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FAVE hosts educational forum March 28

Posted 03/17/14

Lisa ReginaCreating safer communities is the goal of Fitchburg State University’s planned educational forum that will bring together national and community experts to address issues of dating violence, domestic violence and sexual assault on Friday, March 28. The forum is sponsored by the university’s Fitchburg Anti-Violence Education (FAVE) program.

The keynote speaker will be actress and educator Lisa Regina, founder and director of A Write to Heal, Inc. Regina’s personal life and professional career were shattered in 2005 as a result of a domestic violence assault by her then fiancé, a celebrity actor. She will discuss how she has persevered and is making a difference in lives across the country.

FAVE has trained more than 2,700 Fitchburg State students, faculty and staff, and represents an ongoing institutional commitment to creating a safer, healthier community.

Workshops at the forum will include:

  • Domestic violence in same sex relationships
  • Cultural definitions of masculinity
  • Trauma-informed services for survivors
  • Healthy relationships
  • Bystander training and Drawing the Shades

The campus is inviting professionals from other colleges and universities, such as campus and community personnel, student life professionals, victim advocates, campus police and security personnel, counseling and women’s center professionals, mental health professionals, and student activists and those interested in careers related to forum topics.

FAVE was established in 2010 upon the receipt of a grant from the Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women. The forum is a product of years of dedicated work to create a safer community. More information on the program can be found on the university’s website at http://www.fitchburgstate.edu/fave.

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