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Domestic violence activist Kit Gruelle talks Feb. 8 at Appalachian

BOONE—Kit Gruelle, a domestic violence activist, educator, volunteer and film producer, will speak Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. in Room 114 in Appalachian State University’s Carol G. Belk Library and Information Commons.

Her presentation will include a preview of the film “Private Violence: The Movement Against Battering in America” that she is co-producing with Catherine Saulino.

A discussion will follow. The public is invited to attend.

Gruelle’s talk is sponsored by the Center for Appalachian Studies, the Life-Writing Research Cluster of the Appalachian Humanities Council, the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice and the College of Arts and Sciences.

She is a consultant and community educator for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, In that role, Gruelle has developed, consulted on, and conducted seminars on domestic violence and sexual assault prevention for numerous organizations, including law schools, medical schools, colleges and community colleges, and social work and public health agencies at the county, state and national level.

As coordinator of Chatham County’s N.C. Bridges program, she served as a victim advocate and community educator for the Family Violence and Rape Crisis Services.

Gruelle serves on the Governor’s Task Force on Child Well Being and Domestic Violence, the Pre-Natal Substance Abuse Community Advisory Board, Corrections Futures 2000, the Chatham County Domestic Violence Criminal Justice Task Force, the Coalition for Family Peace Batterers Intervention Task Force, and the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Coalition of North Carolina.

She was appointed as commissioner for the N.C. Crime Victims Compensation Commission by Gov. Jim Hunt in 2000.

She received the J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award for Volunteer Service to the Community in 1990, the Elna B. Spaulding Founders Award for Community Service in 1991, and was recognized as Tar Heel of the Week by the Raleigh News and Observer Feb. 14, 1999.

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