Supreme Court Upholds Reach of US Gun Ban for Domestic Violence

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Jun 27, 2016, 2:04 PM E The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the broad reach of a federal law that bars people convicted of domestic violence from owning guns. The justices on Monday rejected arguments that the law covers only intentional or knowing acts of abuse and not those […]


mark-wynn-flyer-bw-page-001Avenues will be hosting a no cost Law Enforcement training on October 18th starting at 8am to 4:30pm. The training will be held at the American Legion 3819 Hwy MM in Hannibal, MO.

This training will provide a certificate of completion or POST hours will be available.

This training will be open to Law Enforcement, Prosecuting Attorneys, EMT professionals, Children Division, and advocates. RSVP today by emailing or calling 573-406-1400.

The trainer will be Mark Wynn who is a twenty-one year member of the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department and has served as Lieutenant to the Domestic Violence Division. Wynn was a member of the Special weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team for 15 years. He was the recipient of 121 commendations and 51 awards and certificates, including the 1995 National Improvement of Justice Award and the 1998 Nashvillian of the Year Award. Mark is considered an expert on the issue of family violence in state and federal court and has spoken at the White House on strategies to prevent domestic violence in the country.

Training will cover as follows:

The Realities of Violence Against Women – Assessing Lethality and Threats
Beyond the Obvious – Interpreting the Power, Control and Manipulation
Examination of the Motive and Impact of Strangulation
What Should Happen and What You Should Expect from an Effective On-Scene Investigation
Liability in Domestic/Sexual Violence Incidents
Stalking and Counter-Stalking
Finding and Helping the Hidden Victims: Responding to Children Exposed to Violence in the Home
Witness Intimidation and Forfeiture by Wrongdoing
High Profile Offenders

Avenues Annual Awareness Walk: Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk

AVENUES is seeking men, women, and children to walk in their Annual Awareness Walk.  This year’s theme is Walk the Walk and Talk the Talk.  AVENUES encourages both women and men to participate its annual  Awareness Walk around Central Park in Hannibal.  According to AVENUES Director, Judy Edmonson, “These are issues that affect both men and women and we need to work together to end domestic and sexual violence.”

Avenues Annual Awarness LogoThe AVENUES Annual Awareness walk is also a fund-raiser for AVENUES.   Edmonson indicated that last year’s event raised approximately $5,000.  This money goes the cost of providing shelter and outreach advocacy services to individuals who are victims of domestic or sexual violence.  Nearly 20 men walked in the 2015 Awareness Walk.    “The reality of rape is that one out of every four American women will be the victim of domestic violence, an attempted or completed rape.   The majority of men do not commit sexual and domestic violence and as a son, husband, and the father of two young daughters, I feel men have a responsibility to take a stand against and work to prevent rape and domestic violence,” explains Cory Combs, AVENUES Board member.


Walkers are asked to raise money through pledges from family, friends and co-workers.  This year’s event includes a tier of fundraising incentives, including an option to choose to walk in tennis shoes instead of women’s heels by raising $300 in pledges.  Walkers are encouraged to raise as much money as possible to earn additional incentives.

AVENUES’ Awareness Walk, Music and BBQ will be July 12 at Central Park in Hannibal, Missouri.  Walkers will begin signing in and choosing their shoes at 5:00 p.m.  BBQ and non-alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase.  Tim Hart will provide music throughout the event until 9:00 pm.  Parents as Teachers of Hannibal will be providing a children’s activity.

Individuals wishing to participate can contact AVENUES at 573-406-1400 or by email at .  Participants can also register to walk by logging on to AVENUES website at

A United Way funded agency, AVENUES provides free, confidential, and non-judgmental services to victims of sexual and domestic violence in Clark, Lewis, Marion, Ralls, Pike, Monroe and Shelby counties in Northeast Missouri

Power Up for Avenues

Do you like to play games! It is time to play some games, have some fun and raise some money for Avenues.
Get Registered Today!

Mark your calendars for April 9th. An all day event 8 am – midnight at Knights of Columbus Hall in Hannibposter-3al. First Tournament starts at 10 am.

Register for Tournaments today!
10 am League of Legends
10 am Clue
12 pm Mario Kart
2 pm Magic:The Gathering
4 pm Madden
6 pm Munchkin
8 pm Call of Duty
All Day Tournaments are Checkers and Warhammer


$5 to enter and $5 per tournament. Family and Gamer packages will be available.

Register for the tournaments at