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October is Domestic Violence Awareness and Bullying Awareness Month

Respect is the Word – Join the Conversation

Please join us on October 15 to learn more about NIH research on the biological aspects of violence, the latest NIH-funded discoveries on domestic violence, how domestic violence and bullying impact the workplace, and resources available to assist those that need it. We encourage you to attend any and all sessions that interest you or you may view the event live at

This event will be held in Building 31, C-wing 6th floor, Room 10 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Please contact Patrick McGrady at 301-402-9422 or for reasonable accommodations.  

9:30 am – 10:00 am.
Welcome & Perspective: What Brings Us Here.
Dr. Lawrence A. Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Deputy Director, National Institutes of Health.

10:00 am – 10:45 am.
Pushing Buttons:  Why We Behave the Way We Do.
Dr. David Ted George, M.D.
Senior Staff Scientist, NIAAA.
10:45 am – 11:30 am.
NIH-funded Research and Discoveries on Domestic Violence.
Dr. Valerie Maholmes, Ph.D., CAS.
Chief, Pediatric Trauma and Critical Illness Branch, NICHD.
11:30 am – 12:30 pm.
Lunch Break & NIH Resources Outreach Tables in Building 31 Cafeteria.
Resources include: The Employee Assistance Program (EAP); NIH Civil Program; Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI); Office of the Ombudsman; and the NIH Police.
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm.
Addressing Workplace Bullying.
Danny Dickerson, Accessibility Consultant, EDI.
Jessica Hawkins, M.S., NIH Civil Coordinator, Office of Human Resources.
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm.
Domestic Violence Doesn’t Work: DV in the Workplace - Indicators, Prevalence, Dynamics & Resources.
Lisa Nitsch, Director of Clinical Services & Education, House of Ruth Maryland. ​

​Free and confidential drop-in consultation & counseling services are available at the NIH Employee Assistance Program (EAP) in Building 31, Room B2B57 between 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on October 15, 2014 if you would like to discuss your concerns regarding bullying and domestic violence with a licensed mental health professional. You can also schedule an appointment with the EAP at 301-496-3164 if you would like to discuss your concerns in greater depth or to talk about another issue. For more information, please visit

Confidential consultations can also be scheduled with the NIH Office of the Ombudsman at 301-594-7231. For more information about their services, please visit ​