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2003 News from Mecklenburg County

November 7, 2003

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TRAINING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
New "Lunch & Learn" series

Charlotte, NC - The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), in cooperation with the Women's Commission and other businesses and civic groups, will continue a "Lunch & Learn" program on Tuesday, November 11 with a seminar titled "Investigate Your Future Mate." 
 
This one-hour session will be held at St. Peter's Catholic Church at 507 South Tryon Street from 12:30 PM until 1:30 PM.  Bring your lunch.

Future free monthly seminars open to the public will be held on the first Tuesday of each month.  Representatives from local help agencies will serve as presenters.  Scheduled seminar topics are:
 
INVESTIGATE YOUR FUTURE MATE (November 11, 2003)

  • Watch for signs of abusive behavior

MENTAL HEALTH IN REGARDS TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (December 2, 2003)

  • How to detect problems
  • What the problems may be telling you
  • How to get help
  • Issues and concerns for the future

UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS / CHARACTERISTICS OF A BATTERER (January 6, 2004)

  • Warning signs for an unhealthy relationship
  • Fighting fair - healthy arguing
  •  Why battering occurs

CHILDREN WHO WITNESS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (February 3, 2004)

  • Child Development Community Policing & HERO program
    DSS referrals
  • New penalty enhancement for assault in the presence of a minor child (12/2003)

OFFICER RESPONSE AND PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION TO DV CALLS (March 2, 2004)

  • How do the police respond to a domestic violence call?
  • What is required of the victim?
  • What does an arrest mean to the suspect / victim?

CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROCESSES (April 6, 2004)

  • Magistrate's Office / DA's office
  • Domestic Violence Court procedures
  • No drop policy - victims can't drop charges in DV cases

RESTRAINING ORDERS (May 4, 2004)

  • Application process
  • Violation of 50-B-Criminal
  • Retrieving personal property - Sheriff's office

STALKING (June 1, 2004)

  • What is stalking?
  • Characteristics of a stalker
  • Documentation of what to do if you are being stalked
  • Safety Planning

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY (July 6, 2004)

  • Faith community response to DV issues
  • Religious family issues with domestic violence

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN THE WORKPLACE (August 3, 2004)

  • Does it occur very often?
  • The cost to the employer
  • Victim safety
  • The effects on other employees

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TRENDS (September 7, 2004)

  • DV Homicides
  • Domestic calls for service
  • Seasonal and holiday increase / decreases in cases
  • Lethality factors

For more information on the effects of domestic violence in our community, call the Mecklenburg County Women's Commission at (704) 336-3210 or the Shelter for Battered Women 24-hour hotline at (704) 332-2513.

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Media contact: Addie Rohrman (O) 704-336-3147 or arohrman@cmpd.org



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