Officials say it's a growing problem.

After the holiday, families in DeKalb invited to strengthen relationships

It’s no secret that the holidays can be a stressful time for some families.

That’s why DeKalb County is inviting families to take part in a program this Saturday, Nov. 30, focused on building healthy relationships. Beginning at 9 a.m., families can participate in workshops aimed at improving communication and conflict resolution tactics.

The “Because We Are Family” event is organized by DeKalb County Solicitor General Donna Coleman-Stribling, who has put a strong emphasis on addressing domestic violence issues in DeKalb. The program, put on in partnership with the organization Men Stopping Violence, will be held at Exchange Park Recreation Center at 2771 Columbia Dr.

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Families are encouraged to register online. Children must be at least five years old to attend, but families do not need children in order to participate in Because We Are Family.

Coleman-Stribling’s office prosecutes criminal misdemeanor offenses in DeKalb, where officials say domestic violence cases account for nearly a third of all misdemeanor cases.

The county recently announced it is investing $100,000 to expand domestic violence prevention programs, launching an initiative called “Not in My DeKalb.” Coleman-Stribling’s office is also assigning a victims’ advocate to the police department’s south precinct. The employee will directly engage with victims of domestic violence, providing them with resources and information.

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