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Forum will focus on violence in the home

The Domestic Violence Prevention Act was enacted in Florida this year. It is legislation designed to make it easier to prosecute abusive spouses. Additionally, October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. To help focus increased attention on the problems, the Center Against Spouse Abuse (CASA), with St. Anthony's Hospital and the Florida Association of School Social Workers, will sponsor a community forum called "A House Divided: The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children and Women in Our Communities." Featured speakers will include Florida Commissioner of Education Betty Castor, state Rep. Doug "Tim" Jamerson, D-St. Petersburg, and a panel of local professionals. The forum will be from 1 to 3:45 p.m. Oct. 14 at the St. Petersburg Hilton and Towers, 333 First St. S. Registration required; call 895-4912. Free.

Problems at work

Sexual harassment is a violence of another sort. As with domestic violence, most victims are women. To help women deal with the anxiety or fear created by sexual harassment on the job, licensed clinical social worker Sue Brewer will lead a support group from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, beginning this week at 1700 Park St. N, St. Petersburg. To register, call 822-8200. Fee: sliding scale, $5 to $15 per session.

After the trauma

For most of us, losing a close friend or family member through violent crime seems unthinkable. And yet, more than 1,200 people were murdered in this state last year alone. Multiply that figure by the numbers of spouses, siblings, parents, children and friends left behind. The result is a lot of people trying to cope with devastating emotional trauma. The Center for Crime Victims and Survivors in Clearwater offers a 12-session program for survivors of homicide to move toward emotional recovery. The program is led by Lu Redmond, a registered nurse, professional therapist and author of Surviving When Someone You Love Was Murdered. The next series will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, beginning next week. To register, call 535-1114. Fee: $40 a session (sliding scale available; medical insurance may cover charges).