Breaking the Cycle of Abuse is the main theme of the 2nd annual Community Hope Conference to be held October 22 and 23, 2009 on the campus of Missouri Southern State University (MSSU), Joplin. Sponsored by The Alliance of Southwest Missouri, in conjunction with Economic Security Corporation and other community organizations, the event hopes to raise community awareness on the critical and often devastating issues surrounding family violence and sexual abuse. An evening event entitled "Breaking the Cycle, Beating the Odds" featuring guest speaker Johnnetta McSwain, is scheduled for October 22, 6 p.m. in Corley Auditorium on the MSSU Campus. Cost is free and open to the public. For additional information contact Nancy at (417)782-9899 or register online.