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Dynamics of Domestic Violence

Posted on October 19, 2017 – 6:21 pm

October is Domestic Abuse Awareness month, and the Portage Lake District Library will host Mary Niemela, Executive Director of the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home, for a presentation on Tuesday, October 24, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.


Niemela will discuss the dynamics of domestic violence, why victims stay with their abuser, and the effects domestic violence has on children. She will also explore reasons why domestic violence is still happening.


Niemela has worked at the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home for 27 years. Before becoming the Executive Director, she held various positions there including Coordinator of Volunteer Services, Coalition Coordinator, and Outreach Advocate.


The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter is committed to ending all forms of violence in personal relationships and within the community. The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter recognizes that violence in the home is a significant crime impacting the whole community’s health and well being. In addition to providing ways to access safety and support, the Shelter also offers counseling, advocacy, and referrals to other agencies in the community that work for or with those affected by domestic violence. 


Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information please call the library at 482-4570.



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