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November 2011

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:  

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

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 Month were:

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 Care Community.

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 page.

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.

New York:
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.

West Virginia:
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!

Domestic Violence Prevention Forum: A Call to Men and the Women that Love Them- Wilmington, DE

The Christiana 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 Communities
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
The University 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
The National 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
Security on 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 Experience
The Battered 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
The Kentucky 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.
: 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.
[Source: PubMed]

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 countries.
[Source: PubMed]

Call for Proposals: 5th International Conflict Resolution Education Summit- Developing Global Citizens in Schools, Higher Education, and the Community

The Global 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
Sex::Tech is 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.

Domestic Violence Immigration Internship- Washington, DC

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
The Director 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- Greeley, CO
A Women’s 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- Chandler, AZ
The Catholic 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
The Florida 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.

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