Arlington Campus Hosts Violence against Women Roundtable

Posted: November 7, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

On Thursday, Nov. 10, George Mason’s Sexual Assault Services will host a Violence against Women Roundtable from 4:45 to 6 p.m. at the Arlington Campus in Hazel Hall, Room 120.

According to U.S. Department of Justice statistics, women ages 16-24 experience the highest per capita rates of intimate partner violence: 20 per 1,000. Fifty percent of the women attacked by an intimate partner did not report the incident to the authorities because they feared retaliation by their attackers. The Violence against Women Roundtable is an opportunity to learn how to end this violence, be prepared with knowledge of the challenges and gain the tools and resources to help those victimized by violence.

The keynote speaker is Jeanne Mahoney, who in 1995 took her six children and fled Saudi Arabia and her abusive husband of 31 years. One year later, by the nomination of her two eldest children, she became a recipient of the ROSE Award (Regaining One’s Self-Esteem).

Susan Folwell from the Women’s Center in Vienna, Va.; Jessica Greis Edwardson, staff attorney from Legal Services of Northern Virginia; and Laura Perez, director of the Victim/Witness Program at the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Arlington County, will be presenting on the effects of domestic violence on the individual, the community and society. They will also address civil and criminal legal issues.

Arlington Department of Human Services Violence Intervention Program, Soroptimists International of Arlington and Doorways Shelter for Women and Families will share information about their programs and services and discuss how the George Mason community can get involved.

This free event is being held at the Arlington Campus to specifically draw attendance from the Department of Social Work and the School of Law, but it is open to all Mason faculty, staff and students, as well as members of the surrounding community.

For more information, e-mail Hannah Lindsay.

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