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In 2015, St. Louis leaders came together to say “No More” to violence against women and children. 400 guests were in attendance at a free public awareness event, which highlighted our region’s best practices. It gave each guest concrete ways to break the silence and end the violence in our community.

On September 29, 2016, we built on that momentum at St. Luke’s Hospital and provided attendees with ways to raise awareness about family violence and support our St. Louis neighbors who are at risk. We heard from expert speakers and hosted a dynamic panel discussion aimed at moving the needle toward earlier treatment and prevention. Thank you for joining us in continuing to turn words into action at our second annual No More Abuse event.

No More Abuse returns on October 25, 2018, to share new information, tools, and resources available to community members across St. Louis, all aimed at breaking the silence and ending the violence. Join us!

Join us on Thursday, October 25, 2018, when No More Abuse returns and St. Louis leaders come together once again to say “No More” to violence against women and children.

No More Abuse is a free and public event to build awareness of developmental trauma in children, giving an overview of how complex trauma can adversely impact neurodevelopment and why early identification is critical. Beyond awareness, No More Abuse will also see the launch of the Bystander Model – a training program for bystanders who witness child maltreatment in public. Built upon the engagement and responses of the 2015 No More Abuse participants and honed through public focus groups, the Bystander Model provides a toolkit for everyone, from first responders and medical staff to the individual at the grocery store, to assess and address situations of maltreatment before they escalate into abuse.

With more than 21,200 St. Louis children reported to the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline in 2017 the need for No More Abuse initiatives remains great.


Jan Hess, Vice President of St. Luke’s Hospital

Jan joined St. Luke’s Hospital in 1976 and has served on the Leadership Team for more than 35 years. She has served in numerous leadership positions in the community and has a passion for issues involving women and children’s advocacy. She currently serves as an officer on the Governance Board for FamilyForward.





Sharon Skidmore-Stern, MSW LCSW

Sharon Skidmore-Stern, MSW, LCWS, is the Director of FamilyForward’s Developmental Trauma Center. She has over 20 years experience in clinical and administrative work with children and families, has extensive training in play therapy, and is a Level 2 Trainer in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics. This summer, she presented her work at the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics International Symposium in Banff, Canada. Sharon has completed the Trauma Informed Care Leadership Academy through Brown School at Washington University.


Nancy Weaver, PhD MPH

Dr. Weaver is Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs for the College for Public Health and Social Justice and Professor of Behavioral Science and Health Education at Saint Louis University. Dr. Weaver applies communication and public health principles to promote positive parenting of young children. Whether encouraging correct car seat use or nurturing relationships, she advances strength-based messages that are easy to understand ad are highly relevant to caregivers. Her work to date as led to the widespread dissemination of efficacious programs and the development and evaluation of RISE Up!, a program promoting injury preventions and protective factors to guard against child abuse and neglect.

Dr. Weaver is the founding Director of Operations for SLU’s REACH Center: Research and Equity in Action for Child Health, a newly formed regional initiative that brings together academic and community partners to advance the health of moms, dads, families, and children. Through her work, Dr. Weaver frequently consults with health care providers and non-profit agencies to design and evaluate community health improvement plans, health education programs, and prevention approaches.





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