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YOUNGSTOWN Event to target women's issues

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Social workers and counselors may earn continuing education credits.
YOUNGSTOWN -- R. & amp;D. Kasey Consultant will have a workshop on key issues facing women in commemoration of Women's History Month at 9 a.m. Thursday at the YWCA, 25 W. Rayen Ave.
The workshop, called "The Many Faces of Abuse," will focus on abuse against women, children and the elderly. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Topics to be covered
The program topics are:
U"Sexual Assault Crimes, Different Types" with Officer Sue Ellis, a Youngstown Police Department investigator, and Barbara Turner of St. Elizabeth Health Center.
U"Child Abuse, Children Direct Targets of Violence."
U"Stalkers: Who Are They?" with Detective Sgt. Delphine Baldwin-Casey of the YPD.
U"Elder Abuse, Home Should Be a Place of Comfort" with Stephanie Jenkins, a licensed social worker, and Teresa Rice of Adult Protective Services.
U"Self-Protection for Women/Safety" with Officer Melissa Morales, a YPD investigator.
The $40 registration fee includes handouts, lunch and a certificate of completion.
Social workers and counselors may earn six continuing education credits for attending the workshop through the Family Services Agency.
Officer's comments
Detective Sgt. Delphine Baldwin-Casey said she thinks the programs may be beneficial to all women.
"I'd like to think of this workshop as both prevention for those who have not yet been affected, and intervention for those who have been victims before," Baldwin-Casey said.
A 25-year police department veteran, Baldwin-Casey has handled thousands of cases since the YPD Crisis Intervention Unit opened in 1996.
In 2003, she handled 2,161 domestic-violence-related cases, which included elder abuse crimes, sexual assault and stalking.
This number was down from 2,816 cases in 2002, which she credits to heightened awareness.
For more information or to register for the workshop, call Baldwin-Casey at (330) 270-1716 or (330) 519-1840.