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William J. Ihlenfeld, II

1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist

April 7, 2011

Dating Violence: 101 Presentation to be Made in
Conjunction with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — On behalf of the YWCA Family Violence Prevention Program and the United States Attorney’s Office, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that a powerful presentation on Dating Violence: 101 will be presented in conjunction with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which is recognized from April 10-16, 2011. Featured speakers Elsa and Jim Croucher, founders of Citizens Against Domestic Violence who are known for getting “Tina’s Law” passed, were plunged into the world of domestic violence four days before Christmas in 1992 when their youngest child, 18 year old Tina, was murdered by an abusive ex-boyfriend. Determined to help save others from Tina’s fate, Jim and Elsa created a Teen Violence Prevention Program, and their program has reached nearly 100,000 students to date.

Funding to bring this program locally, was provided by a grant through the YWCA in Wheeling. Patricia Flanigan, Program Director of the YWCA Wheeling Family Violence Prevention Program stated, “We are proud to be among one of the 60 projects recommended by the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators and selected for funding by Office of Victims of Crime for 2011 from the 167 applicants that were submitted.”

The public is invited to join this event, which is hosted by the YWCA Family Violence Prevention Program, Ohio County Victim Assistance Program, Sexual Assault Help Center, and the United States Attorney’s Office:

Date: Thursday, April 14, 2011

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Place: Wheeling Jesuit University
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Refreshments will be provided, and admission is free. Area high school students have been invited to a special presentation in the morning. The public is encouraged to attend.

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