Domestic Violence Forum explores difficult relationship issues

April 6, 2018

Perhaps you know someone who has experienced a bad relationship. A relationship that starts out on cloud nine quickly changes. A partner becomes controlling, there is much fighting, perhaps there is manipulation. Perhaps the relationship turns physically violent.

Recognizing and understanding domestic violence may be difficult for those caught in emotionally charged situations. To help better understand this all too common problem, Jackson College will present a Domestic Violence Forum at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 19 in Bert Walker Hall, Room 144.

Learn more about what domestic violence is, its prevalence today, steps for a victim to take, and steps to recovery. This forum will feature a panel discussion with representatives from:

  • AWARE, Inc. – local shelter offering services striving to eliminate domestic and sexual violence while promoting social change and empowering survivors.
  • Catholic Charities of Jackson
  • Jackson law enforcement/judicial community
  • Oasis Center (campus mental health center)

Domestic or intimate partner violence (IPV) may include willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault and/or other abusive behavior by one intimate partner over another. It affects more than 12 million people each year, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. More than 1 in 3 women (35.6 percent) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5 percent) in the U.S. have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, this important event is free and open to all. It will last about an hour.