UA to sponsor domestic violence seminar

By Carolyn Smith

Arizona Daily Wildcat

Twenty-two women were killed in Arizona last year by a partner or a spouse. Four women die every day in the United States as a result of domestic violence - about 1,400 per year, according to the National Organization for Women.

This weekend the UA counseling and psychological services bureau will be one of the sponsors for a two-day conference: "Intimate Violence in a Cross-Cultural Context: Brief Therapy Approaches to Domestic Abuse."

In association with the Southern Arizona Medical Health Center, Carondelet Behavioral Health and the Hopi Foundation, this weekend's conference will look at treatment options and the family dynamics of abuse within Southwestern cultures.

While domestic violence may not be of major concern to some UA students, the components of violence start early.

"If we go by a definition of people being in a monogamous relationship and there is violence in their household, the majority of UA students are not living in that circumstance," said Koreen Johannessen, director of health promotion and preventive services.

"I would say that we have some violence in relationships and that the overwhelming incidents happen under the influence of alcohol," she said. "Overall, the majority of people on cam

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