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(UPPPER MARLBORO, Md. – October 11, 2017) – One out of 4 women, compared to 1 out of 3 men, have been victims of domestic violence, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Moreover, from July 2010 to June 2015, Prince George’s County ranked first in the State of Maryland in domestic violence homicide, reports the Prince George’s County Maryland Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team 2016 Findings and Recommendations.
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, on Saturday, October 21, 2017, the Prince George’s County Family Justice Center, an initiative of the Circuit Court, in partnership with The NEHE Foundation will discuss polyvictimization, which refers to the experience of multiple victimizations of different kinds, such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, bullying and exposure to family violence, not just multiple episodes of the same kind of victimization, according to the website polyvictimization.org. The event, Flippin’ the Perspective on Domestic Violence: Pancake Social and Panel Discussion on Polyvictimization, will be held at Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Hyattsville, Md. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free. Click here to register.
“At the event, our hope is to bring awareness to the symptoms that are often overlooked but prevalent in survivors of domestic violence. I look forward to the panelist’s contribution to the conversation,” states Denise C. McCain, Prince George’s County Family Justice Center Director. “Each day, our group of professionals and volunteers meet survivors of various forms of domestic violence and are able to recognize signs of trauma and administer first-class care for their needs. With the support of our more than 20 on-site agencies, under one roof, clients receive holistic restoration and immediate attention to their individual requests.”
To learn more about the Prince George’s County Family Justice Center services, visit the website.
The Prince George’s County Family Justice Center (PGCFJC), an initiative of the Circuit Court, is a multi-disciplinary service center. The PGCFJC provides a full array of co-located services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and elder abuse. Identified as a best-practice, this new and innovative model enables local government and private community based organizations to collaborate and provide coordinated case management services designed to address the immediate and more systemic social welfare needs frequently encountered by survivors in the aftermath of abuse. Services are provided in a coordinated, collaborative and holistic model by a team of twenty-two (22) on-site partners. This approach enhances a survivor’s access to critical resources and streamlines the process by bringing services together in a practical way, one that makes the path to safety for survivors and families more clear. ##