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NSU hosts Domestic Violence Summit


Dean Karen Grosby, Marcia Barry-Smith, Nan Rich, Mary Riedel.

On Jan. 17, approximately 300 people attended the Domestic Violence Summit hosted by NSU at the Rick Case Arena.

The summit’s creation was a two-and-half year effort that included stakeholders from various parts of the community, including the College of Psychology, nonprofit organizations like Women in Distress of Broward County, government and law enforcement agencies.

“The prevalence of domestic violence in Broward County is alarming and growing, and the response that we have to help victims, while outstanding, is dwarfed by the size of the challenge,” said Angelo Castillo, Director of Strategic Planning and Research at the Broward Sheriff’s Office and a Pembroke Pines City Commissioner.

Mary Riedel, the President and CEO of Women in Distress of Broward County, credits Castillo with getting the effort started by bringing the issue to the group’s board.

“The idea was to broaden the dialogue on domestic violence and how it affects other segments of the community,” Riedel said.

The effort grew from there and included in the College of Psychology, which led to a meeting at NSU, followed by a leadership council meeting at BSO.

“The meeting at BSO was a big jumpstart,” said Dean Karen Grosby. “The sheriff spoke to the group, and there were key people there. And here we are.”

Marcia Barry-Smith, Director of Community Outreach at Habitat Broward, served as the summit’s keynote speaker. She opened her speech with a narrative about her own past experience with domestic violence and how she has gone from victim to advocate.

“Our country can never be whole while our women remain broken,” Barry-Smith said.

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Nearly 300 people attended the Domestic Violence summit.

Nearly 300 people attended the Domestic Violence summit.