Panel To Serve As Open Discussion on Domestic Violence

Five experts to discuss Protective Orders Thursday night in Bloomington.

Bloomington City Hall

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Bloomington City Hall

A panel of experts is meeting in Bloomington tonight to discuss ways to increase community awareness about domestic violence, and improve the Protective Order process.

The issue of domestic violence is one on which Monroe County Clerk Linda Robbins says she hopes to make some progress. A survivor herself, Robbins says talking about domestic violence is the first step in solving it.

“It’s kind of like a silent disease out there – nobody wants to talk about it,” Robbins says. “Because of my experience, I am completely driven to make this something that won’t embarrass anybody. Maybe if I come forth and say something, then other people will be willing.”

Robbins says the event tonight will be a great way to start that discussion.

“There are lots of people who are not getting help, and probably should be. Tonight, we want to talk about what we’re doing and how to make that more available to them.”

The panel discussion runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the City Hall Chambers in Bloomington.

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