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posted: 10/15/2012 11:15 AM

College of DuPage Hosts Domestic Violence Awareness Fair Oct. 24

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The Human Services program at College of DuPage will host the eighth annual Domestic Violence Awareness Fair from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, along the lower-level walkway of the Student Resource Center at the Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd.

This student-run free event will provide information and events designed to raise awareness of domestic violence as well as raise money for Family Shelter Services. Activities will include interactive games, video collages and domestic violence-related hallway readings performed by College of DuPage's award-winning Forensics team. Fundraising activities include a bake sale, T-shirt sale, 50/50 raffle and an exhibit featuring art created by domestic violence survivors.

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Professor and Human Services program coordinator Maryann Krieglstein is pleased with the collaborative effort put forth by College of DuPage students from the Family/Domestic Violence class, as well as other classes and community organizations.

"I'm so proud of the involvement of such a wide range of organizations and groups inside and outside the College for bringing to light issues affecting people experiencing domestic violence. It's wonderful to see so many people come together to help victims and survivors of domestic violence share their stories and learn about area resources to help them with their current struggles," said Krieglstein.

This involvement includes students and faculty from the Criminal Justice program, the Library, the Tau Upsilon Honor Society, and Counseling and Advising. Students from classes covering subjects from child abuse to self-esteem and even dental hygiene will also take part in the event.

Other organizations involved in this event include the DuPage County Sheriff's Department, State's Attorney's Office, DuPage County Psychological Services, Family Shelter Services, the YWCA, Hamdard Center and the American Association of University Women. A number of newcomers will also join forces this year, including members from Arab-American Family Support, Fox Valley Court Watch and Renew You.

This event is open to College of DuPage students, staff and members of the community. For more information, call (630) 942-2103 or email krieglsm@cod.edu. Click here for more information on the Human Services program at College of DuPage.

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