May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Victims of intimate
partner violence experience increased rates of depression, suicide
ideation/actions, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and panic attacks. One
Massachusetts study found that one in five female public high school students
who reported experiencing physical or sexual violence from a dating partner
were eight to nine times more likely to have attempted suicide in the past
year. This fact reiterates the connection between domestic violence and all
types of health issues.
There are different ways you can help bring awareness to
domestic violence not only this month, but all year long. 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 May and beyond by sending me an email: healthintern1@futureswithoutviolence.
Also, feel free to email me with any questions or to talk
more about campus strategies to help raise awareness of domestic violence. If
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Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence
Graduate Health Intern
Prevention Fund Changes Name to Futures Without Violence
On May 1, 2011, the Family Violence Prevention Fund
officially becomes Futures Without Violence. Our mission remains to prevent and
end violence against women and children around the world.
With our new name we are also opening a new international
center – Futures Without Violence at the Presidio National Park in San
Francisco. This historic center, scheduled for completion in 2012, will serve
as a global town square to promote the safety and wellbeing of all through our
education, advocacy, and leadership programs, giving voice to women and girls,
men and boys everywhere.
Please visit our new website futureswithoutviolence.org!
Training Institute- Engaging Men and Boys to Prevent Domestic and Sexual
Violence- Portland, OR
The Northwest Regional Training Institute and A Call to
Men are providing a free advanced training to men, women, teens and adults of
all ages to help shift social norms that define manhood in our culture and
produce a national movement of men committed to ending violence against women.
Training will be held on May 3 and 4 from 9am-5pm. For more information, click here.
Survivor’s Journey: Understanding the Health Impact of Abuse and Paths to
Futures Without Violence is hosting this free webinar which
will first explore the health impact of abuse by reviewing the latest data and
research. We will then hear from one survivor’s experience of violence and
coping, and learn how she discovered the importance of becoming proactive in
her health care. This webinar is targeted for any woman who may have
experienced abuse, as well as other DV/SA advocates and health care providers.
The webinar will be held on May 10 from 10-11:30am PST. To register, click here.
Coalition on Sexual Offending- 14th Annual Training- San Mateo, CA
The California Coalition on Sexual Offending is hosting
their three day training conference on May 11-13 in San Mateo, California.
Pre-conference workshops include such topics as juvenile sexual offenders and
their treatment; sex offender assessment, treatment and management, and
community education in successful sex offender re-entry. Keynote speaker,
Detective Rover Shilling, Jr. will discuss sex offender re-entry in his keynote
speech. For more information on this training, click here. [Source:ncsdv.org]
Instructor Training Program- Coeur D’Alene, ID and Moorhead, MN
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is offering an instructor
development program designed to increase the effectiveness of those law
enforcement professional tasked with delivering domestic violence related
training. Applicants must be federal, state, local, campus or tribal criminal
justice professionals, law enforcements personnel, or domestic violence
advocates. The training takes 4 ½ days and tuition is free. The Coeur D’Alene, ID training takes place
May 2-6 and the Moorhead, MN training will be held on May 23-27. For more
information and to register, click here.
Coalition Against Sexual Assault 2011 Statewide Conference- New Bern, NC
The North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault is
hosting its 2011 Statewide Conference from May 17-19. Keynote speakers will address the national
trends impacting the anti-sexual violence movement and men in the anti-sexual
violence movement. For more information and to register for this conference,
International Conference on Violence Against Women- Montréal, Canada
The Interdisciplinary Research Center on Family Violence
and Violence Against Women hosts its Second International Conference on
Violence Against Women, Violence Against
Women: Complex Realities and New Issues in a Changing World. This
conference brings together researchers, practitioners, political decision
makers, and students from around the world to share knowledge and practices and
debate current issues in the field. The conference will be held in Montréal,
Canada from May 29-June 1. For more information, click here.
CURRENT NEWS AND
Jones, RK . et al
(2011). “Perceptions of Male Knowledge and Support Among U.S. Women Obtaining
Abortions.” Womens Health Issues, 21 (2): 117-123
Abstract: Purpose: At least one national study has
shown that most women having abortions have consulted with male partners before
terminating a pregnancy. However, little is known about the extent to which
women perceive men to be supportive of their abortion decisions or which
relationship characteristics are associated with male knowledge of and support
for the abortion.
used data from a nationally representative sample of 9,493 women obtaining
abortions to examine perceptions of male knowledge and support for the abortion
according to three relationship characteristics: Union status, length of
relationship, and exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV).
The overwhelming majority of women reported that the men with whom they got
pregnant knew about the abortion, and most perceived these men to be
supportive. Cohabiting and, to a lesser extent, married women as well as those
in longer relationships were more likely to report both of these outcomes, even
after controlling for demographic characteristics. Exposure to IPV by the man
involved in the pregnancy, reported by 7% of abortion patients, substantially
reduced the likelihood that women perceived the men to know about or to be
supportive of the abortion.
results suggest that most women obtaining abortions are able to rely on male
partners for social support. Education and counseling efforts that incorporate
or reach out to male partners may increase support for women obtaining
abortions. However, this strategy may not be appropriate for all women,
especially those exposed to IPV.
[Source: Web of Knowledge]
Humphreys, J. et
al (2011). “Increasing Discussions of Intimate Partner Violence in Prenatal
Care Using Video Doctor Provider Cueing: A Randomized, Controlled Trial.”
Womens Health Issues, 21(2): 136-144.
Abstract: Purpose: To report the effectiveness of
a prenatal intervention and to provide evidence that prenatal visits provide an
opportune time for health assessment and counseling with abused women.
ethnically diverse pregnant women who presented for routine prenatal care and
who also reported being at risk for intimate partner violence (IPV) were
recruited to the study. Participants were assigned to either usual care or the
Video Doctor plus Provider Cueing intervention. At baseline and 1 month later
at another routine prenatal visit, intervention group participants received a
15-minute Video Doctor assessment and interactive tailored counseling. Their
providers received a printed Cue Sheet alert and suggested counseling
Participants in the intervention group were significantly more likely to report
provider-patient discussions of IPV compared with participants receiving usual
care at baseline (81.8% vs. 16.7%; p < .001) and at the 1-month follow-up
(70.0% vs. 23.5%; p = .005). Summing the number of patient-provider discussions
across the two visits at baseline and 1 month later, intervention participants
were significantly more likely to have IPV risk discussion with their providers
at one or both visits (90.0% vs. 23.6%; p < .001) compared with the
participants who received usual care. When specifically asked about the
helpfulness of these IPV-related discussions, 20 out of 22 (90.9%) participants
rated the discussion as helpful or very helpful at baseline and all 18(100%)
participants rated the discussion as helpful or very helpful at the 1-month
Video Doctor plus Provider Cueing intervention significantly increases the
likelihood of provider-patient IPV discussion with pregnant women with a
history of abuse.
[Source: Web of Knowledge]
Puri, S. et al
(2011). “ ‘There is such thing as too many daughters, but not too many sons’: A
qualitative study of son preference and fetal sex selection among Indian
immigrants in the United States.” Social Science& Medicine, 72 (7):1169-76.
In response to concerns from feminists, demographers, bioethicists,
journalists, and health care professionals, the Indian government passed
legislation in 1994 and 2003 prohibiting the use of sex selection technology
and sex-selective abortion. In contrast, South Asian families immigrating to
the United States find themselves in an environment where reproductive choice
is protected by law and technologies enabling sex selection are readily
available. Yet there has been little research exploring immigrant Indian
women's narratives about the pressure they face to have sons, the process of
deciding to utilize sex selection technologies, and the physical and emotional
health implications of both son preference and sex selection. We undertook
semi-structured, in-depth interviews with 65 immigrant Indian women in the
United States who had pursued fetal sex selection on the East and West coasts
of the United States between September 2004 and December 2009. Women spoke of
son preference and sex selection as separate though intimately related
phenomena, and the major themes that arose during interviews included the
sociocultural roots of son preference; women's early socialization around the
importance of sons; the different forms of pressure to have sons that women
experienced from female in-laws and husbands; the spectrum of verbal and
physical abuse that women faced when they did not have male children and/or when
they found out they were carrying a female fetus; and the ambivalence with
which women regarded their own experience of reproductive "choice."
We found that 40% of the women interviewed had terminated prior pregnancies
with female fetuses and that 89% of women carrying female fetuses in their
current pregnancy pursued an abortion. These narratives highlight the
interaction between medical technology and the perpetuation of this specific
form of violence against women in an immigrant context where women are both the
assumed beneficiaries of reproductive choice while remaining highly vulnerable
to family violence and reproductive coercion.
Puri, M.D., M.S.]
Call for Abstracts- 6th Biennial National
Conference on Health and Domestic Violence
Futures Without Violence,
formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund is looking for abstracts which examine
health impacts, co-occurring issues, health care responses, and policy
implications related to survivors, children, perpetrators, and communities
affected by domestic violence. The deadline to submit proposals is June 24. For
more details on the abstract guidelines and to submit an abstract, click here.
Grant Opportunity-Dating Matters: Strategies to Promote
Healthy Teen Relationships
The purpose of the program, Dating Matters: Strategies to
Promote Healthy Teen Relationships, is to build local public health capacity to
establish a comprehensive community-wide Teen Dating Violence Prevention
Initiative that focuses on 11-14 year olds to promote respectful, nonviolent
dating relationships among youth in high-risk urban communities. Demonstration
sites will build capacity to implement two models of TDV prevention (standard
and comprehensive) to see how effective, feasible, and sustainable these
approaches will be in high-risk urban communities.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is providing a grant of $350,000
to eligible applicants. The deadline for grant submission is May 5. For more
information, click here.
Grant Opportunity-Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat
The U.S. Department of Justice,
Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance and Office for Victims
of Crime are seeking applicants for funding under a joint solicitation to
support an enhanced anti-human trafficking law enforcement task force and
victim service model designed to identify, rescue, and assist foreign and
domestic, adult and minor, victims of human trafficking within the United
States. The deadline for this application is May 12. For more information,
JOB AND INTERNSHIP
Program Supervisor-Sea Mar Community Health Centers- Seattle, WA
Sea Mar Community Health Centers is a health care
organization serving several counties in Washington. Sea Mar’s mission is to
serve low-income, underserved and uninsured communities in western part of
Washington state with specialization in services to the Latino population. The
responsibilities of the successful candidate are supervision of the current
domestic violence batterer’s treatment program and coordination with the
department head and other program directors relative to the program and its
clients’ needs. For more information on this position, click here.
Prevention Coordinator-Johnson C. Smith University- Charlotte, NC
This is a part-time grant position that is funded through
the Department of Justice on Violence Against Women. The purpose of the grant
is to reduce sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking
on University campuses. The Violence Prevention Coordinator's primary goal in
this position will be to coordinate, implement, and evaluate a campus- wide
violence prevention program on a private liberal arts University. For more
information on this part-time position, click here.
Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project- Washington, DC
The intern will provide assistance to the Asian/Pacific
Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project’s Advocates Program, Community
Outreach Program, and the Board of Directors. For more information on this
internship and to apply, click here.
[Source: indeed. com]
Advocate-SafeHouse Denver- Denver, CO
The Domestic Violence Advocate will provide counseling
and advocacy support to a full-time caseload of adults, youth and children. The
advocate must be able to respond appropriately to a diverse range of
individuals dealing with domestic abuse and will provide crisis intervention by
phone and in person, individual intake/assessment, safety planning , case
management and community advocacy. To apply for this position, click here.