October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Dr. Lisa Fontes will discuss her new book on coercive behavior in relationships


OCTOBER 6, 2016




GREENFIELD – To commemorate October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Mayor’s Task Force on Domestic Violence invites the public to hear Dr. Lisa Aronson Fontes, Ph.D, as she discusses her new book Invisible Chains:  Overcoming Coercive Control in Your Intimate Relationships. Dr. Fontes will offer professional and personal insight into controlling behaviors such as coercion, jealousy and manipulation that can sometimes lead to physical violence.

Mayor William Martin will be opening the session and urges residents and visitors to attend as well. “Domestic violence is a scourge that affects all of us in a tight-knit community such as Greenfield. It is especially important to engage in conversation about coercive behaviors so we might learn to recognize them before our relationships escalate towards domestic violence.” Added Mary Kociela, Task Force Chair and Director of Domestic Violence Projects for the Northwestern DA’s Office, “Domestic violence affects us all and we are pleased to offer this opportunity for the community to learn more about the dynamics of abuse in relationships.”

The event is free and will be held at Greenfield Community College’s Downtown Campus at 270 Main Street from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 13. Come hear Dr. Fontes speak, engage in the discussion, pick up some resource materials, and enjoy light refreshments. In addition, five copies of Dr. Fontes’ new book will be given away at the conclusion of the evening’s talk.

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