Hinkle Center hosts presentation on violence prevention
By Kim Sorenson, News Editor
At Schoolcraft College, student safety is a top priority. There are many successful efforts to keep students safe on campus, but there is little that can be done for students off campus. One of the main resources that the College offers is to create awareness of dangers to students off campus and to provide information on how to seek help; domestic abuse is one of these dangers. According to the National Coalition of Domestic Violence (NCADV) website, on average, 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner. First Step, a non-profit agency that aids victims of domestic and sexual abuse, will be hosting a presentation in Schoolcraft’s Hinkle Center on Thursday, April 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. to provide awareness and an open conversation about domestic and sexual violence.
“Domestic violence is a topic that has always been important to Schoolcraft College.” said Schoolcraft counselor Chris Richards, who coordinated the presentation. “In Particular, the Hinkle Center is dedicated to empowering people to move forward toward the betterment of their lives.”
Despite recent awareness and prevention actions, domestic violence is still a major problem affecting millions of people. According to ncadv.org, approximately ten million men and women are physically abused by an intimate partner each year in the United States alone. In 1994, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was passed as a federal law, which helped many women and men in abusive situations and mandates colleges to offer programming to increase awareness of domestic violence. Since 1978, long before the VAWA was introduced, First Step has been working to eliminate both domestic and sexual violence and to provide comprehensive services to individuals and families impacted by these crimes. First Step is the only non-profit agency in Wayne County who has been assisting the victims of domestic and sexual violence.
The Hinkle Center has a history of hosting informative speakers about issues facing the world around us. In the coming months, more presentations are lined up, covering a variety of different topics. There will also be more presentations about domestic abuse in the future, according to Chris Richards, as the College takes educating students and staff on topics related to the VAWA very seriously.
The presentation is free and open to the public. All who are able to attend are encouraged to attend. The presentation will last about an hour and a half with a half an hour of questions and answers following. More information about First Step can be found at www.firststep-mi.org or contact Schoolcraft counseling and advising at 734-462-4429.