Montclair Teen Dating Violence Awareness Panel to Address Signs, Procedures, and How to Help Friends and Loved Ones

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Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (SOFIA) and the cast of Not Just October are hosting the fourth of a four-event panel discussion for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month this Wednesday, February 27that 7 PM. The community is invited to attend at the Community Services Building, 11 Pine Street in Montclair.

Every year, at least 1.5 million high school students in the USA experience physical abuse from a dating partner. Additional millions experience emotional abuse as well. However, on average, three out of four parents and caregivers have never discussed issues surrounding intimate partner violence with the young people in their lives. For these reasons, throughout February, organizations and advocates focus on Teen Dating Violence Awareness efforts to heighten awareness and encourage communities to be more open and knowledgeable regarding the issues.

The panel for this Wednesday, brought together by Wanda Edwards, the creator and director of the domestic violence awareness play Not Just October, includes advocates, survivors, educators, a Municipal Prosecutor focused on domestic violence cases, and the Director of Alternatives to Domestic Violence in Bergen County. Topics will include recognizing signs of unhealthy relationships, how to help someone in an unhealthy relationship, legal options and safety planning, and more.

Panelists will include:

Elroy Corbitt – DV Advocate with SOFIA and former Councilman of Orange

Dorinda Walker – Empowerment speaker and author of Protected by Purpose

Maya Younker – Rutgers student and DV Advocate

David Cohen – Director of Alternatives to Domestic Violence, Bergen County

Joseph Angelo – Municipal Prosecutor, Montclair

Dr. Doris Walker-Bennett. Ph.D.- Director of Sister-to-Sister Program, Montclair High School

Corey Anderson– District Leader Bloomfield and DV Advocate with SOFIA

Kristin Wald – Educator, Advocate, and Board Member of SOFIA

This event is free and open to the public. It is appropriate for middle school students, high school students, parents, and the general public.

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