Domestic Violence Community Forum at Rockford Rescue Mission April 11

Online Staff Report

Members of the Rockford faith community — and agencies, organizations and individuals that want to learn more about providing appropriate response to domestic abuse — are encouraged to attend Rockford Rescue Mission’s fourth annual Domestic Violence Community Forum.

The event will be at the Mission, 715 W. State St., from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, April 11. The free symposium is a service of the Mission’s Healing Place, which offers regular workshops, seminars and support for the community.

Speakers will include Judge Rosemary Collins, chairman for the 17th Judicial Circuit Court Family Violence Coordinating Council; State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato; Dr. Bob Willis, superintendent of Rockford Public Schools; Jen Winberg, facilitator, Hope Reigns Ranch and education coordinator, MELD; and Pastor Rus Howard, Kishwaukee Community EPC.

The panel will discuss domestic violence from the legal, family and pastoral perspectives. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Renade Cossey, the Mission’s director of women’s programs, explained: “Domestic violence is a tragic condition that contributes to the destruction of families and the homelessness of scores of women and children in our Rockford community. We’re grateful we can provide this annual forum to educate and assist those who deal with this plight on a daily basis. Our hope is that together, we can provide new avenues of prevention, relief and hope for the victims.”

Advance reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Debbie Colvin at (815) 316-4153. Additional information is available on the Mission’s website at

Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year since 1964, Rockford Rescue Mission provides nutritious meals and safe shelter for thousands of hungry and homeless men, women and children every year, along with recovery programs and outreach services to rescue, recover and restore the lives of those who are struggling in the Rockford community.

Posted April 9, 2012

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