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Posted on: February 10, 2020


Council Member Jolene Ivey and Prince George’s County Family Justice Center Host 
“Love Shouldn’t Hurt: A Celebration for Survivors of Domestic Violence”

Featured Guest: Award-Winning Global Keynote Speaker and Domestic Abuse Survivor
 Mildred D. Muhammad 

 Prince George’s County Council Member Jolene Ivey (D) – District 5, is partnering with the Prince George’s County Family Justice Center to co-host Love Shouldn’t Hurt: A Celebration for Survivors of Domestic Violence” on Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., at the Theresa Banks Community Center, 8615 McLain Avenue, in Glenarden, Maryland.

“Love Shouldn’t Hurt: A Celebration for Survivors of Domestic Violence” will feature sought-after, award-winning global keynote speaker, and domestic abuse survivor, Mildred D. Muhammad. A Certified Consultant with the US Department of Justice for the Office for Victims of Crime, and a Certified Domestic Violence Advocate, Muhammad is the ex-wife of D.C. sniper John A. Muhammed. Muhammed travels the world promoting domestic violence awareness and prevention, while sharing stories of her journey from a painful past to a life of purpose.

Council Member Ivey says the decision to host the “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” event on Valentine’s Day is directly related to the complex emotions that can accompany this time of year for survivors of domestic abuse.

“Valentine’s Day is often synonymous with feelings of love, but for survivors of domestic abuse, it can bring up complex emotions. This event will celebrate survivors of abuse and offer them critical community resources, support and encouragement, so no survivor feels the need to return to an abusive relationship.”

Family Justice Center Director Denise McCain says co-hosting “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” with Council Member Ivey provides an important opportunity to inform and support victims of domestic abuse.

“We want survivors of domestic abuse to know the County has resources in place to support them, and beyond that, we want to celebrate their journey from victim to survivor.”

“Love Shouldn’t Hurt,” an initiative created by District 5 Council Member Jolene Ivey, focuses on eradicating domestic partner abuse in Prince George’s County communities through information, collaboration, education and engagement.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. To register, please visit,

Love Shouldn’t Hurt: A Celebration for Survivors of Domestic Violence

District 5 Council Member Jolene Ivey
Family Justice Center Director, Denise McCain
Award-winning Global Keynote Speaker, and Domestic Abuse Survivor, Mildred D. Muhammad
County Residents

February 14, 2020, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Theresa Banks Community Center
8615 McLain Avenue
Glenarden, Maryland  20706

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