Thursday, April 7, 2016

Domestic abuse one topic of Saturday forum

Woman’s Club of Marion will host a program dealing with issues affecting both families and community. The program on domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Woman’s Club building at 126 E. Carlisle St. in Marion.Due to a reporting error in this week's issue of The Crittenden Press, the incorrect time was listed in a Page 16 story.

“Drugs, alcohol and domestic violence are something that happen and yet, it seems no one wants to talk about,” said club member, Rebecca Zahrte. “But we need to talk about it, we need to understand the disease and how it affects our loved ones.”

Donna Girten will be speaking on the topic of domestic abuse.
The fourth annual community issues event is free and open to the public. It will offer a candid panel discussion on a variety of issues that affect the area and will address recognizing signs and symptoms and offer ways for prevention.

The issues to be discussed are often problems that are kept quiet, problems that you may not even know are going on.

“We are going to try to show the community how to recognize signs and what you can do about it,” Zahrte explained. “There are so many people in our community who suffer with these issues. Talking about it will get it out in the open, then perhaps we can get our loved ones the help they need, and the help needed for their families.

Zahrte said the program was offered last year, but wintry weather resulted in a very low turnout. 

“I am really excited about this program,” she said. “We are hoping this year to have a much larger attendance.”

For more information, contact Zahrte at (270) 978-3328 or by email at