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ECMC to host “Making Connections: A Program to Raise Awareness about Domestic Violence”

During Domestic Violence Month (October) the Erie County Medical Center will host an adults only program to raise awareness about Domestic Violence.  This event, “Making Connections: A Program to Raise Awareness about Domestic Violence,” will take place in ECMC’s Smith Auditorium, Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

A documentary film, “Crime After Crime: The Battle to Free Deborah Peagler” will be shown, followed by a panel discussion. Tables with hand-out materials will also be arranged.  The award winning documentary film is directed by Yoav Potash about the case of Deborah Peagler, an incarcerated victim of domestic violence whose case was taken up by pro bono attorneys through The California Habeas Project.

The program will include: Welcome by Rich Cleland, President, COO & Interim CEO, ECMC Corp.; Invocation and Benediction by Pastor Marquitta Whitehead, Pastoral Care, ECMC; Program Remarks from Dr. Catherine Collins, Host Women’s Health Radio Show; Program Overview, Rita Hubbard-Robinson, JD, Director Institutional Advancement, ECMC Lifeline Foundation; Film titled “Crime After Crime: The Battle to Free Deborah Peagler;” Introduction of Panel Moderator by Rita Hubbard-Robinson, JD; Acknowledgements by Dr. Catherine Collins.

A Panel Discussion will be moderated by Lieutenant Stacy Lewis, MBA, Buffalo Police Dept.; Panelists include: Officer Tabitha Pitts, Police Officer, Buffalo Police Dept.; Honorable Lisa Bloch Rodwin, Family Court Judge, Erie County, NY; Honorable Susan Eagan, Judge, Buffalo City Court, NY; Mary Travers, Executive Director, Family Justice Center of Erie County; Robyn Wiktorski-Reynolds, LMSW, Advocate Program Coordinator, Crisis Services; Joan Paxon, Program Administrator, NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence; Katie Joyce, Executive Director, Haven House; Karen Beckman, MS RN, SANE-A, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Emergency Services, ECMC.

This event is co-sponsored by ECMC Corporation and the Women’s Health Radio Show with Dr. Catherine Collins.

Those adults interested in attending should call 716-961-7779 to register.  This adult event is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served, but space is limited.  So register today!



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