When a young person runs away, the impact is felt throughout the entire community. Observed in November, National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM) offers an opportunity for us to explore and enhance our role in helping youth live happy and healthy lives.
The goals of NRPM are to raise awareness of the runaway and homeless youth crisis and the issues that these young people face, and educate all of us about solutions and the role we can play in ending youth homelessness.
The theme of NRPM 2014 is Piecing it all Together, which represents the multiple, interconnected experiences of runaway and homeless youth (including bullying, abuse, community or school violence, human trafficking, sexual or gender identity struggles, foster care, substance abuse, mental health challenges, or involvement in the juvenile justice system) and the nature of effective, collaborative community-based models for addressing these experiences and promoting youth resiliency.
Join the NRCDV in observing NPRM this November, and in working to enhance our response to the runaway and homeless youth population.
Research indicates that between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away each year. Advocates and youth workers have the power to make a difference.
TODAY at 3pm Eastern/12pm Pacific, join NRCDV and the National Runaway Safeline to learn more about the connection between runaway and homeless youth and relationship violence (including dating abuse and sexual violence), and how you can join the efforts of National Runaway Prevention Month.
Register now and help kick off #NRPM: Promoting Youth Safety During National Runaway Prevention Month and Throughout the Year.
Two new sections of the toolkit were added in September 2014:
Critical Issues: Minor Sex Trafficking includes definitions, dynamics, challenges to service provision, effective service strategies and a list of additional resources to support work on this issue.
Practice Tools provides readers with strategies on how to build and sustain partnerships with other service providers.
This collection aims to illuminate different forms of, and perspectives on, human trafficking and to provide relevant resources to help guide more informed and critical advocacy, research, and thought.
Sheltering Transgender Women: Providing Welcoming Services by michael munson for FORGE and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (September 2014)
This Technical Assistance Guidance highlights effective strategies for integrating trans women into shelter, building on the knowledge that most shelter staff and allied professionals have already developed practice, familiarity, and skill in providing shelter services to women.
Selling Social Change: Exploring What Works in Making the Case for Prevention hosted by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (September 18, 2014)
The PreventIPV project engaged advocates and preventionists in a series of focus groups and interviews to gain insight into what works, and what is needed, in order to best make the case for prevention – to funders and foundations, businesses and non-traditional partners, communities, policy makers, and in our own minds.
On this webinar, the IPV Prevention Council and allies shared key preliminary findings from these discussions, invited participants to offer their insights, and explored successful models in Washington and Texas for encouraging investment in prevention.
As part of the FVPSA 30th anniversary events organized by the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, a division of the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) in the Administration for Children and Families, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence hosted a Twitter Town Hall to engage youth in a discussion about their vision and hope for the future of our work to end domestic violence, and the role that FVPSA can play.
We hope you join us saluting Tonya Lovelace Davis and her team on the creation of Women of Color Network, Inc. as an independent entity on October 1, 2014! For almost 15 years, we have supported WOCN’s journey and share their excitement at the realization of a dream to support and celebrate women of color leadership in efforts to end violence against women of color and in their communities from a new independent organizational platform.
As we wish WOCN, Inc. well and look forward to our ongoing collaboration, NRCDV remains deeply committed to continuing to support women of color leadership and all marginalized communities in every aspect of our work – in the diversity of our leadership team, our staff, our board, and our consultants, in the wide range of collaborative partners, and in our overall approach to advancing effective, inclusive and responsive domestic violence policy and practice.
Recent additions to the VAWnet library include:
Socio-Emotional Impact Of Violent Crime by Bureau of Justice Statistics (September 2014)
Criminal Victimization, 2013 (Revised) by Bureau of Justice Statistics (September 2014)
When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2012 Homicide Data by Violence Policy Center (September 2014)
Engaging Asian Men: Divesting from Gender Violence, Investing in Gender Equality by Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence (2014)
Designing Accessible Events for People with Disabilities and Deaf Individuals: Budgeting for Access Tip Sheet by Center on Victimization and Safety, Vera Institute of Justice (August 2014)
Domestic Violence & Youth Homelessness: How the Two Intersect and What You Can Do To Help by Ivonne Ortiz and Susan Spagnuolo for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence & MANY (May 2014)