SC State Hosts Domestic Violence Symposium

Friday, November 06, 2009

TanishaSC State University’s Social Work Program in conjunction with CASA Family Systems and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. will host a Domestic Violence Symposium on Friday, Nov. 6, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Smith-Hammond-Middleton (SHM) Memorial Center on the campus of SC State.


The Domestic Violence Symposium is designed to inform participants about the resources available to assist children who are involved in domestic violence. The symposium’s theme is “The Price of Love.”


The Symposium’s guest speaker will be Tanisha Bagley.  Bagley is an advocate for victims and survivors of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and the author of the book, “The Price of Love.”


Bagley is the founder of E.N.S.H.R.I.N.E (Everyone Needs Support, Help, Respect, Inspiration, Nourishment and Empowerment). E.N.S.H.R.I.N.E. is a non-profit organization that provides safe housing, financial support, job training, mentoring and counseling for women and children who have been victimized by domestic abuse and violence.


Bagley’s personal testimony as a survivor of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault has inspired audiences across the United States. She has dedicated her life to speaking and educating people of all ages in hopes that her story will save lives.  


Bagley is a member of SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships) Speakers Bureau.  Bagley also served as a board member for Womenade of Apex SOS ( Sister’s of Servanthood). SOS provides financial aid and other means of support to individual women or charity organizations that support women who are in crises, physically challenged or disadvantaged in other ways. Bagley also served on the board for The North Carolina Coalition against Domestic Violence and The North Carolina Association of County Directors Social Services’ Oversight Committee. 


Bagley’s most rewarding work outside of educating youth on violence prevention is rehabilitating inmates of The S.O.A.R. (Sexual Offenders Accountability and Responsibility) Program and The S.T.O.P and Change Direction Domestic Violence Education and Treatment Program.  She has also held numerous workshops at events such as Women's Empowerment and Federal Domestic Violence Conferences.


Bagley has been featured on the following media outlets: The Russ Parr Morning Show, The Tom Joyner Morning Show’s Stop the Violence Promotion, The Reverend Al Sharpton Show and The Montel Williams Show.  She was also featured in PINK Magazine and was an invited audience guest at The Oprah Winfrey Show.


Bagley has received numerous awards including: The 2008 Mentor of the Year Award from the 100 Black Men of Triangle East Chapter, and the 2008 Citizen of the Year Awards from the Iota Iota Chapter and the 6th District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.


For more information on the Domestic Violence Symposium, contact Marie Artis, program coordinator, at (803) 536-8802, or email martis@scsu.edu.