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New England Rural Health News

Newsletter of the New England Rural Health RoundTable

The 3rd New England Regional Domestic Violence Forum:
Focus on Emerging Issues

Tuesday, November 5, 2002: 1pm - 5pm and
Wednesday, November 6, 2002: 9am - 4pm
Union Station, 125A Pleasant Street, Northampton, Massachusetts
The Rural Domestic Violence and Child Victimization Project of the Mass. Department of Public Health hosted the first two New England Rural Domestic Violence Forums funded through a grant from the Violence Against Women Office of the Federal Department of Justice. The previous forums included only other DOJ rural grant recipients, but this year they are pleased to announce that the forum is for a broader group, including anyone who works on behalf of rural battered women, and children who witness violence.

The Forum is an opportunity to network, share successes, and discuss challenges with others from MA, CT, RI, VT, NH, ME, and NY. This year in addition to expanding the networking circle, they will discuss emerging issues in rural areas and within the domestic violence movement. Emerging Issues discussion topics will include men in the movement, women's use of violence, building effective collaborations, organizing for diversity, reducing isolation for workers and victims, father's rights groups, working with faith communities, avoiding burnout, etc. Best Practice Presentations will focus on working with children; working with victims/survivors; outreach/community education; effective coordinated community response; etc.

Past forums have welcomed 35+ people from other DOJ-supported programs around New England. By widening the participant circle, they are expecting as many as 100 people to join us. For that reason, a nominal $25 registration fee per person must be charged to defray expenses. For more information please do not hesitate to contact Amy Waldman or S.E. Chase at (413) 586-7525 or by email at or

Newsletter Fall 2002
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