2007-10-31 / School & Sports

Students learn about domestic violence

Patricia Dawson (L) and Silke Deeley Patricia Dawson (L) and Silke Deeley Ms. Patricia Dawson and Ms. Silke Deeley from the Liberty House in Albany, Georgia, came and talked to the Miller County High School students. The Liberty House was established in 1981, to provide services to domestic violence victims. Its goals are to raise awareness of domestic violence, strengthen policies concerning domestic violence, improve coordination to support survivors, and end violence. This is a non-profit organization supported through fund-raising, contributions and grants. It offers a crisis hotline 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide assistance, information, referrals or just someone to talk to. Through this organization, many services are provided. These include an emergency shelter, counseling, legal and medical services, support groups, information and referrals. Ms. Deeley and Ms. Dawson focused on dating and domestic violence. Some statistics they shared were that one in three teen relationships are violent, and 36% of teens reported violence in their relationship. The students were given other statistics about these occurrences and given signs to look for to recognize abusive/aggressive relationships. For more information or to contact Liberty House call (229) 439-7094, and the 24-hour crisis line is 1-800- 334-2836.

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