Events aim to raise awareness of domestic violence

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LACASA Center is hosting two “Let’s talk about it” community forums on domestic violence this October, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The nonprofit organization also will hold its 20th Annual Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil on Oct. 4, 2016.

Members of LACASA’s Community Education Department will provide information at the “Let’s talk about it” events on the dynamics of domestic violence, local statistics, services available at LACASA, and tools for community members to get involved and make a difference for survivors.

The first forum will be held Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 7 – 8:30 p.m., at Fowlerville United Brethren Church in Fowlerville. The second will be held Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7 – 8:30 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church of Brighton.

“We want to bring these events to hometowns in our community and start conversations,” said LACASA Youth Prevention Services Coordinator Kayla Grant.

“The issues surrounding interpersonal violence often are misunderstood, and there are many myths,” Grant said. “It is important to learn the patterns of abusers and how they control and manipulate their victims.”

Each year, LACASA helps hundreds of abuse victims and survivors its crisis shelter and with counseling and legal advocacy, said Grant.  “Often, though, people think abuse doesn’t happen here. It does, and it’s not just a LACASA problem, it’s a community problem.”

The “Let’s talk about it” forums are designed for people of all ages, Grant said. “Abuse impacts every age group and gender. Teen dating abuse and teen dating violence are on the rise, and we need to talk about this and teach teens the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships.”

The October forums will include a question and answer session and are open to the public at no charge.

LACASA’s 20th Annual Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil will be held Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the amphitheater of the historic County Courthouse in downtown Howell. The event is from 7 – 8 p.m.

The public is invited to gather in remembrance of lives lost and to show support for survivors of interpersonal violence. Music will be provided by the Howell High School a Cappella Choir and members of LACASA’s Teen Advisory Council will talk about their work in the community.

For more information about these events, visit lacasacenter.org.

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