Meridian Star

October 15, 2012

Free seminar to target violence

By Brian Livingston /
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     It is no secret that the vast majority of domestic violence crimes are committed by men.

    For this reason, a free seminar will be held as part of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The seminar is set to be held Monday, Oct. 22, 6-8 p.m. at North Park Church, located at 7770 Hwy. 39 North, Meridian.

    "This is a very important event for especially men to attend because it will challenge you," said Leslie Payne, executive director of the Care Lodge Domestic Violence Shelter in Meridian.

    Payne said up to 85 percent of domestic violence crimes are committed by men.

    The featured speaker will be Tony Porter, co-founder of A CALL TO MEN: The National Association of Men and Women Committed to Ending Violence Against Women. Porter's message will be "The Role Healthy and Respectful Manhood Plays in Domestic Violence Prevention." Porter is nationally recognized for his work and is currently assisting the National Football Association and the National Basketball Association with programs to shift the social norms that define manhood in our culture.

    "Men, men's groups, faith-based organizations, parents, teachers, teens and anyone interested in promoting healthy manhood should attend," said Payne. "This seminar is free and open to the public."

    Porter is an educator and activist and has been working in the social justice arena for more than 20 years. He is nationally recognized for his effort to end men's violence against women.

    Porter's message of accountability is welcome and supported by many grassroots and established organizations. He’s currently working with numerous domestic and sexual violence programs.

    "He will look the men in the eye and challenge them," said Payne.

    Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation. This often includes the threat or use of violence. Domestic violence is a crime that can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, economic abuse, and/or sexual abuse. Stalking or other harassing behavior is often an integral part of domestic violence.

    Care Lodge Domestic Violence Shelter, Inc., is the only certified domestic violence shelter in Mississippi Highway Patrol District VI. It provides shelter and comprehensive services for approximately 1,000 shelter and non-shelter clients every year. Care Lodge was founded in May, 1981.