Speaker's Bureau

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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, the 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. Joint presentations by two or more of the speakers are encouraged. Speakers are available for trainings, lectures, panel discussions and seminars.

To inquire about scheduling a presentation for your group contact Phil Cook or Stanley Green by phone at 503-389-2111 or by email at This 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, our 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," and many others, He is the author of the pioneering book,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

richard davis Richard Davis

Richard is a retired police lieutenant. He has 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 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, 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

warren farrell Dr. Warren Farrell

Dr Warren Farrell began his research on gender issues in the 60's.His first book, The Liberated Male,was published in 1974.By the 80's he was feeling that men were being misrepresented, and his award winning national best seller, Why Men Are The Way They Are was written. The New York Post called it, "the most important book ever written about love, sex and intimacy."

By the 90's, Dr Farrell felt the misunderstandings about men had deepened and became dangerous to the survival of families and love. He confronted that head on with the award winning The Myth of Male Power. By the year 2000 Warren wanted to provide the sexes with the tools to communicate, in particular to hear personal criticism from an intimate partner, especially when given badly and/or in anger.That was the take off point for the Book of the Month Club selection, Women Can't Hear What Men Don't Say. He then wrote Father and Child Reunion after many years of research, which has renewed the commitment of many men regarding children of divorce how they are most likely to be raised successfully. Its research has helped judges understand the importance of dads. His books are published in over 50 countries in 13 languages.

Warren has appeared on over 1000 TV and radio shows, and has been interviewed frequently by Oprah, Barbara Walters and Larry King.He has been featured on 20/20 and the Today Show and in The New York Times, People Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.

Warren Farrell's experience is symbolized by him starting over 600 mens and womens groups and is the only man in the US to be elected three times to the Board of Directors of the National Organization for Women. He is in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World and President Lyndon Johnson chose Dr Farrell as one of the outstanding young educators in the United States.

Specialized Topics:
  • Out-of the Box Solutions to Domestic Violence
  • Why Men Are the Way They Are
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 and 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 (now-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 to not only prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, but to also prohibit discrimination on the basis of 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

linda mills Linda G. Mills, B.A., M.S.W., Ph.D., J.D.

Linda G. Mills is professor of social work,public policy and law at NYU, where she also serves as Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and University Life. Dr Mills' research focuses on trauma,violence and recovery. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles and books in the field of domestic violence, including Killing Her Softly:Intimate Abuse and the Violence of State Intervention which was published in Harvard Law Review in 199, and Insult to Injury:Rethinking Our Response to Intimate Violence published by Princeton University Press in 2003. He forthcoming book on intimate violence will be published ny Basic Books in summer of 2008. Dr Mills is the director of NYU's Center on Violence and Recovery, which she founded in 2004 to study violence and to develop alternative research based interventions.In connection with this effort, Mills is currently the Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation study evaluating two treatment programs in Nogales Arizona: Batterer's Intervention Program and Peacemaking Circles(a restorative justice treatment program for domestic violence crimes- the first of its kind in the country). Dr Mills' work is often featured in the popular press, including the New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and Glamour. She has also appeared on Oprah, O'Reilly Factor and the Geraldo Rivera Show.

Linda's brand new book, Violent Partners: a Breakthrough Plan for Ending the Cycle of Abuse has just been published by Basic Books and SAFE figures prominently as one of the inspiring new grassroots organizations in Chapter 10.

Dr. Jill Murray dr jill murray

Dr. Jill Murray has become the leading expert on the subject of teen dating abuse in the U.S. and Canada. She has appeared on more than 140 television shows-including twice on Oprah, Montel, Dr. Laura, and Leeza-speaking as the guest expert in the field, as well as 185 radio talk shows. She is the author of the best-selling book, But I Love Him: Protecting Your Teen Daughter from Controlling, Abusive Dating Relationships, Destructive Relationships: A Guide to Changing the Unhealthy Relationships in Your Life, and her newest book, But He Never Hit Me, has just been released. She is a highly sought-after SAFE guest lecturer at international conferences on domestic violence and speaks to more than 80,000 middle and high school students each year on this subject. Dr. Murray maintains a private practice in Orange County, California.

Specialized Topics:

  • Teen dating abuse


unnamedDavid 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 foundeed the OnStep Institute for mental health research in 1992, pioneering in the investigation of competiveness and consilence, 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).

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