GSCBWLA focuses on domestic violence

first_imgThe Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association’s members recently gathered at the Thomas E. Lawson Courthouse Center — just nine floors above the courtrooms where domestic violence matters are heard — to focus attention on the issue of domestic violence.“We believe that it is important that we inform the community of the seriousness of domestic violence, which is real and affects all of us,” said Flora Jackson Holmes, president of the GSCBWLA.Presenters included Judge Rodney Smith, who grew up in Miami. He recounted how helpless he feels as a judge when a victim of domestic violence recants and refuses to go forward, although the medical reports and pictures depict the violence that person has endured.“It is frustrating,” he said.Roslyn Parker from Safe Space spoke of the shame that surrounds domestic violence and the effect it has on children. A survivor of domestic violence, she said it took her 25 years to be able to speak about the abuse she suffered.“Domestic violence affects everyone: the victim, the offender, children, families, and society. We never had the luxury of looking away, and certainly it is now even more important that we don’t turn our backs on this issue,” said Olanike Adebayo, GSCBWLA board member and organizer of the event.Other attendees included Judge Judith Rubenstein; Administrative Law Judge June McKinney; Public Defender Carlos Martinez; Bonita Jones-Peabody, first vice president; Cheryl Linton Barnes Robinson, president-elect; Tanya Brinkley, treasurer; Tenikka Cunningham, secretary; and board members Marie Jo Toussaint, Nikki Simon, and Patricia Henrys.Members of the Miami-Dade Police Department, as well as assistant state attorneys and assistant public defenders, were on hand to explain the process of domestic violence from arrest through prosecution. GSCBWLA focuses on domestic violence GSCBWLA focuses on domestic violencecenter_img November 1, 2009 Regular Newslast_img read more

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