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UTHSC Office of Equity and Diversity to Host Domestic Violence Panel Discussion on October 26


The UTHSC Office of Equity and Diversity will be hosting a panel discussion focused on domestic violence and the resources available at UTHSC and the greater Memphis area to help those involved in unhealthy relationships.

The discussion, entitled Domestic Violence: Seeking Assistance, will take place Friday, October 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the UTHSC Student-Alumni Center Dining Hall. Lunch will be served and space is limited. Reservations are encouraged.

The panel will include Joanne Morrow, sergeant, UTHSC Campus Police; Justin Dodson, Student Academic Support Services and Inclusion counselor; Armenthry Zshvetta Jones, MD, medical director, University Health Services; and Lt. Steve Roach, Memphis Police Department, Domestic Violence Unit. Sally Badoud, assistant vice chancellor of Communications and Marketing, will be the moderator.

“Domestic violence involves both women and men, and OED’s program is meant to increase knowledge and understanding around assistance with domestic violence, Michael Alston,EdD, CCDP-AP, CAHRI, Associate CIDP, assistant vice chancellor for Equity and Diversity and Title IX coordinator for UTHSC, said. “This program is part of OED’s prevention and education efforts demonstrated in the UTHSC Title IX logo.”

The first Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) was observed in October 1987. It evolved from the “Day of Unity,” and was conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation, who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became a week devoted to a range of activities conducted at local, state, and national levels. Official commemoration of the month was signed into public law in 1989. The Day of Unity is celebrated on the first Monday of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.