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Key Issues Forum Tuesday, February 9: "Teen Dating Violence: How to spot it. What to do about it."


An alarming number of teens and tweens are in abusive relationships. But many can't read the early danger signals - put-downs, excessive texting and other controlling behavior -- and many don't know what to do when they realize the relationship is unhealthy.

Four experts will talk about what's behind the high numbers of young abusers and victims, and how to stop the violence at the upcoming Hartford Courant & FOX CT Key Issues Forum titled, "Teen Dating Violence: How to spot it. What to do about it." The forum will be held on Tuesday, February 9, from 5 - 6:15 p.m. at the University of Hartford's Wilde Auditorium. The university is located at 200 Bloomfield Avenue in West Hartford. Panelists taking part in the discussion are:

-- Dr. Jhumka Gupta, Yale School of Public Health, an expert on violence against boys and girls
-- William S. Pollack, author of "Real Boys" and director of the Centers for Men and Young Men at McLean Hospital, Boston
-- Iris Ruiz, assistant director, Interval House, and teen dating violence survivor
-- Alisson Wood, youth program manager for a Bridgeport program that prevents teen dating violence and a survivor herself

MODERATED BY: Susan Campbell, columnist, Hartford Courant

The event is co-sponsored by the Hartford Courant and FOX 61, and presented in partnership with the University of Hartford. It is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to register by email at corpaffairs@courant.com or by calling 860-241-3614. Please park in Lot K-Visitor. Campus map and directions are available at www.hartford.edu.

To schedule an interview with moderator Susan Campbell or any of the panelists, please contact Andrea Savastra at 860-241-3934 or by e-mail: asavastra@courant.com.

About the Hartford Courant and FOX CT

Hartford Courant, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, is the oldest continuously published newspaper in the United States. FOX 61, WTIC-TV is an affiliate of the Fox Network and a member of Fox's coveted "Number One Club." WTXX-TV is an affiliate of the CW Network. Both are Tribune Broadcasting stations. TRIBUNE is America's largest employee-owned media company, operating businesses in publishing, interactive and broadcasting. In publishing, Tribune's leading daily newspapers include the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Sun (Baltimore), South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, Morning Call and Daily Press. The company's broadcasting group operates 23 television stations, WGN America on national cable, Chicago's WGN-AM and the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Popular news and information websites complement Tribune's print and broadcast properties and extend the company's nationwide audience. At Tribune, we take what we do seriously and with a great deal of pride.

About the University of Hartford
Chartered in 1957 with the mission to be a "private university with a public purpose," the University of Hartford offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in the arts, humanities, business, engineering and technology, education, and health professions. The University's student body of 7,200 represents 48 states and more than 40 countries. For more information, visit www.hartford.edu.

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