Women and IPV in Pinellas County: What Can We Do?

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by ZontaDoris Do you know anyone with IPV? Many people do not know the acronym even though IPV is a serious, preventable public health problem in our community. IPV is short for Intimate Partner Violence, a reference term for aggressive behaviors that occur between partners in life such as husband/wife, boyfriend/girlfriend, or gay/lesbian couples. The …

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A Little of This, a Little of That…but Never Whatever

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by ZontaDoris I wanted to learn to make things that tasted good. So I asked for and received precise instruction from talented cooks in my family. (Yeah…right!) The reality is that I picked up tips from incredible culinary artists close to me, however, they were seldom exact. It was mainly “put in a little of this, …

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Talking with Incumbents and Candidates for the State Legislature

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by ZontaDoris We start our interviews with state legislature incumbents and wannabes this week. It is our way to inform and build relationships with policy makers as part of our Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities. To focus our attention and conversation as well as leave behind a summary of our concerns, we devised the resource …

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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by ZontaDoris October is a busy time for domestic violence advocates.   We Zonta Pinellas members will host and attend fundraisers and educational sessions, and reach out to talk with candidates for the Florida Legislature. The equation for action from the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence helps us remember why we do what we …

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There ought to be a law…

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by ZontaDoris The headline “Law fails to keep pace with technology” grabbed my attention. Sue Carlton, a Tampa Bay Times columnist, wrote earlier this month about victims of domestic, dating, or repeat violence (each action is defined separately in Florida law) and stalking. Summary: She explained that a victim cannot seek protection when there are …

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Tony Dungy: Works to Stop Violence Against Women

by ZontaDoris Revision 1: This blog post dogged me last night.  I wasn’t content with it. It sought to praise Tony Dungy for his work to stop violence against girls and women … but I realized this morning that the story I wanted to tell started well before the NFL coaches lead their players to be good …

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Learn from FL Advocate for Human Trafficking Survivors

  Thirty years fighting the human trafficking scourge enabled Dottie Groover-Skipper, statewide coordinator of Anti-Human Trafficking for the Salvation Army of Florida, to speak passionately and knowledgeably to our Zonta Club in July. From Beaver Cleaver innocence to Passionate Change Agent Dottie told us how her Beaver Cleaver family world view was blown apart many …

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Domestic Violence in Pinellas County–Believe, Speak, Act

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The Zonta Club of Pinellas County is joining the roster of Pinellas County Domestic Violence Task Force (DVTF) advocates to fight for domestic violence victims in our county. The DVTF is chaired by Assistant State Attorney Dora Komninos, who is running to become a County Court Judge.  Dora came to our Club meeting in June.

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