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LUZERNE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY STEFANIE J. SALAVANTIS TO SPEAK AT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICE CENTER ANNUAL EVENT

LUZERNE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY STEFANIE J. SALAVANTIS TO SPEAK AT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICE CENTER ANNUAL EVENT

Wilkes-Barre, September 16, 2014:  In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Luzerne County District Attorney, Stefanie J. Salavantis will be the guest speaker at Domestic Violence Service Center’s (DVSC) “Empty Place At the Table.  This annual event is a memorial to victims who have lost their lives to domestic violence in Luzerne County.  It will be held on Thursday, October 23rd in the Rotunda of the Luzerne County Courthouse and is open to the public.

DVSC will host various events during the month of October such as informational tables on local college campuses and hospitals, outreach programs to local businesses and a personal safety class.  A complete list of events is on the DVSC website www.domesticviolenceservice.org.

“Raising awareness about domestic violence, communicating the programs and services available from our agency and encouraging victims to seek assistance is the purpose of Domestic Violence Awareness Month,” said Louise Keller, Volunteer/Education Coordinator DVSC.   

Since 1987, October has been nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. That same year marked the launch of the first national domestic violence toll-free hotline.  In his proclamation delivered on October 3, 2013, President Obama explained:  “During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we recognize the significant achievements we have made in reducing domestic violence in America, and we recommit ourselves to the important work still before us. Despite tremendous progress, an average of three women in America dies as a result of domestic violence each day. One in four women and one in thirteen men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. These statistics are even more sobering when we consider that domestic violence often goes unreported.”

Since 1976, the Domestic Violence Service Center (DVSC) has been providing quality services to battered and homeless women and their children. DVSC is a member agency of United Way of Wyoming of Valley and Greater Hazleton, Inc.  For more information on the Domestic Violence Service Center, Domestic Violence Awareness month events in your area, or to learn how you can help to stop the cycle of abuse, please visit www.domesticviolenceservice.org or call 1-800-424-5600.

 

 

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