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Welcome to the 2017-2018 Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable!

Allow me to introduce myself as the new President of the DVR.  I am excited to return to the Roundtable in my new capacity.

We have been busy working on the 2017-2018 calendar over the summer, and we think we have a fantastic year ahead.  Each year we choose a theme around which we build our monthly programs.  This year’s theme is “Domestic Violence. It Affects Us All.”  And true it is.  Whether you are a survivor, a parent or sibling, aunt/uncle or cousin; whether you have a friend or know of somebody who has suffered abuse; whether you are a member of a program offering treatment, education or services in the area; or whether you are simply a concerned member of the community who recognizes relationship violence as a problem, we can all come together to make a change.  Each small step leads us closer and closer to helping, healing and transforming tacit tolerance into decisive action.

Some of the programs we will be presenting and supporting in the upcoming months include a a candlelight vigil honoring domestic abuse homicide victims, holiday gift drive for local families in transition, teen dating violence education and a showing of the powerful movie “Escalation” which is based on a true story of teen dating violence as it progresses from bad to worse to the unspeakable.  We may hit even closer to home with a showing of “Loved to Death” based on the tragic story of Wayland’s own Lauren Dunne Astley.  Painful as these stories are, they do bring home the reality that domestic violence can materialize anywhere, whether young or old, rich or poor, educated or not.  Domestic violence affects us all.

If you are new to us, I hope you will attend our monthly meetings and programs.  We meet the second Tuesday of each month at 3:00 at the Wayland Public Safety Building.  I bet you will want to start attending regularly.  And if you have been with us for a while, I hope that you continue to do so.  And watch for our soon-to-be launched page on Facebook!  Sign up for our newsletter. I think you will find this year to be very educational and valuable.  After all, domestic violence affects us all.

Allison Koury
Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable