Area organizations plan candidate's forum on domestic violence

MONTGOMERY, AL - For the third time in several years, advocates for victims of domestic violence are coming together to host a candidate's forum to determine candidates' knowledge of services available to victims of domestic violence and their positions on the rights of victims and responsibilities of perpetrators.

"The more deeply involved in the system to serve victims of domestic violence you become, the more you begin to understand the gross misunderstandings that exist about this major breech of trust and the law," said Jeff Baker, co-chair of the Montgomery County Domestic Violence Task Force and law professor at Jones Law School. "It is our hope that through our repeated forum for candidates to express their views about domestic violence that they will also do research about the topic and be on hand to glean further information," he continued.

The forum will take place on September 21, 2010, at 6:00 p.m., at Faulkner University's Rotunda Auditorium. The event is co-sponsored by the Montgomery County Task Force on Domestic Violence, the Family Sunshine Center, the Alabama Coalition against Domestic Violence, Faulkner University, Jones School of Law and One Plan Family Justice Center.

These groups have invited candidates for the Montgomery County Circuit Court, Domestic Relations Division, the District Attorney's race for the 15th Judicial Circuit of Alabama, and state legislative candidates for House districts 73 and 75, and Senate district 25.

The sponsors would also like to encourage residents of Montgomery and surrounding communities to come and be involved, as well. "Domestic abuse, sexual assault and coercive exploitation undermine families, communities, education and health. By attending and lending your presence to this audience, we will demonstrate to the candidates and the public that these issues require constant vigilance, energy and resources," Professor Baker said.