Nov. 5, 2007
Contact: Julianna M. Pietak
Domestic violence survivors bring their experiences to Barry University with ‘Survivors’ Panel’ this Thursday, Nov. 8
Miami Shores, Fla. - Six survivors of domestic violence will bring their unique perspectives to Barry University when the university hosts a Survivors’ Panel Thursday, Nov. 8.
The panel, which is co-sponsored by Women in Distress of Broward County, will bring six survivors of domestic violence together to share their stories and answer questions on the subject. Although each has spoken on their experience before, this is the first time they will gather in a panel-type format. Their perspectives draw from a range of experiences, as each suffered from domestic violence at a different stage in life, some as children, some as students and some as older adults. The panel will be made up of one male and five female survivors.
“This is unique both because it is a panel and because of the experiences these survivors bring,” said Laura Finley, director of social change at Women in Distress. “It is often healthy for survivors to tell their stories.”
The event is part of Barry University’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, with a variety of events hosted through the month of November to raise awareness of domestic violence as a social issue. The month will end with a community-wide vigil Tuesday, Nov. 27.
For more information on the Survivors’ Panel or Barry’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, please contact Jennifer Mathis-Fisher or Alison Morris, both at Barry’s Center for Counseling and Psychological Services at (305) 899-3950.