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Public forum set to learn about domestic violence

How does domestic violence affect our community?

If someone comes to you and tells you, "I am a victim of domestic violence," how would you respond?

How can you make a difference?

The Park Rapids area community is invited to a community forum on domestic violence to hear answers to these questions. The forum begins at 5 p.m. Monday, May 9 at the Park Rapids Area Library lower level meeting room.

Community members are invited to watch a short video and be part of a discussion facilitated by Becci Leonard, Headwaters Intervention Center executive director, Don Dearstyne, Hubbard County Attorney, Cory Aukes, Hubbard County Sheriff, and Terry Eilers, Park Rapids Police Chief.

Leonard said the forum will cover the basics of what people should do in certain situations. Law enforcement will provide information from their role, Dearstyne will talk about the legal system and Leonard will talk about advocacy.

"I know people have questions, especially how to approach a victim or talk with someone they are concerned about," Leonard said.

She anticipates there will be dialogue and discussion after the presentation.

For more information, contact Headwaters Intervention Center at 732-7413.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
(218) 631-2561