April 1, 2013 in Ocala News
The Marion County Children’s Alliance will sponsor its “Hands Are Not For Hurting” expo on Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Ed Croskey Center located at 1510 northwest 4th St. in Ocala. This event will provide valuable information to attendees for curbing domestic violence, dating violence, child abuse and elder abuse. Details on the event are available by phone at (352) 438-5990. Related resources, including “The Law Booklet – A Handbook for Parents and Teens”, are downloadable online at breakthesilenceonviolence.org.
“Hands Are Not For Hurting” is organized by the Marion County Children’s Alliance Family Violence Prevention Workgroup.
The workgroup’s goal as stated in its mission statement is “to organize community programs and activities that reduce family violence in our community by increasing community involvement and awareness through education.
“In an effort to undertake the challenges in addressing the impact of domestic violence in Marion County, the Marion County Children’s Alliance, under the Board of Directors, hired a family violence prevention coordinator in 2005 to facilitate the Family Violence Prevention workgroup, which consist of representatives from a variety of social services, non-profit and for- profit agencies and the community members.
“Family Violence is defined as abuse among people who live together or who are related by kinship or trust. Examples include child abuse, teen dating violence, domestic violence and elder abuse.
“The Alliance works in conjunction with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, the Ocala Police Department, judicial and juvenile justice departments and other organizations in an effort to create a community environment that promotes and supports non-violent, familiar relationships.”
MCCA’s Family Violence Prevention Workshop focuses on the following steps to reduce family violence in the area:
“Improving communication among agencies, organizations and individuals involved in family violence prevention.
“Educating all segments of the population on relevant facts of family violence.
“Improving the delivery of services to the victims of family violence.
“Establishing benchmarks for participating agencies.
“Working towards a unified strategy for all agencies.”
The workgroup meets the second Monday of each month at 11:00 a.m. at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, located at 692 northwest 30th Ave. in Ocala. The meeting is open to the public.
Domestic Violence Center
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Law Enforcement – 911
Marion County Sheriff’s Office
Crime Intervention Specialist
Ocala Police Department
Victim Witness Advocates