Vancouver, Wash. — Learn how community leaders respond to the impacts of domestic violence in Clark County at this panel discussion Wednesday, October 20th from 6-8pm at the ywca clark county community room, 3609 Main St., Vancouver. The panel includes: The Honorable Carin Schienberg, Clark County Commissioner, Detective Carole Boswell of the Vancouver Police Department, Reverend Shelly Fayette from The Church of the Good Shepherd, and Kathleen Lipiec, MSW Supervisor of the Care Management Dept. at SW WA Medical Center. This event, and the October 27th survivors panel from 1-3pm cap off the domestic violence awareness month activities hosted by ywca clark county.
As evidenced by the recent murder-suicide in Hazel Dell, our community is not immune to domestic violence. Clark County has lost over 42 lives to this crime in the past 13 years, ranking the county as the 5th highest in domestic violence related homicides and the 4th highest in related suicides in the state of Washington. Tomorrow’s event is a rare opportunity for the public to address this and other domestic violence related issues with community leaders. Next Wednesday’s event is a unique chance to hear from survivors and to understand the issues from a survivor’s perspective.
The SafeChoice Domestic Violence Program offers a variety of services including one-to-one appointments, legal advocacy, shelter, classes, support-group sessions and walk-in/phone-in advocacy. As the leader in domestic violence related services for Clark County, SafeChoice is staffed with expert advocates, connected with related area organizations, and stocked with the most current resources and information. The public can reach the SafeChoice hotline 24 hours a day at 360 695 0501, or toll free at 800 695 0167.