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Sunday, March 24, 2019

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Auburn Avenue Research Library
101 Auburn Avenue NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
United States

The Baton Foundation, Inc., in partnership with Men Stopping Violence and the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, will host a discussion about domestic abuse and violence in the Black community. This program is free and open to the public.

Program Narrative

Domestic abuse, commonly referred to now as intimate partner violence (IPV), remains a problem in the Black community. The signs of IPV are often hidden from family, friends and coworkers, and those who are abused frequently suffer in silence. Moreover, the abuse and violence are not always contained—others in the abused individual’s circle can be impacted, particularly children. Intimate partner violence not only can scar a person physically, emotionally and psychologically, but also, it can lead to hospitalization and even death. This program will explore some of the causes of intimate partner violence in the Black community. Also, the program will give attendees an opportunity to hear from panelists whose lives were directly impacted by intimate partner violence. Following the panel discussion, attendees will hear from practitioners in the field who will offer advice and share best practices.


Retha Louis (Moderator) is Vice President of Education at Capitol City Legacy Builders Toastmasters Club. She is also an author and life coach. In her work, Ms. Louis spends time helping families prepare for the future financially, spiritually, and physically. She is the author of Keep Calm, It’s Simply Your Journey, and leads personal growth and meditation workshops–helping others to identify their strengths, talents and passions so they might overcome adversities and achieve their desired level of contentment. Louis is a native of Akron, Ohio.

Ulester Douglas is Associate Director of Men Stopping Violence and a psychotherapist with extensive training and experience working with individuals, families and communities impacted by violence. Mr. Douglas obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and in 2014 completed a three-year venture as an adjunct professor at Emory University. He has provided consultation, training and keynote presentations in 40 states, Europe and the Caribbean to community-based organizations, universities, corporations and government agencies. Douglas was honored by Lifetime Television for Women and the National Network to End Domestic Violence (2003), The Ford Motor Company (2012), and the City of Atlanta (2017), for his work to prevent violence against women. He has also received numerous awards including a National Institute of Mental Health Fellowship (1990), the National District Attorneys Association’s Stephen L. Von Riesen Lecturer of Merit Award (2010), and the National Black Herstory Task Force’s Comrade Salute Award (2004). In 2015, Governor Deal appointed him commissioner to the Georgia Commission on Family Violence. Mr. Douglas has been interviewed by local and national media including CNN, The New York Times, NPR, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, News One Now with Roland Martin, The Al Sharpton Show, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has authored and co-authored articles and curricula on family violence and other human rights issues, including the article “Deconstructing Male Violence Against Women: The Men Stopping Violence Community-Accountability Model” in Violence Against Women (Sage Publications, 2008).

Pauline Mansfield is an author, public speaker and community volunteer. For four years she chaired the Community Advisory Board for Grady Hospital’s Nia Project, a non-profit organization devoted to “positively changing the lives of men and women – one life at a time.” She currently serves as the organization’s secretary and membership coordinator. Ms. Mansfield is also the author of two books about domestic violence, The Turtle Story: 7 Steps to Breaking Free from Domestic Violence, and Turtle Story 2: Life on the Other Side of Abuse. Both books chronicle the author’s personal story of intimate partner violence. Mansfield holds a master’s degree in business leadership from Shorter University (Rome, GA), and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Roosevelt University, (Chicago, IL).

Anthony Knight is the Founder, President & CEO of The Baton Foundation—a Georgia nonprofit organization that serves the emotional, intellectual and cultural needs of Black boys ages 10-15. Before founding the Foundation, Mr. Knight worked for twenty-two years as a museum educator and consultant. Mr. Knight has extensive experience with and interest in African American history and culture, public and living history, informal education and Black youth.

NOTE: Limited free parking is available in the lot behind the library. You may secure a parking pass from the library’s concierge desk. Also, recording of any kind is not permitted at Baton Foundation events.


Registration is closed for this event.

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