M.E. Hart Introduces “Poetry with a Purpose” at Violence Against Women Conference

Logo of event where M.E. Hart Speaks at Office on Violence Against Women EventI was honored to speak recently at an annual meeting sponsored by the Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women. Fund administrators from US States and Territories met in Louisville, Kentucky for updates on processes and procedures, to share best practices, and to develop strategies for shaping the future of their vitally important work. I collaborated with staff at the Alliance of Local Service Organizations (ALSO) to prepare for the event.

As the closing speaker, I helped participants explore the conference themes in a unique way: using the core elements of the conference’s themes we created Keyword Learning Poems.

Here are a couple of examples:

Reflecting groups

Transforming community

Shaping systems


Reflecting relationships

Transforming quality

Shaping capacity


This is what I call “Poetry with a Purpose.” Inspiration met practicality as we explored the real world impacts of OVW funds rippling into the lives of recipients. Their funds provide a vital lifeline for many families living through the challenges of domestic violence; they support law enforcement and community services for women and children in crisis.

Hart Learning Group is a proud community partner supporting efforts to raise awareness of the impact of domestic violence on women, children and families.


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