Verizon Wireless, StepStone and the Newman University Department of Social Work will present a special screening of the documentary “Telling Amy’s Story” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the Performance Hall of the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman campus. The event is free and open to the public. Complimentary refreshments will be served.
The documentary is a story about a Pennsylvania woman who, after years of domestic violence and abuse, was killed by her husband while her young children were nearby. This event, part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, is made possible by a $10,000 grant awarded to StepStone by the Verizon Foundation. Verizon Wireless, in partnership with PBS, has been instrumental in sharing this documentary to numerous communities around the country. This is the first public showing to be held in Kansas.
The evening will begin with an introduction by Mark Josey of Verizon Wireless, followed by the screening. Following the screening, a panel discussion with local experts will provide the perspective of law enforcement officials who work domestic violence cases. The panel will include Wichita Police Department Deputy Chief Tom Stolz, Sedgwick County Deputy District Attorney Marc Bennett, StepStone Program Director Dung Kimble, LMSW, and StepStone Therapist Wanda Phumphrey, LSCSW.
“Amy’s story is a terrific way to bring attention to the issues of abusive relationships,” Dung Kimble said. “The more people that we can engage the better opportunity we have in preventing a continued growth of violence. We are pleased to partner with the School of Social Work and Verizon Wireless to bring the documentary and panel discussion to Wichita.”
StepStone is a Wichita-based organization that offers help to women and children who have been victims of domestic violence. Since 1996 StepStone has provided long-term housing and supportive services to nearly 700 survivors of domestic violence. The organization serves survivors of domestic violence after they leave emergency shelter. Women and their children can live in a StepStone home for up to two years while they gain the skills to become self-sufficient. StepStone is jointly sponsored by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ and the Congregation of St. Joseph.
About Newman University
Newman University is a Catholic university named for John Henry Cardinal Newman and founded by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for the purpose of empowering graduates to transform society. Newman meets the needs of traditional freshmen, returning adults, and graduate students through more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs. For more information about NewmanUniversity, go to www.newmanu.edu.
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