ANDERSON, Ind. —
In addition to Yeakle, the panel will include several others covering the spectrum of the community’s response to domestic violence. Elwood resident Brittany Stout will share her story of survival from a domestic violence situation. Alternatives Victim’s Advocate Kandi Floyd and Alternative’s Prevention Specialist Todd Cawthorn will talk about services Alternative’s provides and the dangers and signs of teen dating violence.
Elwood assistant police chief Scott Bertram will talk about law enforcement’s approach to domestic violence as well as a representative from the Madison County prosecutor’s office to answer any questions about how they handle these delicate cases.
Vaughn Walker, supervisor of the Batterer’s Intervention Program at S.O.S. Counseling, plans to share information about the services the organization provides to treat offenders.
The forum, sponsored by The Herald Bulletin and Anderson Community Schools, will be an opportunity to begin a dialogue in the community about domestic violence and what can be done to help prevent it. There will be a chance for questions from the audience.
“Those there will have offered the opportunity think about where their influence is,” Yeakle said. “They can see they can influence their children, their friends, their congregation. We want every person to identify how they can be a part of the solution, using their voice and influence to take a stand for healthy behaviors.
“It is easy to feel insignificant in responding to this huge problem. It is easy to feel you can’t do anything about it, that it is bigger than you and you should just leave it to others. I am going to say, ‘You have a piece of this and you can carry a piece of this and make a difference.’”