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10 Colum. J. Gender & L. 33 (2000-2001)
Women and Children First...Why Not Build Enough Lifeboats - News from the Front: A Report on the Honolulu Conference Two Systems - One Family, Bringing the Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Communities Together - (March 23-24, 2000)

handle is hein.journals/coljgl10 and id is 39 raw text is: WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST...
WHY NOT BUILD ENOUGH LIFEBOATS?
NEWS FROM THE FRONT: A REPORT ON THE
HONOLULU CONFERENCE TWO SYSTEMS-ONE
FAMILY, BRINGING THE CHILD ABUSE AND
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COMMUNITIES TOGETHER
(MARCH 23-24, 2000)
GAR YJ. MAXWELL-
INTRODUCTION
For nearly a year, a multi-disciplinary team of professionals designed
and sponsored a conference intended to develop a stronger and more effective
working relationship between women's rights advocates in the domestic
violence context and child protective advocates.
Conference presenters included Victor La Cerva, M.D., Medical
Director for the New Mexico Department of Health's Family Health Bureau,
and Linda Spears, Director of Child Protective Services for the Child Welfare
League of America.
I was asked to design case scenarios (See Appendix, p. 47) which
were reviewed and discussed by a panel of professionals, including
representatives of law enforcement, the courts, child protective services,
women's shelters, and individuals playing the roles of mom, dad, and child.
The conference closed with individual community groups working on
designing a plan for their community whereby women's rights and child
protection advocates could work together.
When I was seven or eight years old, I sat with my family one
Saturday night and watched the movie Titanic, the version starring Clifton
Webb and Barbara Stanwyck. As the boat was going down, the unwritten and
pervasive law that women and children went first into the lifeboats raised a
conundrum for me. I was glad I was still a child so that I could get a space on
* Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii (Maui Office)
** The author wishes to acknowledge and thank the people in Maui County Offices of
the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii for their assistance and patience in the preparation of this
article.

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