For release on October 1, 2014   Contact: James Gibbons-Shapiro Assistant District Attorney 408-792-2985  
 
    DA USING PRESENTATION AND PLAYLIST TO RAISE  DV AWARENESS     The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office is using the power of music during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.    This Friday afternoon, Assistant District Attorney James Gibbons-Shapiro and Yale Professor Daphne Brooks will be lecturing on “Domestic Violence and Popular Music: Hey Joe, where are you goin’ with that gun in your hand?   “Our pop music history reflects a mixed message about domestic violence. We say to young men that you should never hit a woman.  Yet we seem to also say that it’s acceptable to hurt her if she cheats or leaves you,” Gibbons-Shapiro said. “If we are going to reject violence in relationships, then we have to find a way to appreciate our blues, rock and roll, country, and hip hop history - and then label their often empathetic attitude toward abuse as the history of the way we used to think.”   Media is invited to attend the DV conference presentation, at 2:20 p.m. Friday at the Marriott, 2700 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara. The prosecutor and the professor are sharing a STOP DV Spotify playlist that includes 15 songs, from Bessie Smith to Babyface.   The Office is also distributing a poster created by Chris Magdaleno, a San Jose high school student, to raise awareness about teen dating violence. Copies of the poster are available
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