KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Ending family violence is the focus of a symposium now underway at Oregon Tech. The family violence symposium began Monday morning.
Nearly 400 people are registered, covering a wide mix of professionals. “We have educators, law enforcement, child welfare, self-sufficiency, medical,” explained DHS District Manager Jeremy Player. “All of us deal with violence in the home on a daily basis.”
It’s estimated that two out of every three kids will experience at least one traumatic event before the age of 16.
Dr. Chelsey Torgerson wants to partner with local school districts to help kids heal. “Schools can be a place of healing,” Torgerson said, “and that sometimes in order to learn, healing has to take place.”
Changes are also ahead for corrections and prosecution.
“For years and years we’ve been doing treatment programs that were shame-based, and demeaning,” explained Klamath County District Attorney Eve Costello. “Those have been incredibly ineffective, with only 6% at the highest reduction in recidivism rates.”
But, Costello added that some things will not change for those convicted of domestic violence. “They will still have to plead guilty, they will still be involved in a court treatment process. It’s just that they will voluntarily participate in a treatment program.”
The Klamath County Family Violence Symposium continues Tuesday at Oregon Tech. The program is offered to the public free of charge.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.