Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder will be part of a family violence prevention council fall seminar with a speech given by a domestic violence survivor on Oct. 11 at the LeClaire Room in the N.O. Nelson Complex in Edwardsville.

The seminar will include Sgt. David Vuvich from the Madison County Sheriff's Department, Donya Adkerson, director of Alternatives Counseling, and Ted Parker, director of group interventions.

Crowder has been co-chair of the Third Judicial Circuit Family Violence Prevention Council since 1999 and has served on its court committee since 1996 when the council started.

The seminar will feature a talk given by Teri Jendusa Nicolai, a woman from Wisconsin who was beaten with a baseball bat by her ex-husband and left for dead.

The program is open to the public.

The training begins with registration and a free breakfast at 8:15 a.m. with presentations starting at 8:45 a.m. Lunch is free. The seminar ends at 3:45 p.m.

Continuing education credits will be awarded to Illinois and Missouri attorneys and certified domestic violence professionals.

Registration is requested so that enough food will be available, since the program is open to the public.

For more information or to register, call Tina Culp, (618) 465-1978, or e-mail her at

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