By Sam Arcaini
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – A free workshop on domestic violence and healthy relationships will take place this fall at Camden County College. Those interested in learning about the resources available to them if they encounter domestic abuse or want to maintain a healthy relationship are invited.
The workshop will be presented at 1 p.m. Nov. 5 in the College Hall Community Room at the Camden City campus and at 1 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Madison Hall Connector Forum at the Blackwood campus in the Madison Hall Connector Forum. This will be the first time the workshop will take place at Camden County College, but this is the 10th year Assistant Dean for Student Development and Support Jackie Tenuto has dealt with this issue.
“I have been assisting students with this issue and they range from different levels, from arguing with their boyfriend or girlfriend to something more severe,” Tenuto said. “We signed on to this workshop to inform students, staff and everyone who want to know more about this issue to do just that, inform them. This issue needs to have more light shed on it, and we at the college feel as though this will help accomplish that mission. This workshop is geared toward anyone who has suffered from domestic violence or unhealthy relationships, because, God forbid, faculty, staff or anyone who has suffered this should have a place to learn more about it.”
Monica C. Gural, supervisor of the Domestic Violence Representation Project with Legal Services of New Jersey, came up with the idea for the workshop. She has worked with victims of domestic violence for years and will conduct the workshop.
“Legal Services of New Jersey has the opportunity to provide information to college-aged students about domestic violence, healthy relationships and what legal resources are available in case an act of domestic violence is committed against them, their friends or their family members,” Gural said.
The presentation will last about one hour and will consist of a PowerPoint lecture with videos about engaging in healthy relationships and education about domestic violence laws, including a question-and-answer opportunity with the attendees. To find out more about the workshop visit, http://www.camdencc.edu/studentlife/campusevents.cfm.