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Community Forums On Domestic Violence

The Domestic Violence Advisory Board is hosting a series of community forums on domestic violence.

October 3, 2006

Charlotte, NC – How does domestic violence affect your life? The lives of your loved ones? What more can be done to stop domestic violence? The Domestic Violence Advisory Board wants to know.

The Mecklenburg County Women's Commission and the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County are partnering with the Domestic Violence Advisory Board on a series of community forums to discuss domestic violence in our community. The information will be compiled into a report and recommendations for the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners.

- October 4, 6 p.m.: University City Regional Library, 301 East W.T. Harris Blvd, Charlotte

6 p.m.: University City Regional Library, 301 East W.T. Harris Blvd, Charlotte

- October 5, 6 p.m.: Freedom Regional Library, 1230 Alleghany Street, Charlotte

- October 7, 10 a.m.: Independence Regional Library, 6015 Conference Drive, Charlotte

- October 12, 6 p.m., Hickory Grove Library , 7209 East W.T. Harris Blvd., Charlotte

, 6 p.m., Hickory Grove Library7209 East W.T. Harris Blvd., Charlotte

- October 16, 6 p.m., Sugar Creek Library, 4045 North Tryon Street, Charlotte

6 p.m., Sugar Creek Library, 4045 North Tryon Street, Charlotte

The Domestic Violence Advisory Board (DVAB) is the official Citizen Advisory Commission on domestic violence issues. The members are appointed by and report to the Board of County Commissioners and Charlotte City Council.

This advisory board periodically reviews and evaluates all Charlotte and Mecklenburg County domestic violence services, and makes appropriate recommendations to Charlotte City Council and the Board of County Commissioners to identify gaps, or needs for additional services to meet the needs of victims of domestic violence and their children. Their goal is to provide vigorous advocacy for domestic violence and its related costs to victims and the community.

This year, as they prepare their report, the Board wants to hear what the community has to say about domestic violence. Do they know what it is? Do they know where to go or who to call for help? Would they call for help? If not, why? These are the types of questions they plan to use to generate open discussions in these forums. For more information on the forums, call Mike Sexton at 704-432-1568 (office) or 980-721-8604 (cell).

October is  Domestic Violence Awareness Month, with a wide variety of events scheduled in Mecklenburg County. Visit http://dvac.charmeck.org for a listing. 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 at 704-332-2513.




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