On June 11, 2009, the Zonta Club of Charleston held a leadership breakfast/roundtable titled “Collaborating to Prevent Violence Against Women.”
Photo by the Post and Courier
The event was attended by counselors, law enforcement, community outreach organizations, emergency shelter staff, educators, advocates, clergy, medical professionals, a state legislator.
Following suggestions were made at the breakfast:
Educate children at a younger age about healthy relationships.
Incorporate information on domestic violence into the existing curricula in all schools.
Impose stiffer and consistent penalties for abusers and enforce current laws.
Improve training for first responders on how to screen and refer involved parties to available resources.
Work toward equal treatment of women on the job and in other areas of society.
Make communities aware that anger and violence is not an acceptable or effective way to communicate
Link the available resources so organizations can find each other and victims can find the resources they need.
Kristen Hankla, Moxie report from the Post and Courier, attended the event and wrote an article that was published on June 19. Please read more at: http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2009/jun/19/round_table_brings_agencies_together_tac86427/