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The community is invited to attend a forum where information about the impacts of domestic violence will be shared.
From 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, the Forsyth County Domestic Violence Task Force will present the forum at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd. “The purpose of the forum is to create a springboard for community conversations, trainings and advocacy opportunities to actively address domestic violence and the needs of victims,” said Adrianne Hamilton-Butler, development and grants manager for Forsyth County Family Haven, a nonprofit which provides assistance to those involved in domestic violence situations.
Hamilton-Butler said Wednesday’s forum will “address available resources, gaps and implementation strategies” for several areas, such as children exposed to domestic violence, teen dating violence and developing strong support networks for survivors.
The event is free and open to the public, as well as those who work in the community service sector. “We need community input to help us better serve victims of domestic violence and their families,” Hamilton-Butler said.
The forum will feature a number of speakers and breakout sessions addressing topics relating to domestic violence. Among the speakers are: Greg Loughlin, executive director of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence; Taylor Tabb, the fatality review project coordinator at the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Michelle Edwards, director of the Forsyth Children’s Advocacy Center; and Sara Wilson, outreach coordinator for Family Haven.
During the forum, which is being funded through a grant from Verizon Wireless and the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, Verizon’s foundation will also present a $10,000 grant to Family Haven to continue its Teen Safe Dates program at Forsyth Central and South Forsyth high schools.
The program, which provides education to teens about dating violence, is in its second year.