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BARNES MARTIAL ARTS TO PRESENT EVENT IN RECOGNITION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

BARNES MARTIAL ARTS TO PRESENT EVENT IN RECOGNITION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

Wilkes-Barre, September 16, 2014:  Barnes Marital Arts together with Domestic Violence Service Center (DVSC) will present a Personal Safety class and presentation on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 from 2 – 4 pm in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Barnes Martial Arts is located at 366 Murray Street, Forty-Fort.  This is a free event and is open to the public.

 “During a recent presentation given by DVSC, I was moved by the statistics and scope of domestic violence in our community.  I immediately wanted to get involved,” said Gary Barnes, Owner,  Barnes Martial Arts.  “No one should feel helpless in any situation.”  Gary’s class will provide safety techniques and tips on how to escape from a variety of situations and holds. Participants will learn how to defend themselves against an attack, how to escape a dangerous situation and how to use their surroundings to their advantage.  Emphasis will be on escaping to safety; not fighting back.     

The class will be preceded by a presentation from Louise Keller, Volunteer/Education Coordinator, DVSC.  “Raising awareness about domestic violence, communicating the programs and services available at DVSC and encouraging victims to seek assistance is the purpose of Domestic Violence Awareness Month,” said Keller.  “Having Gary offer this class during Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a great interactive way to raise awareness about domestic violence.”

 

DVSC will host various events during the month of October which include informational tables on local college campuses and hospitals, domestic violence presentations to local businesses, and the annual Empty Place At the Table display which is a memorial to victims killed by domestic violence from Luzerne County.  A complete list of events is listed on the DVSC website www.domesticviolenceservice.org.

 

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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