Oct. 15, 2016 Luncheon Meeting

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October 15, 2016 /  Florida Chapter Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

GUEST SPEAKERS:  Linda Gordon Hengerer and Eric Flowers

PROGRAM: Domestic Violence: Tales from the Trenches

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month. Linda Gordon Hengerer and Eric Flowers will talk about domestic violence from both the agency (SafeSpace) and law enforcement perspectives.

Eric will walk you through what happens when a disturbance call comes in. He’ll answer your questions, such as: What makes a domestic violence call so dangerous for law enforcement? What happens after an arrest is made? How is an abuser punished?

Linda will walk you through the process for a victim. She’ll answer questions such as: What happens to the victim who flees in the middle of the night? What help is available to her from the societal standpoint?

SafeSpace is the only certified domestic violence center on the Treasure Coast. Linda and Eric serve as President and President-Elect, respectively. SafeSpace provides emergency shelter, help with restraining orders, and ongoing tools and training to live a life free of violence.

NOTE: We’re also collecting books to be donated to SafeSpace from anyone who comes to the meeting and wishes to donate new or used books (your own, or others if you’re cleaning out your bookshelves). Women and children of all ages participate in the shelter, so don’t worry about subject matter. Mysteries are most welcome!

Linda G. HengererLinda Gordon Hengerer is the author of the Beach Tea Shop mystery series, and several non-fiction books on football, how to fold fitted sheets, and wine pairings. A New Jersey native transplanted to Florida, she enjoys winters with sun and sand instead of snow and freezing temperatures. She is a board member of Mystery Writers of America-Florida Chapter. Many years of working in corporate America have made her grateful for her writing time. Visit her at LindaGordonHengerer.com.

Eric FlowersEric S. Flowers (Indian River County Sheriff’s Office) began his career with the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office in 2003, after being moved to serve his community following the attacks of September 11, 2001. He is a graduate of Sebastian River High School and holds a bachelor of business administration degree from Stetson University, masters of science in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida, and is a fourth year doctoral student of Public Affairs, also at UCF. Eric has served the citizens of Indian River County as a patrol deputy, a field-training officer, S.W.A.T. team and honor guard member, undercover detective, detective sergeant, and now in his current role as the sergeant of public affairs. Eric and his wife Rachel, their one-year-old son, and their entire family live in Indian River County.

DATE:  Saturday, October 15, 2016

TIME: 12:30: Mingling; 1:00: Lunch; 1:45: Business Meeting; 2:00: Presentation

PLACE: The Addison, 2 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432. (561) 372-0568. Directions: http://theaddisonofbocaraton.com/contact/

COST:  $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members.

RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT:   To reserve and pay through PayPal, visit the Chapter website https://mwaflorida.org/events/monthly-meetings/#lunchmeet, fill out the “Sign up for Luncheon meeting,” and click the “Pay Now” PayPal button. Note: You do not need to have a PayPal account to use this site.

To reserve and pay via mail: email Harriet at harriet@ottenheimer.com  with the subject line “FMWA Meeting” to reserve a spot.  In the body of the email, please include your name, the name of any guest you have invited, your email address, and telephone number.  Then write your check or money order payable to  “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter” and mail to Harriet Ottenheimer, at 2301 S. Ocean Dr., #2005, Hollywood, FL 33019.






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