Pee Dee Coalition Coordinator To Present At Conference

FLORENCE- Michelle Harkey, Pee Dee Coalition Outreach and Training Coordinator and Military Partnership Project Coordinator for the Elizabeth Pettigrew Durant Children’s Center, a program of Pee Dee Coalition, will present “Effective Victim Services and Advocacy Response for Military Families,” at the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children 2021 San Diego International Conference in January.
A pre-conference will be on January 23-24, 2021, and the main conference will take place on January 25-28, 2021.
Harkey has provided numerous trainings on subjects pertaining to child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. Her presentation will address challenges, practices, and lessons learned by children’s advocacy centers that serve military families impacted by domestic violence and child abuse.
“A series of studies, reports, interviews, and case reviews will be used to establish a general overview of Department of Defense procedures to assist in developing and maintaining collaborative relationships,” says Harkey.
Additionally, the workshop will cover the unique challenges of military culture that sometimes complicate victim service delivery to families on military installations. The workshop will use quantitative research to explain how these challenges impact long-term development among children. The research will also be used to explain why it is necessary to implement CAC services in conjunction with victim services within the Department of Defense.
The lessons taken from this workshop will help professionals improve services for military families and children impacted by abuse, create long-term success, and implement offender accountability. Participants will also learn how to better understand the status of children’s advocacy centers-military partnerships and ways to enhance these partnerships.
The San Diego Conference is hosted by The Chadwick Center, one of the largest hospital-based child advocacy and trauma treatment centers in the nation and a fully accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance. Visit to learn more about the 2021 San Diego International Conference and the Chadwick Center.
Durant Children’s Centers, a multidisciplinary assessment and treatment center, is a program of Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and serves Florence, Darlington, Marion, Chesterfield Marlboro, Dillon, Sumter and Williamsburg Counties. For more information on child abuse and how to refer a child or adolescent for services, call the Durant Center at (843) 664-HELP, (843) 664-4357.
Pee Dee Coalition is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the reduction of sexual assault, family violence, and child abuse and to the needs of its victims. If you or someone you know is in need of emergency shelter, please call the 24-hour crisis line at 843-669-4600 or toll free at 1-800-273-1820. If you are in immediate danger, please call 911. To learn more about Pee Dee Coalition visit
Pee Dee Coalition is a member of the United Way.