NILES - Ty Wilson, a coach with St. Ignatius School in Cleveland, shared his own story of how violence in his life affected him as a child.
Wilson, the keynote speaker at the recent domestic violence roundtable discussion held at Ciminero's in Niles and hosted by the Trumbull County Domestic Violence Task Force, now speaks to children and youth to help them deal with any violence they may face in their lives.
The all-day event focused on how Trumbull County responds to domestic violence and what intervention can be provided to help children whose lives have been affected. A panel of experts shared their expertise.
Various speakers spoke to the 180 people who attended, including Tim Schaffner with Trumbull County Children Services and Ed Bolino with Valley Counseling Services, who discussed trauma informed care and how trauma impacts behavior.
Marjorie Dangaran, one of the event coordinators with the task force, said those in attendance included social workers, teachers, clergy and others who deal with children who face situations of domestic violence.
"Our focus this year has been on children living in the swirl of violence," she said, noting the many who attended are concerned about domestic violence and want to be able to help.
"Many of our speakers are local residents and are providing ways to address the trauma children face with violence in their lives," she said.
Dangaran said, "What we are doing is bringing attention to children who live in world with domestic violence."
Wilson spoke on "Building Broken Men: Overcoming Issues of Abused Boys." He said a movement was started to have men and coaches speak to boys and young men about violence issues as well as issues of sexting and videotaping and posting items online, noting the recent Steubenville schools rape case involving high school football players and a teenage girl.
He said there is concern that what teens post online may affected them as adults.
"We want to understand and help those who have been through violence," Wilson said.
Other speakers addressed responding to a child's disclosure and when domestic violence comes to school.
Linda Baer, program manager of Someplace Safe and co-chair for the task force, addressed traumatic events children face and how the task force addresses the problem.
Dangaran said the task force wants to make the world safer and that social workers and people in schools may better understand a child's behavior may be because of violence in the home.
The task force is a network of individuals and organization from across the county who advocate with and for battered persons and advocates for social change to break the cycle of violence.