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Black to attend conference on violence against women

Mary E. Hinds maryhinds@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Congresswoman Diane Black will be in attendance as the  Tennessee Economic Council on Women continues its statewide hearing series on violence against women with a public hearing Friday in Crossville.


The hearing, the third of nine, follows events in Chattanooga and Columbia, which have identified millions in local costs and exposed a need for better prevention efforts and more communication between local authorities and service providers.

The event will be at Crossville City Hall and is co-chaired by attorney and TECW Treasurer Jane Powers and Carmen Wyatt, executive director of Crossville’s Avalon Center.

“Every community in this state suffers from crimes like domestic violence and sexual assault, and we are learning more each day about the prevalence of sex trafficking on our streets and through local internet sites. Beyond gathering important data about the costs of these crimes, these hearings are connecting crucial components of advocacy and prevention at the local level –often for the first time - and I am ecstatic to help bring that kind of event to Crossville,” said Powers.  

The chairs will be joined Vice Chair Carol Berz of Chattanooga and other members of the council to receive

testimony from local officials and experts representing social service providers, law enforcement, health care providers and government.   

In addition to Black, several other elected officials from the area, including state Sen. Janice Bowling and state Reps. Cameron Sexton and Ryan Williams, will be on hand.

"As a small business woman and a one-time working mother to three children, I know first-hand the challenges that women face in today’s workplace,” said Black, “I look forward to meeting members of the Tennessee Economic Council on Women this Friday and highlighting key legislative initiatives for women in the 113th Congress, including the Working Families Flexibility Act - a bill I am cosponsoring to give Americans greater choice in how they balance the needs of work and family.”

Crossville City Hall is at 392 North Main St.

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