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News: Week of 4/29/2011


In the Headlines

Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence releases phone app on dating violence. The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) announced the release of td411, a teen dating application in both the iTunes App Store and the Android Market. Reportedly the first of its kind in the nation, td411 provides information and tools that teens, their friends and families can use to learn more about dating violence and healthy relationships.


United States Department of Health and Human Services addresses anti-LGBT domestic violence. The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) was encouraged by an announcement by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on April 1, highlighting new recommendations to improve the lives and health of LGBT people, including addressing domestic violence as it distinctly impacts survivors.


Pennsylvania university receives grant for preventive education on dating abuse and violence. Immaculata University has received a $5,715 grant for its I2U Peer Education Program. The beauty and fashion boutique "mark" selected the university's counseling program as one of 23 recipients of its nationwide Healthy Relationship Peer Educator Program grant. The grant will help the I2U program promote healthy dating relationships among college-age women and men.


Louisiana teen speaks out about domestic abuse. 19 year old Tiffany Sisk is a victim of domestic violence. Since age 16, she's been in not one, but two abusive relationships.  "I couldn't have friends, I couldn't talk to my family, I couldn't walk to the grocery store or I was cheating or I was doing this or that," she said.


Play written by Pennsylvania teens, about teens, examines dating violence. Family Services of Western Pennsylvania will present the play "Everything is Fine" about teenage dating violence, free to the public at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Penn State New Kensington. Family Services Student Assistance Program is offering the play to raise awareness of teenage dating abuse and violence or "intimate partner violence."


Slain Alabama teen's organs save four lives. Nikki Davenport's death has given four others a chance at life. Four of her organs were donated after she died Sunday from injuries in a domestic violence attack on Saturday. "Real people's lives were saved and changed," Davenport's great-uncle, Gadsden City Councilman Robert Avery, said.


Texas film producers create PSA about teen dating violence. In collaboration with the El Paso County Attorney's Office and the 34th Judicial District Attorney's Office, MindWarp was able to successfully provide culturally sensitive and accessible marketing materials about domestic abuse and teen dating violence. The cultural campaign name, logo, four short films, and interactive website are all attributed to the hard working and talented MindWarp team of filmmakers, writers, directors, programmers and graphic designers.


Illinois woman tells story of domestic violence to council. Susan Still's former husband forced their son to videotape him beating her, shoving her and calling her "stupid" 36 times and "heifer" 28 times within an hour. The tape made Still fear for her life and the safety of her children, so after years of insidiously increasing abuse, she finally left.


Legal Matters

Federal domestic violence bill introduced to Congress. Landmark 1994 legislation to curb domestic violence is set to expire at the end of this year and Rep. Louise Slaughter has introduced a bill that would preserve a popular component of it. Slaughter announced Thursday that she has introduced the Violence Against Women Health Initiative Act, a bill that would help train doctors and nurses to spot the signs of domestic abuse and offer better care and counsel to victims.


New college campus sexual assault policy introduced in the U.S. Senate. U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) introduced legislation last week that would address the rising incidences of sexual assault and violence on college campuses. The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, or SaVE Act, would amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 and expand the 1990 Jeanne Clery Act to "improve education and prevention related to campus sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking."


Missouri domestic abuse bill advances. A bill that would create a single definition of domestic violence in state law and give teens new protections from abusive relationships won unanimous approval in the Missouri Senate yesterday. The bill, passed on a 33-0 vote, is the work of a task force Attorney General Chris Koster created last year. The panel reviewed how domestic violence laws have changed over three decades and set an agenda for updating and strengthening the laws.



New study from Brown University says mattering to the family lessens teen violence. A new study of family violence suggests teenagers respond better when they believe they are making a difference in family dynamics. When the teen believes that they matter to their family, they are significantly less likely to threaten or engage in family violence.



Teen dating violence found as a reason for chronic truancy in schools in Washington, D.C. D.C. Council members on Monday voted to accept an interim report designed to combat student truancy, a rampant problem that is linked to crime in city neighborhoods and public transit systems. It found 13 percent of D.C. high school students were "chronic truants," missing at least 15 days of classes without valid excuses during the first half of this school year. The interim report, produced by council member Sekou Biddle, at-large Democrat, says students skipped school for a variety of reasons, including unsafe routes to and from home, bullying, teen dating violence, lack of proper attire or not having Metro fare.


Sexual assault 'severely under-reported,' Michigan experts say. April is Sexual Assault Awareness month -- a crime that, experts say, is "severely under-reported." Kerry Zahner, domestic violence/sexual assault prosecutor in Emmet, Charlevoix and Cheboygan counties, said she handles about 300 cases a year, most of which are domestic violence cases. Less than 5 percent of her cases, she estimated, are sexual assault cases.



Pennsylvania school district holds program to raise awareness of teen dating violence. The Spring-Ford Area School District hosted "Healthy Relationships: Recognizing Teen Dating Violence" April 14 in the auditorium of the 9th Grade Center. The program, which was free and open to the general public, featured presentations from Janine Kelly, Community Education Coordinator for The Women's Center of Montgomery County; Assistant District Attorneys Jordan Fritter and Matthew Quig and Detective Mary Anders; and Patty Mark, representative from the Laurel House (domestic violence and emergency shelter agency) and board member of the Kristen Mitchell Foundation.


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