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New York City girls' development program and Day One launch public art campaign.Groundswell Community Mural Project, in partnership with Day One, announced the exhibition of a unique public art campaign to combat teen dating violence. As one participant explained, "this campaign is about abuse and people in abusive relationships under 24. We want to reach younger people because we want to let them know that there is help out there before it becomes a cycle for them. Our posters will create awareness that there is help and abuse is something to be taken seriously."
Teenage binge drinking, associated with sexual assault and domestic violence, on the rise. Binge drinking is becoming increasingly common among teenagers. The Centers for Disease Control estimates about 90 percent of all teenage alcohol consumption occurs in the form of binge drinking, categorized as the heavy consumption of alcohol over a period of several hours, or even several days. According to the CDC, binge drinking is associated with intentional injuries such as firearm injuries, sexual assault and domestic violence.
Advocate promotes use of new technologies, like smartphone applications, to educate youth about dating abuse. "Information about IPV must be made available to young people in forms they can easily access. [M]any of today's youth rely on their smartphones and new forms of media such as infographics, twitter streams and blogs to acquire new sources of information to meet their everyday needs. For this reason, we need to use technological resources to educate young people about IPV, especially as dating violence continues to be a big problem among college students."
New Mexico attorney general holds training to help fight teen dating abuse. Teen Dating Violence Training, hosted by the New Mexico Attorney General's Office Prosecutions Division drew mostly professionals from regional social-services organizations. The day-long event covered a number of issues including date rape, sexting, emotional abuse, controlling partners and sex trafficking of minors.
On August 31st, the Groundswell Community Mural Project, in partnership with Day One, will hold a dedication ceremony and exhibition to celebrate "Love Should Always be Safe," a unique public art campaign to combat teen dating violence.
The exhibit will showcase the work of Day One Peer Leaders and the Voices Her'd Visionaries of Groundswell which produced eight education posters about the kinds of dating violence and information about how to get help.
Read the full article, "Anti-Teen Dating Violence Exhibition To Open in Gowanus" on The Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
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Ohio teen murder-suicide reminds advocates of much work left to be done. News of a teen murder-suicide reminded Elsa and Jim Croucher, parents of Tina Croucher for whom Ohio's dating violence education law was named, that educating young people about healthy relationships and dating abuse is a long, ongoing project. The couple started the Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 1996.
Ohio hospital's program implements dating abuse education law. Akron Children's Hospital's RESPECT program is a free, teen-dating violence prevention program for Summit and Stark County high schools. RESPECT trains student leaders to raise awareness about the impact of teen dating violence and sexual assault. Our program also offers parent education, educator training and school policy assistance, as well as programs for professionals who work with youth in the community. The program facilitates the implementation of Ohio's 2009 Tina Croucher Act, which requires school employees to receive education on preventing dating violence.
A new report compiles over a decade of research on teen dating violence. The Library of Congress commissioned an annotated bibliography and summary of research on the significant research carried out in the decade since 1999 on the issue of dating violence among high school and middle school youth. Among the topics covered are: the definition, prevalence of and risk factors for adolescent dating violence; the deleterious effects of dating violence both in the context of the current relationship and in future intimate partnerships; and the effectiveness of prevention programs and on responses to the issue of dating violence in the law and legal systems. Click here to download the report.
A mother says reality show relationship demonstrates lack of candor about male victims of domestic abuse. "It is not easy to find information about male victims of domestic violence, perhaps because many people don't believe it can happen in the first place. Incidents like the one in which Amber repeatedly punched Gary typically go unreported (on MTV's reality show Teen Mom). In fact, the current investigation against Amber would not have happened had she not been caught on camera. Gary did not report it."
New Jersey human services agency offers free domestic violence education program to students. The Bergen County Department of Human Services, division of Alternatives to Domestic Violence (ADV), is offering the Prevention Through Education (PTE) program to middle and high school students in Bergen County. The program presents free workshops on domestic violence, teen dating abuse, healthy relationships and how to identify abusive behaviors and to recognize their personal rights in a relationship.
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New York City mandates sex education. Students in New York City's public middle and high schools will be required to take sex education classes beginning this school year, using a curriculum that includes lessons on how to use a condom and the appropriate age for sexual activity. The city's mandate calls for schools to teach a semester of sex education in 6th or 7th grade and again in 9th or 10th grade.
Violence Against Women Act reauthorization to address violence against Native American women. The Act, drafted by then-Senator Joe Biden was signed into law by President Clinton in 1994 to recognize the severity of crimes related to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and violence against women. In an effort to protect Native women, the Department of Justice has added provisions to the act, hoping Congress will approve them when reauthorizing it.
Japanese study finds 20-30% of high school students have been restricted by their romantic partners in some way. In a study conducted by Women's Net Kobe, a nonprofit organization against domestic violence, researchers found that 33 percent of female high school students have experienced various kinds of social restrictions by their boyfriends, including having their friends' addresses erased from their cellphones and being told not to go out with other friends.
Florida youth advisory board encourages parents to speak to their teens about dating violence. "The new school year is approaching, a perfect time of year for parents to sit down with their teens to talk to them about their responsibilities in school like earning good grades, getting to class on time, and staying out of trouble. In addition, a very important topic parents should discuss with their teens this time of year is that of dating and the possibility of dating abuse."
Illinois youth day focuses on teen dating violence. Between Friends, a Chicago-based nonprofit, will hold a day of action for youth between the ages of 13 to 18. The day offers a fun, interactive workshop where youth will create projects that will educate themselves and others about teen dating violence. The event is a collaboration with the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health.
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Domestic violence in New York City up 12.3%. Reported domestic violence cases in New York City skyrocketed by 12.3% in the city last year, with Brooklyn reporting the most cases among the five boroughs. Law enforcement officials said a big reason for the increases citywide was a 2008 change that expands access to civil orders of protection: the new law covers those in an "intimate relationship," including teens; gays and lesbians, and people in dating relationships.
Federal legislation addressing teen pregnancy and dating violence among immigrant communities introduced in Congress. The "Communities of Color Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Act," HR 2678, recognizes that a broader approach is needed to address teen pregnancy in communities of color, including the role coercion and violence plays in unintended pregnancy, and invests in getting young people of color the information and skills they need to build healthy relationships. The bill was introduced by U.S. Representative and Chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Health Task Force, Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA).
Australian researchers find increased risk for mental illness, mental and physical disability and poorer quality of life among women who experience violence. Women who have suffered from gender-based violence are more likely to develop anxiety disorders or other mental health issues, experience physical and mental disabilities, and have worse quality of life than other women, according to research from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. The risk for these long-term problems increased with the intensity of abuse.
A physician discusses the appearance of domestic violence in the Harry Potter series."If you're a Harry Potter fanatic and have read the all the books several times, you already know that Severus Snape's father was a batterer. If you are a more casual reader, you may have forgotten. If you've only seen the movies, you wouldn't know."
Summit aims to educate teens how to best handle 'breaking up'. The Teen Breakup Summit, sponsored by the healthy teen relationship group Start Strong, is part of a nationwide effort to fight teen violence. Many teens aren't prepared for tough break-ups, said psychologist Dr. Jennifer Hartstein. Teens who attended the summit said the main lessons they get are from the media - especially from reality TV where MTV hits like "Jersey Shore" and "Teen Mom" provide millions of teens with their only break-up role models. Now, attendees want to spread the message that break-ups can be healthier.