Writer to discuss domestic violence
10/25/2013, 6 a.m.
Women’s rights advocate and author Lavon Morris-Grant will be the keynote speaker at Culturally Diverse: Intimate Partner Violence in Latino & African-American Communities on Nov. 6 at the Georgia Tech Bill Moore Student Services Center.
Morris-Grant, who lives in Atlanta, is an internationally known speaker on violence against women. Sixteen years ago, she was shot four times – in the head, lower back and foot – by her husband, who then committed suicide.
She still has two of the bullets in her body because doctors concluded that surgery to remove them would be more damaging.
She relates her domestic violence ordeal in the memoir, “Whom Shall I Fear: A Spiritual Journey of a Battered Woman.” She is also author of the soon-to-be-released “Who Will Speak for the Children: Healing Through the Trauma.”
Activists, social workers, mental health professionals, and members of law enforcement can attend the one-day training, which takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in President Suite A and B.
The workshop targets groups who work with Latino and/or black communities to enhance their understanding and build collaborations.
The training will highlight the myths, barriers, similarities, and differences of intimate partner violence in the communities through facilitated discussion and group participation.
It is sponsored by the Georgia Latinos Against Domestic Violence, a program of Ser Familia, and DeKalb-based Beverly Cunningham Outreach Project.
The Bill Moore Student Service Center is at 190 North Ave. N.W. in Atlanta. For more information and to register, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8230799543/eorg and www.gladv.org.