Family Violence Prevention Fund

September 2010

Welcome to the Health Students and Faculty Against Domestic Violence Listserv!

This is a monthly digest containing up-to-date information about research, resources, materials, job opportunities, and events for students and faculty interested in the connection between domestic violence and healthcare. Our goal is to network health students and faculty nationwide who are interested in improving the health sector response to domestic violence and to create a forum for dialogue about this issue.

We encourage you to use this list to announce upcoming events you are planning or to pose questions to the group. This list is moderated by Michelle Dalida, a Graduate Health Intern with the Family Violence Prevention Fund. To post an announcement or ask a question, send an e-mail to Michelle: For more information on the health care system’s response to victims of domestic violence, and for resources including educational tools visit the Family Violence Prevention Fund’s website: Thank you for participating in this forum!


Innovative Pilot Project Identifies First-Ever Clinical Strategy to Help Victims of Partner Violence Avoid Unintended Pregnancy and Further Abuse

Asking young women during family planning clinic visits if they experienced reproductive coercion dramatically reduced the odds of their male partners attempting to force them to become pregnant, a new pilot study by researchers at the UC Davis School of Medicine has found. This National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded study was conducted in conjunction with the Harvard School of Public Health, Family Violence Prevention Fund and reproductive health experts. Published online in the journal Contraception, the study, “A Family Planning Clinic Partner Violence Intervention to Reduce Risk Associated with Reproductive Coercion,” assesses the effectiveness of what the authors said is the first harm-reduction protocol for reducing women’s risk of becoming pregnant by abusive partners.

The study was conducted in four Northern California family-planning clinics between May 2008 and October 2009. The intervention was designed collaboratively by the UC Davis School of Medicine with the Harvard School of Public Health, the Family Violence Prevention Fund, and reproductive health experts. Family planning counselors and clinicians were trained to implement the intervention at two of the four sites. Two control sites provided standard domestic violence and sexual assault screening.  Participants included approximately 900 English- and Spanish-speaking women between 16 and 29 years old, with the vast majority of the women, 76 percent, aged 24 or younger.

This study is a follow up to the groundbreaking study published earlier this year on the prevalence of reproductive coercion and its relationship to unintended pregnancy. In that study, approximately one in five young women said they experienced pregnancy coercion and 15 percent said they experienced birth control sabotage. More than half of the 1,278 respondents said they had experienced physical or sexual violence from an intimate partner. Thirty-five percent of the women who reported partner violence also reported either pregnancy coercion or birth control sabotage.

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[Source: FVPF Pressroom- August 30, 2010]


 “Domestic Violence: Understanding the Problem, Empowering Change”

The Neighborhood Health Association’s Sister Care series presents this conference on Friday, October 1, 2010 in Toledo, OH. The all-day event will be highlighted by a keynote speech from Rory Kennedy, daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy and an acclaimed documentary filmmaker who has addressed the issue of domestic violence in many of her works.  The intent of the program is to increase community focus of domestic violence. The target audience will range from members of social and civic groups, health care practitioners and administrators, social service agencies and care providers, legal professionals, law enforcement organizations, elected officials, the media, and survivors of violence. For more details, visit:



Black, Beverly M. et al (2010). “Graduating Social Work Students’ Perspectives on Domestic Violence.” Affilia May 2010 25: 173-184 

Abstract: This article reports the findings of a qualitative study that examined 124 social work students’ views on the causes and dynamics of domestic violence and their recommended interventions in a case scenario. Most students graduated from the master of social work (MSW) program with a mental health perspective on domestic violence. Only a small percentage were aware of specific interventions for domestic violence and many continued to attribute domestic violence to mental health and substance abuse problems with the victim and perpetrator. Graduates with domestic violence experience varied little from their peers in suggested domestic violence interventions or comments about the causes of domestic violence. The findings suggest that a deliberate, focused attempt to inform students about domestic violence is needed, rather than a reliance on general MSW courses.

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Bair-Merritt. Megan, et al. (2010). “Why Do Women Use Intimate Partner Violence? A Systematic Review of Women’s Motivations.” TRAUMA, VIOLENCE, & ABUSE, 11(4): 178-18 

Abstract: Studies report that women use as much or more physical intimate partner violence (IPV) as men. Most of these studies measure IPV by counting the number of IPV acts over a specified time period, but counting acts captures only one aspect of this complex phenomenon. To inform interventions, women’s motivations for using IPV must be understood. A systematic review, therefore, was conducted to summarize evidence regarding women’s motivations for the use of physical IPV in heterosexual relationships. Four published literature databases were searched, and articles that met inclusion criteria were abstracted. This was supplemented with a bibliography search and expert consultation. Eligible studies included English-language publications that directly investigated heterosexual women’s motivations for perpetrating nonlethal, physical IPV. Of the 144 potentially eligible articles, 23 met inclusion criteria. Over two thirds of studies enrolled participants from IPV shelters, courts, or batterers’ treatment programs. Women’s motivations were primarily assessed through interviews or administration of an author-created questionnaire. Anger and not being able to get a partner’s attention were pervasive themes. Self-defense and retaliation also were commonly cited motivations, but distinguishing the two was difficult in some studies. Control was mentioned but not listed as a primary motivation. IPV prevention and treatment programs should explore ways to effectively address women’s relationship concerns and ability to manage anger and should recognize that women commonly use IPV in response to their partner’s violence. Click here to view the article


Domestic Violence study reveals gender stereotypes- An article about female perpetrators of intimate partner violence

Studies have shown that females can be physically violent. Research by Arizona State University may create more understanding of female perpetrators of intimate partner violence and encourage services for both the perpetrator and male victims. To read more about this study, visit:

[Source: for May 29, 2010]


CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue of Violence Against Women on Contemporary Perspectives on Battered Women’s Use of Non-Fatal Force in Intimate Heterosexual Relationships:  A Contextual Approach 

Violence Against Women is seeking manuscripts for a special issue on contemporary perspectives regarding battered women’s use of non-fatal force in their intimate heterosexual relationships.  Submissions from a variety of disciplines are encouraged including, but not limited to: social work, psychology, philosophy, cultural studies, sociology, law, anthropology, and criminology.  Submissions may be empirically based (but do not need to be), and themes may include (but are not limited to):  domestic violence, women in prison, criminalization of women’s behavior, probation experiences, legal system strategies, and/or historical as well as cross-cultural analyses. Manuscripts that include innovative strategies in work with women from communities of color and other marginalized groups are of particular interest.  The deadline for submission is January 7, 2011. For more information, click here.


CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: The Developing Science of Violence and Abuse: Toward a New Understanding 

The Academy of Violence and Abuse is interested in hearing presentations from those working to improve teaching in the health professions as well as scientific researchers in the area of violence and abuse. Deadline for submissions is October 15, 2010. For more information click here


CALL FOR POSTER SESSION PROPOSALS: 2011 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence & Stalking

End Violence Against Women International invites proposals for posters to be displayed at our international conference which promotes innovative techniques, unique approaches, and promising practices in responding to crimes of violence against women. The EVAW International conference takes a multi-disciplinary approach to training, bringing together representatives from the criminal justice system, victim advocacy, other community professionals, allies, and the general public. The posters will be available for viewing thought the conference which takes place on April 11-13 2011 in Chicago, IL.

For more details, click here.



Clinical Supervisor for Women’s Crisis and Family Outreach Center in Kiowa, CO

The Clinical Supervisor provides therapeutic services to child residents of WCFOC's 28-bed emergency shelter, oversees clinical programming for the shelter and Kiowa out-client offices, and provides clinical supervision to staff therapists and master's level interns. This is a full-time position with on-call responsibilities; two evenings per week required. This position is directly supervised by the Shelter Director with clinical supervision provided by the Clinical Director. For more details, click here.

[Source: –National Job Listings]

Passageway Bilingual Domestic Violence Advocate for the Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospitals in Boston, MA

The advocate provides specialized advocacy services for domestic violence, consultation and technical assistance for domestic violence interventions, and program developments/administrative responsibilities. For more information, click here.




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