(The Rockwall News) Rockwall County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Mark Russo will be the featured speaker at the family violence prevention meeting open to the public this Thursday, April 2, at 7 pm, in the meeting room at Soulman’s Restaurant, 691 I-30 (just west of Lake Pointe Church).
Russo will be speaking about some of the domestic violence and child abuse cases he has presided over and offer suggestions how Rockwall County can prevent and reduce abuse. He’ll also provide info about obtaining protection orders and emergency protection orders.
Preceding him will be former domestic violence victim Tricia Harris, who will tell her personal story about living with and eventually leaving her abusive ex-husband.
The meeting is sponsored by Rockwall-based Americans Ending Abuse and its charitable arm, the Lillian Smith Family Violence Foundation. Over 35 people from local victim assistance agencies and the general public have attended the past two meetings to network and learn more about what others are doing to prevent and reduce family violence.
Organization founder and president J.J. Smith, publisher of The Rockwall News, said they will soon be announcing a “March Against Child Abuse” to raise funds for a campaign to prevent child abuse across Rockwall County. More volunteers are currently needed to help organize the event, plus provide aid to local family violence victims. Smith is a child abuse survivor, who witnessed his abusive father kill his mother when he was 10 years old.
The Lillian Smith Foundation will start raising funds soon to help build a Rockwall County women’s shelter and children’s advocacy center (CAC) – where police, CPS, social workers and criminal justice professionals work together under one roof to help abused and neglected children.
Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney Kenda Culpepper said at the group’s January meeting that the County needs to start planning and raising funds now for our own CAC and women’s shelter since the County is growing so fast, and serious family violence crimes are increasing quickly, as well.
For more info or to volunteer, contact Smith at 214-317-1718 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.