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NRCDV eNewsletter: February/March 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

In the spirit of respect, gratitude and solidarity on this International Women’s Day, we celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

This 8th of March, we honor the efforts of women around the world who have worked tirelessly to enhance women’s access to education, health, autonomy, equity and safety. The staff of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) join with our sisters, mothers, friends, daughters, and loved ones to nurture our collective strength in realizing a better world for women and girls – this day and every day.

This eNewsletter features relevant updates and announcements highlighting new initiatives, resources, and opportunities from the NRCDV.


WOCN INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY E-VENT

Women of Color Network (WOCN) celebrates International Women’s Day on Saturday March 8th with an International E-vent. WOCN invites you to post a “selfie” holding a sign describing why you celebrate international sisterhood March 1st through the 8th.

Join us! Tweet, Instagram or Facebook your sign and selfie on social media with the hashtag #WOCNCelebrateIWD. Join our Facebook page, Instagram, and follow us on Twitter, too!


MOVEMENT MAKERS IN INDIA

Annika M. Gifford, NRCDV Senior Director of Policy and Research, shares reflections on her recent trip to India with Move to End Violence in her blog post, Unraveling and Unfolding India: Initial Thoughts and Reflections.

Last year, Annika was selected as one of 19 Movement Makers in Move to End Violence, a 10-year program of the NoVo Foundation which aims to strengthen leaders, organizations and ultimately the movement working to end violence against girls and women in the United States. One of the hallmarks of Move to End Violence is an international learning exchange designed to situate U.S. leaders within the global movement, make connections for carrying out transnational advocacy and allow space for leading and learning with new social change perspectives.


WORKING WITH LATIN@ COMMUNITIES

Domestic Violence in Latin@ Communities (February 2014)

Casa de Esperanza and its national project, The National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, compiled the resources for this NRCDV collection which reflects many years of work at the intersections of gender-based violence and Latin@ communities. Understanding and honoring the great diversity that exists within Latin@ communities is a key component in delivering effective interventions and trauma-informed responses to address the violence.

This special collection provides a compilation of tools and resources developed specifically by Latin@s and for Latin@s as well as culturally adapted materials (not simply translations) to address domestic violence in Latin@ communities.


#TEENDVMONTH2014

Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, hosted by Break the Cycle, is observed annually in February to promote outreach and education for youth related to building and maintaining safe and healthy intimate relationships. The NRCDV is sponsoring a series of events and opportunities for engagement throughout the month of February. Share the flyer to help spread the word!

Updated for February 2014, our Special Collection, Preventing and Responding to Teen Dating Violence, emphasizes collaborative and multilevel approaches to the prevention of and response to teen dating violence. This year’s updates include additional resources for teachers and school- based professionals and a new section to support the efforts of pregnancy prevention advocates and adolescent sexual health practitioners in addressing adolescent relationship abuse.


TAX CREDITS FOR SURVIVORS

Earned Income Tax Credit (ETIC) and Other Tax Credits (Updated January 2014)

This Special Collection highlights key resources for the EITC, the Child Tax Credit, Health Coverage Tax Credits and others, highlighting resources specific to domestic violence survivors and advocates working with survivors.


INCREASING ORGANIZATIONAL ACCESSIBILITY

The NRCDV Access Initiative: Documenting our progress towards greater accessibility (January 2014)

Be the change we wish to see in the world. That is just what the staff of the NRCDV had in mind when we launched the “Access Initiative” in 2006. The Initiative represented NRCDV’s organizational commitment — as an employer, service provider, and community member — to individuals with disabilities and accessibility in general.

This resource page describes the story of the Access Initiative, offers definitions of key terms, and provides an overview of our key activities and accomplishments. Also included are lessons learned and recommendations, a list of materials and resources to support continued learning in this area, and links to organizations that focus on promoting accessibility and civil rights for people with disabilities.


CONTINUING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

Kick off a year of learning in 2014! The Event Calendar on VAWnet.org provides information about state, local, and national events related to violence against women including trainings, conferences, lectures, webinars and more. To submit an event for posting, please use our online contact form.

TA QUESTIONS OF THE MONTH

Read and comment on these recent requests received by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and National Resource Center on Domestic Violence!

FEBRUARY 2014: What resources are available to support survivors of domestic violence in taking steps towards economic security?

46% of U.S. residents live in households that lack economic security, and women are more likely to lack economic security than are men (Wider Opportunities for Women, 2013).

JANUARY 2014: How can I improve my program’s outreach efforts and services to Latin@ survivors and their families?

Advocates are increasingly understanding that outreach to Latin@ communities goes beyond a translated brochure or Spanish poster. Successful Latin@ outreach programming must be culturally appropriate, incorporating services that are respectful of and responsive to cultural and linguistic needs (OMH, 2001).

DECEMBER 2013: How can I address critical media literacy with youth?

A recent request submitted to the NSVRC Lifespan Team asked about what the takeaway should be when we talk about critical media literacy with youth. Universities dedicate entire courses to this topic. What can you possibly impart in 45 minutes? The answer: Tons!


NEW ON VAWNET

Recent Additions to the VAWnet library include: 

Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action by the White House Council on Women and Girls & Office of the Vice President (January 2014)

Listening to Our Communities: Assessment Toolkit by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and National Sexual Assault Coalition Resource Sharing Project (January 2014)

The Prosecutor’s Guide to Safety and Economic Security for Victims of Violence Against Women by Wider Opportunities for Women (October 2013)

Why do Some Men use Violence Against Women and How Can We Prevent It? by Emma Fulu, Xian Warner, Stephanie Miedema, Rachel Jewkes, Tim Roselli, and James Lang for UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women, and UNV (2013)

Holistic Healing Services for Survivors by Terri Poore, Toby Shulruff, and Kris Bein for the National Sexual Assault Coalition Resource Sharing Project (November 2013)

A Trauma Informed Approach for Adolescent Sexual Health by Joann Schladale for Resources for Resolving Violence (2013)

Conducting Safe, Effective and Ethical Interviews with Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence by WITNESS (November 2013)

Caring Adults: Important for Positive Child Well-Being by David Murphey, Tawana Bandy, Hannah Schmitz, and Kristin A. Moore for Child Trends (December 2013)

“It Takes a Village, People” Advocacy, Friends and Family, & LGBT Survivors of Abuse by Connie Burk, Selma Al-Aswad Dillsi, and Meg Crager for The NW Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian, and Gay Survivors of Abuse (December 2013)

Exploring the Relationship between Domestic VIolence and Chronic Health Conditions by GFK for the Verizon Foundation and MORE Magazine (November 2013)