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Cindy Granier
Administrative Assistant

'Fifty Shades' Domestic Abuse Webinar Postponed Until the Fall

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Houston, April 22, 2015 — The Fifty Shades of Grey: A Look at Love, Deception and Abuse webinar with Dr. Amy Bonomi, professor and chair of Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State University, has been postponed until the fall.

The webinar originally was to be held on Monday, April 27, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Rockwell Pavilion in the M.D. Anderson Library. It was being co-sponsored by the University of Houston Police Department and Crime Stoppers of Houston.

The event will now take place in October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The date, time and location are still to be determined.

Bonomi's research concentrates on the long-term health effects of domestic violence and the intimacy dynamics that keep violent relationships intact. She and some of her colleagues analyzed abuse in the national bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey using the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's definitions of intimate partner violence. They then published a second study showing violence victimization and associated health risks in young women readers of the book series.

Bonomi writes a violence prevention blog for the Huffington Post and her research has been featured in USA Today, MSNBC, Washington Post, Cosmopolitan and other major media outlets.


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