New Motlow program fights domestic violence

Motlow’s new M Power Program – meant to address domestic violence in the rural communities it serves – recently kicked off at booths on the Moore County campus. (Photo Provided)

LOCAL NEWS — Thanks in part to a grant from the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) within the US Department of Justice, Motlow State recently kicked off a program to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking throughout the rural communities it serves. Motlow is uniquely able to target rural areas because 10 of the 11 counties the College serves are considered rural areas. None of the cities or towns in these 10 counties have a population greater than 25,000.

Named the M Power (empower) Program, the College says it is committed to taking a proactive role in educating students, faculty, and staff on how to recognize signs and reduce incidents of gender-based violence on campus. Raising awareness of gender-based violence will ultimately result in more of these incidences being reported across all campuses, and provide college personnel an opportunity to offer greater assistance and community resources. Motlow already provides students, faculty and staff with counseling through licensed mental health professionals.

“I am excited to utilize my insight and experiences promoting activities and awareness for education and prevention to combat issues including dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking with college students,” said Motlow’s OVW Strategic Director Dr. Quianda Harris.

Harris served as a licensed professional counselor in multiple states and worked with individuals in various sectors. She has provided coaching and support to victims of crimes as well as provided counseling to law enforcement from multiple agencies. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health Service Provider, a Nationally Board-Certified Counselor, and a Master Addiction Counselor.

The new program will offer counseling services as well as partnerships with area crisis lines, emergency shelters, and legal advocacy. The Motlow Public Safety Department also provides response and investigative services to victims in their respective jurisdictions including partnering with local law enforcement agencies.

To learn more about the program or get access to domestic violence community resource, click here. •

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