Family Violence Prevention Fund

October 2010

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we’re now reminded of the critical importance to reach out to our colleagues and peers with information about the issue, and resources for victims. Find out what you can do at your school, clinic, and community by reading the features below.  Read our online fact sheets to learn more about the issue and take a look at our online catalog of materials to support your campus activities.  Let me know what you’re planning on your campus for October and beyond by sending me an email:

 Also, feel free to email me to subscribe to the listserv, ask any questions, or to talk more about campus strategies to help raise awareness of domestic violence.

Michelle Dalida
Family Violence Prevention Fund
Graduate Health Intern


October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence is a health care issue of epidemic proportions. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that 37 percent of all women who sought care in hospital emergency rooms for violence-related injuries were injured by a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend. Abused women experience a 50-70% increase in gynecological, central nervous system, and stress-related problems. Medical studies have also linked the long term effects of domestic violence and abuse with health problems including diabetes, obesity, and eating disorders.

Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day (HCADV Day) is a nationally recognized awareness-raising day that takes place annually on the second Wednesday of October—this year on October 13, 2010. Sponsored by the Family Violence Prevention Fund, HCADV Day aims to reach members of the healthcare community and educate them about the critical importance of assessing for domestic violence, as well as the long term health implications of domestic violence and lifetime exposure to abuse. While doctors and nurses routinely screen for high blood pressure and high cholesterol, too few screen for domestic violence.  This puts health care providers in a unique position to help victims of abuse if they know how to detect domestic violence and provide victims with referrals and support.  To read more about the many health effects of domestic violence, view Making the Connection: Intimate Partner Violence and Public Health. For more information on how you can get involved in HCADV Day, see the organizing packet.


Domestic Violence Takes Center Stage in Journalism Curriculum at California State University at Northridge

Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) has been working closely with the Journalism Department of California State University at Northridge (CSUN) to build the capacity of Latina/o journalism students to better understand sexual coercion, domestic abuse, dating violence, sexual assault and their impact on reproductive health.  During this reporting period, the target students who received training through their journalism classes applied their learning by producing the May issue of El Nuevo Sol.  This Spanish edition of the newspaper is the first to focus on domestic violence, sexual abuse and reproductive health.  To assist the students with their project, FVPF presented at two classes at CSUN, provided information through telephonic follow-up discussions, relevant materials and other resources.  In addition, FVPF organized an educational trip for two CSUN students to conduct 2-day interview sessions with Latinas in San Francisco.  FVPF partnered with Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA), a Bay Area community based organization, to coordinate and recruit the participants.

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University of California at San Francisco Annual Domestic Violence Conference: “Opening Dialogue on Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence: What Health Professionals Can Do”

The UCSF Students for the prevention of Domestic Violence is hosting their annual conference on domestic violence with this year’s topic emphasizing the impact of clinicians in assessing domestic violence during check-ups with their patients. The keynote speaker is Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD who has published numerous papers of the effects of domestic violence on health. The conference will be held on Saturday, October 16. To register and learn more about this event, click here.



Yoshihama, M. et al (2010). “Intimate partner violence and initiation of smoking and drinking: A population-based study of women in Yokohama, Japan.” SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE, 71(6): 1199-1207

Abstract: Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is prevalent in the lives of women across the globe and has been found to be associated with substance use among women. As part of the World Health Organization's (WHO) cross-national research effort, this study examined the relationship between the experience of IPV and use of alcohol and tobacco among a probability sample of women aged 18-49 in Yokohama, Japan. Using retrospective data for 2000-2001, we employed methods of survival analysis that allowed an examination of the probability of initiating smoking and drinking subsequent to the experience of IPV. Experiencing IPV was associated with current smoking as well as initiation of smoking and current patterns of drinking. Women who had experienced IPV were more likely to be smoking at the time of the interview and tended to initiate smoking at earlier ages compared to those who had not experienced IPV. At any time point, the risk of starting to smoke was more than twice as high for women who had previously experienced IPV than for women who had not. In addition, women who had experienced IPV were more likely to drink heavily. The present study's findings clearly point to the need to enhance coordination between IPV prevention and substance abuse programs in order to improve the safety and wellbeing of women who have experienced IPV. Click here to read the article.


Tzilos, GK  et al (2010). “Commission Versus Receipt of Violence During Pregnancy: Associations With Substance Abuse Variables.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence , 25(10): 1928-1940

Abstract: The tendency for women to report both commission and receipt of violence is an understudied phenomenon. In particular, little is known about individual differences as a function of commission vs. receipt of partner violence among pregnant women. Using a sample of 78 cohabiting low-SES pregnant women, the current study examines three violence subtypes based on self-report (primarily commission of violence, primarily receipt of violence, and no report of violence) and investigated differences in a range of other risk factors among these subtypes. In this sample, 47% reported higher levels of intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration than victimization; 14% reported more IPV victimization than perpetration; and 39% reported no IPV. Results demonstrate clear differences between women reporting IPV and those not reporting IPV and clear differences between IPV subtypes in terms of partner substance use, with women reporting primarily receipt of violence also reporting more drug and alcohol abuse by their partners. Although preliminary, these findings suggest that the commission of violence may be more common during pregnancy than the receipt of violence, but that risks for these two subgroups are similar. Click here to view the article.


Colarossi, LG et al (2010). “Screening for Intimate Partner Violence in Reproductive Health Centers: An Evaluation Study.” Women & Health 20(4):313-326

Abstract: This study compared rates of intimate partner violence reports on a new, empirically-developed screening tool completed by 385 women in 2007 to those from an older tool completed by 420 women in 2006. Data were obtained from randomly selected medical charts across three health center locations, which were part of the same reproductive health care organization. Chi-square analyses were conducted to test associations between demographic characteristics and partner violence reports. Multiple regression analyses were used to compare odds ratios of disclosure by type of screening tool, adjusting for associated demographic factors associated with partner violence reports. Women completing the old and new tools were similar across all demographic characteristics. After adjusting for age and center location, women completing the new screening form were more than 2.5 times as likely to report any partner violence. When analyzed by mutually exclusive violence history categories, women completing the new screening form were over 2.5 times as likely to report past or current violence and over 4 times as likely to report experiencing both past and current violence. Findings suggest that implementing empirically developed brief screening tools for partner violence in reproductive health settings may elicit more disclosures from patients than more traditional tools. Click here to read the article.



Call for Presentations: The Developing Science of Violence and Abuse: Toward a New Understanding

The Academy on Violence and Abuse are looking for reports of original research related to violence and/or abuse and health or health professional education are particularly welcome. The research may pertain to clinical, economic, health systems, curricular, or faculty development issues in relation to the field violence and abuse. Click here to submit.  The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2010.


Call for Papers: 11th Annual International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services Conference: Towards Integrated Prevention

The International Association of Forensic Mental Health Service will be hosting a conference on June 29-July 1, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. They are seeking conference material concerning mental health and domestic violence. Proposals for papers, symposia and poster presentations will be accepted online starting October 1st, 2010.



Certified Domestic Violence Facilitator- Assistance League of California- Hollywood, CA

Direct and facilitate Domestic Violence Batterer’s Intervention Group in accordance with state and county guidelines. To learn more about this organization and this job opportunity, click here.

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Domestic Violence Social Worker- Senica, LLC- Allen Park, MI

Masters-level Social Worker or Counselor needed to teach our Domestic Violence Batterers Intervention Program in small group settings. For more details, click here.


Child and Family Domestic Violence Advocate- Child and Family Tennessee- Knoxville, TN

The successful candidate will have the ability to react calmly and perform crisis intervention techniques, ability to speak publicly or present information and the ability to set appropriate limits and boundaries with clients. A Bachelor's Degree in Social Services or other related human services field is required. 2-4 years of experience with domestic violence and/or trauma and knowledge of resources regarding services is preferred. For more information, click here.


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