The Youth Voices Network at Day One is searching for poets, short story writers, essayists, and other creative writers to showcase the power of New York City high school students in speaking out against domestic violence.
In the News
North Carolina researcher teams up with youth on LGBTQ teen dating violence initiative. Shanti Kulkarni, an associate professor of social work at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, is in her fourth year of a project aimed specifically at teaching young people about the dangers, signs and prevention of dating violence. Her project has relied upon the voices and experiences of young people, and the project's accomplishments include training videos, school outreach and more. Her research indicates it is important to educate LGBT young people on matters of dating violence.
Pennsylvania House Representatives urge consideration of teen dating violence bill. Representatives Scott Conklin (D-Centre) and Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) urged the State Senate to take up HB 2026, legislation that would integrate teen dating violence measures into middle and high school curriculum.
Olympic College student expresses need for preventive work. Today's teens are the adults of our future. If we can get through to them now and teach them healthy ways to deal with their problems, they can carry those lessons into their future relationships and ultimately pass them down to their children thus creating a healthy cycle rather than an abusive cycle.
Sorority teams with national organizations to launch awareness campaign. In response to recent reports of dating abuse on college campuses, Confidence Coalition founder Kappa Delta Sorority joined forces with coalition partners, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and loveisrespect, the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline, to launch an awareness campaign called, "Friends Say the Tough Stuff…So Say It." The campaign encourages friends to offer support, advice and intervention when they believe a friend is in an unhealthy relationship.
Preliminary data from "Dating it Safe: A longitudinal study on the risk and protective factors of teen dating violence" was presented last week." Jeff Temple, assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology found teen dating violence to be an emerging public health problem. Each year, about 25 percent of teens are physically or sexually abused by partners, which can lead to a host of consequences, including acute and chronic mental and physical health problems, suicide, delinquency, risky sexual behavior, school failure and substance abuse.
Day One would like to thank all who came to support our work and celebrate this year's honorees at our Benefit to End Dating Violence among Youth.
A few photos from the evening after the jump.
Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ Communities
Margarita Guzman, Program Director, Day One
As a queer-identified Chicana, I've spent the majority of my life identifying and deconstructing discrimination and violence against communities of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, two spirit (LGBTQTS)/queer communities and gender minorities. I have found power and support from communities of minorities and activists and have been part of actions to protest and bring awareness to violence perpetrated against us based on our identities.
Insofar as I had built an analysis of domestic violence, it was as a binary-gendered, heteronormative phenomenon where men found yet another way to exert power and control over women.
|So imagine my surprise when I found myself navigating violence that did not come from outside my community but from within it. The place of power, safety and love turned to a place of victimization and fear.|
Since then, I've spent a lot of time thinking about the complexities involved in intimate partner violence (IPV), especially IPV in queer/LGBTQTS relationships, and have built a broader analysis about the ways power and control are wielded in all relationship types. My time as a staff member of Day One has given me an opportunity to respond to the intersection of LGBTQTS/queer youth experiencing dating abuse and domestic violence.
New Jersey considers bill on dating violence education. The New Jersey Assembly will consider bills (A-2454) to develop a school district policy to educate students on dating violence and ways in which to identify and avoid potentially abusive behavior.
Utah mens' group working to prevent domestic violence. A new organization is out to prove that domestic violence is not a matter of boys versus girls. The Men's Anti-violence Network of Utah — MAN — plans to provide mentoring for boys and campaign for tougher laws on domestic and sexual violence.
Texas State Senator pushes for passage of a teen dating violence education bill. "I urge state Senate action on my bill that would require public schools to provide education on teen-dating violence. The legislation has been stalled since March, and it should be brought up for discussion and put to a vote sooner and not later." (Rep. Scott Conklin)
Nine Connecticut colleges campaign against dating violence. A "red flag campaign" is underwayor will be on nine Connecticut college campuses this fall. The campaign is designed to raise awareness about dating violence and to help students identify troubling patterns that should raise "red flags" about potential partner violence or abuse.
A newly released book focuses on teen dating violence. Donna Kshir and Sandra Dawn Potter co-wrote two new books, focusing on teen dating violence; exclusively for teens, as well as parents, caregivers and tweens. The books are a version of "She Said, He Said." This concept allows the reader to step into the shoes of abuser and the victim, and experience just how domestic violence affects both sides, male and female, of a relationship.
Day One was spotlighted on the CBS Early Show. Here's a great photo of us.
Indiana lawmakers implement dating violence law. Indiana lawmakers passed Heather's Law in April of this year, a bill designed to encourage schools to effectively address issues of dating violence.
In the Headlines
Kentucky mother honors her late daughter through good work. Nearly one year after Amanda Ross was shot to death outside her Lexington townhouse, Diana Ross is honoring her daughter's life by taking on causes that were dear to her heart.
Do Pro Athletes Make Good Husbands and Fathers? "Some women would love to live a life of luxury, ease, and comfort. Professional athletes can provide such a wonderful life. But such pursuits of professional athletes could have deadly and serious consequences for some victims."
Walk honors late victim of teen dating violence. Prevention First will be hosting the fourth annual Amanda Faith Reo Memorial Walk in Long Branch, New Jersey. The event aims to raise $10,000 in Reo's name to support Prevention First's violence and substance abuse prevention programs, and to raise awareness among teens about the dangers of dating abuse.
Jean Sung, Youth Voices Network Coordinator
|I take on this challenge because I wholeheartedly believe that bringing these voices together will create a space to strengthen our shared community.|
One Voice began as a simple idea - a blog where survivors of relationship abuse could share their stories. Its development has been in the works for some time now, but as I sit here writing, I recognize One Voice is a blog for the community, and I have the gigantic responsibility of speaking for an entire community in this first post. I write this post as a member of Day One's Youth Voices Network and as an advocate for other survivors of teen dating violence. Mine is the first of many voices that will appear on this blog.
I am a survivor of an abusive relationship. I was thirteen when I entered into my first romantic relationship and fifteen when I realized how entrenched I had become in the relationship. My first boyfriend was my best friend, and he was the one person I trusted most in the world. Over the course of a few months, he threatened suicide at increasing frequency. I felt responsible for his well-being. The emotional abuse escalated to physical abuse. He'd hit me and punch me when he'd get angry with me. I didn't leave that relationship when it became abusive. Rather, the relationship left me.
The Early Show on CBS will feature Day One and our work to end dating violence among youth on Monday, September 13, 2010 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Please join Day One staff, volunteers and friends as we promote our work with youth or tune in to support us!
We'll meet at 7:30 AM. If you'd like to join us, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Please join us for our seventh annual Benefit to End Dating Violence among Youth.
Hon. Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.
District Attorney, New York County
Hon. Scott M. Stringer
Manhattan Borough President
Daron & Monica Greene; Richard & Carole Hochhauser; Martin B.O'Connor, II & Jane Sarkin O'Connor; John Olson & Laura Michelle Smith; Jane Randel, Liz Claiborne Inc.; William C. Silverman, Esq., Greenberg Traurig LLP; Stroz Friedberg LLC; Jim & Jemma Walden
Wendy Amstutz,White Space; Carol Costello, Plaid; Scott & Liz Krowitz