2008-10-16 / About Town

Dating violence topic of library workshop

The Friends of the Jamestown Library will host a workshop on teens and dating violence on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. The workshop will be presented by the Women's Resource Center of Newport & Bristol counties.

The goal of this workshop is to bring a message about dating violence to a very vulnerable population. Statistics show that some 25 percent of high school aged teens experience physical violence in their dating relationships. Thirty-five percent of teens think that jealousy, violence and possessiveness are signs of love. Sadly, 70 percent of teens will not intervene to help a friend after seeing a violent situation.

Participants will compare and contrast healthy and unhealthy relationships and they will learn about the warning signs of abuse and the cycle of violence. Finally, teens will learn what to do if they or someone they know ends up in a dangerous dating situation.

Parents and community members are also invited to listen and learn about this important issue.

The Women's Resource Center of Newport & Bristol Counties was incorporated in 1977 by a group of local women who recognized the need to provide a place for victims of domestic violence to learn, to grow and to make educational and vocational choices.

The Friends of the Jamestown Library support quality services in the community through fund raising, volunteerism and serving as advocates for the library's programs. For more information about this and other programs supported by the Friends of the Library, call 423- 7280 or visit the Web site at www.jamestownri.com/library.

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