Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

BRIDGEWATER - The Somerset County Commission on Child Abuse & Missing
Children (CCAMC) will hold its annual spring forum for professionals who
serve children and families on Wednesday, April 24.

The forum, titled "Domestic Violence: How it Affects our Children," will be
held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Somerville Lodge 1068, B.P.O. Elks,
located at 375 Union Ave.

"The Commission provides educational programs on child abuse and is a key
player in the development of community-based collaborations," said
Freeholder Deputy Director Patrick Scaglione, human services liaison and
co-chair of the CCAMC.  "The speakers at this year's forum will address
domestic violence and outline ways that professionals can intervene and
mitigate the effects of violence on children."

The conference fee is $25.  Registration, networking and a continental
breakfast will be available at 8 a.m. Checks should be payable to Friends of
SC Youth. To register, contact the county Office of Youth Services at (908)
704-6333 or mbruno@co.somerset.nj.us<mailto:mbruno@co.somerset.nj.us>.

Speakers will include Freeholder Deputy Director Patrick Scaglione; retired
Judge Thomas H. Dilts, a member of the State Domestic Violence Fatality and
Near Fatality Review Board; Mizuki Ogawa-Peterson, Resource Center of
Somerset licensed clinical social worker and disaster response crisis
counselor; Jessie Turlik, Resource Center of Somerset domestic violence
liaison; Rita Klachkin, Creative Heartworks consulting art therapist; and
Cheryl Garodnick, experienced therapist and member of the Professional
Advisory Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and the county Domestic
Violence Working Group.

Sponsored by the Somerset County Commission on Child Abuse and Missing
Children and Friends of Somerset County Youth, the annual spring forum is
held during Child Abuse Prevention Month and is intended to help raise
community awareness and combat abuse and neglect of children.

For more information, contact Mariann Bruno, Somerset County Office of Youth
Services, at (908) 704-6333.