Speakers Bureau

The SAFE Speakers Bureau
is organized to present accurate, balanced, and objective information about domestic violence with a focus on those who typically fall between the cracks of domestic violence services. These groups include men, gays and lesbians, transgendered men and women, teens, elderly, and immigrants.

Speakers are approved by the SAFE International Board and represent a broad range of expertise. Each speaker agrees with the mission, goals and purpose of SAFE which follows this listing. Group presentations by two or more of the speakers are encouraged. Speakers are available for trainings, lectures, panel discussions and seminars.

To schedule or inquire about a presentation for your group contact our office at 661-829-6848 or by email at by email at directorThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Philip Cook, Investigative Journalist unnamed-26

Mr. Philip Cook is a noted journalist who has received awards for his reporting from the Associated Press and the Professional Journalism Society among others. His work objectively examines and explains relevant research results, the feelings and problems of interviewed victims, and provider and media response to the issue. He has examined scores of national and international domestic violence and family programs and evaluated their potential for helpful replication. His presentations on the subject of male abuse victims have received high praise from a diverse spectrum of society such as "Dear Abby", leading domestic violence experts, attorneys, physicians, law enforcement, and numerous mental health professionals. He has served as a founding board member of Stop Abuse For Everyone, an organization dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence regardless of gender or sexual orientation.Mr. Cook has appeared on numerous national radio and television shows such as MSNBC, Fox TV's "The Crier Report, "The O'Reilly Factor," "Montel Williams," "The Home and Family Show." He is the author of the pioneering book called Abused Men: The Hidden Side of Domestic Violence (Praeger,1977). His articles on domestic violence have been published in several publications, including the Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment and the book, Family Interventions in Domestic Violence: A Handbook of Gender-Inclusive Theory and Treatment (Hamel & Nicholls, 2006).

Specialized Topics:
  • Battered men: the hidden side of domestic violence
  • Media and domestic violence
  • The research on domestic violence

Elizabeth Crawford, MS, MPH, HES, Domestic Violence Prevention Educator and Therapist

In 1995, Elizabeth Crawford founded the Domestic Violence Counseling Center (DVCC), which is a non-profit organization utilizing a psych educational model instead of a criminal justice approach to address domestic violence. DVCC, an outpatient counseling center, focuses on the behavioral health needs of domestic violence victims and domestic violence offenders who are experiencing violence-related emotional trauma. Working in concert with Crawford, the West Virginia Health Care Authority, a healthcare regulatory agency, also recognized the need for this type of domestic violence program and accordingly issued a Certificate of Need to DVCC. The Certificate of Need  declares that domestic violence victims and domestic violence offenders will experience serious problems in obtaining necessary behavioral health care services without the existence of DVCC.

DVCC serves any victim or offender of domestic violence regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, etc.  

Ms.Crawford received a Masters of Science in Public Health and Community Health Education/Wellness from West Virginia University. She is member of the Public Health Honorary Gamma Mu Chapter of Delta Omega. This honor was bestowed on Ms. Crawford due to her work in the development of evidence-based and progressive approaches in the prevention and/or intervention of domestic violence.   

During her career, Crawford has provided numerous national, regional, and local television, radio, and newspaper interviews on the behavioral health needs of domestic violence victims and domestic violence offenders. Ms. Crawford serves as an expert on domestic violence in the African-American community. 

Crawford co-authored and presented an article titled “Mandatory Arrest Policies Harmful to African-American Communities” to members of the United States Congressional Black Caucus.   

Specialized Topics:
    · The Behavioral Health Issues Faced by Domestic Violence Victims and Domestic Violence Offenders
    · Domestic Violence in the African-American Community

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Patrick Dati is an advocate for all victims of abuse: domestic, sexual, and gender preference. Patrick is an advocate because of his experiences. At age nine, his life was changed forever when he was raped by serial killer, John Wayne Gacy. Along with sexual assault, he was bullied in a domestic relationship and veiled his sexual preference for years. For these reasons, he has a profound understanding and empathy for victims going through the mental and physical trauma from childhood sexual abuse, bullying, and persons struggling with identity issues. His advocacy is dedicated to helping victims unveil hiding and to become the person they are intended to be so each of them can say “I AM ME”. His message is simple: “together we can overcome the hiding and shame caused by abuse and bullying.”

Patrick is associated with se
veral organizations devoted to promoting the rights for victims of domestic abuse and the advancement of LGBTQ rights. These organizations include Chicago’s Center on Halsted; New York City Anti­Violence Project; MaleSurvivor; Teach Antibullying Inc; Dream Catchers for Abused Children; The National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse; and RAINN. In 2011, Dati was selected by SAMHA/US Department of Health and Human Services to participate in their 2012 trauma survivor campaign. In 2014 Dati’s book “I AM ME” was published.

Dati has appeared on WGN News with Larry Potash; ABC News with John Garcia; NBC News with Dick Johnson, ABC 7 Windy City Live with Val Warner. Additionally, he has been interviewed by Sarah LeTrent from CNN; by Naomi Nix from Chicago Tribune; by Mike Thomas from Chicago Sun­Times; and by Carrie Maxwell from Windy City Media Group. He is frequently invited to be a guest speaker on radio shows such as D­Talk Radio Show hosted by Denise Brown; eHealth Radio Network hosted by Eric Michaels; and blogtalkradio hosted by Laurie Smith. 

Dati’s book “I AM ME” was published in 2014.  It chronicles his life of abuse commencing with the rape by John Wayne Gacy as a nine-year-old KIRKUS describes “I AM ME” as a “riveting, heart-wrenching chronicle of one man’s journey from victim to survivor.” It is an intense story that could empower other survivors.

Specialized Topics:
  • Domestic Violence
  • Bullying
  • Sibling Bullying
  • Child Abuse Prevention
  • Coming Out

richard davis Richard Davis

Richard is a retired police lieutenant with a graduate degree in liberal arts from Harvard University and another in criminal justice from Anna Maria College. He is a member of the International Honor Society of Historians and the American Society of Criminology, and he is an adjunct instructor for Quincy College at Plymouth, MA.

Lt. Davis is also the president for Family Nonviolence, Inc. (www.familynonviolence.org) in Fairhaven, MA, and the author of the books Domestic Violence: Facts and Fallacies (Praeger, 1998) and Domestic Violence: Intervention, Prevention, Policies, and Solutions (Taylor & Francis, 2008). Many of his articles have appeared in newspapers, journals, and magazines concerning the issue of domestic violence and its intersection with the criminal justice system.

Lt. Davis has online columns concerning domestic violence at www.policeone.com, and www.nycop.com

Specialized Topics:
  • DV Laws and Their Intersection with the Criminal Justice System
  • Bullying
  • Corporal Punishment
  • Dating Violence

don duttonDon Dutton, Ph.D.

Don Dutton received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Toronto in 1970. In 1974, while on faculty at the University of British Columbia, he began to investigate the criminal justice response to wife assault. He began preparing a government report that outlined the need for a more aggressive response, and subsequently training police in "domestic disturbance" intervention techniques. After receiving training as a group therapist at Cold Mountain Institute, he co founded the Assaultive Husbands Project in 1979, a court mandated treatment program for men convicted of wife assault. During the 15 years he spent providing therapy for these men, he drew on his background in both social and clinical psychology to develop a model for perpetrators of intimate abuse. He has published over 100 papers and three books, including the Domestic Assault of Women, The Batterer: A Psychological Profile and The Abusive Personality.

He has provided talks at the Sorbonne in Paris, the US Army at Walter Reed Hospital, Navajo Nation in Arizona, the joint ABA-APA Taskforce on DV in Washington, DC and the US Department of Defense. SAFE Speaker Dutton has frequently served as an expert witness in civil trials involving domestic abuse and in criminal trials involving family violence, including his work for the prosecution on the O.J. Simpson trial. He is currently Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. His latest work, Rethinking Domestic Violence includes an examination of how the gender paradigm developed in domestic violence research and policy.

Specialized Topics:
  • Cause and Consequences of Domestic Violence
  • Treatment and Criminal Justice Response to DV
  • Psychological Factors in the Development of Violence

unnamed-27Stanley Green 

Stanley Green is the first male survivor of domestic violence to present the opening keynote at a professional/academic conference on family violence.  His international advocacy for victims of intimate partner violence spans more than 20 years and he was the founding co-chair of the Male Victims/Survivors Task Force of the Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council.

Mr. Green has appeared on ABC News 20/20, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and numerous other print and broadcast media in the USA, Canada, the Caribbean, and Latin America.  He has conducted trainings for social service agencies and Native American organizations in the USA and Canada. He has also presented to numerous universities and military institutions—including the US Army Academy of Health Sciences.

Mr. Green has testified at a hearing on insurance industry discrimination against victims of domestic violence conducted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, by invitation of then-Washington State Insurance Commissioner Deborah Senn; and a similar hearing conducted by US-Senator Ron Wyden, then a member of the US House of Representatives from Oregon. Mr. Green served as the only man on the legislative committee of the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs from 1997 - 2001 and served on the Public Information Committee of the Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council from 1992 to 1993.

In 1999, Mr. Green co-launched the effort to include a nondiscrimination clause in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  He testified at nine meetings of the US President's National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women; the US Office on Violence Against Women awarded Mr. Green a scholarship to attend the invitation-only Symposium celebrating the 10th anniversary of VAWA, held in Washington, DC, in September 2004.  President Barak Obama signed a bipartisan-supported nondiscrimination clause into VAWA in 2013.  This is the first Federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, and sexual orientation and gender identity—actual or perceived.

Mr. Green is currently Director of Intimate Partner Violence Prevention for the Men’s Health Network, a national nonprofit organization headquartered in DC.


john hammelJohn Hamel, LCSW 

John Hamel, LCSW, has a Masters in Social Welfare from U.C.L.A., and has conducted batterer intervention and parent programs in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1992. He is the author of Gender-Inclusive Treatment of Intimate Partner Abuse (Springer, 2005), and co-editor with Tonia Nicholls, PhD, of Family Interventions in Domestic Violence: A Handbook of Gender-Inclusive Theory and Treatment (Springer, 2007). Mr. Hamel is Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed professional journal, Partner Abuse, published quarterly by Springer Publishing. He regularly speaks at conferences on domestic violence, and has provided consultation and training to mental health professionals, victim advocates and shelter workers, social service organizations, teachers, attorneys, judges and law enforcement officers. He also provides case consultation and expert witness testimony. His latest book, Intimate Partner and Family Abuse: A Casebook of Gender Inclusive Therapy, was published by Springer in Spring, 2008.

Specialized Topics:
  • New Approaches for Effective and Inclusive Batterer Intervention
  • Domestic Violence Today: Truth, Myth, and all The Shades of Gray (includes manual and reading guide)
  • Domestic Violence: The 12 Things You Aren't Supposed to Know
  • Male Victims of Domestic Abuse
  • Gender Bias in the Courts: A Second Look
  • Family Law Basics: Divorce, Paternity, Custody and Support

R.L. McNeelyR. L. McNeely, Ph.d, J.D., School of Social Welfare, Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Dr. R.L. McNeely is a professor of social welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a practicing attorney. His published books as well as peer-reviewed journal articles have focused upon issues of work and family, aging and race, and on numerous aspects of domestic violence. His work in the field of domestic violence inspired a NBC documentary, "Of Macho and Men," and he has appeared on CBS Morning News discussing domestic violence as a human issue, rather than a women's issue. R.L. is also a Research Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. He has testified before Congress on the issue of domestic violence, serves as a domestic violence consultant for the US Army and, as an attorney, has successfully represented individuals falsely accused of domestic violence. We are thrilled that he speaks for SAFE. Dr. McNeely is a speaker who will challenge, enlighten, and educate any audience

Specialized Topics:
  • Research on domestic violence
  • Legal aspects of domestic violence

david pisarraDavid T. Pisarra, Esq - Los Angeles
David T. Pisarra is a multi-talented, mixed media professional. He is a Family Law Attorney specializing in Men’s and Father’s rights who hosts the Men’s Family Law Podcast, writes a weekly opinion column for the Santa Monica Daily Press, and contributes to The GoodMenProject.com and MensEnews.com websites.

He is an internationally sought after speaker on Men’s Rights, Personal Performance, and Leadership Lessons From The Law. His presentations to audiences from California to Virginia and as far south as Mexico have garnered high praise for their entertainment and educational value.

He is the author of four books, three for men: A Man’s Guide To Divorce Strategy, A Man’s Guide to Child CustodyA Man’s Guide to Domestic Violence; and the internationally recognized What About Wally? Co-Parenting A Pet With An Ex.

He is The Lawyer’s Lawyer. His trainings for other lawyers across the nation with Thomson/Reuters have been on topics as diverse as Family Law For Men, International Child Custody, Domestic Violence, and Podcasting for Professionals.

There are many speakers on leadership, but few are able to ground their talks from lessons learned in the trenches of the courts, and the battlefields of business – David Pisarra has the experience and the ability to motivate not just from the top down, but from the bottom up. As an entrepreneur he has built companies, and fixed ones that were in trouble.

He worked his way through law school going into companies that were in distress and quickly managed to find ways to cut costs, motivate the staff, and, build and implement a publicity plan for new client development. As an entrepreneur himself he has built a medical diagnostic company, a law practice and a multi-media publishing company.

Prior Speaking Engagements:

  • Thomson/REUTERS
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association - MInor's Counsel Training
  • Santa Monica Parks and Recreation Department
  • BlogPaws Social Media Conference – Falls Church, VA
  • WordCamp LAX 2014 – Los Angeles, CA
  • Cross-Campus – Santa Monica, CA
  • New Visions Foundation – Santa Monica, CA
  • Rotary Club of Santa Monica
  • California Men's Gathering 
  • Westside Toastmasters – Santa Monica, CA
  • South Bay Study Group – White Zuckerman Warshavsky – Hermosa Beach, CA
  • Valley Study Group – White Zuckerman Warshavsky – Van Nuys, CA


     ·   Open Circle Society – Ajijic, Mexico
     ·   American Legion – Chapala, Mexico

Edward M. Stephens, MD - New York

Edward M. Stephen, MD is an Irish medical graduate, Board Certified in Psychiatry working in New York for 47 years. He has, in addition to the general practice of psychiatry, had a special interest in family and interpersonal conflict and resolution.

He founded the OnStep Institute for mental health research in 1992, pioneering in the investigation of competiveness and consilience, the sciences of working together. (onstep.org)

In 2005, he created the Foundation for Male Studies to support the development of University level courses directed at understanding male participation in life and society. (malestudies.org)

Dr. Stephens has worked extensively with SAFE and Dr. Linda G. Mills around innovative ways to understand Domestic Violence (DV) and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV).

BurnsCarol Rhonda Burns

Carol Rhonda is currently a PhD researcher based at Ulster University. She gained a 1st Class Hons Degree in Social Psychology in 2013 from Ulster and completed a Masters in Research with Distinction (MRes) in 2014. Carol Rhonda has been investigating interpersonal poly-victimisation over the life course and the cumulative negative mental health impact on male populations. Interpersonal victimisations are specific experiences perpetrated for the most part, by people the victim knows whom they are likely to have some familial or attachment relationship to. This includes adverse childhood experience, dating violence and intimate partner violence, stalking, bullying and elder abuse among others. Carol Rhonda publishes her research in peer reviewed journals.

Carol Rhonda is currently the Team Lead of the RESPECT Network, a collaborative all-Ireland multi-disciplinary research group with the aim of promoting safe relationships for all http://www.respectnet.org/ . She is also a member of the newly formed (UK) Domestic Violence Against People Research Network.

Specialized Topics:
  • Interpersonal poly-victimisation in male populations
  • Mental Health
  • Advanced statistical analysis