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September 2011

September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction and Recovery Month. Abused women are at increased risk for substance abuse. Substance abuse occurs as a coping method for many victims of domestic violence.  Studies indicate women experiencing abuse were 2.6 times more likely to use tranquilizers, sleeping pills, or sedatives and 2.2 times more likely to use prescription pain pills compared to non-abused women. Furthermore, women experiencing IPV are more likely to use multiple substances before and during pregnancy. Additionally, male perpetration of more severe IPV is linked with alcohol abuse. Finally, adolescents who experience dating violence are more likely to consume alcohol, smoke tobacco, and use drugs. Primary care physicians, nurses, chemical dependency counselors, and behavioral health staff can better support patients with alcohol or substance abuse problems by addressing current and past experiences with domestic violence. To learn more, view Chapter 5: IPV and Behavioral Health from Making the Connection: Intimate Partner Violence and Public Health.

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

Prepare for Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day!

Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day is a nationally recognized awareness-raising day taking place on October 12. This day aims to reach members of the health care community and educate them about the importance of assessing for domestic violence, as well as the long term health implications of domestic violence and lifetime exposure to violence. This day is a perfect opportunity for health professional students to get involved in domestic violence activism, especially in their campus community.

If you need help organizing an event for Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day, refer to Futures Without Violence’s Domestic Violence Campus Organizing Guide for Health Professional Students and Faculty or download Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day Organizing Packet for ideas. In 2010, the University of California at San Francisco’s Students for the Prevention of Domestic Violence held their annual conference bringing awareness to the high prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence in the general population and concluded with testimonies from a survivor panel. This is just one example how your campus community can get involved with domestic violence awareness and prevention.

Please let me know what you are planning on your campus so I can feature you in October’s listserv!

Regional InVEST Strangulation Trainings- Orlando, Gainesville, and Jacksonville, FL

The Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence is hosting training with lead experts in law enforcement and medical fields on the topic of strangulation. Strangulation is identified as a high risk indicator for domestic violence homicide. Topics in this training also include the medical analyses of the signs and symptoms of strangulation and best practice for reporting and prosecution of strangulation cases. The training is free. There will be several trainings occurring at different locations: September 7 in Orlando; September 8 in Gainesville; and September 9 in Jacksonville. All trainings are held from 8am-5pm EST and content is the same for all training sessions. To register, click here.

Webinar- Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery
The Batter Women’s Justice Project and Muskie School of Public Services is hosting a webinar on human trafficking laws, policies and resources, and the intersectionality of human trafficking with domestic violence and sexual violence. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, September 7 from 3-4pm. For more information and to register, click here.

Web Conference- The NO MORE Project
The NO MORE Project is about creating a new, over-arching visual symbol to help raise public awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault. Like the AIDS ribbon or the peace sign, this symbol will help augment and connect the efforts of domestic violence and sexual assault organizations large and small, supplementing rather than replacing our existing logos and brands. The web conference is presented on Wednesday, September 11 at 1pm EST or at 4pm EST. To register for this web conference, click here.

Webinar- Sheltering Animals and Families Together
The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and Sheltering Animals and Families Together Program is presenting a webinar on the linkage between the urgent need to protect domestic violence victims and their pets from abuse. Given that more than 72 million U.S. households include companion animals as pets, it is inevitable that many of these households will experience domestic violence and pets caught in the cross fire of family violence. This topic will be discussed by the founder of Sheltering Animals and Families Together, Allie Phillips. This webinar will be held on Friday, September 9 from 3:30-5pm EST. For more information and to register, click here.

Conference- 16th International Conference on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma- San Diego, CA
The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, Alliant International University, Children’s Institute, Inc., National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan, and Family Violence and Sexual Assault Institute is hosting this conference on September 11-14 in San Diego, California. The theme of the conference is “Linking Research, Policy and Practice.” Topics for this conference include adult survivors of childhood victimization, children exposed to violence, child maltreatment, sexual abuse survivors and offenders, intimate partner violence offenders and victims, and much more. For more information on this conference and to register, click here.

Conference- There’s No One Solution: Integrating Prevention and Intervention Against Domestic Violence- Atlanta, GA
The Georgia Commission on Family Violence is hosting this conference with topics on technology safety for survivors of domestic violence and preventing teen dating violence. The conference will be held on September 12-13 in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information and to register, click here.

Mustanoja S. Luukkonen AH, Hakko H. Rasenen P, et al. Is Exposure to Domestic Violence and Violent Crime Associated with Bullying Behavior Among Underage Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatients? Child Psychiatry and Human Development. 2011; 42(4):495-506.

: We examined the relationship of exposure to domestic violence and violence occurring outside home to bullying behaviour in a sample (508; 40.9% males, 59.1% females) of underage psychiatric inpatient adolescents. Participants were interviewed using K-SADS-PL to assess DSM-IV psychiatric diagnoses and to gather information about domestic and other violence and bullying behaviour. Witnessing interparental violence increased the risk of being a victim of bullying up to 2.5-fold among boys. For girls, being a victim of a violent crime was an over 10-fold risk factor for being a bully-victim. Gender differences were seen in witnessing of a violent crime; girls were more likely to be bullies than boys. Further, as regards being a victim of a violent crime outside home and physical abuse by parents at home, girls were significantly more often bully-victims than boys. When interfering and preventing bullying behaviour, it is important to screen adolescents' earlier experiences of violence.
[Source: Web of Knowledge]

Ard KL, Makadon HJ. Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Patients. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2011; 26(8): 930-933.
: The medical community's efforts to address intimate partner violence (IPV) have often neglected members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population. Heterosexual women are primarily targeted for IPV screening and intervention despite the similar prevalence of IPV in LGBT individuals and its detrimental health effects. Here, we highlight the burden of IPV in LGBT relationships, discuss how LGBT and heterosexual IPV differ, and outline steps clinicians can take to address IPV in their LGBT patients.
[Source: Web of Knowledge]

Rhode KV, Jothari CL, Dichter M, Cerulli C, et al. Intimate Partner Violence Identification and Response: Time for a Change in Strategy. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2011; 26(8):894-899.
: BACKGROUND: While victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) present to health care settings for a variety of complaints; rates and predictors of case identification and intervention are unknown.
OBJECTIVE: Examine emergency department (ED) case finding and response within a known population of abused women. DESIGN: Retrospective longitudinal cohort study. SUBJECTS: Police-involved female victims of IPV in a semi-rural Midwestern county. MAIN MEASURES: We linked police, prosecutor, and medical record data to examine characteristics of ED identification and response from 1999-2002; bivariate analyses and logistic regression analyses accounted for the nesting of subjects' with multiple visits. RESULTS: IPV victims (N = 993) generated 3,426 IPV-related police incidents (mean 3.61, median 3, range 1-17) over the 4-year study period; 785 (79%) generated 4,306 ED visits (mean 7.17, median 5, range 1-87), which occurred after the date of a documented IPV assault. Only 384 (9%) ED visits occurred within a week of a police-reported IPV incident. IPV identification in the ED was associated with higher violence severity, being childless and underinsured, more police incidents (mean: 4.2 vs 3.3), and more ED visits (mean: 10.6 vs 5.5) over the 4 years. The majority of ED visits occurring after a documented IPV incident were for medical complaints (3,378, 78.4%), and 72% of this cohort were never identified as victims of abuse. IPV identification was associated with the day of a police incident, transportation by police, self-disclosure of "domestic assault," and chart documentation of mental health and substance abuse issues. When IPV was identified, ED staff provided legally useful documentation (86%), police contact (50%), and social worker involvement (45%), but only assessed safety in 33% of the women and referred them to victim services 25% of the time.
[Source: Web of Knowledge]

Krebs C, Breiding MJ, Browne A, Warner T. The Association Between Different Types of Intimate Partner Violence Experienced by Women. Journal of Family Violence. 2011; 26(6): 487-500.
: Those who experience intimate partner violence (IPV) are often subjected to multiple types of victimization such as physical violence, sexual violence, psychological aggression, and stalking. However, relatively few studies have used a national population-based sample and multivariate methods to analyze the associations between these different types of violence. This study uses multivariate methods to analyze a national population-based sample of women in order to document empirically the extent to which different types of IPV overlap, while controlling for personal and behavioral characteristics. Results indicated significant levels of overlap, with victims often experiencing more than one type of victimization by an intimate partner. Findings also indicated that women who had experienced violence by non-intimate partners were often more likely to experience violence by intimates. Finally, women who had experienced stalking by an intimate were more likely to experience more forms of IPV on average than those who had experienced physical violence, sexual violence, or emotional aggression.
[Source: Web of Knowledge]

Douglas EM, Hines DA. The Helpseeking Experiences of Men Who Sustain Intimate Partner Violence: An Overlooked Population and Implications for Practice. Journal of Family Violence . 2011; 26(6): 473-485.
Abstract: For over 30 years, research has shown that men can and do sustain intimate partner violence (IPV) from their female partners. This is the first large-scale, nationally-based, quantitative study to systematically detail the helpseeking experiences of men who have sustained IPV from their female partners. The sample is composed of 302 men who were recruited from resources specializing in men's issues. Results indicate that men who seek help for IPV victimization have the most positive experiences in seeking help from family/friends, and mental health and medical providers. They have the least positive experiences with members of the DV service system. Cumulative positive helpseeking experiences were associated with lower levels of abusing alcohol; cumulative negative experiences were associated with higher rates of exceeding a clinical cut-off for post-traumatic stress disorder. Results are discussed in terms of implications for the social service sector and for future research.
[Souce: Web of Knowledge]

FUNDING LINKS-SCHOLARSHIPS-RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES Scholarship: Counselor, Advocate and Support Staff (CASS) Scholarship Program
This program assists workers in the field of domestic violence to develop or enhance skills necessary to increase their effectiveness in serving their clients. CASS also assists the support staff of such agencies to develop business skills. Programs in social work, counseling, psychology, accounting, non-profit and business management will be considered for support. The application deadline is December 1. To submit an application, click here.

Grant: TJX Foundation Program
The TJX Foundation, the giving effort of the TJX companies that include TJ Maxx, Marshalls. And Home Goods, focuses its charitable giving on programs that provide basic need services to disadvantaged women, children and families in communities in areas of operation.  The foundation seeks to support charities that follow the guidelines for domestic violence prevention. The deadline for this grant is October 20. For more information, click here.

Domestic Violence Housing Advocate- Bellevue, WA

Eastside Domestic Violence Program’s My Friend’s Place is a confidential transitional housing program that serves women and their children who have been impacted by both domestic violence and chemical dependency. The housing advocate is responsible for providing daily advocacy-based counseling, support, and transportation to the women and their children who are residents of My Friend’s Place. To apply for this position, click here.

SafeHouse Counselor/Advocate- Stamford, CT
The Domestic Violence Crisis Center is looking for a candidate who will provide support, advocacy, safety planning, and educational services to adult/child victims of domestic violence who come to the domestic violence program for sheltered services. This position is to be carried out while empowering victims with respect to their safety and their right to self-determination. To apply for this position, click here.

Domestic Violence Specialist-Greeley, CO
North Range Behavioral Health is currently seeking a candidate who will work with an adult outpatient team with domestic violence, mental health, and substance abuse. For more information and to apply, click here.

Hotline Worker- Nassau County, NY
The Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence is looking for a candidate to work overnight shifts answering the domestic violence and rape/sexual assault hotlines at a domestic violence shelter. The candidate will provide crisis intervention, advocacy, referral services, and arranges for safe emergency housing. For more information and to apply, click here.

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