Domestic Violence Roundtable reconvenes

Sep 06, 2012

WAYLAND — After a summer hiatus, the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable will reconvene on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 3 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room of the Wayland Public Safety Building, located at the intersection of routes 20 and 27 in Wayland.

The agenda will include the planning of the 2012-13 calendar of activities.

The roundtable is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization of men and women incorporated in 1999 by a group of local residents interested in raising awareness about the issues of domestic violence, bullying and cyberbullying, and teen dating violence through educational programming and networking.

Members of the roundtable include private citizens, members of the Sudbury, Wayland and Lincoln police departments, area domestic violence service providers, clergy, local legislators, health professionals,
representatives from the local schools, and elder service agencies.

The activities of the roundtable include the distribution of domestic violence resource materials to local faith communities, medical and dental offices, public buildings, restaurants and health clubs; anti-bullying and teen dating violence prevention programs in local schools; programs for faith communities; the production of educational materials and library book displays; and referrals and networking.

The roundtable also provides holiday gifts for families in shelters and transitional housing, and conducts an annual Shower for Shelters to provide needed items for families leaving shelters to set up their own apartments.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone, anywhere. It happens in all social, economic, ethnic and religious groups. It happens to men and women of all ages, including teenagers.

Domestic violence can take the form of physical, mental or sexual abuse, emotional humiliation and harassment, social isolation, and economic abuse. People often feel helpless, scared, isolated and responsible. Their abusers can be controlling, jealous and unpredictably violent.

Children who witness domestic violence may develop physical or emotional problems and may have trouble in school.

If you share our interest in preventing abusive behaviors in our communities and wish to learn how you can play a role in preventing them in your community, simply attend the meeting of the roundtable on Sept. 11. You are welcome to come and listen to how these abusive behaviors are being addressed in our communities, or we would be happy to have you become actively involved in our activities.

The roundtable meets monthly from September to May at 3 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room of the Wayland Public Safety Building. Meetings are open to the public.