Monday, October 10, 2005

"Embracing Families in Need" - Diocese Co-Sponsors Conference on Family Violence

Note: The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has resources in Spanish and English for pastoral ministers on domestic violence; including a booklet, "When I Call for Help" with the accompanying card and also prayers. See Copies can be ordered at 800-235-8722.

"Embracing Families in Need: A Day of Training for the Faith Community" will be offered on Friday, November 4 from 7:00 am - 5:00 pm at the Center for Employment Training, 701 Vine St., San Jose.

The goal of the training is to support the continuing efforts of faith communities to prevent family violence and respond effectively to families experiencing violence. Participants will find out how faith communities, advocacy community, and the Court System can increase collaboration with outreach efforts, education, support services and spiritual guidance.

Workshops include: Importance of Taking Action, Domestic Violence, The Batterer and the Faith Community, The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children and Interventions That Help, Teen Dating Abuse and Solutions, Domestic Violence and Abuse in Later Life, Mandated Reporting: What Happens After You Report?, and Family Violence and the Courts.

Co-Sponsored by the Diocese of San Jose, Santa Clara County Superior Court, City of San Jose, the Interfaith Council on Religion, Race, Economic and Social Justice as well as other faith communities and domestic violence organizations.

Conference Cost $20 includes full day of training, continental breakfast, lunch, resource material, parking and door prizes.

Send registration fee to Judge Sharon Chatman, Santa Clara Superior Court, 191 N. First St., San Jose, CA 95110, Attn: Embracing Families. Make check payable to Building Peaceful Families. For questions or scholarship information, contact Marian Brown at 408-808-7007.


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