OAKLAND -- Alameda and Contra Costa County residents are invited to participate in a community dialogue on domestic violence Wednesday, May 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak Street.

The program, entitled The Huxtables Don't Live Here Anymore – Legal Tools for Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence, will promote greater awareness of what legal protections are available to domestic violence victims. Panelists include federal and state court judges, prosecutors, law enforcement officers and victim advocates.

The program is sponsored by the CARES Committee of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and co-sponsored by the law firm of Reed Smith LLP. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Free parking is also available. For those taking public transportation, the Oakland Museum is located close to the Lake Merritt BART station.

"We want every person who is in a violent relationship to know that there are advocates who want to help them break the cycle. We're depending on community members to help us spread that message," said U.S. District Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong of Oakland, one of the organizers.

Also participating are Judge Leo Dorado of the Alameda County Superior Court; Kim Hunter, Alameda County Senior Deputy District Attorney; Kimberly Briggs, Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of California; Officer Randy White, Oakland Police Department Special Victims Unit; Sherry Wise, Domestic Violence Consultant; and Anissa Basoco-Villareal, Senior Victim-Witness Consultant for the Family Justice Center of Alameda County.