October 14, 2011 -
The Community Coalition on Family Violence presents the 15th Annual Anita Gregg Memorial Luncheon Friday, October 14th, 12:00 PM at the Foundry.
Statistics show that one in four women will be abused in their lifetime and one in four teens will experience abuse in a dating relationship. In 2010 there were 19,043 calls to 911 related to domestic violence which is an average of 52 per day. Anita Gregg and her son, Dwayne Kesterson lost their lives as a result of domestic violence in 1996.
At the event community leaders will gather together to honor Anita and Dwayne's memory, raise awareness, and educate the public and to remember that domestic violence affects our entire community in the hope of one day ending violence. Attendees will include elected officials, business leaders, and advocates.
The annual Anita Gregg awards will be presented at the luncheon. This year's recipients include former State Senate Speaker Protem Jaime Woodson and Representative Ryan Haynes for Legislative Leadership, and Karen Stier from the Knox County Health Department for her work on community partnerships.
The Community Coalition on Family Violence focuses on continuing education for victim advocates as well as awareness and advocacy on legislative issues at the local, state, and federal levels. This year, the CCFV and the Family Justice Center will also introduce a new tool to help protect teenagers from dating violence.