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Forum Examines "Teen Dating Violence: How to Spot It, What to Do About It"


Posted 02/09/2010
Posted by Stefania Campbell

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An alarming number of teens and tweens are in abusive relationships. Many can't read the early danger signals – put-downs, excessive texting and other controlling behavior — and many don't know what to do when they realize the relationship is unhealthy. Four experts will talk about what's behind the high number of young abusers and victims, and how to stop the violence at the upcoming Hartford Courant & FOX 61 Key Issues Forum titled, "Teen Dating Violence: How to spot it. What to do about it." The forum is free and open to the public. Areas schools, women's centers and domestic violence shelters have also been invited to attend. It will be held on Tuesday, February 9, from 5 to 6:15 p.m. at the University of Hartford's Wilde Auditorium

Panelists taking part in the discussion are: Dr. Jhumka Gupta, Yale School of Public Health, an expert on violence against boys and girls; William S. Pollack, author of Real Boys and director of the Centers for Men and Young Men at McLean Hospital, Boston; Iris Ruiz, assistant director, Interval House, and teen dating violence survivor; and Alisson Wood, youth program manager for a Bridgeport program that prevents teen dating violence and a survivor herself. The program will be moderated by Susan Campbell, columnist, Hartford Courant.

Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to register by e-mail at corpaffairs@courant.com or by phone at 860.241.3614. A University of Hartford campus map and directions are available at www.hartford.edu. Please park in Lot K-Visitor.

The event is co-sponsored by the Hartford Courant and FOX 61, and presented in partnership with the University of Hartford.

Hartford Courant, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, is the oldest continuously published newspaper in the United States. FOX 61, WTIC-TV is an affiliate of the Fox Network.