ADVIP 2024 World Conference

Schedule, abstracts, presenter bios and contact information below


“Domestic Violence Worldwide:
Prevalence, Causes, Consequences and Treatment

John Hamel, Ph.D., LCSW, Conference Chair
June 14, 2024, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (US Pacific Standard Time)
Event Schedule 

8:00 am. – 8:15 a.m.
INTRODUCTION:   Welcome to ADVIP/The Partner Abuse State of Knowledge Project:  An Update
Presenter: John Hamel

8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
SESSION 1:  Best Practices in Domestic Violence Treatment:  A Summary
Presenter:  John Hamel

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
SESSION 2:   Domestic Violence in Latin America
Presenter:  Esteban Esquivel-Santovena

BREAK:  10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 p.m.
SESSION 3: Domestic Violence in Europe
Presenter:  Ana Cervantes Herrera

11:15 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.
SESSION 4: Domestic Violence in Africa
Presenter:  Oscar Del Villar

BREAK:  12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

12:30 – 1:45
SESSION 5: Domestic Violence in Asia and the Middle East
Presenters:  Sarah Chavez and Ohad Gilbar

1:45 - 2:00 p.m.

Hosted by John Hamel


John Hamel, Ph.D., LCSW, has a Masters in Social Welfare from U.C.L.A., and a Ph.D. from the University of Central Lancashire, U.K. He has interviewed and provided individual, couples and group counseling to hundreds of family violence perpetrators and victims since 1992, and is a court-approved provider of batterer intervention and parent programs in four San Francisco Bay Area counties.  Dr. Hamel is the author of Gender-Inclusive Treatment of Intimate Partner Abuse, 2nd Edition:  Evidence-Based Approaches, (Springer, 2014); co-editor with Tonia Nicholls, PhD, of Family Interventions in Domestic Violence: A Handbook of Gender-Inclusive Theory and Treatment (Springer, 2007); and editor of Intimate Partner and Family Abuse:  A Casebook of Gender Inclusive Therapy (Springer, 2008) as well as the more recent book,  Gender and Domestic Violence:  Contemporary Legal Practice and Intervention Reforms (Oxford University Press, 2022).  He is Editor-in-Chief of Partner Abuse, a journal published quarterly by Springer Publishing, and  has had dozens of his research articles published in various peer-reviewed scholarly journals, including:  Aggression and Violent Behavior, Family Violence and Sexual Abuse Bulletin, International Journal of Men’s Health,  Journal of Aggression, Conflict, & Peace Research, Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Journal of Child Custody, Journal of Criminological Research Policy, and Practice, Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, Journal of Family Violence, Partner Abuse, Research  in Social Work Practice, and Violence and Victims.  Mr. Hamel regularly speaks at conferences on domestic violence, has provided education and clinical training on best practices to mental health professionals, victim advocates social service organizations, law enforcement, attorneys and family court mediators, and has provided case consultation and expert witness testimony.  He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and the National Organization of Forensic Social Work, and founded the Association of Domestic Violence Intervention Programs (ADVIP), an organization of mental health professionals and researchers dedicated to evidence-based practice (

Esteban Eugenio Esquivel Santoveña, PhD is a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Social Sciences at the Autonomous University of Juarez (Mexico).  He obtained his BSc in Psychology from the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico and his PhD in Psychology from the University of Birmingham (UK). His research interest includes the study of aggression /violence and associated mental health risk factors. He is a a member of the National Researcher’s System – SNI (Mexico) and an editorial Board member at Psychology of Violence (APA), the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma (Taylor & Francis), the Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma (Springer Nature), as well as an Associate Editor at Partner Abuse (Springer Publishing). Dr. Esquivel-Santoveña has published numerous research articles and book chapters on family violence and has participated in several international research conferences.  He is currently a project editor and researcher on an update of the Partner Abuse State of Knowledge Project, the world’s largest data base on domestic violence research, consisting of 17 exhaustive literature reviews to be published in the peer-reviewed journal, Partner Abuse.  As well, he has collaborated in an online intervention project (Proyecto e-moción) aimed at victims of trauma and other stress-related disorders. E-mail:  esteban.esquivel@uacj.mxResearchGate:

Ana del Refugio Cervantes Herrera, Ph.D., has a degree in Psychology from the Autonomous University of Aguascalientes, and currently a teacher of Psychology in the Social Sciences and Humanities department of the Autonomous University of Aguascalientes. She is a full-time professor at the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez, part of the basic academic core of the master's degree and doctorate in psychology programs at that same university. She has been a member of the SNI (National System of Researchers) since 2017 in Mexico, and a member of the international network MASI (Methodology for The Analysis of Social Interaction). Throughout her career she has participated in 17 investigations carried out at the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez, the Autonomous University of Aguascalientes and/or the Autonomous University of Chiapas, focusing especially on antisocial behavior, educational environments, and health. She has been a speaker with 182 papers at national and international conferences, and the author and/or co-author of 18 publications in refereed and indexed journals and book chapters.  Along with the other conference presenters, she is a collaborating researcher in the Partner Abuse State of Knowledge Project.

Oscar Esparza-Del Villar, Ph.D., is a full-time Professor and Researcher in the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez (Autonomous University of Juarez City), in the graduate and undergraduate psychology programs. Chair of the Psychology Doctoral Program from 2012 to 2018. Member of the National System of Researchers, a Mexican national achievement. Obtained a bachelor´s in Psychology, a master´s in Clinical Psychology and a doctoral degree in Health Psychology from the University of Texas at El Paso. Belongs to a group of researchers named “Experimental and Clinical Health Psychology” with national recognition which studies the research topics of fatalism, violence, migration, and physical activity.  He is the author more than 60 publications of different types and author of more than 100 presentations in conferences.  His collaborating research on the Partner Abuse State of Knowledge Project focuses on domestic violence in Africa.

Sarah Margarita Chávez-Valdez, Ph.D., currently investigating domestic violence worldwide for the Partner Abuse State of Knowledge Project, has researched topics on violence perception and risk prevention, victimization, PTSD, community issues, and has worked on developing a research line on risk perception and social fear in youth, as well as gender violence prevention.  Other interests include women’s empowerment and coaching on health, risk protection and gender equity. She is a Head Researcher at   Escuela Libre de Psicología, A.C.- Universidad de Ciencias del Comportamiento in Chihuahua, México, and Lecturer at Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez ( Autonomous University of Juárez, México) in undergraduate and graduate programs on psychology, social psychology, educational and organizational psychology in Chihuahua, México.  She has lectured and conducted research on a variety of topics, including social and health psychology; violence, culture and the family psychopathology, and advanced statistics.  As a collaborator for the PTC program of Transborder Communities at Arizona State University, she has helped develop the “Testing of the use of Expressive Arts for the Reduction of Collective Fear in Borderlands Youth” approach, which aims to significantly improve the subjective, affective and psychological experience of youth challenged by the social and political realities of living in the borderlands, where violence and collective fear is clearly having an impact on lives today.

Ohad Gilbar, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor) at the School of Social Work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr. Ohad Gilbar received his MA and PhD at the School of Social Work of Bar-Ilan University. His doctoral dissertation examined the contribution of traumatic events and related PTSD to predicting the cycle of intergenerational violence. He has been a visiting scholar at the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine of Boston University. He is also a member of the research group in Professor Casey Taft's lab (Boston University) in the field of PTSD and intimate partner violence (IPV).  Dr. Gilbar’s interests – both in terms of research and clinical work – have focused on the contribution of traumatic event exposure, PTSD/CPTSD, and gender upon face-to-face and cyber-intimate-partner violence. Specifically, he studies the psychological mechanism of trauma response that explains IPV in social contexts. Additionally, he has been working on developing and validating measurements to assess these issues. Gilbar uses both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.  He has extensively researched domestic violence in Israel and the Middle East, and brings this background and expertise to the Partner Abuse State of Knowledge Project.