After a summer hiatus, the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable will reconvene on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 3 PM in the Community Meeting Room of the Wayland Public Safety Building located at the intersection of Routes 20 and 27 in Wayland. The agenda will include the planning of the 2012-2013 Calendar of Activities.
The Roundtable is a nonprofit, all volunteer organization of men and women incorporated in 1999 by a group of local residents interested in raising community awareness about the issues of domestic violence, bullying and cyberbullying, and teen dating violence through educational programming and networking.
Members of the Roundtable include private citizens, members of the Sudbury, Wayland, and Lincoln Police Departments, area domestic violence service providers, clergy, local legislators, health professionals, representatives from the local schools, and elder service agencies.
The activities of the Roundtable include the distribution of Domestic Violence Resource Materials to local faith communities, medical and dental offices, public buildings, restaurants, and health clubs; anti-bullying and teen dating violence prevention programs in local schools; programs for faith communities; the production of educational materials, library book displays, and referrals and networking. The Roundtable also provides holiday gifts for families in shelters and transitional housing and conducts an annual Shower for Shelters to provide much needed items for families leaving shelter to set up their own apartments.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone, anywhere. It happens in all social, economic, ethnic, and religious groups. It happens to men and women of all ages including teenagers. Your zip code is no protection. Domestic violence can take the form of physical, mental or sexual abuse, emotional humiliation and harassment, social isolation, and economic abuse. Once violence begins, it usually escalates in both frequency and severity. People in this situation often feel helpless, scared, isolated, and responsible. Their abusers can be controlling, jealous, and unpredictably violent. Children who witness domestic violence may develop physical or emotional problems and may have trouble in school. No one deserves to be abused.
If you share our interest in preventing abusive behaviors in our communities and wish to learn how you can play a role in preventing them in your community, you can take action simply by attending the September 11th meeting of the Roundtable. You are welcome to come and listen to how these abusive behaviors are being addressed in our communities, or we would be happy to have you become actively involved in our activities.
The Roundtable meets monthly from September to May at 3 p.m in the Community Meeting Room of the Wayland Public Safety Building. Meetings are open to the public.