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August 2011

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Children who are exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV) are at increased risk for under-immunization. Moreover studies have demonstrated that children of mothers who disclose IPV tend to be less likely to be fully immunized at two years of age. Also, mothers who experienced IPV were significantly less likely to regularly report their children to a pediatric provider. Health care professionals can improve the rate of immunization in children by assessing parents for intimate partner violence as part of routine care.

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 August 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.”

Michelle Dalida
Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund
Graduate Health Intern


Historic Victory in Domestic Violence Screening
Advocates scored a historic victory today when U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius announced guidelines for complete insurance coverage – without co-pays – of DV screening and counseling as part of women’s health care. The new guidelines were developed by the Institute of Medicine and will become the minimum standard for insurance companies that sell new or updated policies. New health plans will need to include these services without cost sharing for insurance policies starting next August 1, 2012. Read the official press release. 

“With nearly one quarter of women experiencing violence or abuse at some point in their lifetimes and millions of children affected, the prevalence data clearly argues for this population to receive early assessment and counseling,” said Lisa James, Director of the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence at Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund.

Victims of domestic violence are at increased risk for heart disease, stroke and chronic pain. Abused women and girls are at significantly higher risk for unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and poor pregnancy outcomes. Children who witness family violence are more likely to experience a number of long term health problems.

Today’s announcement is a significant step to ensuring that our health care system and providers will be partners in identifying and helping victims of violence.

“We are thrilled at today’s announcement, which will undoubtedly help to improve the health and lives of abused women,” said Esta Soler, Founder and President, Futures Without Violence. “We also want to thank Senator Mikulski and Representatives Schakowsky and Slaughter for their leadership that has led to this day.”

U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) introduced the Women’s Health amendment to the Affordable Care Act that gave HHS the authority to study what should be covered; HHS turned to the Institute of Medicine for recommendations on which HHS is expected to make a final determination in August. Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-IL) organized a letter from advocates and colleagues urging the IOM to make a positive recommendation regarding intimate partner violence screening. Finally, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Rep. Charles Bass (R-NH) are the lead sponsors of H.R. 1578, Violence Against Women Health Initiative Act of 2011, modeled after the health programs in the Violence Against Women Act of 2005 that provides training for health care providers on how to identify and treat victims of domestic violence and intimate partner violence.


Webinar- For Advocates and Imams: Resources and Roadblocks for Muslim Battered Women
The Faith Trust Institute is hosting this webinar on August 9 from 2-3pm EST. Presented Salma Abugideiri, LPC will discuss topics such as an overview of domestic violence in Muslim communities, distinguishing cultural traditions from religious teaching, faith as a resource for survivors and perpetrators, and best practices for advocates working with women of faith. This informative webinar will help attendees better understand the intersections of cultural context, religious beliefs, and domestic violence. To register for this webinar, click here.

Webinar- Awareness to Action: What Adults can do to prevent child sexual abuse
Stop It Now! is hosting a free webinar on August 10 at 11am EST. Presenters Yvonne Cournoyer of the Stop It Now! program director and Sarita Hudson Stop It Now! director of public engagement will discuss tips and ideas on how to keep children safe from sexual abuse. They will present Stop It NOW!’s unique approach to prevention, research on what U.S. adults think about child sexual abuse and what it means for taking action, and practical steps you can take to prevent abuse before a child is harmed. To register for this webinar, click here.

Webinar: Working with Men and Boys to Prevent Intimate Partner Violence: Lessons Learned from DELTA Programs
PreventConnect is hosting this webinar on August 19 at 11am PST. Host David Lee of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault will discuss how working with men and boys is a growing strategy for primary prevention of intimate partner violence. Several DELTA programs will also share experiences in developing, implementing and evaluating local prevention programs. Join this session to learn from practitioners in the field about the challenges, opportunities and resources to create change in communities. For more information and to register, click here.

Conference- 3rd Annual Rape Prevention and Education Institute
The Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence  will host this conference from August 24-26 in Nashville, Tennessee. This three-day prevention based conference will provide training opportunities, networking, and information to advocates working in working in the sexual assault prevention field. For more information and to register, click here.

Event: Shop for a Cause
Macy’s is hosting Shop For A Cause to help support the D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence keep families throughout the District of Columbia safe. Purchase a $5 Shopping Pass for exclusive saving in every Macy’s store and online at on Saturday, August 27. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go the D.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Please note: a minimum of two tickets need to be purchased if purchasing online. To purchase tickets, please click here.

Conference- Partner For Peace: Culture, Socialization of Youth, and Gender Violence
The Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence is hosting this conference on August 30-31  in Detroit. This provocative, two-day institute will offer thoughtful perspectives and dialogue about the nature and prevalence of gender violence and the role of culture and society. Gender violence devastates all communities and in communities of color, this violence is exacerbated by institutionalized racism, stark economic conditions and poverty. For more information and to register for this conference, click here.

Conference-Strategies for Addressing Domestic Violence
The Kentucky Domestic Violence Association will host this training institute on September 2 from 9am-5pm in Hazard, Kentucky.  Participants will discuss the biological and social factors influencing health decisions through a women’s life and much more. For more information and to register, click here.


Kapur NA, Windish DM. Optimal Methods to Screen Men and Women for Intimate Partner Violence: Results From an Internal Medicine Residency Continuity Clinic. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2011; (26)12: 2335-2352.
: Contradictory data exist regarding optimal methods and instruments for intimate partner violence (IPV) screening in primary care settings. The purpose of this study was to determine the optimal method and screening instrument for IPV among men and women in a primary-care resident clinic. We conducted a cross-sectional study at an urban, academic, internal medicine residency continuity clinic in Connecticut among English or Spanish speaking adult patients. One group of patients ( n = 340) received a self-administered questionnaire (SAQ) containing the partner violence screen (PVS) and the Hurt, Insulted, Threatened or Screamed at Questionnaire (HITS). A second group (n = 126) was screened with PVS and HITS by their primary care providers during face-to-face (FTF) clinical encounters. Multivariable logistic regression models were used to determine the association between IPV prevalence and screening method (SAQ or FTF) after adjusting for socio-demographic effects. The overall IPV prevalence was 17.3% using the SAQ and 9.0% with FTF screening (p = .008). Patients receiving the SAQ were more likely to report IPV than those who were screened FTF (adjusted odds ratio [AOR]: 2.6, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.2-5.6). This effect persisted for women, who had a higher odds of IPV when screened through a SAQ than when screened FTF (AOR: 3.5, 95% CI: 1.4-8.6). Men did not differ in reporting IPV between methods: 11% with SAQ versus 9.4% FTF (p = .69). In internal medicine residency continuity clinics, a SAQ for IPV may result in higher disclosure and completion rates among female patients compared to FTF screening. Unique screening instruments and methods may be needed for men.
[Source: Web of Knowledge]

McWhirter PT. Differential Therapeutic Outcomes of Community-Based Group Interventions for Women and Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence/ 2011; (26)12: 2457-2482.
: Two community-based group therapies, emotion focused versus goal oriented, are compared among women exposed to intimate partner violence (n = 46) and their children ( n = 48) aged between 6 and 12 years. A series of repeated measures analyses are employed to evaluate the effects of time from baseline to postintervention following random assignment. Main and treatment effects for women provide support for the relative effectiveness in increasing quality of social support in the emotion-focused intervention and in the reduction of both family conflict and alcohol use for the goal-oriented intervention.[Source: Web of Knowledge]

Connor-Smith JK, Henning K, Moore S, Holdford R. Risk Assessments by Female Victims of Intimate Partner Violence: Predictors of Risk Perceptions and Comparison to an Actuarial Measure. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2011; (26)12: 2517-2550.
: Recent studies support the validity of both structured risk assessment tools and victim perceptions as predictors of risk for repeat intimate partner violence (IPV). Combining structured risk assessments and victim risk assessments leads to better predictions of repeat violence than either alone, suggesting that the two forms of assessment provide unique and complementary information. However, very little is known about elements involved in women's risk assessments. The present study explores predictors of women's risk assessment and differences in factors linked to victim and actuarial risk assessments in a large sample of women (N = 728) shortly after the arrest of their male partner for IPV. In multivariate analyses, women's risk assessments were strongly related to past relationship violence and their partner's substance abuse but weakly related to demographic factors, family constellation, and the partner's criminal history. Women who perceived high risk but had a low risk score on an actuarial measure were more likely to report the presence of dynamic risk factors, such as escalating violence and violence during separations, along with a history of emotional and psychological abuse. Qualitative findings paralleled quantitative findings, with women's stated reasons for expecting high or low risk indicating that women were attending to IPV history and dynamic factors. Implications for risk assessment and safety planning are discussed.
[Source: Web of Knowledge]

Todahl J, Walters E. Universal Screening for Intimate Partner Violence:  A Systematic  Review. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. 2011; (37)3: 355-369.
: Intimate partner violence (IPV) is known to be prevalent among therapy-seeking populations. Yet, despite a growing understanding of the dynamics of IPV and of the acceptability of screening, universal screening practices have not been systematically adopted in family therapy settings. A rapidly growing body of research data-almost entirely conducted in medical settings-has investigated attitudes and practices regarding universal screening for IPV. This article is a systematic review of the IPV universal screening research literature. The review summarizes literature related to IPV screening rates and practices, factors associated with provider screening practice, the role of training and institutional support on screening practice, impact of screening on disclosure rates, client beliefs and preferences for screening, and key safety considerations and screening competencies. Implications for family therapy and recommendations for further inquiry and screening model development are provided.
[Source: Web of Knowledge]

Roth L, Sheeder J, Teal SB. Predictors of intimate partner violence in women seeking medication abortion. Contraception. 2011; (84)1: 76-80.
: Background: High rates of intimate partner violence (IPV) have been reported among women seeking surgical abortion. Women seeking medication abortion differ from surgical abortion patients on many measures. The rate of IPV among medication abortion patients is unknown.
Study Design: The Modified Abuse Assessment Questionnaire was administered to 1128 women at enrollment into a prospective, multicenter medication abortion trial. Results: Twenty-three percent of subjects reported ever experiencing IPV. Women reporting IPV were significantly more likely to be white and less likely to be married. They were more likely to have had previous spontaneous and induced abortions, and were more likely to incorrectly estimate their gestational age (GA). Conclusion: The rate of IPV in this study was similar to the background US rate. Few demographic variables are predictive of IPV among women seeking medication abortion. Gynecologic variables associated with IPV are consistent with less control over reproductive health.
[Source: Web of Knowledge]

DeBoard-Lucas RL, Grych JH. Children’s Perceptions of Intimate Partner Violence: Causes, Consequences, and Coping. Journal of Family Violence. 2011; (26)5:343-354.
: Children's appraisals of conflictual and aggressive parental interactions mediate their effect on children's adjustment. Previous studies have relied almost exclusively on self-report questionnaires to assess appraisals; consequently we know little about perceptions that occur naturally when children witness interparental aggression. This study employed a semi-structured interview to assess the thoughts and feelings of 34 children (ages 7-12) whose mothers were receiving services at domestic violence agencies, and mothers reported on interparental aggression that took place in the home. Children's thoughts centered on consequences and efforts to understand why fights occurred. They generally viewed their mother's partner as responsible for violence, though a significant number viewed both parents as playing a role. Sadness and anger were more common than anxiety, and children often attempted to stop or withdraw from fights or both. When asked why family violence occurs, most focused on perpetrators' lack of control of anger or personal characteristics, but approximately one-third viewed victims as provoking aggression. These findings support the idea that children actively attempt to understand the causes and consequences of interparental violence and suggest that their perceptions and interpretations are important for understanding the development of beliefs regarding the use of violence in close relationships.
[Source: Web of Knowledge]

Walker R, Shannon L, Logan TK. Sleep Loss and Partner Violence Victimization. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2011;(26)10: 2004-2024.
: Intimate partner violence victimization has been associated with serious health problems among women, including many disorders that involve sleep disturbances. However, there has been only limited examination of sleep duration among women with victimization experiences. A total of 756 women with a domestic violence order (DVO) against a male intimate partner were interviewed about their health, mental health, substance use, and partner violence victimization. Face-to-face interviews were conducted from February 2001 to November 2003 for data collection in three rural and one urban county representing different jurisdictional settings. Because the current analyses focused on understanding intimate partner victimization in the past year and associations with sleep disturbance, 147 participants were excluded for reporting a relationship with the DVO partner for less than 6 months in the past year. The final sample for this article was 609. The women reported an average of a little above 5.5 hours of sleep per night. For women in the current study, significant predictors of sleep disturbance included race, number of children, number of other symptoms of depression in the past 2 weeks excluding sleep criteria, number of other symptoms of PTSD in the past 2 weeks excluding sleep criteria, number of chronic physical health problems, and severity of physical violence by the DVO partner in the past year. Addressing short sleep duration among partner victims in health care settings might enhance safety planning and prevent the development of health/mental health problems that can arise from victimization.[Source: Web of Knowledge]


Call for Proposals- Edmonton Sexual Violence in Marginalized Communities Conference
The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton is seeking proposals for their upcoming conference to be held October 17-18 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. They are seeking presenters to speak about their work on any topic related to their conference theme that can fill session time ranging from 60-90 minutes. The proposal deadline is August 15. For more information about this opportunity, click here.

Call for Programs- 1st SCOPE Annual International Conference 2011
The School and College Organization for Prevention Educators (SCOPE) is looking for program proposals for its conference to be held October 21-23 at Orlando, Florida. Topic of interest  for program proposals include relationship/domestic/intimate partner violence, and sexual assault.  The deadline for this opportunity is August 31. For more information on the conference and the call for programs, click here.


Internship: Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project- Washington, DC
The Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project is searching for a fall intern for the Advocates Program, Community Outreach Program, and assistance to the Board of directors. For more information and to apply, click here.

Domestic Violence Program Advocate- Seattle,WA
This part-time position provides direct services to and advocacy on behalf of survivors of domestic violence; group facilitation; outreach and education to the Jewish community, youth and to decular domestic violence agencies. This job is being offered by Project DVORA. For more information and to apply, click here.

Domestic Violence Supervisor-Chicago, IL
The supervisor plans, directs and coordinate the daily operation of the Domestic Violence program of the Healthcare Alternative Systems, Inc. The incumbent supervises and coordinates the daily operations of the staff and their duties and develop and maintain service integration with available resources. For more information and to apply, click here.

Prevention Educator- Stamford, CT
PeaceWorks is the prevention education platform of the DVCC based in Stamford, CT. They are seeking to recruit an individual to deliver prevention programming within the classroom for children in grades K-5. For more information and to apply, click here.

Women’s Advocate- Cleveland, OH
The Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center is looking for a candidate to provide advocacy and direct service to victims of domestic violence residing in an emergency shelter. For more information and to apply, click here.

Supervising Social Worker- New York, NY
The Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter program offers a comprehensive range of services including counseling, advocacy, intervention, and support to meet the needs of victims and their families. The supervising social worker is responsible for assisting the director with program development, and providing direct supervision to case managers. For more information and to apply, click here.

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