Alpha Delta Nu hosts domestic violence seminar

A domestic violence seminar took place at JJC’s U-building auditorium on Nov. 8.

Alpha Delta Nu, an honor society at JJC for nursing students, hosted the event.

Much of the seminar discussed several types of domestic abuse, which is not only limited to physical abuse.

According to the seminar, domestic violence can vary from mental abuse, financial abuse, and verbal abuse.

Another organization involved at the seminar was The Guardian Angel Community Services, which gave knowledge on their experiences with domestic violence. Presenters included individuals that had been involved in domestic abuse situations.

Many of the presenters described how they were unaware of being in an abusive relationship. Some would go to marriage counseling multiple times. The Guardian Angel Community Services also work with police to get the abused an order of protection against their attacker.

The presentation introduced an acronym, known as H.I.T.S, which stands for hurt, intimidate, threat, and scare. It helps latent victims become aware of their abuse.

Cynthia Vasquez-Barrios, the dean of students at JJC, also attended the seminar, and stressed some suggestions on domestic abuse. She mentioned a nurse should interview women who visit emergency in a safe and careful manner.

Barrios hoped the seminar aimed to help students who struggle with domestic abuse, as well as helping students identify someone in an abusive relationship. She also added that JJC would be undergoing a significant college-wide project with an online mandatory interpersonal violence survey on I-Campus.

The domestic violence helpline is located under the JJC Portal under the tab Not Anymore. Someone struggling with domestic abuse can contact campus police for Guardian Angel Community Services at 815-729-1228.