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Media advisory: Workshop on teaching economic skills to victims of domestic violence to be held at UB

By Jacqueline Ghosen

Release Date: June 22, 2009

Domestic violence has been in the headlines recently following reports that 13 women in Erie and Niagara counties have been killed since November, allegedly by men they once loved. Many of the victims may have wanted to leave their abusers, but were unable, perhaps because they could not afford to do so.

The University at Buffalo Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and The Allstate Foundation will cosponsor a workshop aimed at providing social service practitioners with strategies to help domestic violence victims understand their financial circumstances and develop plans to leave. The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today (Monday, June 22, 2009) in the Center for Tomorrow on the UB North (Amherst) Campus.

Nearly 70 participants from area organizations are expected to attend to learn tools and strategies to help victims of domestic violence plan for safe, secure futures.

The program is supported by the Allstate Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneurs Domestic Violence Advisory Board, which includes representatives from Child and Family Services, the Erie County Coalition Against Family Violence, the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, the Family Justice Center, Haven House, the UB Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, the UB Law School's Women, Children and Social Justice Clinic and the United Way's C.A.S.H. (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) Coalition.

Press arrangements: Jacqueline Ghosen in the School of Management at 645-2833 and Janine Tramont onsite.