For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253

WXXI AND COMMUNITY PLACE USE A NATIONAL DOCUMENTARY TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT TEEN DATING VIOLENCE

Rochester, New York (February 15, 2007) -- WXXI Public Broadcasting and the Community Place of Greater Rochester, Inc (CPGR), a non-profit provider of neighborhood-based human services, will partner on a local initiative to help build awareness about teen dating violence, and connect teens and families to resources. The two organizations will host a free screening of the PBS documentary, Causing Pain: Real Stories of Teen Dating, Abuse and Violence on Friday, February 23, 2007 from 11 am. to 1 p.m. at WXXI Studios, 280 State Street, Rochester. Immediately following the screening will be a discussion led by Paula Sheinberg, Dating Violence Prevention Education Coordinator at Alternatives for Battered Women and Joseph Hill, Journalist, Pothos Productions.  To reserve a seat, please call Shelley Figueroa at 585-258-0278 or email her at sfigueroa@wxxi.org.

Teen dating violence is an on-going, serious problem across the country.  It is the hope of WXXI and CPGR that the documentary and discussion will open up the lines of communication between teens and their parents, to not only shed light on this critical issue, but to also discuss other types of abuse such as verbal, emotional, sexual and economic. 

Causing Pain: Real Stories of Teen Dating Abuse and Violence is a 30-minute video containing true stories of teens, parents, and professionals who have been in or witnessed abusive relationships. They describe their experiences and insights so that teens and parents can recognize and prevent dating abuse in their own lives or in the lives of their friends. To learn more about the documentary and preview the video, visit chooserespect.org.

CPGR is a non-profit provider of neighborhood-based human services that offer a variety of educational and social programs and services to many in the greater Rochester area. It is the lead agency for the Student Support Centers at Rochester City School District high schools and four satellite centers in the northeast portion of the city.

This outreach initiative is funded by a grant underwritten by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

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