Center for Multicultural Human Services to Host Domestic Violence Conference


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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May 31, 2005

 

Center for Multicultural Human Services to Host Domestic Violence Conference

On Friday, June 17, health, mental health, legal and social services professionals, religious leaders and educators will convene at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, for a daylong conference on cross-cultural perspectives in addressing domestic violence.

Fairfax County Executive Tony Griffin and Police Chief David Rohrer will speak, highlighting the county's efforts to respond to domestic violence. Virginia Secretary of Public Safety John Marshall will offer opening remarks as well.

Sujata Warrier, director of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, will present the opening address for the morning session, “Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Addressing Family Violence. ” This will be followed by “The Rosie Story,” a 50-minute segment of the play “The Three Roses,” about a Puerto Rican woman victimized by domestic violence. Olga Trujillo, consultant and attorney specializing in sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, will provide the opening address for the afternoon session, “Family Violence Through the Eyes of Children.” Trujillo will offer insights into how cultural factors helped her overcome her childhood experience with family violence. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in small break-out groups following the morning and afternoon plenary sessions.

“This is a breakthrough event in this region,” says Dennis Hunt, executive director of the Center for Multicultural Human Services. “Cultural and language diversity make the issue of domestic violence and how to address it very complex. The highly collaborative nature of this conference demonstrates both the desire and the need for service providers across all sectors to come together to share a common understanding so we can deal more effectively with this difficult issue.”

The conference, held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., is being convened by the Center for Multicultural Human Services in collaboration with the Fairfax County Domestic Violence Prevention, Policy, and Coordinating Council; Boat People SOS; Tahirih Justice Center; the Women's Center; FAITH; Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court; Fairfax County Police Department; Shelter House; and Legal Services of Northern Virginia.

Members of the public and the media are invited. For more information or reasonable ADA accommodations, call Ricarda Dowling at 703-533-3302, TTY 711. To register online, visit the Center for Multicultural Human Services Web page at www.cmhs.org/about/events/dvconf.html.

 

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