A free training session titled “Cyber Stalking & Domestic Violence,” will be presented by the Domestic Violence Speakers Bureau from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010. Everyone is welcome.

This workshop will reveal how the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department helps victims of domestic violence. Detective Chris Perez of CMPD’s Cyber Crimes Unit will share tips on protection and how social media – including sites such as Facebook and Twitter – play a role. Detective Mike Davis and counselor Addie Rohrman of CMPD’s Youth Crimes & Domestic Violence Unit will provide insights on how stalking plays a role in intimate relationships.

A certificate of completion will be provided.

When: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010
Where: Child & Family Services Center, 601 E. Fifth St., Charlotte, Training Room 1 (map)

Parking is available in the lot alongside the building and on the street.

The Domestic Violence Speakers Bureau provides resources to agencies, organizations, companies, civic groups, schools and the faith community with information booths at health fairs and through formalized training. Topics range from basics such as Domestic Violence 101 to specialized issues such as child observers, types of abuse and survivors’ stories.

Speakers include United Family Services and Women’s Commission professionals, as well as volunteers and survivors of domestic violence.

United Family Services and the Women’s Commission Domestic Violence Services bring a blend of two different perspectives on domestic violence services. United Family Services is crisis-oriented, with the Shelter for Battered Women and Victims’ Assistance, while the Women’s Commission offers programs and services geared toward self-sufficiency with a long-term focus.

For more information on the Domestic Violence Speakers Bureau, go to http://dvsb.charmeck.org or call (704) 432-1568.

For more information on the effects of domestic violence in our community, call the Mecklenburg County Women’s Commission at (704) 336-3210 or United Family Services’ Shelter for Battered Women 24-hour hot line at (704) 332-2513.

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