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May 2011

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 you would like to subscribe to this listserv, click here and be sure to check the box for “Student Health Network.”

Thanks,
Michelle Dalida
Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund
Graduate Health Intern
healthintern1@futureswithoutviolence.org

FEATURED NEWS
Family Violence 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!

EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Northwest Regional 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.
[Source: ocadsv.org]

Webinar- A Survivor’s Journey: Understanding the Health Impact of Abuse and Paths to Promote Wellness
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.
[Source: futureswithoutviolence.org]

California 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]

Domestic Violence 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.
[Source: fletc.gov]

North Carolina 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, click here.
[Source: ncsdv.org]

Second 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.
[Source: conferenceviolence.com]

CURRENT NEWS AND RESEARCH FINDINGS
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.

Methods: We 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).

Main Findings: 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.

Conclusion: Our 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.

Methods: Fifty 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 statements.

Main Findings: 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 follow-up.

Conclusion: 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.
Abstract
:  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.
[Source: Sunita Puri, M.D., M.S.]

 FUNDING LINKS-SCHOLARSHIPS-RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
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.
[Source: nchdv.confex.com]

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.
[Source: grants.gov]

Grant Opportunity-Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking
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, click here.
[Source:grants.gov]

JOB AND INTERNSHIP LISTINGS
Domestic Violence 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.
[Source: indeed.com]

Violence 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.
[Source: indeed.com]

Internship with 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]

Domestic Violence 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.
[Source: coloradononprofits.org]


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