Anchor of MSNBC's NewsNation Tamron Hall sat down with Kelly Wallace from iVillage to talk about how she became involved with domestic violence advocacy. She share why she is involved with organizations like ours: "She feels like she didn't do enough then and that's part of what is motivating her to do work with groups such as Day One, which is specifically focused on raising awareness of teen dating abuse and violence."
According to the interview, "her number one goal, she says, is to get teens to understand what's right and what's seriously wrong in a relationship."
Tamron was awarded Day One's Visionary Award earlier this month during our annual benefit, Smart Love., Safe Love.
Read the whole article "MSNBC's Tamron Hall on How Domestic Violence Changed Her Life Forever" on iVillage.com.
I witnessed something pretty horrific over a year ago, in a grocery store on Staten Island. There were two children around the ages of three and five, a brother and a sister. They were both badly bruised. The sister was crying, "No one loves me, Mommy hates me."
|A single individual's anger and abusive behavior can affect an entire family.|
The brother said "That's not true, I love you." I watched as a young mother, also bruised, came over to the children and, perhaps ashamed of the appearance of the family, rushed out of the store. The event was heartbreaking and I felt entirely helpless in the situation. A single individual's anger and abusive behavior can affect an entire family. Every now and then this family pops into my head and I want to do something to help them. They symbolize the destruction that anger, abuse and ultimately, domestic violence, leave on their warpath. On that fateful day, a desire to prevent domestic violence was born in me, a desire that has led me to Day One.
*'Why I'm Here' is new blog series written by Day One interns and volunteers reflecting on what led them to Day One.
In the Headlines
White House panel on domestic abuse features Day One community partner. A White House panel on domestic violence included Sharon Stapel, the executive director of Day One's community partner the Anti-Violence Project (AVP), an organization dedicated to eliminating hate, sexual and domestic/intimate partner violence affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-affected people. Stapel said LGBTQ people face domestic violence at the same rates as other groups plus discrimination outside the home.
University of Michigan study finds that preschool children are aware, understand threats of domestic violence. The research suggests that preschool-aged children are able to meaningfully respond to statements about their parents' conflicts. Girls, more than boys, tend to blame themselves for violence in the home. "The more children observe intimate partner conflict, the more likely they are to feel threatened themselves," said one researcher .The findings suggest that intervention for children should target how they feel about their own perceived involvement, and ways to make them safe.
New York educator says entire community has responsibility to end dating and domestic violence. "As a community, we must recognize the real danger of intimate partner violence and accept responsibility to prevent it from occurring. Women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of dating and domestic violence. The good news is every person can take steps to make a difference."
Ohio high school students educate their classmates on dating abuse. North Ridgeville High School students spread awareness about dating and domestic abuse in correlation with Purple Ribbon week. Their 'street team' decorated their school and held contests to help educate their classmates about dating violence.
The Anthropologists visited the Day One offices on August 11 to conduct a 90 minute theatre workshop for the youth in our summer counseling group. The Anthropologists is an NYC-based theatre company that creates investigative theatre, researching topics from an anthropological perspective. Founded in 2008, the company specializes in highly physical and collaboratively created work for the stage, along with community engagement through theatrical and academic-based programming. Through the Action Workshops, The Anthropologists hope to inspire people to see an opportunity for change or action in their own lives.
Are you a poet or writer? Day One's Youth Voices Network 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.
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Day One's Executive Director Stephanie Nilva sat with host of WPIX 11's Morning News Sukanya Krishnan about the alarming rates of dating abuse teens.
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In the Headlines
Day One Executive Director speaks to WPIX 11 about dating abuse. Day One Executive Director appeared on WPIX 11 Morning News and spoke to host Sukanya Krishnan about the alarming rates of dating abuse among teens.
Los Angeles Unified School District passes $2M dating abuse education program in wake of fatal stabbing. After one of its students was stabbed to death by her boyfriend during lunchtime on campus, the Los Angeles Unified School District is finally — after a decade in the works — expanding its program to tackle teen violence. On Tuesday, the board passed a $2 million program aimed at preventing teen dating violence and creating prevention strategies in schools.
University of Iowa researchers found that rural women experience higher rates of domestic violence and have less access to resources. University of Iowa investigators in the College of Public Health's Injury Prevention Research Center have found that women in rural and isolated areas of Iowa experience higher rates of intimate partner violence and greater frequency and severity of physical abuse than women in urban areas. The researchers suggest one possible explanation for the higher rates of IPV in rural communities may be that living in isolation makes it easier to hide domestic violence, so perpetrators choose to live in remote areas.
Survivor underlines the importance of adults in helping teens define what a healthy relationship is. "I experienced teen dating violence during my freshman year in high school. My boyfriend at the time was cute and popular, but abusive. Things have changed since I was in high school, but I imagine teen relationships are in many ways the same. When I catch boys tightly gripping the wrists of their female partners or pinning them to walls with their body weight, it further confirms my belief. Parents and educators need to play a pivotal role in helping kids define what a healthy relationship looks like, even when they don't ask."
New York college club holds benefit to raise awareness on teen relationship abuse.Heart1, a Marist College club intended to raise awareness of domestic violence, held a dating violence awareness benefit with a raffle and purple-themed items for purchase. All proceeds went to local domestic violence organizations. Founded by survivor Danielle DeZao, the organization strives "to remove the 'taboo' from dating violence and let people know that it should be talked about in order to raise awareness and prevent it from happening in the first place."
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Vice President Joe Biden's sexual violence awareness campaign yields thousands of responses. In the weeks since Vice President Biden launched the 1is2Many initiative – a call for young women and men to share their ideas on how to prevent dating violence and sexual assault at their schools and college campuses – he has received more than 2,000 responses via the www.whitehouse.gov/1is2many and Twitter.
Topeka proposes to repeal domestic violence law in attempt to force DA to resume prosecuting DV cases. In response to Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor's decision to stop prosecuting domestic violence cases due to cost-cutting, the mayor and council of Topeka, Kansas voted to repeal the city's ordinance against domestic violence this week in their attempt to force the county to back away from its budget-driven decision.
Study finds students have trouble recognizing dating violence when it occurs. If a friend's relationship became abusive, 58 percent of college students say they are not sure what they should do to help, according to research firm Knowledge Networks, which interviewed students from four-year universities across the country about their dating experiences and definitions of abuse. Part of the problem is that it's difficult for teens and young adults to identify dating abuse, which can range from physical violence to verbal bullying to obsessive calling, texting or e-mailing dozens of times a day.
Minnesota advocate calls for everyone to take action to end domestic violence."Identifying someone affected by family violence is the first step in putting a support system in place that can be available if needed. No one should live in fear of the person they love. The task for us as community members is to raise our level of awareness so that each of us can take action and respond to this crime; it is all around us. Every one of us must be alert to the signs and symptoms of abuse and violence. We should be ready to speak with someone who appears to be troubled by conflicts or concerns, whether woman, man or child, with the goal of offering support, assistance or resources."
San Francisco-based organization's walk-a-thon raises awareness on dating abuse. A Safe Place, an agency that provides help for victims of domestic violence, hosted its 10th annual Walk Against Domestic Violence and Teen Dating Violence at Lake Merritt on Saturday to kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Click here to watch a video of the event.