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The Erie County Coalition Against Family Violence will launch its 1998 Professional Training Series with a program at 9 a.m Wednesday in Sisters Hospital.

Thea DuBow, assistant director of My Sisters' Place in White Plains, will discuss her experience as a former battered woman who was imprisoned. While at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, she participated in the first domestic violence hearing ever held in a prison, which made her interested in working against violence in intimate relationships.

The program also will feature the short documentary film "Defending Our Lives," which addresses the magnitude of domestic violence.

The series will continue on April 22, when Bonita Frazer of Crisis Services will discuss "Self-Neglect in the Aging," and on May 27 when Michael Walters of Western New York Stress Reduction Program Inc. and Medical Services Division, Cheektowaga, will speak on "Compassion Fatigue."

There is a small registration fee. More information is available by calling 862-1947.

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