Ocean County College Recognizes National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Oct 04, 2017

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in four women and one in seven men have experienced severe domestic violence. “Domestic Violence is intimidation, physical assault, sexual assault, battery, threats, emotional abuse and other abusive behavior,” the coalition explains. “It is about power and control,” and has significant negative physical, mental, emotional and economic consequences.

In recognition of National Domestic Awareness Month, Ocean County College is sponsoring two days of lectures and events on its main campus in Toms River, all of which are free and open to the public.

On Oct. 18, at 11 a.m. in Room 104 of the Gateway Building, Assistant Prosecutor Hillary Bryce and Patricia Miljenovic, Victim-Witness Advocacy Unit, both from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, will explain the logistics of restraining orders and victim services.

Additionally, Laura McCoy and Gayle Heinrich-Cortes from Providence House Domestic Violence Services of Catholic Charities in Burlington and Ocean Counties will discuss domestic violence services offered through their programs.

“The powerfully moving Silhouettes exhibit, which depicts the life stories of victims of domestic violence in Ocean County, will be displayed during the presentation,” the college noted.

Also on the 18th, the Student Support Services Club will hold a bake sale fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the main entrance to Bartlett Hall and outside the old College Center. Proceeds will go to domestic violence programs in Ocean County.

OCC is “painting the campus purple” that day, as faculty, staff, students and visitors are invited to wear purple to show their solidarity against violence of all types.

The following day, Oct. 19, also at 11 a.m. in the same location, representatives from St. Francis Community Center in Brant Beach will speak about their services. As the college pointed out, “Tabitha S. returns to share her powerful story about the death of her sister due to severe and persistent domestic violence. Tabitha’s story leaves a lasting impact on the audience, moving them to sadness and compassion.”

St. Francis, Providence House and Dottie’s House will also have an information table on site.

For more information, contact OCC Counseling Services at 732-255-0400, extension 2945, or counselingservices@ocean.edu.  —J.K.-H.

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