Media Invitation for Town Hall Meeting on Relationship Violence

WCNY-TV/FM would like to invite media members to attend a town hall meeting with Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick and other authorities who’ll discuss a topic that repeatedly makes local and national headlines: relationship violence.

The town hall meeting, hosted by WCNY News and Public Affairs Director Susan Arbetter, will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at WCNY’s studios at 506 Old Liverpool Road, Liverpool. It will be recorded and used for “Pain Runs Deep: Relationship Violence,” the second installment of “Vista,” WCNY’s four-part public affairs series that examines Central New York’s most important issues.

“Pain Runs Deep: Relationship Violence” will air at 9 p.m. Monday, May 7, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 13, on WCNY channel 24.1.

During the town hall meeting, a panel of authorities and experts will show how relationship violence is a growing problem among high school and college students. They’ll explain how young women can identify signs of impending abuse, and describe what parents should do when they recognize their daughter is in an abusive relationship.

In addition to Fitzpatrick, the panelists who are scheduled to attend the town hall meeting are: Amy Barasch, Executive Director of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence; Tiffany Braley, Mentors in Violence Prevention educator from Vera House in Syracuse; and Katie Stager (Jayson), relationship abuse survivor.

Among those scheduled to be seated in the front row for the meeting are: Elaina Marra, Executive Director of the Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County; Susan Hartman Brenizer, licensed marriage and family therapist from DeWitt; Dawn Schrader, research psychologist from Cornell University; and Tim Bates, Detective Commander of the Rome Police Department.

For Attending Media Members:

A limited number of seats will be available in the studio to watch the town hall meeting. Media members who can not be seated in the studio will be able to watch from WCNY’s green room.

Reporters may not speak with panelists or audience members until the conclusion of the one-hour program.

No audio recording of Vista will be permitted. Cameras may record images in the studio before and during the production of “Vista.” However, no audio from the program, including panelist or audience interaction, may be used to publish or report on the event until after “Vista” airs on Monday, May 7, on WCNY. Media members will be allowed access to the studio after the program to interview panelists and audience members.


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