The Institute and co-sponsor, Seattle’s African American Task Force Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, convened a national audience for illuminating the effects of domestic violence on the physical and mental health of African Americans. At the December 2000 Forum, nascent research and practice converged as pundits, policymakers, health care professionals, and advocates highlighted groundbreaking work that addressed such topics as adolescent post-traumatic stress syndrome, domestic violence as a public health issue, and the often overlooked middle class women in research studies. Presentations and workshops focused on innovative strategies for tackling family and community violence from within a health status paradigm.