Love should not hurt: The Fourth Annual Domestic Violence Summit

By Dr. J. Gayle Beck, University of Memphis Professor of Psychology and Athena Project Coordinator and Dr. Osborne Burks, Southwest Tennessee Community College's Chair of the Department of Allied Health

Did you know domestic violence is a silent epidemic in our community?  Estimates suggest that one in three women will experience violence and abuse at the hands of their romantic partner at some point in their lives.  Often, children witness this, which leads to the ‘cycle of violence’ – they grow up to become abusers and/or victims of domestic violence.  Breaking the cycle of violence will require a concerted effort from everyone in our communities to say ‘no more.’

The Fourth Annual Domestic Violence Summit will be held Friday, Sept. 27, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the University Center Ballroom at the University of Memphis, 3720 Alumni Ave., Memphis, Tennessee, 38152. The Summit is designed as a safe space for people to learn about what domestic violence is, how to respond if someone you love tells you about experiencing this form of violence and abuse, and where to get help. Representatives from local agencies will be on site to provide resources and guidance. A panel discussion will be held, with representatives from the Memphis Police Department, the Family Safety Center, Kindred Place, the YWCA, the Athena Project, and others. Mearl Purvis, award-winning news personality with Fox 13 will moderate the panel, bringing her own special perspective to the Summit.

Reservations are not required to attend the summit and parking is free.

We hope you will join us for the event and help be a part of the solution to break the cycle of domestic violence in Memphis.