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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Gainesville and UF organizations will come together Thursday to present a panel on domestic violence.

As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, groups will host the UF Panel on Violence Prevention and Resources in an hourlong program starting at 4 p.m. in Smathers Library, Room 100.

Alachua County Victim Services, University Police and others will present resources on domestic violence and sexual assault, said Jessie Lazarchik, the community education project coordinator with Alachua County Victim Services.

Naomi Phineas, the UPD victim advocate, said some may not recognize that they’re in an abusive relationship because they perceive abuse as purely physical attacks.

“It also includes psychological abuse, economic abuse and emotional abuse,” Phineas said.

Everyone, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, can attend. 

Genevieve Schave, a 20-year-old UF biology sophomore, said she plans on attending the panel so she can be prepared for any situation.

“The safety defense classes are kind of popular so this would be another resource that students would use if they had the choice,” Schave said.

[A version of this story ran on page 9 on 10/21/2014]

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