Seminar on domestic violence set March 22

KENT — Community Legal Aid is planning a one-day training March 22 for service providers who work with victims of domestic violence.

“Every minute, approximately 20 people are physically abused by a partner or family member. This equates to more than 10 million women and men each year, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence,” said Susan Laird, the coalition’s executive director.

The title of the seminar is “Break The Silence” and will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center.

“We’re hoping to have professionals from all different services there — law enforcement, social workers, health care, attorneys, and of course, victims-assistance programs,” said Jeanne Charles, Community Legal Aid’s managing attorney for domestic violence cases. “It’s about serving the whole person. So having all of these people in the room together to talk about these issues is important.”

The one-day conference will include a morning keynote address and afternoon workshops. Topics will include “Islam in America: Shattering the myth,” “Recognizing human trafficking,” “Research findings of the online commercial sex industry,” “Combating sexual assault on campus,” “Implications of trauma on LGBTQ” and “Overcoming language barriers: Solutions for law enforcement.”

Laird, who will be one of the speakers March 22, said residents of northeast Ohio have a hard time believing that these topics are occurring right here.

“But they are real, they are here, and it’s important that we talk about them.”

Other speakers will include Sarah Shendy of the Ohio Attorney General’s office, Jan Apisa of the Victim Assistance Program, Teresa Stafford, senior director at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and Eris Eady, program director for LGBT at the Community Center of Greater Cleveland

The cost of the seminar is $25, with lunch provided. Continuing education credits have been requested. For registration information contact or call Legal Aid’s Warren office at 330-373-1448.