Update: The "Know Your Rights" program is being rescheduled due to predicted weather conditions on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. A new date has not yet been set.
The Iowa City Human Rights Office is hosting a program aimed at informing the public of their rights and available resources regarding spousal and partner abuse. The program, “Know your Rights: Spousal and Partner Abuse Laws and Resources,” will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016 at the Social Hall in the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, located at 220 S. Gilbert Street.
According to Scott Stevens, Domestic Violence Investigator for the Iowa City Police Department, there are between 500 and 600 calls for service each year related to domestic abuse. In 2016, the Police Department has received 580 calls for service; 139 victims reported injuries; 186 incidents occurred with children present.
Presenters include representatives from the Iowa City Police Department, Nisaa African Family Services, and the Domestic Violence and Intervention Program (DVIP).
The program is sponsored by the Iowa City Human Rights Commission and is free to the public.