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Coalition against violence announces meeting

October 05, 1997

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - In a coordinated community response to the increasing demand for services addressing the many aspects of family violence in the community, approximately 20 members of the Eastern Panhandle Coalition Against Family Violence met Sept. 23.

The EPCAV works to educate, treat and prevent family violence through promoting public awareness, influencing local public policy, working to pass legislative initiatives, and securing funding for community programs that address the education, treatment and prevention of family violence. Plans are currently under way to host a summit meeting this winter, to which national, state and local professionals will be invited to present workshops on various topics.

EPCAV is a membership organization encompassing all of the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, and open to all criminal justice agencies, victim service organizations, family violence survivors, and other related organizations and concerned individuals.

The next EPCAV meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 at a location to be announced later. Del. Larry Faircloth, R-Berkeley, will moderate a panel discussion addressing "Family Violence and Our Courts."

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For more information, call Nieltje Gedney at 1-304-754-3529 or Carole Ergin at 1-304-263-1157.

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