Northland and Violence Intervention Project To Host Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence Speaker, Chuck Derry

Northland Community & Technical College (NCTC) and Violence Intervention Project (VIP) will host speaker, Chuck Derry of Gender Violence Institute (GVI). The presentation, “Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence: The Role of Community and Culture in Ending Violence” will take place on Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The presentation will be held in the Gunderson Commons on the Thief River Falls campus of NCTC.

The event is co-sponsored by the NCTC Healthy Campus Committee and VIP. It is free of charge and the public is encouraged to attend. The presentation will be lecture based. It will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Chuck Derry.

The event coincides with Domestic Violence Awareness Month. One woman out of four and one man out of seven will be victims of battering, stalking, domestic violence, sexual assault and dating violence.

Violence Intervention Project (VIP), based in Thief River Falls, works with all persons who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Pennington, Red Lake, Marshall, Kittson and Roseau Counties. VIP provides support to victims via crisis call support, advocacy services, shelter, housing assistance, supervised visitation, assistance with court-related activities, supportive listening, referrals to other support services and community education for all ages. VIP’s 24/7 Crisis Line is 1-800-660-6667.

Chuck Derry has been involved with the prevention of domestic and sexual violence since 1980. GVI provides services to battered women and their children, delivers programming to men who batter, organizes criminal and civil justice responses to domestic assaults and provides training on the issue of domestic violence in central Minnesota. Since 1993, GVI has worked with professionals from a variety of disciplines, such as law enforcement, legal, academia, public health, human services, as well as, sexual assault and domestic violence programs in the U.S. and internationally. GVI is affiliated with Praxis International and MN Men's Action Network to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Northland Community and Technical College (Northland) is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and East Grand Forks, Minnesota. Northland also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and a satellite site in Roseau, Minnesota. Northland offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year degrees (A.A.S., A.S., A.A.) in more than 80 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. Northland is a member of Minnesota State, the third-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. For more information about Northland Community & Technical College, visit or call 1.800.959.6282.

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