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From left, back row: Lynne Rowson with FC Domestic Abuse Hotline, JD Miller and Sam Bachman, ADAPT counselors. Front row: Angie Carrera, Office of Public, Private Partnerships, Rhiannon Duck, legislative aide to Supervisor Cook, Kathleen Kelmelis, program manager of Fairfax County Office for Women and Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, Holland Omar, ADAPT counselor.

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Forum Highlights Domestic Violence

Cook holds gathering to “Stop the Silence—End the Violence.”

Oct. 17. The back patio at Kilroy’s Restaurant and Sports Bar on Port Royal Road in Springfield was the scene of a gathering described by host Fairfax County Supervisor John C. Cook (R- Braddock), as “part of an effort to shine the light on the oft-hidden and denied blight on our families … of domestic violence.” Cook was appointed by the Board of Supervisors in February to be their liaison to the Domestic Violence Prevention, Policy and Coordinating Council. “The name may be a mouthful,” admitted Cook in an interview during the event, “but the people you need to get things done are all right in the room,” he said. “This group gets things done.”

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