The April 24 event, which is open to the public, explores the connections between abusive relationships and the risk of suicide.
Monday, April 22
The Farmington Area Suicide Prevention Task Force will host a Community Conversation Wednesday at Farmington Hills City Hall, focusing on abusive relationships and the risk of suicide. Studies show that women in abusive relationships are at higher risk of attempting suicide than those in healthy relationships. Dating abuse among teen boys and girls is growing, with many teens at risk of experiencing emotional and verbal abuse as well as controlling behavior and sexual pressure. The Suicide Prevention Task Force is encouraging open dialogue about the warning signs of abusive behaviors in relationships and will provide information on how to find help from local resources. Featured speakers at the 7 p.m. Community Conversation will include: …
HAVEN CEO Beth Morrison says domestic abusers may use sensational headlines to intimidate their spouses. But help and hope are available to those who reach out.
The death of Farmington resident Kaitlin Hehir, who authorities say was killed and dismembered by her live-in boyfriend, may lead more people to seek help for abusive relationships. Beth Morrison, who runs HAVEN, an Oakland County nonprofit that helps families experiencing domestic violence, says victims may recognize they could be the next headline. HAVEN offers help, support and information through a 24-hours crisis line and website. If you need help, or know someone who does, call HAVEN's crisis line, 248-334-1274, 877-922-1274 or the TTY line, 248-334-1290. Live chat and email help are available at haven-oakland.org. "We typically do get an uptick in calls, although sometimes it doesn't happen right away," said Morrison, CEO of the …