Archive for Thursday, October 20, 2005

Police to host prevention class

October 20, 2005

"A broken heart, a broken spirit," is the catchphrase used by a Kansas City, Kan., hospital in promoting October as domestic violence prevention month.

The words are designed to bring awareness to domestic violence, an escalating problem in millions of American homes, and inspire those afflicted to seek help and escape their situations. A workshop, sponsored by the Basehor police department, will attempt to do the same.

Next week, Basehor police chief Terry Horner will host a domestic violence awareness and prevention class for area residents. The class is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 in the Pebblebrooke community room.

Horner, who has conducted similar classes in past law enforcement stints and has found them very useful, said the home-life circumstances of those participating will be kept in strict confidence.

The police department scheduled the domestic violence class after studying the latest statistics of calls for service in Basehor. While reviewing the data, Horner noticed that domestic violence calls are up 33 percent this year. Police have investigated 15 domestic violence cases so far this year, up from 10 cases a year ago.

By hosting the class and providing information to the public, it's the police department's hope to curtail those victimized by domestic violence, the police chief said.

For those unable to attend next week's class, handouts and other literature detailing warning signs and other traits of domestic violence offenders, are available at the police department. Those picking up the information may remain anonymous, Horner said.

For more information regarding the class or those seeking assistance, are urged to contact the local crisis hotline at (913) 682-9131 or (800) 644-1441. The police department may also be contacted at (913) 724-1370.

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