In the Headlines
North Carolina economic downturn associated with rise in domestic violence and lessened ability of agencies to provide services. The North Carolina Department of Justice and local agencies noted an increase in domestic abuse in the city of Asheville. Experts associated this rise with the bad state of the economy, where financial troubles keep victims in, or return to, abusive relationships for the sake of stability. Furthermore, funding cuts render local agencies unable to keep up with demand for shelter and supportive services.
Federal officials pressure schools to prioritize sexual violence education. The Obama administration recently released guidelines for schools nationwide to prevent sexual violence and help victims. Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced these efforts at a University of New Hampshire event, where Secretary Duncan stated, "Sexual violence is one of those issues we all wish didn't exist. Every school would like to believe it's immune from sexual violence, but the facts suggest otherwise."
Texas support services provider's president discusses the lethal ramifications of IPV and its devastating effect on the community. "What we know about intimate partner homicides indicates there is a strong probability domestic violence played a role in the incident. Domestic violence is about power and control. Devastating incidents, such as the one that occurred in Fountain this week, remind us that domestic violence is not a private family matter or just a "women's" issue. These crimes always leave permanent scars on families, friends, neighbors, and entire communities.
Study finds women abused as children more likely to abuse future partners or be abused. A small study on heterosexual couples has found preliminary evidence that women who experienced child abuse were more likely than similarly abused men to behave aggressively towards their partners or be recipients of domestic violence. The study also found that women that tend to keep their anger inside rather than express it openly were more likely to be involved in abusive relationships as well.
Massachusetts "Teens Against Dating Abuse" club star in public service announcement on identifying dating abuse. The office of District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett produced an informational video to help teens identify signs of abuse in their romantic relationships, featuring local teens from a dating abuse prevention group and survivors affiliated with another prevention program. The teens discussed warning signs, what they can do to help themselves or their friends and addressed the exacerbating effects technology can have on abuse.
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Cutbacks threaten New York City dating abuse prevention programs for teens. Lost in the news about mass layoffs of thousands of teachers and the possible closure of up to 20 fire companies is the fact that a program to combat relationship abuse among teens is also on the chopping block. The program is the Teen Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP), a school-based anti-domestic violence and anti-bullying program that reaches more than 50,000 students. It is seeking the restoration of $3 million in city funding.
New York Senate will vote on bill establishing violent felon registry. Republican lawmakers were joined by the family of a mother and daughter murdered in 2009 to support "Brittany's Law," which would establish a registry of violent felons modeled on the current registry for sex offenders. The bill is named after 12-year-old Brittany Passalacqua, who was murdered with her mother Helen Buchel by John Edward Brown, who Buchel had been dating. Brown was at the time on parole after serving two and a half years of a three-year sentence for throwing his infant daughter against a wall.
New study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology focuses on alcohol use and dating aggression. The current study examined the role of heavy alcohol use in the developmental process of desistance in physical dating aggression during adolescence. Using longitudinal data spanning grades 8 through 12 we tested the hypotheses that (a) higher levels of early heavy alcohol use would be associated with decreased deceleration from dating aggression during late adolescence and (b) higher levels of heavy alcohol use during time-points in late adolescence would be contemporaneously associated with elevated levels of dating aggression at those same time points.
The New York Times reviews two young adult novels about dating abuse. "Two new novels for young women, "Bitter End," by Jennifer Brown (author of "Hate List," an acclaimed 2009 novel that took on school shootings) and "Stay," by Deb Caletti, offer a lesson to teens. The lesson in both books — that dating violence is real and dangerous — is worth teaching. Nearly one-quarter of teenage girls report verbal abuse from their boyfriends, and nearly one in five have been threatened with violence if they try to break things off. Some 24 percent of teenagers say they know at least one peer who has been the victim of dating abuse."
With the Kentucky Derby behind us and the Preakness and Belmont Stakes heading our way, all eyes are on the annual running of the Triple Crown. In that spirit, please join Day One's Associate Board for: A Night at the Races!
At this fun-filled event in support of Day One's work to end dating abuse among youth, we will be screening videos of actual horse races. With each ticket, you will receive "money" to bet on the races. The lucky ones with the highest winnings at the end of the night will go home with exciting prizes, such as tickets to a Yankees game!
But the fun doesn't stop there! Throughout the night, enjoy complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres. And, don't just bet on the horses, but name them, too, with a horse sponsorship. Whoever comes up with the most creative name will win their very own prize!
Ticket(s): $45 in advance/$50 at the door
Sponsor a Horse: $10
To purchase advance tickets online, please go to: http://www.nycharities.org/events/EventLevels.aspx?ETID=3662
All semester, Day One's Peer Leaders have been working hard to develop a new digital resource for their peers.
It's a Love Hate Kinda Thing is an online magazine (e-zine) dedicated to ending violence early. Through information about relationship abuse, interviews with survivors of abusive relationships, tips for getting help, quizzes about healthy relationships, the e-zine offers a plethora of information for college students throughout the country to learn more and address this all-too-common problem on our city's college campuses.
We invite you to pass along this wonderful new resource to a college student in your life.
Click here to check it out!
Youth Voices Network (YVN) Coordinator Jean Sung and an anonymous YVN member recently sat down with Hot 97's Lisa Evers on her show Street Soldiers to share their perspectives and expertise about relationship abuse in light of the twelve recent domestic violence-related murders in New York City. Day One is proud to support our YVN members as they play an important role in clarifying the role of preventive programs, educating our community members about this issue and placing responsibility with abusers rather than the victims of these crimes. Visit the Street Soldiers website and click under "Domestic Violence" under their podcasts links to listen.
In The Headlines
New York City high school selected as finalist for nation-wide dating abuse PSA making contest. Herbert H. Lehman High School students are one of four finalists in the Let Your Heart Rule Contest, a nation-wide competition featuring original productions of public service announcements regarding teen dating violence. According to the contest website, the contest aims to produce awareness that dating abuse does not discriminate, whether you are straight or gay, a young woman or a young man, or of one particular race or skin color.
Three Connecticut bills on dating abuse and cyber-bullying up for General Assembly vote. Three bills, HB 6629, HB 6053, and SB 1138 would allow teens to secure a restraining order against an abusive teen dating partner, would revise the state's bullying law to include teen dating violence, and address cyber-bullying respectively.
New study from University of Michigan looks at girls' reasons for perpetrating dating abuse. Surveys were administered to 224 male and female students from a southeastern Michigan high school. Fifty-nine percent of the girls said they pushed, slapped, grabbed or committed other nonsevere violence and 28 percent said they punched, kicked, choked or committed other severe force against a partner. Forty-nine percent of the girls reported no use of violence. Of the girls who had used physical force, 40 percent said it was done to protect themselves at least some of the time. The study also found that 53 percent of girls said their dating partner was violent first, and 22 percent said both partners initiated violence. Of those who reported using physical force in their relationships, 32 percent reported that they had never been victims, themselves, of dating violence.
Massachusetts violence prevention organization's president discusses patterns of abusive behavior. "It may be presumptuous, but a very small organization from Fairhaven, Family NonViolence Inc., is supporting legislation that suggests that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and, in fact, everyone concerned about family violence consider beginning at the beginning and explore the fact that many adults use and the majority of society condones the use of physical assaults against children to change or alter their behavior. This behavior is present in bullying and also child, sibling, intimate-partner, spousal and elder abuse."
Emory University hosts annual teen dating education gathering. The Jane Fonda Center at Emory University The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships Initiative, an initiative developed to teach children as early as age 11 the importance of healthy relationships to prevent teen dating violence.
In the Headlines
Mother of slain victim of domestic abuse speaks out against family's nightmare ordeal, changes needed to the system. For Lynne Rosychuk, there is no way to escape domestic violence. On the second anniversary of her daughter's murder, she is breaking her silence to reveal her pain, and talk about what went wrong in the hopes no one else has to go through a similar nightmare
Representative from Iowa hopes to end sexual and domestic violence against women in the military. U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) introduced HR 1517, the Holley Lynn James Act, to encourage the military to provide more accountability for sexual assault and domestic violence. Monday he took the cause one step further by directly asking President Obama to use his authority to implement certain provisions in the bill.
New study finds Latinas victimized by domestic violence much likelier to experience postpartum depression. Latinas who endure violence at the hands of a partner during or within a year of pregnancy are five times more likely to suffer postpartum depression than women who have not experienced such violence, according to a new study by researchers at the UCLA Center for Culture, Trauma and Mental Health Disparities.
Emory University's Jane Fonda Center Hosts Annual Meeting. Local teens showcase their innovative middle school prevention programs to Atlanta top public health experts and leaders from around the nation at the annual gathering of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships Initiative.
Joe And Jill Biden: Relationship Abuse Is 'Worse Than Being In Prison.' Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, have a stake in the issue of relationship abuse: He wrote the 1994 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which funds services for victims and pushes to put more assailants behind bars. And as an English teacher not far from the White House, Dr. Biden has had students confide in her about their abuse. The Bidens' first joint print interview since the inauguration appeared in the June 2011 issue of Glamour.
10 Things You Can Do
1. Understand Intersections of Violence Against Women (VAW) like Domestic Violence
VAW is internationally defined as any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivations of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life. This means VAW can include sexual, economic, spiritual, reproductive, and domestic violence, to name a few. The results of VAW can be deadly, like it was for the 12 women of NYC who were murdered by way of Domestic Violence.
Domestic Violence (DV) also known as Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) or Interpersonal Violence (IV) is about maintaining power and control over another. Abused persons live in a controlling environment, feels fear and often "walks on eggshells". An abusive woman can often develop low self-esteem, face difficulty communicating her abuse, and/or is afraid of losing her partner.
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