FMH to Host Special Event for Men
October 12 event to reaffirm continued awareness of domestic violence
October 10, 2011
In conjunction with Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day (HCADVD), Gerald Cayer, Franklin Community Health Network executive vice president, invites all men to a special event at noon on Wednesday, October 12, at Franklin Memorial Hospital’s main lobby entrance to reaffirm continued awareness of domestic violence. Show your support that there are no excuses—period, by attending the gathering and wearing purple.
“The goal is to continue to engage the community, namely men, in creating social change,” said Cayer. “Guest speaker will be Jane Morrison, executive director of Safe Voices, an organization that supports and empowers those affected by domestic violence and engages the community in creating social change.”
A banner will be unveiled that will hang during the month of October and be illuminated at night by a purple light. Purple domestic violence awareness pins will be distributed to all attendees.
This 20-minute event is a follow-up to a June assembly of men who signed a pledge at Franklin Memorial Hospital to support becoming part of the solution to end domestic violence.
Since that time, Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County, an affiliate of Franklin Community Health Network, has been participating in a community response that supports:
• As a community, we will make it clear there are no excuses—period.
• As a community, we will support the healthy development of our boys.
• As a community, we will organize systems of response for men who need support.
Although the October 12 event is targeted toward men, women are also welcome.
HCADVD is a nationally recognized awareness-raising day that takes place annually to educate members of the health care community about the critical importance of assessing for domestic violence, and the long-term health implications of domestic violence and lifetime exposure to violence.
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