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Domestic violence is considered one of the most pressing issues in American society.  Statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reveal that 1.3 million women are assaulted by their partner every year and one in four women will be victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives.


Domestic violence, along with its impact on families, will be the topic at a forum hosted by East Central College Friday, May 9.


Cathy Covington, crisis intervention specialist and court advocate for Franklin County ALIVE (Alternatives to Living in Violent Environments) will be the opening speaker at 12:30 p.m. Her presentation will be followed by several breakout sessions continuing until 4 p.m. Activities will begin in Room 100 in the Health & Science Building on ECC’s Union campus. 


Betty Crawford will lead a breakout session on children dealing with domestic violence issues, while Ashley Rawie and Rosalynne Hazard will focus on the perspective of adults who experience the violence.  The third breakout session will feature attorney Karl Meyer discussing legal issues related to the topic.  


The May 9 event is the final in a series of free forums hosted by the psychology and sociology departments at ECC.  Dr. Bill Cunningham, associate professor of sociology at ECC, stated that a grant from the Franklin County Area United Way allows the college to offer the May 9 session at no charge.  Pre-registration is required since space is limited. To reserve a spot call 636-584-6658 or email:


Cunningham noted that the forum series was designed to let families know about the resources available in the community.  "Domestic violence is not an isolated, individual event, but rather a pattern of repeated behaviors,” Cunningham said.  “We want to connect area residents with the experts in the field who can offer support and provide some direction as they struggle with this issue," he said.

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