Domestic Violence Advocate to Speak Following Documentary


By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– A domestic violence survivor-turned-advocate will share her story following a screening of the movie, Private Violence. Kit Gruelle, whose own story is chronicled in the movie, will be among the panelists who will speak during a domestic violence discussion and question and answer session following Children’s Network’s screening of the documentary.  The panel will also feature Melissa Monrreal, Deputy District Attorney from the Family Violence Unit, and Flerida Alarcon, Victim Services Chief.

Domestic violence is a major issue in the United States, according to Children’s Network Officer Kathy Turnbull. On average, in the United States,  more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends and one in four women report  experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend at some point in her life, she said.

“By screening this movie and having this discussion, it is our hope that we can help others recognize the signs of domestic violence and take steps to help those who may be victims.”

The screening is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, 2015, at the Steelworkers’ Auditorium at 8437 Sierra Ave. in Fontana. Attendees must register for the free event at Eventbrite at

Private Violence explores a simple, but deeply disturbing fact of American life: the most dangerous place for a woman in America is in her own home.  Domestic violence is seen through the eyes of two survivors, – Deanna Walters, a mother who seeks just for the crimes committed against her at the hands of her estranged husband, and Gruelle, an advocate who seeks justice for all women.

The Children’s Network of San Bernardino County works to improve the quality of life for children at risk who, because of behavior, abuse, neglect, medical needs, educational assessment, and/or detrimental daily living situations are eligible for services from one or more of the member agencies of the Children’s Policy Council.

Children’s Network is doing its part to help the community achieve the Countywide Vision by ensuring residents have the resources they need to provide the necessities of life to their families. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at

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