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Domestic Abuse Forum to be Held April 7th

Almost a month ago, what might have been a “routine” domestic call was anything but for three officers and one Prince William County woman. As the events unfolded that night, into the next day and the weeks to follow, we were horrified, saddened and mournful over the tragedy that had taken place. The night it happened, I had difficulty sleeping. As a member of a volunteer fire department in the community, I had friends on that scene. I had been in homes of people who had been victims of domestic violence. And, more than 23 years ago, I was a victim of domestic abuse.

Having never fully come out publicly and discussed it, (out of a privacy concern for my oldest son, and a belief that it wouldn’t change anything,) I knew that now the time had come. After discussing it with my (now grown) son, I penned this letter: Tragedy Can be Tipping Point if We Work Together, promising that Prince William Living would hold a forum to discuss domestic abuse and what we as a community can do about it.

That time has come. Please join me, the Prince William Living staff and our partners ACTS at a panel discussion on domestic abuse.

Thursday, April 7th, 2016. 7 p.m.

Hylton Performing Arts Center

Merchant Hall

10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA 20110


Representatives from ACTS, the mental health community, the non-profit community and Prince William County Police will be our speakers. The panel will discuss how domestic abuse happens, why it happens, who it happens to, how you can recognize it and what you can do about it.

We ask that you RSVP, however if you are currently in an abusive relationship, you do NOT need to register, just come. Representatives from several non-profit organizations will be on hand with information on receiving help and volunteer opportunities.

I am asking as a personal favor that you to attend. For me, for Crystal, for Ashley. Let’s stand together for those that do not have a voice.

Rebecca Barnes,

Prince William Living Publisher

Register Here Purple for Domestic Violence copy


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