Domestic violence is topic of Oct. 17 Science Cafe

by Lisa Spellman, UNMC public relations | October 12, 2018

Image with caption: from left, Angela Brown, Sara Eliason and Jacquie Gordon. Photo courtesy Ann Finocchiaro.

from left, Angela Brown, Sara Eliason and Jacquie Gordon. Photo courtesy Ann Finocchiaro.

Angela Brown, Sara Eliason and Jacquie Gordon, members of the Prevention and Education team at the Women's Center for Advancement, will be speaking about the prevalence and far-reaching impact of domestic violence at the next Omaha Science Cafe at 7 p.m. on Oct. 17 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.

More than one in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence at some point in their life. Around half of all murdered women in the United States are killed by an intimate partner. Worldwide, 275 million children are exposed to domestic violence at home.

Recent research confirms the annual costs of domestic violence with estimates of the cost of domestic violence starting at $8.3 billion annually.

The impact of domestic violence materializes in many aspects of a person's life and incudes: medical bills, therapy sessions, missed work, lost productivity and - in extreme cases - lost lives.

"The prevalence of domestic violence in our communities is unquestionably too high, and directs us to consider whether domestic violence has reached epidemic levels," Brown said.

This Science Cafe is being held in partnership with the Women's Advancement Center, as October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Science Cafes involve a face-to-face conversation with a scientist about current science topics. They are open to everyone (21 and older) and take place in casual settings like pubs and coffeehouses. Each meeting is organized around an interesting topic of conversation. A scientist gives a brief presentation followed by a Q-and-A period.

Pizza will be provided for the first 50 people. For more information about Science Cafes, click here.

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