Public affairs symposium explores dating and abusive relationships

Public affairs symposium explores dating and abusive relationships
November 9, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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The U.S. Department of Justice reports than between 600,000 and 6 million women and between 100,000 and 6 million men are victims of domestic violence each year. Women ages 20-24 are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence. The Department of Political Science at Benedictine University and the Jim Ryan Symposium on Public Affairs will present “Love is not Abuse: Campus Dating and Domestic Abuse” on at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 16 in Birck Hall, Room 112 (Tellabs Lecture Hall). Guest speakers will be Jamie Edwards and Karen Kuchar from the Family Shelter Service in Wheaton. They will discuss dating and domestic abuse and how people can affect change through the Peace, Education and Community Engagement (PEACE) Project. The Family Shelter Service provides a number of services for victims of domestic violence including individual and group counseling, court advocacy and services, shelter, hotline, teen services, children’s services and Latina services. The Family Shelter is also a vocal public advocate for the needs and rights of abuse victims. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Center for Civic Leadership and Public Service Web site at www.ben.edu/ccl.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.