Kent State East Liverpool Hosts Domestic Violence Discussion

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Kent State University at East Liverpool recently held a lunch time discussion regarding domestic violence issues.

The first speaker of the program was Viola Chontos, who bravely shared stories of her personal struggle with domestic violence and the importance of social programs like the Christina House that assisted her in overcoming abuse.

The next speaker was Beth Schmidt, director of the Christina House who gave some startling statistics on the prevalence of domestic violence both nationally and regionally. Schmidt also discussed the mission of the Christina House and provided the attendees with contact information.

Elaine Kloss, a legal advocate with the prosecutor’s office, representing domestic violence victims was the final speaker of the program.  She gave a detailed definition of domestic violence, and also spoke on the signs of an abusive relationship and the legal issues involved in domestic disputes.

If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic violence, please contact Katherine Vance- Righetti, Kent State’s campus mental health counselor at or by calling 330-337-4287.


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POSTED: Monday, November 10, 2014 10:40 AM
Updated: Saturday, December 3, 2022 01:02 AM