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Madsen, McKenna spotlight domestic violence issues and discussion on Oct. 26

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October 4, 2010

David Larson
Municipal Court Judge

Linda Farmer, APR
Communications/Gov. Affairs Mgr.
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Madsen, McKenna spotlight domestic violence issues and discussion on Oct. 26

Washington State Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen and Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna headline October’s "Preventing Domestic Violence Through Knowledge" panel discussion in Federal Way.

The program, held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 26 at Todd Beamer High School, 35999 16th Ave S., features a panel with real victims of domestic violence followed by a panel discussion with Madsen and McKenna. The panel, moderated by Federal Way Municipal Court Judge Dave Larson, also includes King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, nationally renowned domestic violence expert Roland Maiuro, Ph.D., and criminal defense counsel Pat Valerio from the Associated Counsel for the Accused.

The event will give attendees insight into what victims of domestic violence experience. Defendants convicted of a domestic violence crime must attend at least one victim’s panels as part of their sentence in order to make them more aware of the effect of their conduct.

The event will also focus discussion on domestic violence issues, best practices, and the effectiveness of rehabilitation versus punishment as a means to address domestic violence.

Domestic violence and emotional abuse cut across all socioeconomic, ethnic, racial, religious and age groups. Although victims are primarily women and children, they can also include husbands, boyfriends and the elderly. Over 70 percent of domestic violence is not reported.

Victims of domestic violence are not the only ones who suffer. Children who witness violence in the home experience behavioral problems and increased aggression and have less developed social and conflict resolution skills. These youth are also at risk of engaging in violence in the future.

"Preventing Domestic Violence Through Knowledge" is sponsored by the Federal Way Domestic Violence Community Coordinated Response Steering Committee and the Todd Beamer High School Street Law class. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information, call 253-835-2405.

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