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Death of Nevada teens highlights importance of teen dating violence awareness. As family and friends remember Micaela Costanzo, others are discussing efforts to avoid similar tragedies in the future. Kody Patten, an 18-year-old classmate, is accused of murdering Costanzo on March 3 near West Wendover. The crime is drawing attention to the broader issue of violence and stalking in teen relationships.
Maine domestic violence bill faces opposition. A proposal to allow courts to require electronic monitoring of people charged with or convicted of violating a protection from abuse order ran into opposition Monday during a public hearing before the Legislature's Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.
Manhattan District Attorney highlights health crisis of domestic violence for the New York Daily News. Today, our criminal justice system is failing those who most need its protection, with outdated laws tying the hands of prosecutors seeking stronger sentences for repeat domestic violence offenders.
A new study in the Quarterly Journal of Economics finds domestic violence spikes when NFL team is upset. Domestic violence cases are more likely to increase in areas where a football team's male fans are trying to cope with an unexpected loss, according to a study of fans from six NFL teams, including the Carolina Panthers.
Georgia organization presents lecture, Preventing Teen Dating Violence Among Our Teens. Saturday, March 26: Attend an interactive discussion for teens and adults entitled: Taking Responsibility for Me: Preventing Dating Violence Among Our Teens. Led by C.Joi Phillips,Speaker, Author and Founder of The IRIS Initiative, an organization that is dedicated to the early prevention and intervention of intimate partner abuse.
Gayle Gatchalian, Volunteer
|You only have what you know to anchor you through the storms of powerful emotion-- especially in the realm of love and romantic relationships.|
It's more dangerous than running with scissors, riskier than lighting fireworks in your hands and more life-threatening than a radioactive waste pile. No, it's not jumping out of a plane without a parachute. (Though, that is pretty hazardous, too, and should never ever be attempted.) What is this dangerous thing, you ask? Simple. It's ignorance. Ignorance is behind many of the dangerous things we do to ourselves and to others. And while it is, of course, not the only reason, ignorance is unique in that it saps you of your power – the knowledge and information you need to be in control and make the right choices for yourself. Ignorance can be particularly risky when it comes to the emotional realm, where everything is subjective and there are no guide books or sign posts to tell you right from wrong. You only have what you know to anchor you through the storms of powerful emotion-- especially in the realm of love and romantic relationships.
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Brooklyn man murders his baby's mother. A 21-year-old Brooklyn man with a suicide note in his pocket stabbed his baby's mother to death on Wednesday and then tried to kill himself. Police said Anthony Deane showed up at Natisha Barrows' apartment on Lenox Road in Flatbush to pick up their 1-year-old daughter, Aliyah. Instead, they got into a screaming match - fresh off a Tuesday night breakup.
Queens, New York prosecutor Scott Kessler is believed to be the first in the country using jailhouse calls to prove abusers are making victims to scared to testify. The crimes are horrific, but until last year, Kessler says he had to dismiss about 70 percent of his domestic violence cases mainly because of intimidation.
New study in the Journal of Urban Health looks at neighborhood level factors associated with dating violence perpetration. Neighborhood-level characteristics have been found to be associated with different forms of interpersonal violence, but studies of the relationship between these characteristics and adolescent dating violence are limited.
The San Diego Gay & Lesbian News comments on victim-blaming after rape of 11-year old girl. "Of the many things I've learned since traipsing off with my book bag and lunchbox to return to full-time studenthood, none is quite as dismaying as the persistence of the rape culture that pervades U.S. media and, hence, the daily lives of media consumers."
Florida coalition will hold youth summit on preventing teen dating violence. The summit will feature youth from across the state that are doing violence prevention work in their local communities. It will be held on April 30, 2011 in Orlando.
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Colleges across the country are scrutinized for handling of sexual assault cases. The United States Office for Civil Rights is also reviewing the handling of cases in Ohio and California and is expected to issue new regulatory guidance this year for schools dealing with sexual assault complaints. But records from the Office for Civil Rights show that colleges and universities have rarely been reprimanded for their handling of sexual assault or harassment complaints.
Indiana legislature releases teen dating violence educational materials and response policies. During the 2010 legislative session, the General Assembly passed SEA 316, and the Governor signed IC 20-19-3-10 into law. The legislation requires the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), in collaboration with organizations that have expertise in dating violence, domestic violence, and sexual abuse to identify or develop and make available to schools; (a) Model dating violence educational materials, and (b) A model for dating violence response policies and reporting by July 1, 2011.
New study out of Canada says doctors can help detect domestic abuse early. Screening programs have already helped detect cancer and other chronic illnesses early enough for successful treatment to begin. Now researchers at Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital have found that screening procedures can help detect domestic abuse and get people into support services before deeper problems emerge.
Anna Holmes writes about Charlie Sheen and domestic violence for the New York Times. Forty-three minutes into his "special live edition" with Charlie Sheen on Monday night, Piers Morgan finally got around to asking his guest a real question. Before that, Mr. Morgan and Mr. Sheen had mostly traded chuckles and anecdotes about multiday benders, inflated network salaries and meet-ups in Aspen, Colo. But then, after three commercial breaks, Mr. Morgan inquired, "Have you ever hit a woman?"
California fair aims to stop violence in communities. San Bernardino High School is holding a Stop the Violence Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 12. Featured workshops include CAPS (Creative After-school Programs for Success); Technical School and College Offers; Women of Worth and Teen Dating Violence; and Neighborhood Watch, Working Together.
Anonymous Youth Voices Network Member
|No one called it abuse. The signs were there,
but I didn't see them.
No one called it abuse. The signs were there, but I didn't see them. Two people who love each other should spend every moment together. I kept clothes at his house so that I wouldn't have to go home in the morning. That way, we could get lunch with his mother. We would spend the afternoon together and go to hang out with his friends. I didn't have any friends at home.
Looking back I had friends. But I had forgotten about them. He would agree to meet them and something would come up. He didn't want to spend time with my friends; he wanted to spend time with me. Of course, later we would go to his friend's house until the late hours before returning home to go to bed. After a few tries I gave up trying to introduce him to my friends. We weren't that close anyway.
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National education magazine looks at dating violence prevention on college campuses. Such campus groups and programming to combat dating violence are becoming more prevalent as increased awareness of dating violence forces students and administrators alike to address a problem that studies indicate affects one in five college relationships. Some schools address the issue through student orientation while others, like those in the CUNY system, have comprehensive policies on domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault.
Maryland county school board opposes state bill on reporting of dating violence incidents. The board opposed Senate Bill 617 from Sen. Roger Manno (D-Dist. 19) of Silver Spring that would require the school system to track and report incidents of dating violence, just as the school system now tracks bullying incidents. Board members agreed that Manno's bill would ask the school system to go beyond its normal responsibilities.
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health looks at link between adverse childhood experiences and risk of physical violence in adolescent dating relationships. This study evaluates associations of commonly co-occurring childhood adversities with physical violence in dating relationships to identify potential strategies for refining and targeting dating violence prevention programs. Assessment of a broad range of childhood exposures to familial adversities may help to identify adolescents at particularly high risk of PDV and to guide prevention efforts.
Georgia-based nonprofit sponsors contest to create games about teen dating violence. Can you create a game about teen dating violence without using violence? That's the question that the Life. Love Game Design Challenge has been asking for three years now. The results have, over years, grown from simple flash games to meaningful works of interactive education and fiction.
Program and Communications Associate and Youth Voices Network Coordinator Jean Sung spoke with Diverse: Issues in Higher Education about dating abuse among college students.
According to Jean: "the 24-hour news cycle, Twitter, Facebook, blogs and the proliferation of technology in general have brought about greater awareness. 'People are responding to the issue more,' she says."
Read the rest of the article "Helping College Students Stay Safe While Dating" on Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
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