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March 2014




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Dear Students and Faculty Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault,

On February 26th, 2014, the Los Angeles Times wrote an article about a law suit filed with the Department of Education by 31 current and former students against my school, the University of California, Berkeley.  Currently, news media is saturated with headlines about the mishandling of sexual assault cases on college campuses across the country because students are mobilizing.

Now more than ever, the time is right to organize and improve campus policies, procedures, and culture to prevent sexual violence among students and to improve responses to victims when they report.

In reading our third Campus Fellow blog post, consider how you can contribute to the movement to end campus sexual violence in your careers as healthcare students and professionals.  This month, we are highlighting the violence policy and prevention work of Angela Catena, a Campus Fellow at the University of New Mexico:


Hello all!  My name is Angela Catena and I am a second year doctoral student in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at the University of New Mexico, and I am a licensed mental health counselor in the State of New Mexico.  I am also the Gendered Violence Prevention Program (GVPP) Assistant with the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) on campus.

This is an exciting time for the Women’s Resource Center.  Within one year, we have increased our awareness and prevention efforts, created numerous partnerships, implemented the Sexual Assault Response Team and reached a large portion of the student body, all with immense support from administration.  Although the university has received some negative attention recently, we have used this as an avenue to advocate for victims and convey the need for a more proactive movement for violence prevention. 

When I started 18 months ago, I was all over the city of Albuquerque creating relationships and building our network of resources and referrals.  As the University became aware of the negative publicity garnered during Spring 2013, they grew motivated to act.  The President addressed the administration and vowed his support to create a response and an effective team/program to combat sexual violence at UNM.  The Director of the Women’s Resource Center and the Chief of Police on campus quickly assembled the UNM Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).  Community and university organizations collaborated to assemble a victim-centered, sensitive, free and immediate response to those who have experienced sexual violence.   By allowing students to decide whether or not to make a formal report, SART is now providing more accurate numbers of assaults that occur on campus.  Additionally, SART is providing medical, legal, mental health, and academic services, among others.  Victims are now able to tailor the services to their particular needs, supporting both personal and academic success. 

A number of subcommittees exist under the SART umbrella.  The Prevention and Awareness Education committee explores ways in which the university can improve its primary prevention efforts.  This committee has reviewed a number of online training modules to fulfill all compliance requirements and submitted a funding proposal to implement a harm reduction, preventative module for its entire student body. 

Additionally, the WRC will be submitting a funding proposal to formalize the Gendered Violence Prevention Program as its own entity with fulltime staff.  I currently supervise four counseling interns who provide free direct services to the university and community, and two interns working on prevention and awareness efforts.  One intern is interested in further developing the GVPP’s men’s program.  With these motivated individuals diligently working towards a common goal, the foundation for this program is quickly becoming more stable as time progresses.  

Some important factors to consider when creating and implementing primary prevention programs on a college campus:

  1. Having someone from administration on your team provides the momentum to get things put into place.  Unfortunately, negative attention is also an incentive for administration to address campus violence. 
  2. Exposure, community support and a detailed outline of how the program will look and operate is key, particularly on a large campus.  There is truly something spectacular about power in numbers.  Being a small program with limited funding (for now at least!) it is crucial to have resources that extend outside of the university setting. 
  3. Having crisis response programs and organizations available for referral 24 hours a day is essential when combating violence, especially since assaults occur beyond the typical workday hours. 
  4. Student support is a must!  Motivated, engaged students can allow you to delegate otherwise unfulfilled tasks and roles


I hope this information was both useful and enjoyable to read.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions, suggestions etc. 

Warmest regards,

Angela Catena


This story is the third in a series of posts we'll share with you that reflect the work of the twelve Futures' Campus Fellows.  If you are interested in joining the Futures Without Violence Campus

Fellows by improving existing or implementing new gender-based violence prevention and intervention programs on your campus, feel free to contact me for resources and support.  I look forward to hearing from you!



Jane Pomeroy

FuturesWithout Violence

CampusLeadership Fellow



March 13 (web conference, 2:00 pm ET)
Ending Child Sexual Abuse Series ~ Telling our Stories: Learning as we Build a Movement, PreventConnect and Ms. Foundation for Women.


March 13 (webinar, 3:00-4:30 pm ET; parts 3-6 scheduled for 4/22, 5/20, 6/10 and 7/24; part 1 was 2/25)
Girls Matter! Girl in the Mirror: Behavioral Health Challenges of Adolescent Girls (part 2 of 6), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.


March 13 (seminario web, 3:00-4:30 pm ET)
La Importancia de Utilizar Enfoques y Herramientas Culturalmente Relevantes Cuando Trabajamos con Comunidades Latinas y Otras Comunidades que han sido Históricamente Marginadas, National Latin@ Network and National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.


March 13 (webinar, 9:00-10:15 am ET)
Introduction to Child Sex Trafficking for Healthcare Professionals (scroll down), Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children and Georgia Governor's Office for Children and Families. Note: Registration is intended for Georgia healthcare professionals.


March 13 (webinar, 12:00-1:30 pm ET)
Part of the Family: Animal Abuse and Family Violence, National Alliance to End Domestic Abuse.


March 13 (webinar, 1:00-2:30 pm ET)
Progressive Return to Activity Following Acute Concussion / Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Guidance for the Primary Care Manager and Rehabilitation Provider, Defense Centers of Excellence For Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury.


March 13 in Frankfurt, KY
Social Work Lobby Day, National Association of Social Workers, Kentucky Chapter and Kentucky Society for Clinical Social Work. Note: NCDSV Board Secretary, Rus Funk, is the keynote speaker.


March 13 (Twitter Chat, 2:00-3:30 pm CT)
#Trans101 for Victim Service Providers, FORGE.


March 13 (webinar, 1:00 pm CT)
What Everyone Who Works with Victims Needs to Know About Offenders, Midwest Regional Children's Advocacy Centers.


March 17 (web conference, 2:00-3:30 pm ET)
Intimate Partner Violence in the United States ~ 2010: A Web Conference for State, Territorial, Tribal and National Key Stakeholders, National Network to End Domestic Violence, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and PreventConnect. Note: Registration is for state, territorial, tribal and national organizations only. The related web conference on March 26 is open to a broader audience.


March 17-19 in Seattle, WA
Responding to Clergy Misconduct Leadership Training, FaithTrust Institute.

March 18 (webinar, 10:00-11:30 am PT)
Fearless Strategic Planning: Preparing for and Showcasing Our Success, Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs.


March 19 (webinar, 2:00-3:00 pm ET)
Teen Dating Violence: Understanding the Economic Impacts of Violence Among Teen Survivors, Wider Opportunities for Women.


March 19 (webinar, 2:00-3:30 pm ET)
Trauma-Informed Care, Part 2: The Nuts and Bolts of Immigration Story Writing Intervention, Legal Momentum, in partnership with National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Program and California Coalition Against Sexual Assault.


March 19-20 in Eugene, OR
On the Road to Social Transformation: Utilizing Cultural and Community Strengths to End Domestic Violence, Alianza, Office on Violence Against Women and co-hosted by Womenspace.


March 20 (webinar, 4:00-5:30 pm ET)
Recognizing and Responding to Trauma: The ACE Study and Trauma-Informed Care, Children's Safety Network.


March 20-21 in Houston, TX
7th Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School, in partnership with The University of Texas Medical Branch.


March 20-21 in Albuquerque, NM
Message Matters: How to Talk About Violence and Abuse So People Listen, New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence.


March 21 (webinar, 1:00-2:30 pm ET)
Child Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation: The Medical Evaluation of Victims (scroll down), Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children and Georgia Governor's Office for Children and Families. Note: Registration is intended for Georgia healthcare professionals.


March 24 (webinar 2:00-3:30 pm ET; parts 2 & 3 are 4/16 & 5/27)
The Neurobiology of Trauma Series ~ The Neurobiology of Sexual Assault (part 1 of 3), The National Center for Victims of Crime.


March 24-25 in Twinsburg, OH
Jeanne Clery Act Training Seminar, Clery Center for Security on Campus.


March 24-25 in Camarillo, CA
On the Road to Social Transformation: Utilizing Cultural and Community Strengths to End Domestic Violence, Alianza, Office on Violence Against Women and co-hosted by Líderes Campesinas.


March 24-28 in Seattle, WA
2014 SANE Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Core Training (scroll down), Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress.


March 25 (web conference, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm PT)
Foundations in Prevention, PreventConnect, in collaboration with Prevention Institute.


March 25 (webinar, 12:00-1:30 pm PT)
Supporting LGBTQ Youth in the Sex Trades (scroll down), The Northwest Network. Register.


March 27 in Nashville, TN
A Call to Men in Tennessee, Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.


March 27 (webinar, 2:00-3:15 pm ET)
Using a Victim- / Survivor-Centered Approach When Working with Trafficked Youth (scroll down), Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children and Georgia Governor's Office for Children and Families. Note: Registration is intended for Georgia healthcare professionals.


March 27-28 in Troy, NY
Joining Forces: Reducing and Responding to Sexual Assault Across Disciplines, presented by Rensselaer County SART, and hosted by Hudson Valley Community College.




Project Manager / Counselor - Violence Recovery Program
Fenway Health - Boston, MA


Director of Gender Violence Prevention and Education

Bowdoin College - Brunswick, ME



National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

Department of Health and Human Services – Atlanta, GA


Violence Prevention Educator and Facilitator

SGA Youth and Family Services – Chicago, IL


Injury Prevention Coordinator

Desert Vista Behavioral Health Center – Mesa, AZ

Medical Assistant – ACE Certified

Jamestown, S’Klallam Tribe


Abuse/Domestic Violence Specialist

Anne Arundel Medical Center – Annapolis, MD

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