Domestic Violence Awareness Program Presented by College, Verizon Foundation

by Diane VanDyke

To help increase awareness of the signs of domestic abuse, Montgomery County Community College and the Verizon Foundation will be presenting the documentary film, “Telling Amy’s Story,” on Tuesday, March 20, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in room 214 of the Science Center, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.

The community is invited to attend this free informative program. Refreshments/light lunch will be served. To RSVP, call 215-641-6534 or email dkhateeb@mc3.edu by March 16.

The film shows the domestic abuse of Amy Homan McGee, a Verizon Wireless employee and mother of two who was abused and ultimately murdered by her husband Vincent McGee in 2001. Detective Deirdri Feshel, of the State College, Pa., Police Department, narrates Amy’s story, highlighting measures that could be taken to prevent a similar situation.

Following the screening, The Women’s Center of Montgomery County and Laurel House representatives will host a discussion about domestic violence with a question and answer session. Both organizations will have information tables, and Laurel House will present a special display, “An Empty Place at the Table™.”

The College, through using this film, wants to inform students and the community about the warning signs of domestic violence and abuse, the importance of contacting authorities and the availability of support services and community resources.

For more information about domestic violence, visit the Women’s Center of Montgomery County’s website at www.wcmontco.org/index.html or the Laurel’s House website at http://laurel-house.org/.   If you or someone you know needs help, contact the Women’s Center of Montgomery’s 24/7 hotline at 1-800-773-2424 or the Laurel House’s hotline at 1-800-642-3150.

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