Community Violence Prevention Conference to help battle violence

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WALLA WALLA - Whitman College will host the 2011 Community Violence Prevention Conference on March 29 and 30. All conference events are free and open to the public.

Guest presenter Dorothy Edwards of "greendot etcetera" will speak March 29 about social roles and responsibilities communities must adopt to diminish violence.

Her lecture at 7 p.m. at Cordinor Hall is titled "What Works? Effective Ways to Reduce Violence in Our Community." It will address how individuals can become active agents for change by understanding why violence occurs and how they can help prevent it.

On March 30, 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., free presentations and workshops will include topics such as violence prevention in schools, cyber bullying, suicide, protecting children from predators and childhood trauma and post traumatic stress disorder.

Presenters will include local mental health professionals, law enforcement officials, educators and domestic violence experts.

The goals of the conference are to bring together members of the Walla Walla Valley to understand the scope of violence in the region, to share local expertise more broadly and to enable cross-training. Organizers hope to initiate an ongoing Valley-wide effort to reduce violence.

Visit wwviolenceprevention.com for details and to register.

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