Passion. Experience. Commitment.

 

Our Mission

 

The mission of the Center for Domestic Violence Policy is three-fold: to ensure that every state has the necessary legislation to eradicate domestic violence, including the violence that spills over into the workplace; to train criminal justice personnel by utilizing proven, effective practices in combating domestic violence; to educate individuals, including our youth, on the warning signs of dangerous partners and help them become aware of ways to avoid intimate partner violence situations.

Pam Paziotopoulos, ESQ.

Pam Paziotopoulos, ESQ.

President

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Pam began her career in 1990 as a prosecutor for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, quickly focusing on the area of domestic violence. In 1996, she joined the American Prosecutor’s Research Institute’s Criminal Prosecution Division as a Senior Attorney traveling to 38 of the 50 states, conducting training and speaking on domestic violence. She oversaw curricula development and education in domestic violence prosecution, provided technical assistance to prosecutors and allied professionals, and developed training materials in the areas of domestic violence and stalking. In 1997, she was recruited to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to create and supervise the Domestic Violence Division. She monitored the prosecution of over 100,000 domestic violence cases emanating each year from the city of Chicago and surrounding area. She created a Career Resource Center that continues to assist victims of domestic violence by providing a transition from welfare to work and established an “Adopt a Shelter Program” partnering Cook County agencies with various domestic violence shelters. She helped secure over $900,000 in federal, state and private money to supplement these initiatives and served as Chairperson and member of various domestic violence committees throughout Cook County and the State of Illinois.

In 2000, she became part of the elected State’s Attorney, Richard Devine’s, executive staff, and served as the Director of Public Affairs for the office. In 2002, Paziotopoulos formed her own consulting group, serving both the public and private sectors. Prior to founding the Center for Domestic Violence Policy, she joined Forest Advisors as Senior Vice President assisting clients and other organizations through education and workplace violence policy guideline development.

Paziotopoulos has developed and presented numerous training sessions on the topic of domestic violence, stalking and workplace violence to corporations, security directors, human resource professionals, doctors, nurses, employee assistance providers, prosecutors, advocates, judges, law enforcement agencies, psychologists, shelter personnel and court watchers. She has trained the Albanian National Police on domestic violence policy and procedures in Tirana, Albania.

Paziotopoulos has frequently been a keynote speaker on domestic violence. She has also appeared on CNN, CNBC, and the Oprah Winfrey Show as well as numerous national radio and news stations. She has appeared on the FBI’s Training Network discussing domestic violence in the workplace. She was a consultant and participant in the FBI’s Violence in the Workplace Symposium, ASIS Workplace Violence Guidelines, the ABA Workplace Violence book, and the new 2011 SHRM workplace violence standards. She has authored numerous articles on the issues of domestic violence and stalking. Her article, “Violence Against Women Act:  Federal Relief for State Prosecutors,” has been cited by Federal Courts of Appeal as decisive in defending the landmark legislation VAWA.

In July 2000, she was selected by Today’s Chicago Woman as one of 100 women making a difference in Chicago. In November 2000, she received the first Distinguished Alumni Award from Hinsdale South High School. In December 2008, she received an award from the Illinois Security Chiefs for making a difference in Security, Safety and Law Enforcement.

Paziotopoulos remains active with the Justice Department and continues to conduct research in the area of domestic violence. She also focuses on teaching corporations how to raise awareness and create practical solutions to workplace violence issues. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois and in Federal Court.

Education

IIT CHICAGO KENT COLLEGE OF LAW

Juris Doctor

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

B.A., Speech Communications

Activities & Affiliations

• Kent College of Law – Adjunct professor
• Adler Planetarium, Women’s Board – Member

John P. Savas, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

John P. Savas, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Chief Operating Officer

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John has more than 25 years of human resource experience in both corporate and consulting roles. He has worked with a variety of industries including public and private companies, family-owned businesses, and non-profit organizations. Throughout his career, he has been exposed to virtually all areas within HR and would be characterized as a true senior HR generalist and expert. He has successfully managed and participated in projects relating to strategic planning, employee communications, performance management, re-designing and implementing health and retirement benefit programs, leadership training, employee and labor relations, total rewards and compensation, staffing and recruitment, and numerous talent management initiatives. He has been instrumental in the development and implementation of numerous workplace violence prevention and intervention programs, including domestic violence in the workplace. He speaks and trains frequently on human resource topics such as performance management, leadership, harassment and discrimination, workplace violence, as well as personal development.

Prior to co-founding the Center for Domestic Violence Policy, he formed Odasi Consulting, a human resource consulting firm. Previously, he was the Practice Leader for Forest Financial Group, Inc., where he led both the human resource consulting and workplace violence consulting practices. John was formerly a Partner and Human Resource Practice Leader for Blue Prairie Group, a human resource and investment consulting firm, helping it to become one of INC 5000’s Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in 2009 and 2011. Prior to that, he was an Officer and Vice President of Human Resources for The Pampered Chef, a Berkshire Hathaway company. His senior leadership experience was also demonstrated at Tuthill Corporation, where he was successful in starting-up the company’s first corporate Human Resources Department. He has previously held senior management positions with DSC Logistics and The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Much of his professional life has been dedicated to improving processes and systems, developing the people around him, and adding value to organizations by documenting and quantifying the successes of the Human Resource function.

Education

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Masters of Business Administration

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

B.S., Personnel & Industrial Relations Management

Activities & Affiliations

• Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago – Board of Directors
• James Jordan Boys & Girls Club – President