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Domestic Violence Stamp Unveiling to Preceed Monthly Domestic Violence Seminar

 
The Mecklenburg County Women's Commission and Charlotte Postmaster Thomas J. Callahan have unveil a new Stop Family Violence semi-postal stamp.

January 2, 2004

The Mecklenburg County Women's Commission will assist Charlotte Postmaster Thomas J. Callahan in the unveiling of a new Stop Family Violence semi-postal stamp on Tuesday, January 6, at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 507 South Tryon Street from 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. After the unveiling, the monthly "Lunch & Learn" seminar will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Women's Commission, in cooperation with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) and other businesses and civic groups, sponsors the seminar. The title of this month's seminar is "Unhealthy Relationships / Characteristics of a Batterer."

The Stop Family Violence semi-postal stamp will sell for 45 cents and is scheduled to remain on sale through December 31, 2006. The difference between the sales price and the underlying First-Class Mail rate of 37 cents constitutes a contribution to the Department of Health and Human Service in accordance with the provisions of the Stamp Out Domestic Violence Act of 2001, which was passed by the 107th Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush on November 12, 2001.

The effects of domestic violence are felt regardless of age, race or economic status. In 1999, according to a report issued by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, in more than 790,000 crimes of intimate violence, women accounted for 85 percent of the victims. Such cases cost the nation billions of dollars annually in medical expenses, police and court costs, shelters and foster care, sick leave, absenteeism and non-productivity.

The Stop Family Violence stamp is the third semi-postal the Postal Service has issued. These semi-postal stamps are available for purchase at Post Offices across the country, by toll-free telephone orders at 1-800-STAMP-24 and by online orders at the Postal Store at www.usps.com/shop.

If you have any question about this important event, please contact Gardenia Watts at (704) 424-4472 or Michael Sexton at (704) 432-1568.

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Media contact: Michael Sexton (O) 704-432-1568 (M) 980-721-8604 or sextome@co.mecklenburg.nc.us




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