To mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County will partner with the Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity at Rhodes College to host the viewing of the 2010 documentary “Telling Amy’s Story,” followed by an expert panel discussion on domestic violence issues, on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 7 to 8:40 p.m. in Blount Auditorium in Buckman Hall at Rhodes College, 2000 N. Parkway.
The event, intended to raise awareness of domestic violence among college students and showcase the services available at Rhodes and FSC, will also feature a domestic violence awareness expo with information tables from various organizations from the college and from FSC partners. Additionally, there will be a pre-event meet-and-greet reception with FSC board member and District Attorney General Amy Weirich for pre-law students, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Weirich will kick off the event with a welcome and opening remarks beginning at 7 p.m. Viewing of the 56-minute documentary will begin at 7:10 p.m., and the panel discussion will start at 8:10 p.m.
“Domestic violence often happens behind closed doors and is something many people consider a private concern,” said Olliette Murry-Drobot, executive director of FSC. “However, the fact is that domestic violence affects our communities – our schools, workplaces and neighborhoods – and we have to talk about it and make a united decision to help victims and strengthen the families within our communities.”
Sigma Nu leaders reached out to FSC to partner on the event this year in order to initiate conversations about domestic violence in the collegiate community. Founded in opposition to hazing, Sigma Nu Fraternity maintains a commitment to protecting people from violent situations, which made supporting FSC’s local efforts for domestic violence a good fit for the organization.
“Domestic violence is serious problem affecting many individuals and families,” said Rikeen Patel, president of the Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity at Rhodes. “The Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity believes that it is important to start a dialogue aimed at finding solutions for victims and preventing family violence through education.”
The documentary, hosted by actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay and told by Detective Deirdri Fishel, follows the timeline of a domestic violence homicide that occurred on Nov. 8, 2001. The film is a public service media project created by Penn State Public Broadcasting, which was distributed to public broadcasting stations across the country in June 2010.
The panel discussion will address issues of domestic violence, frequently asked questions and queries from the audience following the viewing. Among the participants on the panel are Carol Casey, dean of students at Rhodes; Marianne Luther, director of residential life at Rhodes; and Olliette Murry-Drobot, executive director of FSC.
The event is free and open to the public. Questions for the expert panel may be submitted in advance of the event by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information on the event, call 901-222-4400.
The Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity was chartered in 1934 at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tn., and has enriched the lives of more than 1150 men since its founding. Headquartered in Lexington, Va., Sigma Nu Fraternity was founded in 1869 at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington and currently has more than 175 active chapters and colonies on college campuses throughout North America. For more information, visit www.epsilonsigmasigmanu.com.
Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County is one location that effectively combines civil, criminal, health and social services for victims of family violence. Born out of a strategy for a coordinated response to domestic violence in the 2006 “Operation: Safe Community” plan, FSC exists to serve hurting families in Memphis and Shelby County who are caught in the trauma of domestic violence by providing safety planning, advocacy and assistance in navigating the services available to help them. For more information on FSC and the services it provides to victims of domestic violence, please call 901-222-4400.