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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Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence
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!
EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Regional InVEST Strangulation Trainings-
Orlando, Gainesville, and Jacksonville, FL
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
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
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
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
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.
CURRENT NEWS AND RESEARCH FINDINGS
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.
Abstract: 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.
Abstract: 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.
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.
Abstract: 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
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
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.
JOB AND INTERNSHIP LISTINGS
Domestic Violence Housing Advocate-
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
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
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
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.