2024 National Conference on Domestic Violence
Frequently Asked Questions

2023 National Domestic Violence Conference
2023 National Domestic Violence Conference


What is the schedule for the conference?

A draft schedule of this year’s conference can be found here. Please note that this schedule is not final and is subject to change. A schedule with detailed session information should be available by early August.

What is the conference theme this year?

This year’s theme is “Reclaim Hope. Champion Change.” It serves as a call to action to unite in the pursuit of a just and equitable society for all, underscores the pressing need to end gender-based violence, and invites us to celebrate our progress and history of shifting power back to those impacted by relationship abuse.

Will the conference be held virtually?

No, all sessions will be held in-person in Chicago. There will not be an option to attend remotely.

Is registration required to attend the conference?

Yes, registration is required to attend. All attendees must register online prior to 11:59 pm ET on August 31, 2024. There will not be any option to register onsite. Only paid attendees will be permitted to attend conference events, including all sessions, meals, and the Dance Party. Unpaid guests without a registration badge will not be allowed into the conference spaces.

Who should attend the conference?

This conference is designed for:

  • Survivors who are passionate to create change and de-stigmatize domestic violence
  • Advocates, allies, and leaders working to shift power back to survivors
  • Stakeholders, legislators, and staffers working to create policy and funding to best support survivors
  • Community and corporate leaders dedicated to creating safe and healthy relationships
How many attendees are expected to be at the conference?

We are expecting over 800 individuals to attend this year!

Registration and Payment

What does my ticket include? What does it not include?

Your ticket includes all conference sessions and some meals. Breakfast will be provided on Monday and Tuesday mornings. Lunch is provided on all three days of the conference. The Sunday and Monday evening receptions at the conference will offer hors d’oeuvres/heavy appetizers, but not a seated dinner. Your ticket does not include flights to/from the conference, or your hotel stay.

How can I request an invoice for registration?

Invoice requests can be sent to [email protected]. In your request, please specify:

  1. The name of your organization (if applicable)
  2. The contact person(s) for your organization, with mailing and email address
  3. The name(s) of all attendees
How can I pay by check?

Checks can be made payable to the National Domestic Violence Hotline and sent to: PO Box 90249, Austin, TX 78709. Please include “2024 Conference Registration” in the check memo and be sure to share your contact information. Once payment is received, you will be sent a voucher code to apply for your online registration.

How can I get a receipt for my registration payment?

A receipt was sent to the email address provided for each registrant. If you did not receive this email, be sure to check your spam and junk folders. If you still need assistance obtaining a receipt, please email [email protected].

Changes, Cancelations, Refunds, and Registration Transfers
  • You can make changes to your registration, including cancelation, on our registration website. Please click “Already Registered?” and enter your confirmation number or click the link from your confirmation email.
  • If you can no longer attend but would like someone else to attend in your place, please contact [email protected] to process the substitution.
  • You may cancel before 11:59 pm CT on Sunday, August 4 for a partial refund, less a $175 cancelation fee per registration canceled. Refunds will be issued to the method of payment used at registration. We are not able to issue refunds after the August 4 deadline.
  • View our full cancellation policy here.
How can I request accessibility accommodations?

You will be asked to note any accommodation requests during the online registration process. If you have accessibility requests related to your hotel stay, please coordinate with your hotel directly.

I registered for the conference but did not receive a confirmation email.

If you did not receive a confirmation email and receipt to the email address used to register, please check your spam and junk folders. If you are still unable to find it, please contact [email protected] for assistance.

I want to take advantage of the member registration discount! How can I become a member?

Please visit our membership page to learn more about membership and to sign up.

Planning Your Trip

Are there any discounted hotel accommodations for the conference?

A limited number of hotel rooms have been secured at a discounted rate for conference attendees. Book online using this link or call the Palmer House directly at 312-917-3422 and reference “National Domestic Violence Hotline Conference, SRP DVH”

When should I arrive? When should I plan to leave?

We expect our conference programming to begin at 1:00 pm CT on Sunday, September 15 and wrap up around 3:45 pm CT on Tuesday, September 17. We recommend arriving by Sunday morning and planning to leave Tuesday evening.

Session Information

Where can I find all sessions and events for the conference?

You can find everything you need to know about the 2024 National Conference on Domestic Violence in the conference app!  With the app, you can find your schedule, relevant updates, times, locations, maps of the facility, surveys, and more.

How do I download the conference app?

You can download the CVENT EVENTS app via the Apple store on iOS and iPhones or the Google Play store on Android phones. Search for the 2024 National Conference on Domestic Violence.

Do I need to sign up for breakout sessions in advance?

Yes, registering for breakout sessions in advance will help us ensure we have everything you need during that session. This includes materials, seating, and setup or accessibility requirements.

Can I register for sessions later?

Absolutely. However, we recommend registering early since seats fill up quickly, and priority will be given to those who have pre-registered. We want you to enjoy the conference without interruptions. By registering ahead of time for a session, we can ensure we have everything you need.

At the Conference

What technology will I need to be able to participate at the conference?
  • If you plan to use the official conference app, you will need a smartphone or tablet along with access to the email address you used when registering for the conference.
  • Some attendees like to bring their laptop to take notes, while others prefer a notebook and pen. It’s up to you!
Can I record sessions?

No, recordings of sessions are not permitted.

If I am triggered during this conference, where can I get help or support?

If you find yourself in crisis or in need of emotional support during the conference, please visit the registration desk during conference hours to be connected to an on-site advocate. For support outside conference hours, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233, text “START” to 88788, or chat with an advocate at thehotline.org.

What are the health and safety protocols at the conference?

We encourage all attendees to make their own choices for their health and safety, and we ask that you respect the choices of others. This is an in-person conference, so please distance or mask as you feel comfortable and appropriate. A small number of masks and COVID tests will be available onsite, but if you plan to mask for all days and events, we ask that you bring your own. If you are feeling sick at the conference, we will have a limited number of COVID tests for use at registration.


How can I become a speaker?

Information on criteria for session proposals and the link to submit can be found here. Sessions must be submitted by June 7, 2024, at 11:59 pm CT.

Do I have to be a member in order to present a session?

No, The Hotline welcomes submissions from all those interested in presenting at the conference, including non-members.

When will I find out if my proposal was selected?

Speakers will be notified of a decision if selected in mid-July.

Do I have to register for the conference if I am presenting a session?

Yes, approved speakers must register themselves for the conference and will receive a discounted conference registration of $499. Speakers are responsible for travel and lodging costs.

Is there a limit to the number of supporting presenters for my session?

We ask that you limit your co-presenters to no more than 3 additional presenters to manage the limited 75-minute time period.

I need more assistance with my speaking session, who do I reach out to?

Please reach out to [email protected] for assistance.


What is the application process?

Applicants may apply for a National Scholarship or Local Scholarship. Scholarship applications will be open from May 29, 2024- June 13, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Applicants may submit their application via this link.

When will I hear back on my application?

Notifications will be made to winners and applicants not selected in mid-July 2024.

What do scholarships cover?
  • National scholarship recipients will receive one (1) complimentary full conference registration and one $1,500 travel and lodging stipend (attendee is responsible for booking their hotel room, securing and paying for any applicable airfare, metro/taxi/rideshares, and non-conference meals).
  • Local scholarship recipients will receive one (1) complimentary full conference registration (attendee is responsible for securing and paying for any applicable metro/taxi/rideshares and non-conference meals). This scholarship is for Chicago area residents only.
I received a scholarship in the past, can I apply again?

Yes, there is no limitation to being awarded a scholarship for multiple annual conferences.

I have more questions about scholarships, who do I contact?

Please reach out to [email protected] for assistance.


What sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available?

We have a variety of opportunities available! Please check out our sponsorship packet for more details.

Who do I contact for more information on sponsorships?

Please reach out to [email protected] for assistance.

Still Have Questions? Please reach out to [email protected] for assistance.

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