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For Immediate Release
October 4, 2002
Contact: Sean Caine, 410-576-6357

CURRAN TO SPEAK AT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
AWARENESS MONTH EVENT AT SHOCK TRAUMA

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that he will participate in an event with the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, and the Maryland Healthcare Coalition Against Domestic Violence, to help mark October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Local and national speakers will educate Baltimore's health care community about domestic violence issues at "Domestic Violence: Building Awareness, Shaping Response," on October 7 at 12 noon in the first floor auditorium of the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, 22 S. Greene Street.

"For a woman afraid to report her partner's criminal activity, a health care provider may be the first person that she turns to for help," said Attorney General Curran, co-chair of the Family Violence Council. "We must continue to educate health care providers that more needs to be done–screening for domestic violence should be done as readily as taking a patient's blood pressure."

"We want to raise awareness, and at the same time help medical providers and Maryland citizens to recognize the signs of domestic violence," says Dr. Thomas Scalea, Physician-in-Chief at Shock Trauma and Professor of Trauma at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

WHAT: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PRESENTATION

WHERE: R. ADAMS COWLEY SHOCK TRAUMA CENTER, FIRST FLOOR AUDITORIUM, 22 S. GREENE STREET

WHEN: OCTOBER 7, 12 NOON

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