Contact: Wendel Sloan at 505.562.2253
PORTALES—The Roosevelt-Curry Domestic Violence Coalition and theEastern New Mexico University Social Work Program are co-sponsoring apanel on domestic violence from 6–8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, in theBecky Sharp Auditorium in the College of Business.
Theformat will be a victim-witness panel discussion on domestic violence.Those invited to participate include a judge, law enforcement officers,members of the District Attorney's office, probation office employees,and a victim of domestic violence. Each person will tell their storiesand answer questions from the audience.
Dr.Allen Stata, associate professor of social work and sociology, saysthey also hope to have a former perpetrator of such crimes available.
Topicscovered will include an overview of domestic violence and descriptionsof the roles played by law enforcement, courts, probation, counseling,and safe houses, as well as local statistics on domestic violence.
Statasays, "If this goes well we may want to turn it into an annual event.October is Domestic Violence month. Domestic violence, often combinedwith alcohol or drug abuse, is a serious problem in eastern NewMexico."
Admission is free and the panel is open to the public.