools, residential facilities, and outpatient clinics. Bethany’s goals as a social worker are to foster hope, growth and self-sufficiency.

Jeanine Calabria, Executive Director of Open Table

Jeanine leads the 32-year-old grassroots organization that addresses hunger and food insecurity in the local community. She has transformed OT to be responsive to the current food needs in the area by diversifying the program offerings. A strong belief that all people should have access to healthy food has led to more mobile programs – getting food to people rather than people to food. Jeanine has worked on college campuses leading international student and scholar programming and more recently has conducted nutritional coaching and cooking classes. She is currently writing a memoir cookbook that she hopes to have published soon.

Detective Ian Spencer, Lincoln Police Department School Resource Officer

Ian has been the liaison for the Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, Minuteman Regional Technical High School, The Carroll School, and the Birches School since 2010. He collaborates regularly with administrators, social workers, psychologists, and students and serves on various school-based committees and advisory groups that address racism, inequity, and school safety and security. Ian is also an FBI trained forensic artist.  He supports investigators across New England with the creation of forensic images used to assist in the identification of individuals not known to the police.  He holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from Lasell University.  His wife, Melissa, is a fifth-grade special educator, and he is the proud father to his 11-year-old daughter, Lilly.

MARCH 31, 2021, 7pm-8pm via Zoom: Fostering Resilience in Children Who Experience the Devastating Impact of Domestic Violence

Speaker: Joel M. Ristuccia

Joel M. Ristuccia is a certified School Psychologist with over twenty-five years of experience working in the public schools. Over the last twenty years he has worked with students at risk for failure due to social, emotional and behavioral difficulties. He continues to assist schools and school districts in addressing the needs of these students.

Mr. Ristuccia is a consultant on the impact of trauma on student learning to the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI) at Harvard University and is a co-author of “Helping Traumatized Children Learn” (Vol. 1) and “Creating and Advocating for Trauma Sensitive Schools” (Vol. 2). Additionally he has consulted to the Department of School Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, presented program model research findings at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), presented for the Departments of Education in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Washington as well as the University of Wisconsin on topics related to the impact of trauma on learning and on the role of trauma in student behaviors that can lead to punitive discipline and school failure.

Mr. Ristuccia is an Adjunct Professor at Lesley University, as well as Babson College and Regis College. He teaches courses in developing trauma-sensitive school wide classroom and individual interventions to support all students to be successful in the general education curriculum.  Mr. Ristuccia is the lead faculty for the Lesley Institute for Trauma Sensitivity (LIFTS). He has played a central role as instructor, mentor, and recruiter in LIFTS since its inception in 2010. At the same time, he has been a staff member of the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative, a key LIFTS’ partner.  Mr. Ristuccia also has a private practice focused on program design and supports for students with challenging behavior and social/emotional disabilities.  Mr. Ristuccia holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University and a B.A. from Yale University.

MAY 27, 2021, 7pm-8pm: Navigating the Court System & Restraining Orders: What Are They? How Do They Work?

Speaker: Suzanne Kontz Wiseman

More details coming soon!

“The Chaos of COVID” January Panel Recording & Resources:

If you missed or want to revisit the January 28, 2021 event

“The Chaos of COVID: A Tsunami of Needs in the Wake of the Crisis”

the recording & a listing of related resources are available below!

1/28 Recording

Note: Due to technical difficulties on the night, the first couple of minutes of the recording have lower quality sound and picture. This is resolved after the 2:27 mark!

Video Time Codes

0:30 Jacquelin Apsler Introduction
10:23 Bethany Hadvab
29:05 Jeanine Calabria
40:16 Det. Ian Spencer
50:14 Q & A
1:06:26 Closing Remarks

1/28 Resources

Panel Resources & Contacts

Jeanine Calabria, Executive Director of Open Table

Aunt Bertha

Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB)

Mass 211’s COVID-19 Food Assistance

Project Bread 800-645-8333

Bethany Hadvab, Board of Health Social Worker for Sudbury

Note: Bethany’s  office can only serve Sudbury residents.

HOWEVER, her website has a vast number of resources, is regularly updated, and is accessible to all.

Highlighted Pages:

Comprehensive COVID-19 Resource Guide

Ways to Support Others During COVID-19


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 800-950-NAMI (6264)

Riverside Mass Support 888-215-4920

Detective Ian Spencer, Lincoln Police Department School Resource Officer