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Partner violence is focus of Oct. 22 Café Scientifique

September 30, 2009 -- MSU News Service

David Sklar will speak at the Oct. 22 Café Scientifique in Bozeman.   High-Res Available

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BOZEMAN -- A public health approach to intimate partner violence will be discussed at the next Café Scientifique to be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Ferraro's Fine Italian Restaurant in Bozeman.

David P. Sklar, associate dean of Graduate Medical Education at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, will discuss "When Love Hurts: A Public Health Approach to Intimate Partner Violence." The public is invited to this free informal discussion.

Violence, particularly intimate partner violence, has traditionally been treated as a private matter between individuals, Sklar says. This leads to a hands-off approach until something happens, at which point the criminal justice system may become involved. A public health approach suggests that focusing on the environment and the community can help prevent violence and create better supportive environments.

Sklar will look at how violence is typically portrayed in stories and movies and examine various social science theories of violence. He will describe the multi-disciplinary public health approach that has been used over the past 10 years and how it has changed the way people think about violence.

Sklar is the author of "La Clinica: A Doctor's Journey Across Borders" in which he recalls how his earliest experiences in a remote Mexican clinic helped shape his career as an emergency physician and educator. Montana State University will sponsor a book signing the evening before the Café. It will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Country Bookshelf in Bozeman.

Café Scientifique, co-sponsored by Montana's INBRE Program and MSU's College of Letters and Science, provides a relaxed setting for people to learn about current scientific topics. The concept started in England in 1998 and has spread to a handful of locations in the United States. Following a short presentation by a scientific expert, the majority of time is reserved for questions, answers and lively discussion.

Café Scientifique seating is limited and the event is popular, so attendees may want to arrive early.

For more information, contact Laurie Howell at (406) 994-7531 or For more information about the Café Scientifique concept, check the Web at

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or