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NCCU School of Law Examines Facts of Domestic Violence

In recognition of Domestic Violence Month, experts at North Carolina Central University’s Virtual Justice Project will discuss little-known aspects of the crime and legal steps victims can take to protect themselves in an Oct. 11 session titled “10 Things You Should Know About Domestic Violence.”

The event, which begins at 6 p.m. in the School of Law, Room 100, is free and open to the public. Attorney Sameka Bennerman of the N.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence will be among panelists answering questions and discussing facts that may surprise some, such as how one in four U.S. women will face domestic violence some time in their lives and that one out of eight North Carolina murders in 2016 was committed by a spouse or intimate partner. There were 82 domestic violence murders last year – the highest number in a decade, according to figures provided by state law enforcement agencies.

Learning the truth about domestic violence, along with ways to protect yourself or others, is simply a wise thing to do, Bennerman says.

“In this presentation, we’ll go over how to file a protective order, and some of the civil and criminal charges that an officer can bring against a perpetrator, whether the victim chooses to press charges or not,” said the NCCU School of Law alumna. “We also will help you know your rights, what resources might be available and other information that can empower victims.”

The forum, which begins at 6 p.m. in the School of Law, Room 100, will include audience discussion. The challenges of working with special populations, such as LGBTQ and non-English speaking couples, will also be addressed, Bennerman added.

“It’s not something that just impacts people from lower socio-economic circumstances; it happens in families across the spectrum and affects men as well as women,” Bennerman said.

NCCU School of Law launched the Virtual Justice Project to help provide greater access to justice for low income and marginalized communities and strengthen students academically for the study of law. Both legal information sessions and pre-law courses are made possible through telepresence and high definition videoconferencing. Telepresence is the use of virtual reality technology to allow participation from any location.

To register, click here: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=ykhznuzab&oeidk=a07eejpx9s368bc4c76    The event can also be attended via videoconference using this link: https://meetme.nccu.edu/605555

Upcoming programs in the Virtual Justice Project include:

•                    Oct. 18, 2017, Tax and Facts: What should I do if I owe the IRS money?  An information session on how to respond to tax notices, unpaid balances and how the LITC can help.

•                    Nov. 1, 2017, The Ins and Outs of Child Custody: A discussion about child custody orders, the mediation process and potential procedural issues that could affect custody orders.

•                    Nov. 8, 2017, Educational Plans in the School: What options are available to aid in student success.

•                    Nov. 15, 2017, Debt Trap: A general discussion on ways to alleviate personal debt and prevent loss of personal and residential property.





Published: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
by Senior Writer and Editor, Renee Elder
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