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Event seeking to end child abuse, family violence won't take place for second straight year amid coronavirus concerns

SCREENSHOT - YOUTUBE - Sheriff Craig Roberts, who retires from his post Jan. 1, 2021, announces the cancellation of the 2021 Child Abuse and Family Violence Summit scheduled to take place in April. Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts has announced that the annual Child Abuse and Family Violence Summit the depatment hosts will not take place for the second straight year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In a video statement released Dec. 8, Roberts explained that the rise of new cases of novel coronavirus forced his office to make the tough decision to cancel the event typically scheduled for the end of April at the Red Lion Hotel in Portland near Jantzen Beach. The 2020 event which was set to take place last April was also canceled due to the coronavirus.

Instead, Roberts said, the CCSO and its partners will focus on organizing programming for 2022, "when hopefully this COVID-19 will be behind us.

"The event will be in good hands with leadership of incoming Sheriff Angela Brandenburg," said Roberts, who retires from his post effective Jan. 1, 2021. "As former director of A Safe Place Family Justice Center, she has seen first hand the importance of helping victims of domestic violence and child abuse. I'm confident (Brandenburg) will carry this event forward as work to make a difference."

The summit was established more than 20 years ago as a forum to bring together social service agencies, law enforcement, mental health professionals, educators and survivors to talk about prevention of domestic violence and child abuse. Today, the multi-day conference features keynote presentations from top experts and attracts hundreds of professionals and advocates from around the world.

SCREENSHOT - YOUTUBE - The Child Abuse and Family Violence Summit has grown into a multi-day event attracting hundreds of advocates and professionals from across the world.

Roberts offered his appreciation to both the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and state Department of Public Safety Standards and Training for their support of the event throughout the years. He also thanked the many volunteers who have served as summit committee members for their hard work and dedication to helping put on the event.

"I also want to give a special thanks to Detective Erin Schweitzer who's been with me since the beginning of the summit," Roberts said. "I couldn't have done it without her important work, vision and unwavering dedication."

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