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Fighting back against domestic violence

One in four women and one in seven men in the U.S. have been the victim of severe physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner, according to the Center for Disease Control, but domestic violence is preventable through education and the promotion of healthy relationships. Colorado Mesa University and the Mesa County Domestic Violence Task Force (DVTF) are partnering to help begin a conversation in the community. CMU and the DVTF will host the sixth annual Domestic Violence Academy on May 8 and 9 in the University Center.

The two-day conference is designed for law enforcement, advocates, social workers and other professionals who work in the domestic violence field. The academy is free to CMU students, faculty and staff, and includes more than 20 sessions presented by CMU faculty, officers of the Grand Junction Police Department and national speakers.

The keynote presentation will be given by Lt. Mark Wynn on May 8 at 7pm in the University Center ballroom. The presentation, “Building a Community Response to Domestic Violence”, introduces attendees to model communities and their response to the issue.

Wynn is an internationally acclaimed expert who served on the Nashville, Tenn. Metropolitan Police Department for 21 years. He is the recipient of more than 120 commendations and 51 awards and certificates, including the 2012 Family Justice Center Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2011 Visionary Award by End Violence Against Women International. Wynn has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Dateline, has testified on domestic violence before Congress on numerous occasions and has spoken at the White House.

Participants may register for the conference at regonline.com/dvacademy2014. The academy fee will be waived for CMU attendees who enter their 700 number during registration. The keynote is free, open to the public and requires no registration. •

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