Board of Directors
Retired Deputy Chief of Police, Duluth Police Department
Joan Peterson, Secretary
Co-President Million Mom March, Northland Chapter
Dr. Amy Bergstrom
Assistant Professor and M.Ed. Program Director, College of St. Scholastica
Community Relations Officer, City of Duluth
Law Clerk, Minnesota Court of Appeals
Social Worker, Duluth Public Schools
Not-for-profit CEO, Retired
Maureen Tobin Stanley
Professor, Foreign Languages and Literature, University of Minnesota-Duluth
Community Activist, Lighting Developer
Meet our Trainers
Melissa Scaia is the executive director of Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (“the Duluth Model”) in Duluth, MN and Advocates for Family Peace (AFFP) in Itasca and northern St. Louis counties. As the executive director of both organizations, she provides leadership to the organizations, organizes and leads the Coordinated Community Responses (CCR) for Itasca and St. Louis counties, develops educational, training, and public awareness materials, and co-facilitates groups for men who batter. She is also a consulting trainer for a number of national training organizations on domestic violence and child abuse, including Praxis International and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. As a qualified expert in the state of Minnesota, she testifies as an expert witness on domestic violence in criminal court cases. She wrote her master’s thesis on the effects of domestic violence on children and wrote her doctoral dissertation proposal to address supervised visitation services for battered women. She has contributed to numerous publications related to supervised visitation and domestic violence. Recently she co-wrote a curriculum and DVD for working with men who batter as fathers entitled, Addressing Fatherhood with Men Who Batter. She also co-authored a curriculum and DVD with Ellen Pence, PhD and Laura Connelly for working with women who have used violence in intimate relationships entitled, Turning Points: A Nonviolence Curriculum for Women. She has been selected for numerous roundtable advisory discussion groups for the Office on Violence Against Women through the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence related to differentiating types of domestic violence, custody, and batterers intervention programs. She is also a member of a National Consulting Group on Batterers Intervention Programs and a National Advisory Committee Member for Law & Order: SVU, actress Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation. In addition, she represented and presented on the most widely used domestic violence intervention model in the United States at two United Nations Expert Meetings. In Almaty, Kazakhstan in 2012 she represented the United States intervention models on violence against women to representatives of countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In June of 2015, spoke at and represented the United States domestic violence intervention model at a UN Women Expert Meeting in Madrid, Spain. Most recently, she was invited to train local advocates, police, probation officers, judges and senior level government officials in Lithuania and Latvia. Outside of her work she is a mother of two elementary school aged children, a former United States Figure Skating Association instructor, and has a passion for photography and interior decorating / HGTV.
Scott Miller has worked for the Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs since 2000. Scott coordinates Duluth’s Coordinated Community Response to domestic violence which is currently under a demonstration project funded by OVW called the Blueprint for Safety. Serving as both system advocate and coordinator of the men’s nonviolence program, he is instrumental in the evolving work being done in Duluth. Scott trains nationally and internationally on the components of the Duluth Model of intervention and helps develop new resource materials and curricula for use in communities working to end violence against women. Scott has also co-authored the new DAIP men’s nonviolence curriculum Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter.
Scott works independently as an expert witness in criminal and civil trials to explain how the tactics of abusers and the associated risks generated by battering are linked to the counterintuitive behaviors of victims. Scott has testified in family court, state district court and federal/military court.
From 2001 to 2015, Scott was a contract trainer and forensic interviewer for First Witness Child Abuse Resource Center in Duluth. Scott was responsible for conducting forensically sound interviews of children suspected of being physically or sexually abused as part of a criminal investigation. Scott also trained nationally on how to conduct interviews with children and work from a multidisciplinary team approach in the investigation of child abuse.
Scott Miller has been working in the women’s movement since 1985.
Carol Thompson has an M.S. in nursing from theUniversityofCalifornia San Franciscoand a doctorate in Educational Leadership from theUniversityofSt. Thomas,St. Paul,MN. She has co-facilitated men’s education classes since 1984 for Duluth’s Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs. Since 1991 she has facilitated training on Creating A Process of Change For Men Who Batter (TheDuluthcurriculum), throughout theUnited Statesand internationally. She was a board member, as well as co-chair of the board, for the Women’s Coalition, a local organization that provides safe housing and advocacy for women who are battered. She is currently a member of the board for Praxis International, an international organization that provides technical assistance and consultation related to violence against women.
Carol taught at theCollegeof St. Scholastica in Duluth in the areas of nursing, health, perspectives of life and death, health care ethics and gender issues for 33 years. She is retired and enjoys having time and energy to be with her grandsons and pursue her special interests of healing and spirituality.
Graham Barnes has been a Training and Technical Assistance Specialist with the Battered Women’s Justice Project in Minneapolis, Minnesota since 2005. He consults with federal grantees nationally on developing their coordinated community response to domestic violence, trains for professional institutes such as the Office on Violence Against Women, presents internationally, through The Advocates for Human Rights and other agencies, and teaches Duluth’s Creating a Process of Change For Men Who Batter Curriculum. Graham has co-authored a number of written resources for practitioners, including the 2011 version of the men’s curriculum.
Previously, Graham was Team Leader of the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project’s National Training Project in Duluth, Minnesota where he developed local Duluth practice on domestic violence into training packages and resources for other communities nationally and internationally. He facilitated batterer intervention program classes in Duluth, and a class for men coming out of prison in Minneapolis.
Initially trained as a teacher, Graham has a Diploma in Teaching, a Bachelors Degree in Social Work, and 20 years experience in community organizing and domestic violence prevention. In 1990, Graham was the founding men's program coordinator at New Zealand’s Hamilton Abuse Intervention Project, a national pilot that adapted the ‘Duluth-Model’ to a New Zealand cultural setting. He then trained practitioners in this model throughout New Zealand and in Australia. In 1996, Graham worked with Ellen Pence on the development of the ‘Domestic Violence Safety and Accountability Audit’ in Duluth. Between 1998 and 2002, Graham worked for SHINE developing health sector responses to domestic violence in Auckland, and piloting DVFREE―an employer response to domestic violence.
Marcus Bruning, M.Ed is a retired 28 year law enforcement officer who served as member of the St. Louis County, Minnesota Sheriff’s Office for twenty years. Marcus retired as Supervising Deputy Sheriff for St. Louis County. Marcus was involved in developing a model policy for the country in rural agency response to domestic violence through a Department of Justice Grant. Marcus has presented at several conferences across the country as a Contract Instructor for Praxis International, Minnesota Program Development Incorporated, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the National Sheriff’s Association and the Gender Violence Institute on domestic violence, sexual assault and interviewing and interrogation and has been utilized as a subject expert nationally. Marcus was contracted as a subject matter expert by the Homeland Security Department to write a national curriculum on Intelligence-Led Policing and has conducted law enforcement and prosecutor training courses in all fifty states. Marcus has a Masters of Education degree from The University of Minnesota, Duluth and is a member of American Mensa.
Lyle Wildes was born and raised on a small farm near Lime Ridge, WI. Lyle graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville Campus with degrees in sociology and philosophy. Lyle taught philosophy at the University of Wisconsin – Richland Center Campus before leaving the academic community to become a business owner. He and his brother developed and managed a unique mobile home transportation business for over 10 years. Lyle released his first book title, Positive Attitude Development Workbook on December 9, 2008. Since then he has appeared on TED Talks and acquired his Master’s degree in Liberal Studies from the University of Minnesota -Duluth campus in June 2015. Lyle is presently working as a Brain Coach and has released his new book this month titled, Brain Change which focuses on understanding the relationship between the physical brain and behavioral change.
Beth Beams holds a B.A. in Anthropology, Indiana University, highest distinction, and is a licensed social worker, having received awards as Outstanding Domestic Violence Professional (ICADV), “Citizen of the Year” (Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers), “Great Men and Women” (Multicultural Services, IPFW) and “Hidden Heroines” (FW Women’s Bureau). Annually, since 1996, she has conducted the national trainings “In Our Best Interest” and “Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter” on behalf of the National Training Project, Duluth, MN. She has been employed at the Center for Nonviolence inFt.Wayne as Coordinator of Women’s Programs since 1984. She has served in the past as Associate Faculty, IPFW, Women’s Studies Program, as Director of Education for Planned Parenthood of NE Indiana, as Women’s Advocate for the YWCA Women’s Shelter, and as Crisis Counselor for theRapeCrisis Center inFt.Wayne. She has served on the Mayor’s Commission on Domestic Violence, and has offered keynote speeches and trainings to the Indiana Coalition against Domestic Violence, the Pennsylvania Coalition against Domestic Violence, the Texas Council on Family Violence and the National District Attorneys Association Annual Conference on Domestic Violence. She serves on the D.V. Advisory Committee of the Indiana Supreme Court.
John Beams holds a law degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. He is a licensed social worker and a divorce mediator. He has conducted the Duluth trainings nationally since 1996. He has served as ICADV Batterer Intervention Program Standards Committee Representative, past chair of the Domestic Violence Task Force in Ft. Wayne, and consultant to the Violence against Women Grant Office, Washington, D.C. He provided policy, curriculum and facilitation for batterer intervention (B.I.P.) groups continuously from 1981through 2015. Earlier in his career he practiced law, first as Allen County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, later as civil rights attorney and executive director of the Metropolitan Human Relations Commission, and finally in private solo practice.
He is certified by Indiana Coalition against Domestic Violence (ICADV) as a batterer intervention Supervisor/Trainer. He serves on the Domestic Violence Advisory Committee of the Indiana Supreme Court.
Publications and Awards received: “Co-citizen of the Year” (Indiana Chapter, NASW), “Exemplary Service to the Community” (NAACP), “Great Men and Women” (Multicultural Services, IPFW) and “BIP Provider of the Year” (ICADV). He co-authored Indiana Standards for Batterer Intervention Programs, and has authored articles for Bulletin of the Peace Studies Institute, Manchester College, and Changing Men Magazine. He was featured in Gender-Based Perspectives on Batterer Programs: Program Leaders on History, Approach, Research, and Development (Edward W. Gondolf, 2015, Lexington Press).
Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP) began in 1980 as an initiative to reform the criminal justice system in Duluth, Minnesota. At that time, victims of domestic violence had little recourse when being assaulted by their intimate partners. Perpetrators were rarely arrested unless the assault happened in front of an officer or the injuries sustained by the victim were serious. Choices for victims were limited—initiate criminal justice charges, endure the abuse or flee the relationship.
DAIP organizers—activists in the battered women’s movement—set out to understand the laws, policies and procedures of the criminal justice system, as well as understand the cultures of each of the involved agencies. In doing so, they built relationships that allowed new interventions to be proposed and tested. The results were strikingly effective in keeping batterers from continuing their abuse. Eventually, eleven community agencies agreed to continue to formally work together to continue to make positive change in the criminal justice system around battering. This effort became known as "The Duluth Model."
The Duluth Model has evolved and changed over the last 30 years and has spread across the globe. DAIP continues to work toward ending violence against women through its programs in Duluth and in partnership with domestic violence practitioners around the world.
The mission of Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs is to end violence against women. We give voice to diverse women who are battered by translating their experiences into innovative programs and institutional changes that centralize victim safety. We partner with communities worldwide to inspire the social and political will to eliminate violence against women and their families.
To live this mission:
1. We listen to battered women: Our work involves active engagement with women who have experienced violence so that our efforts are guided by their realities and concerns.
2. We educate to promote liberation: An educational process of dialogue and critical thinking is key to our efforts to assist women in understanding and confronting the violence directed against them, and to our efforts to challenge and support men who commit to ending battering.
3. We advocate for institutional and social change: We examine the practices and policies of social and governmental agencies that intervene in the lives of battered women, and address systemic problems by engaging with institutional practitioners and leaders in the development of creative and effective solutions.
4. We struggle against all forms of oppression. Women are not defined by a single identity, but live in the intersection of their race, gender, class, ethnicity, nationality, disability, age, religion and sexual orientation. Our work must also challenge all systems of oppression that create a climate of supremacy and intolerance that facilitates violence and exploitation in women’s lives.
5. We promote non-violence and peace: Every step we take, every interaction we have with others, is an opportunity to advance non-violence, continually working toward and building a culture and a future of peace.
|1983||Duluth is selected for the “President's Award” from the Minnesota
Corrections Association for its work in the domestic violence field.
|1987||The City of Duluth receives the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government "Innovations in American Government Award" for its changes in public policy regarding domestic assault.|
|1994||The Minnesota Medical Association selects the Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project as one of three recipients for its first annual "Stop the Violence" award.|
|1996||Dr. Lonnie Bristol, president of the American Medical Association presented the “President’s Award of Excellence” to the Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project for its model of coordinated community response to domestic assault.|
|2009||Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs receives the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation’s “Touchstone Award” for its contribution to the “4 Ts” of economic development: Technology, Territorial Assets, Talent and Tolerance.|
|2010||The Battered Women’s Justice Project receives an “Angel Award” from the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community for extraordinary outreach efforts in communities of color to promote safety, support, and social justice for battered women, their children, and families affected by domestic violence.|