Pam Paziotopoulos – Forest Advisors
Senior Vice President Workplace & Intimate Partner 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, Ms. Paziotopoulos formed her own consulting group, serving both the public and private sectors. Ms. Paziotopoulos joined Forest Advisors in 2010 as Senior Vice President assisting clients and other organizations through education and policy guideline development.
Ms. 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. Ms. 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 Pamela Paziotopoulos, Senior Vice President Workplace & Intimate Partner 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.
Ms. 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 a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, and the American Society of Industrial Security. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois and in Federal Court.
Ms. Paziotopoulos has a Juris Doctorate degree from the IIT Chicago Kent College of Law as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana, IL. She is also a Certified Instructor for the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program. Ms. Paziotopoulos is an adjunct professor at Kent College of Law. She is also on the women's board at the Adler Planetarium.
Publications: “Domestic Violence and Stalking in the Workplace”, book chapter, American Bar Association, “Workplace Violence”, (2008). “Ten Things a Security Director Needs to Know About Domestic Violence and Stalking in the Workplace,” ASIS Foundation, 2007. “Workplace Domestic Violence”, Law and Order, August, 2003. "Workplace Violence Prevention: A Practical Guide," book chapter, STP Specialty Technical Publishers, Fall, 2002. “Domestic Violence Policies and Procedure,” Desk‐book for Prosecutors, January, 2001. “Violence Against Women Act: Federal Relief for State Prosecutors,” The Prosecutor, May/June 1996. “The Criminalization of Domestic Violence: Promises and Limits,” Prosecutor Perspective, Spring 1996. “Ideas and Information,” Domestic Violence, 1996. Prosecuting Stalking Cases, 1996. “Prosecutors Take the Lead,” Domestic Violence, 1996
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