February 18, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Gailya Paliga, President of NC NOW (National Organization for Women), www.northcarolinanow.org
After a State Lawmaker from Transylvania Co. is served a Domestic Violence Protective Order, Advocacy Groups to Hold Domestic Violence Awareness Town Hall Meeting in Brevard
Local groups to discuss need for education, enforcement, and support.
BREVARD, NC – After NC House Rep. Cody Henson (R-Brevard) was served domestic violence protective order, and after reports that the alleged victim had trouble getting a local judge to respond quickly to her complaints, advocacy groups on Monday evening will host a domestic violence awareness town hall meeting at Brevard College to underscore the need for education, enforcement, and support for victims of domestic violence.
WHAT: Domestic Violence Awareness Town Hall
WHO: SAFE Transylvania, NC NOW (National Org. for Women) & Progress NC
WHEN: Monday, February 18, 2019 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
WHERE: Scott Commons, Brevard College (1 Brevard College Drive, Brevard, NC 28712)
“The most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home,” says domestic violence prevention expert and educator Kit Gruelle of Asheville, who will present at the town hall. “Domestic violence crimes account for 40% of all calls to police and only half of the domestic violence incidents are reported. Across America, at least four women, on average, are murdered by abusive partners every day.”
Every 9 seconds in the US, a woman is assaulted or beaten. Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime. 19% of domestic violence involves a weapon. 72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner. 94% of the victims of these murder-suicides are female. These numbers are even higher in rural areas.
Join us for a 90 minute town hall where area experts and victims will discuss the challenges of domestic violence prevention in rural areas and ways to bolster support and protection of these victims.
Speakers include two domestic violence survivors. Jeanette Carter survived a brutal assault by her husband that put her in a coma for several days. Carter survived and now wants to help call attention to the realities and the complexities of domestic abuse. ZaKiya Bell-Rogers was exposed to domestic abuse as a child. Bell-Rogers is a powerful speaker with important insights into the complex intersectional issues of race, gender, and domestic violence.
Abigail Cooley, Coordinator of Prevention Services at SAFE Transylvania, will talk about how things can be harder for victims in small towns, and about Transylvania County specifically.
Domestic violence is defined as violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner. In more detail, it can be described as “the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional/psychological abuse.”