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Hood hosts Into the Light domestic violence prevention conference

Friday, September 13, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—The social, political, racial, ethnic and economic issues that affect the media’s coverage of domestic violence is the theme of 11th annual Into the Light domestic violence prevention conference.

The event, which marks Domestic Violence Awareness month, will be held Oct. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall at Hood College.

Presenters include Drew Humphries, Ph.D., professor of sociology, anthropology and criminal justice at Rutgers University-Camden; Teresa Bean, J.D., teacher in the Frederick County Public Schools criminal justice program and one of the founders of the Into the Light conferences; Kayla Murphy, web and social media strategist for Meritus Health; and Christopher Rolle, J.D., a noted Frederick attorney.

Humphries will deliver the morning address. One of the nation's most renowned researchers on crime, social control, media, women and drugs, she will discuss the complex interrelationships of women, violence and media presentations as they relate to domestic violence issues. She is the author of Crack Mothers: Pregnancy, Drugs and the Media and editor of Women, Violence and the Media: Readings in Feminist Criminology.

Bean will present the mid-morning session entitled The Pendulum is Swinging Back. She will discuss ways in which the progress in assisting victims and families in the last decade is being undermined by a variety of factors that point to more violence and turbulence ahead.

Murphy will present "Exploring Social Media: Benefits and Dangers of Hyperconnectivity" during the early afternoon session. She will discuss the ways social media outlets are used to bully, control or monitor others’ behavior and present an overview of sites that assist abuse victims.

During the mid-afternoon session, Rolle will provide information on the increasing number of victims who, because they are not getting the desired results from criminal prosecutions, are turning to civil remedies to address the issues of domestic violence.

This year's Into the Light XI conference, themed "Domestic Violence and the Media," seeks to bring police officers, social workers, educators, judiciary personnel, students and other concerned citizens together to find ways to help stop the cycle of abuse.

The events are free of charge and open to the public; registration is required. Five CEUs will be available for a $15 processing fee and must be preordered when registering for the conference.

For more information or to register online by Oct. 7, visit www.hood.edu/intothelightregistration or contact Carol M. Wuenschel, executive director of human resources at Hood College, via email at wuenschel@hood.edu or by phone at 301-696-3592.