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Morning program focuses on effects of domestic violence in community, workplace

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at 7:41 a.m.

In support of Domestic Violence Awareness month, two local programs are hosting a morning gathering for men that's geared toward recognizing partner abuse in the workplace.

“Men Standing Up Against Domestic Violence: Reframing the Conversation” starts at 7:30 a.m. Friday at Newman University’s Dugan Center, 3100 McCormick in Wichita. Discussions during the hour-long event, including a presentation by Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett, will focus on how domestic violence affects the community, as well as at work.

“With nearly 50 percent of the workforce in the U.S. now comprised of women, and 85 percent of those who experience partner violence being female, it is no surprise that domestic violence is no longer something that only occurs in the privacy of one’s home,” Michael Burrus, executive director at Catholic Charities, said in a prepared statement.

“Abuse now follows the victim to the workplace and the effects are devastating to the victim, co-workers and the company’s bottom line.”

The event is hosted by Catholic Charities Harbor House and StepStone, which both provide services to women and children who have fallen victim to domestic violence.

October has been designated Domestic Violence Awareness month. For immediate safety needs, contact Harbor House at 1-866-899-5522 or another domestic violence help hotline.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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