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2006 News from Mecklenburg County

March 31, 2006

LUNCH & LEARN: THE EFFECTS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ON CHILDREN

Charlotte, NC –April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. The Mecklenburg County  Women's Commission and its partners on the Domestic Violence Advocacy Council will present a Lunch and Learn program on "The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children.”

Tuesday, April 4, 2006
12:30 p.m.  -  1:30 p.m.
St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 507 South Tryon Street, Charlotte
Education Center (basement of Food Court closer to College Street)

Validated parking is available at the On-The-Green parking garage on South Tryon Street. The entrance is immediately north of the church near Second Street. A free trolley runs the length of Tryon Street every seven minutes. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch.

The presenter for this session will be Dwa’lla Dickerson with the Women’s Commission's HERO and Teen Dating Violence Program. The primary focus of the workshop will be to help attendees understand types of abuse and the effects of domestic violence on children.

The free monthly seminars are open to the public and are held on the first Tuesday of each month.  Representatives from local help agencies serve as presenters.  The DVAC will continue to organize these workshops as an ongoing effort to broaden the public’s awareness of the issues surrounding domestic violence.

This Domestic Violence Lunch & Learn series is organized by the Domestic Violence Advocacy Council, which includes the Mecklenburg County Women’s Commission, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and other businesses and civic groups.  For more information on this ongoing series, call 704-432-1568.

“You C.A.N. (Child Abuse and Neglect) make a difference” and help prevent child abuse. Residents can display their personal commitment to prevent child abuse by wearing a blue awareness ribbon during April. To obtain ribbons, contact Candace Wilson of Council for Children at 704-372-7961. For more information about Child Abuse Awareness Month activities, visit www.protectingkids.org and view the events calendar.

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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