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eNewsletter – February/March 2012

Thursday, February 09, 2012

FOCUS ON TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION MONTH

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (TDVAM), a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent dating violence. For more information about TDVAM, visit TeenDVMonth.org, coordinated by Break the Cycle.

According to data from the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), half of women experiencing intimate partner abuse for the first time are between the ages of 18 to 24, and 22% are between the ages of 11 and 17 (CDC, 2011).

This February, VAWnet is pleased to announce newly updated resources on preventing and responding to teen dating violence:

  • Special Collection: Preventing and Responding to Teen Dating Violence (Updated December 2011) includes information related to young people, parents and caretakers, men and boys, teachers and school-based professionals, health care professionals, and domestic and sexual violence service providers.
  • Online Toolkit: Runaway & Homeless Youth and Relationship Violence Tookit (Updated August 2011) was developed by and for advocates, from the runaway and homeless youth and domestic violence and sexual assault fields, to help programs better address relationship violence among youth who have run away from home, are living on the streets, or are homeless.

Featured campaigns emphasizing healthy relationships:


NEW RESOURCES ON ASSET BUILDING FOR SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

New Special Collection: Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Other Tax Credits by Anna Melbin (February 2012) highlights key resources for the EITC, the Child Tax Credit, the American Opportunity Tax Credit, and others, highlighting resources specific to domestic violence survivors and advocates working with survivors.

Updated Special Collection: Asset Building and Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) by Anna Melbin (December 2011) was developed to assist advocates working on an interested in Asset Building and Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), including how they specifically relate to survivors of domestic violence.

New Applied Research Paper: Asset Building Programs for Domestic Violence Survivors by Cynthia K. Sanders in consultation with Meg Schnabel (November 2011) discusses asset building programs, including some of the benefits of asset ownership and the importance of such programs for domestic violence survivors.

New Podcast: Asset Building Programs for Domestic Violence Survivors, an Interview with Cynthia Sanders by Sheetal Rana (January 2012) discusses the importance of asset building to domestic violence survivors, key themes from the research, and implications for new directions in policy, programs, and practice.


THE NATIONAL INTIMATE PARTNER AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE SURVEY (NISVS)

The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), developed by CDC’s Injury Center, was initiated in 2010 to collect accurate and reliable incidence and prevalence estimates for intimate partner violence, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking victimization.

 

The NISVS 2010 Report was released on December 14, 2011. VAWnet’s updated NISVS Resource Page highlights all related material, including the CDC’s Partner Briefing webinar recording and supporting materials from the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, National Sexual Violence Resource Center, and Prevent Connect.


TA QUESTIONS OF THE MONTH

February 2012What can rape crisis centers take away from the Penn State case?

Stories like this often attract media attention and responding can be overwhelming. In highly public cases of sexual violence, respect and care for the victims should be the primary concern for advocates in the affected community.

Check out this month’s question to read some lessons learned in responding to challenging cases such as this.

January 2012What is the connection between domestic violence and stalking?

Approximately 1 in 6 women (16.2% or 19.3 million) and in in 19 men (5.2% or 5.9 million) in the United States has experienced stalking at some point in her lifetime in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed as a result (Black et al., 2011).

Check out the January question to share examples of your community events or activities for National Stalking Awareness Month.


IT’S ALMOST TIME!

Gear up for “the talk” with new Sexual Assault Awareness Month Resources.
This April, it’s time to start a dialogue, and the topic of the conversation is healthy sexuality. The 2012 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign, “It’s time…to talk about it!” offers tools and resources that focus on promoting positive expressions of sexuality and healthy behaviors. Promoting healthy behaviors encourages sexual interactions and relationships that are consensual, respectful and informed. By starting the conversation, this dialogue can build safe, healthy relationships and communities.
To add the SAAM 2012 logo to your website, simply copy and paste the following code into your site.
English: <img src=”http://www.nsvrc.org/saambanners/SAAM202012logo-tagline-web.jpg” width=”259″ height=”120″ />
Spanish: <img src=”http://www.nsvrc.org/saambanners/SAAM202012-SPAlogo.jpg” width=”218″ height=”123″ />


RECENT ADDITIONS

View all recent additions to the VAWnet library. Highlights include…

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) 2012 Resources: “It’s time…to talk about it!” by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (January 2012)

National Research on Sexual Violence: A Look to the Future by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (2011)

Immigration Relief for Vulnerable Populations: Human Trafficking, Crime Victims, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (December 13, 2011)

How the Earth Didn’t Fly Into the Sun: Missouri’s Project to Reduce Rules in Domestic Violence Shelters by the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV), published by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (October 2011)

National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2010 Summary Report by Michele C. Black, Kathleen C. Basile, Matthew J. Breiding, Sharon G. Smith, Mikel L. Walters, Melissa T. Merrick, Jieru Chen, and Mark R. Stevens for the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (November 2011)

Health and Sexual Violence Online Resource Collection by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (2011)

Immigration Relief for Vulnerable Populations: Human Trafficking, Crime Victims, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (December 13, 2011)