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OCTOBER 3, 2001


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LaViolette educates  to prevent violence

By William Marshall
On-line Forty-Niner

Alyce LaViolette has been teaching domestic abuse prevention and awareness for over 20 years. LaViolette took time from her busy schedule Tuesday to talk with a group of students at the University Student Union about how to detect, prevent and steer-clear of an abusive relationship as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
 
Her down-to-earth approach and real-life examples of people that have been abused, as well as those who have been abusers are just one of the many ways she has become a world-renowned leader in her field.
 
"What I want accomplished is that I want people to feel like change is possible, that they can go for help if they need it," LaViolette said. "That it is the way to interrupt the inter-generation's cycle of violence; to begin to do something now, and that this is the way to make individual relationships better, which in turn affects the big relationships, corporately, nationally, internationally, whatever.
 
"You start with this microcosm of a family and you work from there and that's the primary prevention."
 
LaViolette spoke to the eager crowd in a soothing voice, much like a mother would while giving advice to her child. She used a lot of interaction with the audience, and asked questions about what they would do if they were in the same situation as one of her stories.
 
"There is no way to work with people if you cannot trust them. Without trust, you have nothing," she said.
 
LaViolette's presentation brought up many issues concerning domestic violence. She pointed out the many different kinds of domestic abuse, including physical, mental and emotional abuse that a spouse or partner can put on their loved ones. She offered examples and information on how to deal and cope with living in an abusive relationship, how to identify abuse and how to prevent it.
 
She also focused on providing insight on different creative outlets to explore in order to get away from an abusive relationship, and where to find help not only for the abused, but also the abusers in violent relationships.
 
In 1979, she founded one of the first programs in the country for spousal abusers; a program that she says is years behind where it should be, but they are working hard in order to change that.
 
"You're in a program long enough to see people change and it really keeps your heart going", said LaViolette.
 
The presentation lasted for more than 90 minutes, providing plenty of time for questions and interaction between the audience and LaViolette.
 
"I really learned a lot about awareness and different groups and shelters right here in Long Beach, and a lot about what I can do to prevent domestic violence," said junior Shevuan Seene, a women's studies and graphic design major.
 
For more information about LaViolette, or other Domestic Violence Awareness Month programs, call the Women's Resource Center at (562) 985-8576.

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Alyce Marshall

William Marshall/On-line Forty-Niner

Alyce LaViolette speaks as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.


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