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Wausau Metro Strong to present three-part series on domestic violence

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WAUSAU — Wausau Metro Strong will present the first in a series of three programs on domestic violence on Wednesday, October 30.

The program, entitled ‘What do my business and my employees need to know about domestic violence?’ will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Center for Health Sciences, Room 1004A on the Northcentral Technical College campus in Wausau. There is no cost to attend the program and lunch will be provided. The event is limited to 100 attendees.

Jane Graham-Jennings of The Women’s Community Inc and Lee Shipway of Peaceful Solutions Counseling Inc will present on several topics, including:

  • Local and national prevalence of domestic violence
  • The link between domestic violence and mass shootings
  • Costs to businesses and employers
  • The emotional cost to our community
  • Understanding why domestic violence is so difficult to discuss

“As our community pulls together to deal with the recent homicides and the continued aftermath of the March 22, 2017 shootings it is imperative for community members and employers to recognize and understand how domestic violence  impacts the safety of all residents.” said Shipway.

Visit WausauChamber.com to register for this program or for part two and part three in the series.

Wausau Metro Strong began as a grass roots group comprised of community leaders passionate about the mission to create a safe community for all. In the wake of the March 22, 2017 deadly shooting where four people were killed by one man, it left the area feeling vulnerable and unprepared for this type of attack. There was an overwhelming response to come together and do more.

With the support of the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin as fiscal agent for Wausau Metro Strong and an Executive Team committed to creating positive change around the mission, five pillars have been established to help guide the organization’s strategy around community safety: Being Unified, Being Prepared, Being Supported, Being Informed, and Being Educated.

Since Wausau Metro Strong was established the group has spearheaded change in legislation resulting in more protection for Guardian ad Litems, worked to update notification systems when there is a threat the community needs to be alerted to, met with leaders in the Hmong community to better understand cultural differences and eliminate racial bias and began establishing tool kits for local businesses around safety.

For more information about Wausau Metro Strong, visit WausauMetroStrong.org.

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