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CNN Hero and domestic violence expert to appear in Machias

By Sharon Kiley Mack, BDN Staff

MACHIAS, Maine — The University of Maine at Machias will host CNN Hero Wynona Ward from 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Oct. 24, in the Portside room of Kimball Hall. Her talk, “Beyond Awareness: Community Response to Domestic Violence,” is free and open to the public.

Ward will speak about her experiences growing up with family violence, her decision to attend law school and why she started a mobile clinic to provide assistance for victims of domestic violence.

She is an attorney and the founder of Have Justice — Will Travel, Inc., a nonprofit organization that brings legal and social services to the rural communities of Vermont. Ward, who grew up in a home where family violence was an accepted way of life, also serves as an inspirational speaker for local and national conferences and events.

In 2010, Ward was recognized as a Hero of the Week by CNN Television for her work to end the generational cycle of abuse in rural families by bridging the legal, cultural, geographical, psychological and economic gaps that exist for victims of domestic abuse.

Marjorie Withers of the Community Caring Collaborative also will speak on the effects of domestic violence on Washington County. A facilitated discussion will follow the talk.

The event at UMM is co-sponsored by the Psychology and Community Studies program, Omicron Delta Pi, Next Step Domestic Violence Project, and the Community Caring Collaborative. The event is also supported by the NH/VT Schweitzer Fellowship.

Organizers will be collecting donations of pillows, diapers, hair conditioner, liquid bath soap and feminine hygiene products for the Next Step Domestic Violence Project.

For more information, contact Meghan Duff at 255-1227 or

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