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Free, public talk Oct. 27 to raise awareness of domestic violence

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Oct. 15, 2010) – Tidewater Community College shines the light on battling domestic violence with activities throughout the month of October including a free, public talk by Janine Latus, best-selling author of If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister’s Story of Love, Murder and Liberation, which made both the New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller lists. Latus speaks at TCC’s Portsmouth Campus, Building A, in the Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m.

A compelling teacher and speaker, Latus is a spokeswoman for Amy’s Courage Fund, which gives money directly to women who need a way out of abusive relationships. Her work has appeared in O, the Oprah Magazine, More, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Parents, All You, American Baby and in-flight magazines for US Airways, American Airlines, Continental Airlines and TWA. She has also written for and MSN Money.

In addition, her commentaries have aired on Public Radio International’s Marketplace, and she routinely speaks at conferences, workshops and press events on things as far apart as domestic violence and the joy of selecting the perfect verb. She has taught at the Missouri School of Journalism and at East Carolina University, and at writing workshops at universities in Missouri, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

For more information, call the Women’s Center at 822-1349 or visit For campus location, visit


Laurie White

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - topped 45,000 students in 2009-10. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling & simulation, network security, nursing, and automotive technology. Among the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the United States, TCC was founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System. The college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit