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Two domestic violence plays coming to Fort Bragg and Fayetteville area

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Oct. 9, 2013) — As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) and Fix the Hurt, a national not-for-profit organization, will present two dramatic productions. “Domestic Violence, The Musical?” and “I Have This Friend,” dealing with dating and domestic violence, will be presented, Oct. 16-17.

“Domestic Violence, The Musical?" combines lyrics, dialogue, and music to teach s about pervasive challenges and how it can be stopped.

“I Have This Friend,” aimed at youth and young adults, addresses the issues of control and violence that occur in about 20% of all dating relationships.

“Domestic Violence, The Musical?” will be performed Oct. 16, at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., at the Army Community Service, Family Readiness Center at Pope Army Air Field and Oct. 17, at 9 a.m., at the Watters Family Life Center on Fort Bragg. “I Have This Friend,” will be performed Oct. 16, at 6 p.m., at the Albritton Middle School gymnasium on Fort Bragg. Subject matter in both plays are appropriate for ages 13 and above, students younger than 17 must be accompanied by an adult. All performances are free and open to Soldiers, Family members, Department of the Army civilians, and the general public.

There were 73 known domestic violence homicides in North Carolina in 2011, according to the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Most of the victims were women, however, 15 were children.

“These musicals present the best domestic violence awareness and prevention training I have seen in my thirty years of military association,” said Frank Eng, a family advocacy specialist at USASOC.

Fix the Hurt founder and president, Linda King adds, “Seeing these plays, one realizes there is no gender, race, religion, or ethnicity that the audience can identify with an abuser.  It’s a performance that will leave one with an understanding that domestic and dating violence can happen to anyone, and that it can be effectively handled by loved ones and the community at large.”

Fix the Hurt is a national not-for-profit organization, which teaches through dramatic presentations, real love shouldn’t hurt. 

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