November is Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month. Pulmonary hypertension and associated
cardiovascular diseases are health conditions associated with intimate partner
violence. Diseases such as high blood cholesterol, heart attacks, heart disease,
and strokes are comorbid health conditions related to intimate partner
violence. Primary care physicians and nurses can help improve the
cardiovascular health outcomes of their patients by routinely assessing for
domestic violence during annual exams. For more examples of how intimate
partner violence affects cardiovascular health and to begin routine assessment
for domestic violence, view Chapter
4: Impact of IPV on Women’s Health from Making
the Connection: Intimate Partner Violence and Public Health.
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 November and beyond by sending me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, feel free to email me with any questions or to talk
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Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence
Graduate Health Intern
Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day
Still Going Strong in Its 13th Year
Hospitals, clinics, medical students and educators around
the nation held activities on October 12 and throughout the month to encourage
health care providers to routinely assess patients for domestic violence. A
tradition first organized by Futures Without Violence
(formerly the Family Violence Prevention Fund) in 1999, the 13th annual Health
Cares About Domestic Violence Day (HCADVD) is
a nationally recognized awareness-raising day that takes place on the second
Wednesday of October each year.
“We’re very pleased that this day has become a tradition
in hospitals and health care centers throughout the country,” said Futures
Without Violence Founder and President Esta Soler. “It has been
clear to us from the start that health care providers are on the front lines
with victims of abuse,” she adds. “We want medical professionals to have all the
training and support that they need to evaluate patients who may be at risk for
domestic, dating or sexual violence.”
The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that, on average
in this country, four to five women are murdered each day by their husbands or
boyfriends. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that
women in the United States experience two million injuries from domestic
violence each year and nearly one in four women reports experiencing violence
by a current or former spouse or boyfriend sometime in her life.
Among the many Health Cares About Domestic Violence
Day activities observed during National Domestic Violence Awareness
Stanford University Medical Center's 7th annual national
"Health Cares about Domestic Violence Day" held on HCADVD.
The Women in Distress of Broward County, Inc. reached out
to member of the health care community in order to educate them about the
critical importance of screening for domestic violence and the long-term health
implications of domestic violence. Literature and presentations about domestic
violence and Women in Distress was made available to Broward County's Health
The Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence held the
event, "Paint the Town Purple" in Augusta. Safehomes Augusta invites
the community to wear purple for the day in recognition of Domestic Violence
Awareness Month and encouraged to post their participation on their Facebook
In honor of HCADV Day, Between Friends (a domestic
violence agency) and Saint Francis Hospital hosted a purple ribbon tying event
near St. Francis Hospital's parking garage and hosted a resource table in the
cafeteria of the hospital.
On HCADVD, an outdoor
evening event called “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence in Times
Square” was held.
Dr. Travis Stork, co-host of daytime syndicated talk show
“The Doctors”, joined Women's Protective Services of Lubbock, Inc. (WPS) for
Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day in Lubbock on October 11, 2011.
The Alexandria Office on Women Domestic Violence Program
and Inova Alexandria Hospital commemorated Domestic Violence Awareness Month at
the 7th Annual "Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day" on October
13, 2011 in the Atrium at Inova Alexandria Hospital. Hospital personnel and
visitors learned what they can do to detect domestic violence and how to
respond and assist victims.
A Health Care About Domestic Violence Day Proclamation
occurred on October 12 at Grafton City Hospital.
If your school had an event commemorating HCADVD, we hope
our resources helped make your event successful!
EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Domestic Violence Prevention Forum: A Call
to Men and the Women that Love Them- Wilmington, DE
Care Health System is hosting this forum to discuss how society defines manhood
in our culture and how to end intimate partner violence in our schools and
communities. The keynote speaker will be Mr. Tony Porter, co-founder of A Call
to Men: The National Association of Men and Women Committed to Ending Violence
Against Women. The event will be held on Thursday, November 3 from 5-8pm. The
admission is free. To register online, click here.
Webinar: Sexual Assault and Women in our
The YWCA is
hosting this webinar that will provide participants with an overview of what
services and programs are available to women who have experienced sexual
assault. It will also provide tools to help family and friends of sexual
assault survivors who are often themselves referred to as secondary survivors
of assault. Senator Robert Casey of Pennsylvania will join the call to discuss
his Campus Save Act, a bill that addresses sexual assault on college campuses.
This event will be held on Thursday, November 3 from 11am-12pm EDT. For more
information and to register, click here.
Ending Domestic and Sexual Violence:
Innovations in Practice and Research- Portsmouth, NH
of New Hampshire School of Law and the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic
Violence is hosting this conference with the major theme demonstrating how
practices informs research as well as how research and evaluation improve the
delivery of services to victims of sexual assault or domestic violence. The
conference will be held on November 6-8 at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in
Portsmouth, NH. For more information, click here.
Conference: 21st Annual
national Multidisciplinary Conference on Domestic Violence- Salt Lake City, UT
District Attorneys Association is presenting this conference from November 7-11
in Salt Lake City, UT. The topics for this year’s conference include: cultural
competency: including everyone at the table; teen dating violence; and elder
abuse and exploitation. For more information, click here.
Webinar: Campus Dating Violence and
Stalking Education Response
Campus, Inc. is hosting this webinar to provide participants with knowledge of
dating violence and stalking, and specific information as related to these
crimes on campuses. Participants will receive a cost-effective/free resources
and solutions for collaboration on education/wellness programs for any budge on
dating violence and stalking. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, November 9
from 1-2:15pm EDT. To register, click here.
Webinar: Developing and Implementing a
Practice Guide on Domestic Violence for Parenting Evaluators: One Community’s
Women’s Justice Project is hosting this webinar that will discuss the
development of a practice guide on domestic violence for parenting evaluators,
and what they were and weren’t able to accomplish in promoting a domestic
violence protocol for evaluations. Participants will become familiar with the
contents of the practice guide and gain insight on how they might be able to
use it to improve practice in their own communities. This webinar will be held
on Thursday, November 17 from 2-3:30pm CT.
For more information and to register, click here.
Conference: 13th Ending Sexual
Assault and Domestic Violence- Lexington, KY
Domestic Violence Association and the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault
Programs is hosting a conference which discusses topics such as human
trafficking, advanced clinical/mental health, and prevention. The conference
will be held on November 30-December 2 at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and
Spa in Lexington, KY. For more information and to register, click here.
CURRENT NEWS AND RESEARCH FINDINGSHusso M, Virkki T,
Notko M, Holma J, Laitila A, Mantysaari M. Making sense of domestic violence
intervention in professional health care. Health
Soc Care Community. 2011; 10:1365-2524.
Abstract: Intervening in domestic
violence in the health care and social service settings is a complex and
contested issue. In this qualitative, multidisciplinary study, the barriers to
but also the possibilities for health care professionals in encountering
victims of violence were scrutinized. The focus
was on omissions in service structure and practices. The data consisted of six
focus group interviews with nurses, physicians, social workers and
psychologists in specialist health care (n = 30) conducted in Finland in 2009.
The aim was to explore professionals' processes of making sense of violence interventions and the organizational practices
of violence interventions. Four types of framing
of the domestic violence issue were identified:
(i) practical frame, (ii) medical frame, (iii) individualistic frame and (iv)
psychological frame. Each frame consisted of particular features relating to
explaining, structuring or dismissing the question of domestic
violence in health care settings. The main themes included the division
of responsibilities and feasibility of treatment. All four frames underlie the
tendency for healthcare professionals to arrive at sense-making practices where
it is possible to focus on fixing the injuries and consequences of domestic violence and bypassing the issue of violence as the cause of symptoms and injuries. The
results indicate that developing successful practices both in identifying
survivors of domestic violence and in preventing
further victimization requires a broad understanding of the effects of domestic violence and the challenges for health care
professionals in dealing with it. New perspectives are needed in creating
adequate practices both for victims of violence
seeking help and for professionals working with this issue. Strong support at
the organizational level and established practices throughout the fields of
health and social care are the key elements in building a responsible approach
to domestic violence.
Zhang Y, Zou S,
Cao Y, Zhang Y. Relationship between domestic violence and postnatal depression
among pregnant Chinese women. International
J Gynaecology Obstetrics. 2011.
Abstract: Objective: To investigate the prevalence of
domestic violence during pregnancy and postnatal depression, and to explore the
relationship between domestic violence and postnatal depression among Chinese
women. Methods: In a cross-sectional survey, 846 pregnant women were screened
with the Abuse Assessment Screen; 215 women completed the postnatal follow-up.
All participants underwent psychosocial assessment, with the Edinburgh
Postpartum Depression Scale being used for the evaluation of postnatal
depression. Results: The overall prevalence of domestic violence during
pregnancy was 11.3%, and the most common form of domestic violence was
psychological abuse. The follow-up interviews showed a higher prevalence of
postnatal depression among women who had been abused during pregnancy (25.1%)
than among those who had not (6.0%). Psychological abuse during pregnancy, an
unexpected pregnancy, an attitude of acceptance toward violence, and concern
over the newborn's health were related with postnatal depression. Conclusion:
Domestic violence during pregnancy and related factors contributed to postnatal
depression in a population of Chinese women. The findings emphasize the
importance of intervention among vulnerable populations in low-income
FUNDING LINKS-SCHOLARSHIPS-RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
Call for Proposals: 5th
International Conflict Resolution Education Summit- Developing Global Citizens
in Schools, Higher Education, and the Community
Issues Resource Center, Cuyahoga Community College and the Global Partnership
for the Prevention of Armed Conflict are looking for proposals on topics such
as gender based violence prevention, and sports and recreational activities to
prevent violence. The deadline for proposals is November 11. For more
information, click here.
Call for Abstracts: Sex Tech:: 2012
unique opportunity to experience a convergence of health professionals,
technology experts, researchers, funders, youth, and community leaders who seek
to find the sweet spot at the intersection of sexual health, digital media, and
youth. Authors and invited to submit abstracts of 250 words of less that
describe how they have utilized new media and technology-based strategies to
increase knowledge, awareness and enhance young people’s sexual health. The
deadline for abstracts is November 11. To submit an abstract, click here.
JOB AND INTERNSHIP LISTINGS
Domestic Violence Immigration Internship-
Mil Mujeres, a
non-profit legal services organization dedicated to providing comprehensive
immigration legal services to Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic violence
and sexual assault, seeks legal internfs for the fall, spring and summer. The
positions are unpaid, though they encourage applicants to secure funded
fellowships. For more information and to apply, click here.
Director of Domestic Violence Police
Program for Safe Horizons- Manhattan, NY
of the Domestic Violence police and Housing Programs oversees the delivery of
services for clines of the Domestic violence Police Program and emergency
Transger Program. The Director utilizeds
managements and leadership skills to oversee a team of two manager and a
coordinartor in order to implement standardized criminal justice based victim
advocacy. For more information and to apply, click here.
On Call Domestic Violence Victim Advocate-
Place, the domestic violence shelter in Weld County, is seeking an On Call
Domestic Violence Victim Advocate which will be an on call basis as needed by
the shelter. An ideal candidate will have knowledge of crisis management and
advocacy with women and children who have experienced domestic abuse. For more
information and to apply, click here.
Domestic Violence Programs Manager-
Charities Community Services seeks a qualified professional to oversee the
Domestic Violence Programs, including their shelter. The candidate must be able to work with
multiple deadlines and excel at problem solving techniques in order to build
teams and resolve conflicts. For more information and to apply, click here.
Domestic Violence and Traumatic Brain
Injury Project Coordinator- Tallahassee, FL
Coalition Against Domestic Violence is looking for a candidate that has the
knowledge, skills and at least three years of experience working with survivors
of domestic violence. The candidate will have knowledge of traumatic brain
injury and experience working with individuals living with a brain injury. For
more information and to apply for this position, click here.
Domestic Violence Coordinator- Baytown, TX
The City of
Baytown is looking for a domestic violence coordinator to run the domestic
violence victim assistance program of the Baytown Police Department. The
candidate will assist victims of domestic violence and assist victims with
Crime Victim’s Compensation by providing them a point of contact between themselves,
law enforcement, the court and applicable human service agencies. For more
information and to apply, click here.