DeKalb D.A. to hold teen domestic violence forum

12:59 PM, Oct 12, 2012   |    comments
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DECATUR, Ga. -- The DeKalb County District Attorney's Office will host a two-day interactive forum next week to address domestic violence among young people.

"Love Doesn't Hurt" will begin at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Decatur High School.

"Far too often, we see a history of domestic violence beginning during the high school years. Both young men and young women learn abusive behaviors that they eventually consider an acceptable part of a normal and healthy relationship," DeKalb D.A. Robert James said in a statement. "Our goal is to change that perception and shed light on the serious impact and sometimes fatal tragedies caused by domestic violence."

The Decatur High School drama club will reenact several domestic violence situations during the forum. Tuesday's lineup includes a discussion of the various forms of teen domestic violence.

Johanna Orozco will speak on the second day of the forum. Orozco was 18 years old when her ex-boyfriend shot her in the face in March 2007.

The forum is hosted in part by the DeKalb County Police Special Victims Unit.

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