Abuse Prevention

Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day - Fourth Sabbath in August

Abuse Prevention Awareness at  
 Ft. Lauderdale Adventist Church    

“Abuse Prevention Awareness” was the theme for a special family life seminar sponsored by the Ft. Lauderdale Seventh-day Adventist Church, August 23, 2014. Mr. Ron Osborne-Williams, Education & Prevention Manager, Women in Distress of Broward County, Inc. was the featured presenter. 

Mr. Osborne-Williams’ “Domestic Violence Training Seminar”   resonated with the diverse audience. The following subtopics were covered:

The Dynamics of Domestic Violence
Power and Control Wheel of Violence
Why Do Victims Stay?
What are the Signs?
Bystander Accountability
Avoid Victim Blaming
Know Your Limits
Residential Shelter
Outreach Services
Education and Prevention.   

More importantly, at the culmination of his power point presentation, he entertained questions. Simply put, he spoke from the heart and cited many practical experiences and illustrations to make his point.  

Women in Distress of Broward County, Inc. is the only nationally accredited, state-certified, full service domestic violence center serving Broward County.  The following free services are offered:  

Confidential Crisis Intervention
24 –hour Crisis Hotline (954 761-1133)
Emergency Shelter
Counseling and Supportive Services
Children Services, Community
Professional Education

Otherwise, the day commenced with a powerful sermon delivered by Elder Ludlow Bartley, Sr. In short, his message provided hope for the abused as well as the abuser. Likewise, Sis. Maria Hibbert gave a lecture entitled “Abuse & Teenagers.”  Meanwhile, Elder Fay Reynolds presented the vesper thought to close the day.   Sis. Heather Bartley, Family Life Ministries Director, Ft. Lauderdale Seventh-day Adventist Church, coordinated the program. She worked in concert with the Family Life Ministries Committee of the church.  Our picture shows members of the Family Life Ministries Committee with   Mr. Ron Osborne-Williams (back row, extreme right).

Photos and article by Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, Pastor