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A panel discussion to bring awareness to the Toledo community on the issue of domestic violence was held on Thursday, October 18 at the YWCA in downtown Toledo.


A number of local organizations came together to spread the message in a conversation titled "NO MORE"-"Domestic Violence on Lockdown.” Panel participants emphasized that domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals regardless of age, race, or nationality and it plagues every community 


The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Club Inc. -both Toledo Club and Maumee Bay Adult and Youth Clubs; YWCA of NW Ohio; YMCA; Top Ladies of Distinction; Toledo Public Schools; The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Beta Gamma Chapter; ABC Healthcare; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Books 4 Buddies; Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority and the Monroe Neighborhood Center collaborated to bring awareness to the fact that there are resources that can help save lives and assist individuals who need help with treatment, shelter and counseling.  Many times individuals hide the fact that they are being abused. 


Frances Collins, PhD, NANBPWC Toledo Club president; Dorothy Batson, Phi Delta Kappa Beta Gamma Chapter, and Pattie Poston, NANBPWC 1st vice president and program chairman, welcomed the audience and mentioned how even today domestic violence is prevalent in the news and here in Toledo. The purpose of the discussion was to dig deeper to into the real life experiences of domestic violence and give a chance for guests to speak to qualified professions who deal with domestic violence in an ongoing basis.  


Panelists consisted of Pastor John Hicklin from the Toledo Police Department and Toledo Public Schools along with Officer Dana Slay of TPD; Jan Bruggerman, director of the YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter; Theresa Talton, director of TPD Domestic Violence Unit; Kari Black, director of the YWCA Hope Rape Crisis Center and human trafficking along with  Taylor Riggs-Coleman, special guest. 


Moderators Denise Black-Poon and Brenda Holsey guided questions for the panelists that ranged from knowing the signs of an abusive partner, explaining where victims can go to receive help, shelter, counseling, and also the issues of  bullying,  human trafficking, violence in the schools, children in abuse, etc. 


Lisa McDuffie, president/CEO of the YWCA, mentioned a program that states “Together we can end domestic violence & sexual assault" titled "NO MORE" which encourages everyone to play a very important part in stopping this  problem before it results in physical harm, psychological trauma or even death. 


These organizations encourage you to know the signs of an abuser and how someone who is too controlling may be someone you should watch out for. If you see domestic violence that is out of hand, call 911.



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Revised: 11/29/18 08:42:23 -0500.

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