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Grisanti to sponsor domestic violence roundtable

by jmaloni

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Fri, Mar 28th 2014 04:10 pm

State Sen. Mark Grisanti will sponsor a New York State Senate Roundtable, "Domestic Violence: Prevention Starts With You," Friday, April 4, from noon to 1 p.m., at the Walter J. Mahoney Building, 65 Court St., Buffalo, Senate Hearing Room 6.

Unfortunately, one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Despite that, only one in seven instances are reported.

Panelists include:

•Mary Travers Murphy, executive director of the Family Justice Center;

•David Wisniewski, brother of murder victim Jackie Wisniewski (shot to death at Erie County Medical Center);

•Dr. Matthew L. Withiam-Leitch, M.D., Ph.D., at the University at Buffalo Family Medicine and Family Justice Center board member;

•Elizabeth King, sister of domestic violence murder victim; and

•Survivors of Domestic Violence

"Domestic violence is a crime against human dignity with lasting consequences for victims and their children," Grisanti said. "We, as a community, must be able to detect the signs of domestic violence so that we can prevent and put a stop to it."

The Family Justice Center's unique model, bringing together 13 different partner agencies under one roof, helps domestic abuse victims and their children secure healing, hope and safe havens.

"But not enough people are aware of the center's existence," Travers Murphy said. "And many victims and their families are unaware of the red flags and signs that signal danger and possibly death."

Practitioners, survivors, volunteers, advocates and interested parties are all invited to attend the event. 

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