Originally created 10/07/04

Community Services takes on violence



Army Community Services has joined with other organizations to cast a spotlight on domestic violence and its prevention during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The theme of October's campaign is It Takes a Community to Prevent Domestic Violence.

"Violence affects the entire family," said Gwendolyn Pugh, Community Services' family advocacy program manager.

For soldiers, there can be added repercussions, she said.

The Lautenberg Amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968, which went into effect in September 1996, prohibits anyone convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence to possess, ship, transport or dispose of firearms and ammunition in the course of employment. Soldiers, if convicted, could lose their jobs, Ms. Pugh said.

Fort Gordon's community services has several workshops and other events to prevent domestic violence.

At the fort's Family Resource Center, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays during October, there will be a workshop open to the community about the effects of domestic violence on families.

"We want to raise awareness about domestic violence," Ms. Pugh said.

To lessen the chances of domestic violence, "the belief is, if we can empower couples to work through their differences it will make an impact," said Vanessa Stanley, the community Services director.

From 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 26-27, Community Services staffers will hold training for volunteers interested in assisting domestic violence victims. Volunteers would be advocates for the victim, offering support such as going to court with the victim, Ms. Stanley said.

For more information, call 791-3579.

WHAT'S NEXT: At Fort Gordon's Family Resource Center, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays during October, there will be a workshop open to the community about the effects of domestic violence on families.

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at (803) 441-6927 or czbrackett@hotmail.com.