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Here's what's going on in and around the community working to end dating violence.

Teen Dating Abuse in the News: Study finds dating violence prevalent in US high schools but counselors ill-equipped to prevent or address it.

07/20/2012

In the Headlines

Dating abuse programs target younger students. While most dating abuse education programs are provided for high school and college students, a recent study found that need for these programs emerge as early as middle school: 15% of surveyed seventh-graders reported experiencing physical abuse in their relationships. Organizations like Start Strong Idaho and Men Can Stop Rape have programs aimed at educating youth early to prevent abuse in their relationships.

 

Legal Matters

New York Governor signs cyberbullying protection legislation into law.  A new law in New York State will help protect students from cyberbullying as well as other forms of harassment, bullying, and discrimination. Schools are now required to take immediate action when students experience cyberbullying or other forms of harassment. The legislation also establishes improved training to help teachers and administrators better prevent and respond to bullying and other harmful acts.

 

Research

Study finds US high schools ill-equipped to prevent or address dating violence among their students.  Researchers from Indiana surveyed 550 high school counselors about their training and ability to deal with teen dating violence. Over 81 percent of the respondents said their school had no protocol for responding to dating violence. Ninety percent said there had been no related staff training in the previous two years, and more than 75 percent said their school had no committee that dealt with health and safety issues including dating abuse or healthy relationships. Yet the majority of counselors (61 percent) said they had had occasion to advise a victim of dating violence in the previous two years.

 

Opinions

A Massachusetts city counselor says preventing domestic violence must be a community focus and priority. "What is clear to me is that the work to end intimate partner violence, build healthy relationships and foster peace cannot be achieved without a true community-wide effort. Our humanity and decency, and not headlines or tragedy, should be the only impetus we need to end violence."

 

Events

Arizona organization to hold local celebrity-studded fundraiser. Kaity's Way, a dating violence education organization, was started by Bobbi and Ric Sudberry in memory of their daughter who was murdered by an abusive boyfriend. Their upcoming fundraiser, patterned after the hit show 'Dancing with the Stars,' will feature local television and sports celebrities who will compete to raise funds to support the organization's education workshops.

 

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07/09/2012

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Dating Abuse in the News: VP Biden unveils new PSA against dating abuse, sexual assault.

06/29/2012

Headlines

Vice President Joe Biden unveils new PSA advocating against dating violence. Vice President Biden's "1 is 2 Many" campaign to end to dating violence and sexual assault among young women, launched a new  PSA featuring the Vice President with President Obama and some of the nation's top athletes such as David Beckham, Jeremy Lin and Eli Manning.. The PSA will air this summer on the ESPN Networks, Fox Sports Networks, MLB Network and NFL Network. Read our blog post about the campaign.

 

Legal Matters

Virginia conference to discuss laws about protective orders for victims of domestic, sexual and intimate partner violence.   The three day meeting will feature national speakers as well as experts from around the state, and will include information about human trafficking, sexual assault and violence pertaining to minors, immigrants and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population. Expected attendees include law enforcement officers, judges, attorneys and victim advocates.

 

Research

Study shows increase in number of homicides against women at work by intimate partners.  Reported in the Annals of Epidemiology, the study also stated that those at highest risk were in the healthcare, production, and office/administration professions and that more than half of the homicides occurred in public spaces. 

 

Opinions

Advocate says community response to murder of teen lesbian couple is crucial."Matthew Shepard was attacked and left for dead in 1998. Mollie and Mary were attacked and left for dead last Friday, June 22, 2012. So much has changed in the United States between 1998 and 2012, and yet the similarities between the tragedies are undeniable. What is different between 1998 and 2012 -- what has to be believed to be different -- is how we collectively respond to such a tragedy."

 

Events

New York county police department supports campaign to combat violence against women. Members of the Oswego Police Department and the Oswego County Sheriff's Department are backing the Oswego County Opportunities' White Ribbon campaign to combat domestic violence against women. The campaign asks men of Oswego County to raise awareness of domestic violence by wearing a White Ribbon bracelet or pin and by signing the White Ribbon Pledge promising to be part of the solution to stopping male violence against women.

 

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Dating Abuse News: NYPD report finds domestic violence as cause for over half the murders of women.

06/15/2012

In the Headlines

Bronx teen dies after he is run over by girlfriend because of an argument over a cellphone. 25 year old Jasmine Diaz is in custody for the hit-and-run death of her 17-year-old boyfriend, Frankie Hernandez, as lethal payback for shattering her cell phone, police and family members said. According to family members, Hernandez accidentally dropped and broke Diaz's iPhone, sending her into a rage.

 

Legal Matters

City Limits magazine publishes exposé on New York City Family Courts. For their May/June edition, City Limits reports on the months its writers spent observing Family Court. They found an overburdened system where delays were endemic, legal help was scarce and the approach to solving family problems was divided.

 

Opinion

UN Representative says violence against women hinders economic growth. "Gender-based violence is a symptom of ingrained gender inequality. Entrenched violence against women in particular systematically destroys us: it nips (communal) progress at the bud; it kills joy and thus creativity and innovation; it wills self-esteem to non-existence. It is deadly in stalling real progress at all levels of society. Economically-speaking, it has a disenabling impact on half the population, women and girls."

 

Research

Report from the New York City Police Department finds domestic violence the cause of over half of the murders of women. The NYPD's 2011 "Murder in New York City" report found that 18% of all homicides were related to domestic violence, 1 in 5 of all murder victims were women and that 54% of all murders of women were domestic violence incidents (9% for men).

 

Events

Massachusetts county officials hold meeting on dating abuse. DeKalb County Solicitor General Sherry Boston will lead a discussion on teen dating violence Thursday in DeKalb. Boston has made an effort to draw attention to the issue in the last year, as studies show one in three young people will report experiencing some form of dating abuse.

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Dating Abuse News: Songwriters in dating abuse campaign compete to record with Carlos Santana

06/01/2012

In the Headlines

Songwriter participants in awareness campaign win chance to record with Salvador and Carlos Santana. Songs from the young musicians participating in the PAVE (Preventing Abuse and Violence Through Education) the Way Project, aimed at promoting healthy relationships through pop music, have been posted online and are up for a vote. The winner gets to perform on a recording of a new song written by Grammy award winner Salvador Santana, collaborating alongside his father: 10-time Grammy winner Carlos Santana. A teen from Long Island, NY is one of the competitors.

 

Legal Matters

Lack of dating abuse legislation negatively impacts states' injury prevention ranking.The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America's Health have produced a report addressing policies that address injury prevention across the country.  One of the factors considered by the two organizations in producing "The Facts Hurt: A State-by-State Injury Prevention Policy Report" is the strength of the state's teen dating violence laws.

 

Research 

University of Colorado study among college women finds prevalence of bidirectional violence within abusive relationships. Researchers found that the majority of surveyed women were not currently experiencing violence in their relationships. However, those that were reported that the violence was mutual. Furthermore, they found that women who reported the highest levels of victimization were also the most likely to commit violent acts toward their partners.

 

Opinion

A columnist says healthy relationship education starts at home, should be reinforced in school and in the wider community. "It starts in our homes by setting an example for our teens to follow, and should continue in our schools, organizations and larger communities. It's important to speak to our children about healthy relationships, mutual respect and trust. Remember love and trust should not equal fear."

 

Events

New Jersey high school premieres community-produced education video about dating abuse. "Crossing the Line," a new educational video on teen dating abuse awareness and prevention created by the National Council of Jewish Women/Essex, premiered at the Columbia High School auditorium. The video featured the role of digital technology in dating abuse, identifying warning signs, communicating with friends and ending an abusive relationship.

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Teen Dating Abuse in the News: New York teen selected for national awareness campaign

05/18/2012

 In the Headlines

New York teen selected to participate in national campaign to raise awareness about dating abuse through music. Charlie Dane, a 13 year old acoustic guitarist from Oyster Bay, Long Island, was selected to be one of seven young people to participate in PAVE (Preventing Abuse and Violence through Education) The Way, a project to raise awareness of teen dating violence. Charlie contributed "Prisoner" to the project because "I felt that being stuck in a situation like this [teen dating violence] is sort of like being a prisoner and if you are a victim of relationship abuse, you need to break out of the chains that keep you from living your life freely. I was inspired by all that I read and learned about this topic."

 

Legal Matters

New York State considers law reducing sentences for domestic violence victims charged with murdering their abusers. The proposed Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act would give New York State judges the option to consider lesser prison sentences or alternatives to incarceration for survivors who kill their intimate partners after suffering repeated abuse. One of the strongest advocates of the bill, Kim Dadou, shares how she spent 17 years in prison for killing her abusive partner and why she supports this bill.

 

Research

Israeli researchers find childhood abuse linked to troubles in adult romantic relationships. According to researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, individuals who experience Childhood Emotional Maltreatment (CEM) are more likely to have troubled romantic relationships in adult years because it foments self-criticism, causing a deleterious effect on romantic relationships. "Over time, this tendency might be consolidated, becoming a defining part of a person's personality, and ultimately derailing relationships in general and romantic relationships in particular," explained one of the researchers.

 

Opinions

Oregon editors say everyone must be aware of warning signs and be proactive to end dating abuse. "As parents, grandparents and community members, we should be mindful of warning signs that can signal an abusive relationship. When a victim is entangled in an abusive situation, mustering the courage to leave is difficult. To rescue abused teens from these unhealthy relationships, loved ones need to be alert and, more importantly, willing to act." Read the article that inspired this piece here.

 

Events

Ohio organization holds walk-a-thon to encourage friends to intervene when they see bullying, teen dating violence. Operation Keepsake, an organization that provides healthy relationship programming in the Cleveland area, is specifically targeting friends of teen-dating violence or bullying victims with their event: Friends 4 Friends Campaign Walk-A-Thon. "If a victim can go to a friend, that is very powerful. As a friend, you can't make their choice for them, but if they confide in you, you can empower them," said a local police official in support of this initiative.

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Teen Dating Abuse in the News: NYC Council to fund anti-sexual harassment app

05/04/2012

In the Headlines

New York City Council approves funding to develop an anti-sexual harassment smartphone app. $20,000 in city funding has been approved for development of a mobile-phone application to fight sexual harassment on the streets and subways. It will be developed by the creators of hollabacknyc.com, a website that asks people to use camera phones to take a photo or video of harassment and post it online. Award-winning dating violence prevention smartphone app "Circle of 6" continues to gain popularity. 

 

 

Legal Matters

Co-sponsor of Violence Against Women Act reauthorization to add provision that addresses teen dating violence. According to the office of Rhode Island senator Sheldon Whitehouse, the senator is proposing a provision in the Violence Against Women Act that would address teen dating violence. It would establish a new grant program for youth domestic violence education and support programs to train youth mentors. The Senate version of VAWApreserved the Republican-contested protections for LGBT victims. The US Attorney General lauded the Senate's passage of the bill. A columnist argues that "failure to pass the Senate version of VAWA sends a message that in 21st century America, it's OK to violently beat and abuse certain groups of people." The Washington Post urges passage of VAWA, saying bipartisan support should not "fall prey to presidential politics and the increasing stridency concerning which party best represents women's issues."

 

 

Research

Research from the National Institute of Justice suggests that victims of stalking may also face economic instability.  A study from the National Institute of Justice found that victims have been unable to take advantage of employment opportunities and to work productively due to stalking.  Research also illustrates the costs to society of intimate partner stalking, estimating an amount of $343 million in 2003 for lost productivity and mental health care needed.

 

 

Opinion

A columnist tells parents to be aware of dating violence, especially for girls and young women. "Parents, dating violence exists! Make positively sure you discuss this possibility with your daughter. Open and honest parent and teen discussions are very important for your daughter's safety."

 

 

Events

Dating violence education initiatives are occurring across the country. An Oregon youth services coordinator helped high school students understand the cycle of abuse and how to better support victims.  A West Virginia middle school pilots a teen dating violence education and prevention program. An Idaho organization complements their dating abuse education initiatives with contests and events. A Wisconsin county features dating violence in their community forums. A Florida survivor's college service project educates teens about dating violence. A California university partners with local police to educate teens and community about bullying and dating abuse. A Georgia county task force highlights teen dating abuse in a community seminar.

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Teen Dating Abuse in the News: Dating violence part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month message

04/20/2012

In the Headlines

National campaign raises awareness about dating abuse through pop music. PAVE (Preventing Abuse and Violence Through Education) the Way, a project by Minnesota based organization Cornerstone and MTE Inc., is designed to promote healthy relationships and empower teens to take a stand against dating violence through the expression of pop music. Seven musicians, aged 13 to 20 from across the country, contributed original songs to the non-profit project to raise awareness of dating violence alongside their peers.  A New York native is one of the selected participants. Also recently launched is The Red Flag Campaign, another national initiative designed to raise awareness of relationship issues, teach peers how to spot them in each other's relationships and encourage peers to speak up when a 'red flag' is spotted.

 

Opinion

An advocate laments the humorous treatment of dating violence in pop culture. "It seems violence against women has graduated from social crisis to trendy marketing campaign. The cultural zeitgeist is in motion and businesses have noticed. So have your kids. Following Brown's controversial appearance at this year's Grammy awards, dozens of young women tweeted: ". . . he can beat me anytime." Last summer, #reasonstobeatyourgirlfriend and #rapistsongs trended big on Twitter."

 

Events

Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaigns across the country include dating violence in their messages. An Illinois victim services group is highlighted for their support of sexual assault and domestic violence survivors. A Texas university production called "Get Sexy. Get Consent" highlights sexual consent, boundaries and safety. An Ohio university sponsors a number of events in honor of the month. A Louisiana university holds events focusing on sexual assault issues in the community. A Virginia university campaign reminds everyone that it is important to keep women safe.

 

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Teen Dating Abuse in the News: Day One Executive Director discusses findings about physical abuse among 7th graders

04/06/2012

In the Headlines

Day One Executive Director discusses findings about physical abuse among 7thgraders. Day One Executive Director Stephanie Nilva discussed the recent study by Start Strong, an organization that promotes healthy relationships among teens, which found that seventy-five percent of 7th graders surveyed said they'd had a boyfriend or girlfriend at some point. She said the data was not surprising because studies of dating violence among teens typically find that 10-40% have experienced it.

 

 

Legal Matters

Feature on New York City administrative judge for family court gives peek into issues faced at court daily.  Judge Richardson-Mendelson is usually behind a desk as the administrative judge in charge of all the Family Courts in New York City. She assigns judges, worries about court calendars and sits in long, dull meetings. But a few times a month, she sits on the bench somewhere in the city and hears for herself what may be the most troubling cases in the courts: tales of abuse, neglect, threats and violence behind the doors of New York's families.

 

 

Research

University of California, Davis researchers finds education program effective in discouraging dating abuse among male student athletes.  A study conducted by UC Davis researchers has found that a structured program delivered by coaches, called "Coaching Boys into Men," (CBIM) is effective for discouraging adolescent dating violence. CBIM is a high school athletics-based program that engaged athletic coaches as positive role models to deliver violence-prevention messages to young male athletes. The changes observed were not huge, but the researchers found that the athletes whose coaches participated in the discussions were more likely than those in the control group to say they'd intervene if they witnessed a peer's abusive behavior. "Coaches are important role models for young men and are very powerful messengers," said the lead researcher.

 

 

Opinion

An attorney says the recent death of a local teen highlights the tragedy of teen dating violence. "The strangulation of 18-year-old Sarah Billingsley-Walker of Vashon High School is a sad reminder that intimate partner violence can happen to anyone, including bright and resourceful teenagers from supportive families. Seeing a loved one stay with an abuser is painful. Friends and family can help by staying connected, listening without judgment, establishing a "Safety Plan" and sharing community resources."

 

 

Events

New York martial arts class educates women on self-defense strategies and dating abuse. Tiger Schulmann's Mixed Martial Arts Center in the Lower Hudson Valley, in conjunction with The Elizabeth Gabrielle Butler Angel Foundation, offered a free clinic for women, teaching them basic martial arts techniques to defend against attackers and pro-active ways to guard their safety. Participants discussed rape, dating violence and how to recognize and defend themselves from both.

 

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Notes from a conference: Our Program Director at 'End Violence Against Women International'

04/04/2012

Our Program Director Margarita Guzman is away this week attending the 2012 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Stalking in San Diego, CA. It's a conference held every year by End Violence Against Women International, an organization that focuses on connecting professionals and strengthening the community's response system to sexual violence. 

 

We checked in with her yesterday to see how things were going:

 

What are your favorite panels so far? 

I've enjoyed attending Family Justice Centers: A Co-Location Model for Multi-Disciplinary Professionals by Casey Gwinn, President of the National Family Justice Center Alliance, San Diego, CA and Trauma Matters: The Connection between Addiction, Mental Health and Trauma by Stephanie Covington, Institute for Relational Development, Center for Gender and Justice, La Jolla, CA.

 

Why do you think this is an important conference?

A conference like this is really one-of-a-kind because it gathers an incredible cross-section of service providers engaging with survivors of IPV, Sexual Assault and Stalking. It provides critically important connectivity to folks doing this work from multiple vantage points.

 

Is there anything missing from this conference?  

I wish there were regional outbreak groups where we can game plan together to bring some of these principles back home.

 

Other thoughts?

Its important for us to have these training opportunities to re-invest us in the work, ground us in our goals, and give us fresh perspectives on problem-solving.

 

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Teen Dating Abuse in the News: CDC interviews Day One Executive Director

03/23/2012

In the Headlines

Centers for Disease Control features interview with Day One Executive Director. The March edition of the CDC's Public Health Law News features an interview with Day One's executive director, Stephanie Nilva, discussing her path to public health law and the impact of her work with youth ending dating violence.

 

Legal Matters

Women senators lead in reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Senate Democrats battled conservative Republicans who say they don't want to expand an 18-year-old federal law that created a national strategy to prevent domestic violence against women. Opponents claim it would broaden American Indian tribal rights and has too many protections for gay and illegal immigrant victims of violence. Many of the chamber's female members pushed back, lining up to speak on the Senate floor in favor of the reauthorization. An advocate argues that VAWA should be reauthorized primarily because it is working. The U.S. News and World report hosts an online debate on the issue here. A U.S. Senator says the work to combat domestic violence is "not done."  A lawyer dismisses claims that VAWA is too narrowly focused on women's victimization.

 

Research

Advocate links teen pregnancy with dating, sexual abuse. Enid, Oklahoma YWCA Executive Director Melissa Blanton said the "teen pregnancy rate is directly affected by a number of other issues, including rape, physical and sexual abuse, emotional abuse and low self-esteem." County-level data showing a correlation between teen pregnancy and past abuse or rape was not available, but national data indicates a majority of America's teen mothers have suffered physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse.

 

Opinion

An author shares dating violence prevention tips with parents. "Be a good role model. Teach your teens how to behave when dating by being respectful, egalitarian, and loving in your own relationships. Stay vigilant. Teen dating violence is overwhelmingly connected to other kinds of attacks, even if you live in a 'good neighborhood.' Don't forget about online violence. Assist your teens in making informed choices about privacy settings and with things like de-tagging their names from photos. Think like a teen. Teens often feel invincible and eager to explore the adult world. Be ready to help. Show concern and listen when your teens want to talk about violence, dating, and anything else."

 

Events

Local New Jersey resident presents dating abuse program to community youth. Linden, NJ resident Lynn Kelly presented "Teen Dating Abuse 101" to local high school students, a program she developed to make teenagers aware of the warning signs of an abusive relationship and offer advice on what to do if they find themselves involved in one. Rutgers University featured dating violence in speaker series.

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Teen Dating Abuse in the News: Day One Exec. Dir. says parents can use Rihanna/ Chris Brown attention to talk about dating abuse.

03/09/2012

In the Headlines

Day One Executive Director says parents can use attention on Rihanna-Chris Brown to talk about dating abuse with their children. Stephanie Nilva, executive director of Day One, a New York organization solely devoted to teen violence, says the celebrity couple's high profile domestic relationship "is an opportunity for parents to open a dialogue about abusive relationships before or as their children are dating and make sure teenagers understand the importance of safe and respectful partnerships." Other experts worry about the message the ex-couple's professional collaboration is sending to their fans.

 

Legal Matters

Oregon policy for teen dating violence education in schools awaits governor's signature. House Bill 4077 requires school boards to develop programs to educate students about dating violence and authorizes the Oregon Department of Justice and the Oregon Department of Human Services to allocate funding to help combat the problem.

 

 

Research

Study finds that African-American youth are most affected by dating violence. According to the Center for Disease Control's Youth Behavior Risk Surveillance Study, one out of 11 high school students in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence from a boyfriend or girlfriend, with African-American youth experiencing this abuse at a higher rate. Black high-school girls are 80 percent more likely than white girls to be hit, slapped or hurt on purpose by their boyfriends.

 

 

Opinion

A high school students debunks myths about dating abuse. "Unfortunately, a lot of myths surround teen dating violence, and these misconceptions hide the warning signs from both victims and their loved ones: Myth:  It cannot happen to me. Fact:  More than one in ten teens experience physical violence.   So yes, it could be you. Myth:  Jealousy and possessiveness are signs of true love; they are completely normal .Fact:  No, these behaviors are not normal.  In fact, these are early warnings signs of abuse."

 

Events

Focus on National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month prompts action across the country. The efforts of a Massachusetts-based domestic abuse organization to fight dating abuse were highlighted. A Florida women's group promoted their program for safe teen relationships. A California organization partnered with local high school students to educate their peers and raise awareness of dating abuse. A Wyoming military base held an event focusing on preventing dating violence. An Ohio sheriff spoke to high school students about what they can do if they are in an abusive relationship. A Michigan youth group held a 'community night' to call attention to dating abuse. California county leaders held a forum on dating abuse, including current research, youth perspectives and a discussion of possible solutions. Staff from the New Mexico Attorney General's office spoke with teens about dating violence prevention. A Texas shelter highlights their services for dating abuse survivors. A Nebraska city proclaims February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. An Alaska military base highlights dating abuse and the role of family and the community in prevention. Two New Jersey organizations developed a program to organize teens to become leaders against abuse. A Maryland county's dating violence summit drew hundreds of teens and parents. A Minnesota newspaper features various local and regional initiatives aimed to prevent dating abuse. A Colorado organization, together with local mayor, hold dating violence awareness rally. California assembly member proposes a resolutiondeclaring February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

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FACT or FICTION: "Anyone can experience domestic violence."

02/27/2012

We're in the last week of 'FACT or FICTION: Myths about Dating Abuse!' Check out our Facebook page at facebook.com/DayOneNY and answer the question: 



"Anyone can experience domestic violence, FACT or FICTION?"




If you missed the answers to the last three weeks' questions, you can watch them on Youtube:

Week 1: "FACT or FICTION: Jealousy is a sign of love."

Week 2: "FACT or FICTION: If you grow up in a violent home, you will become an abuser too."

Week 3: "FACT or FICTION: Youth under 18 can get an order of protection in NYC."

 

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Answer: "Youth under 18 can get an order of protection in NYC."

02/22/2012

Claudia is ready to tell us FACT from FICTION!

 

Check out our Facebook page at facebook.com/DayOneNY and find out the answer to the question: "Youth under 18 can get an order of protection in New York City, fact or fiction?"

 

You can also watch the video directly on Youtube!

 

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Teen Dating Abuse News: Journalists, bloggers help raise awareness for National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (TDVAM Edition)

02/17/2012

In the Headlines

Day One's Youth Voices Network member speaks to BBC about her experience of teen dating abuse. Gabrielle  was abused by her first boyfriend while in high school: "About two months into the relationship he became very controlling," she said. "Where was I going? Who was I talking to? Why was I talking to this person? "Eventually the verbal intimidation turned to physical abuse and Gabrielle was attacked on several occasions.

 

Legal Matters

Murder trial of UVA lacrosse player set to begin. Nearly two years after Boston teen Yeardley Love was found dead, bruised and lying in a pool of blood in an off-campus apartment near the University of Virginia, her former boyfriend and fellow lacrosse player is scheduled to stand trial for her murder, a trial that puts the focus on the issue of teen dating abuse.


Research

University of New Hampshire study finds survivors of dating abuse more likely to have experienced other kinds of violence. The University of New Hampshire Crimes Against Children Research Center produced a survey about dating violence on 1,680 youth aged 12 to 17. The researchers learned that for a distressingly high percentage, the dating victimization wasn't the first time they had been abused. Sixty percent of the teens surveyed had also experienced at least one type of sexual violence, with the most common being verbal harassment (30 percent), flashing by a peer (25 percent) or sexual assault (20 percent).


Opinion

Vice-President Joe Biden says that together, we must end dating violence. "These are important changes, but ending dating violence and sexual assault isn't just a matter of laws and legislation.  It's about education. It's about attitudes. It's about your participation.  I need your help to address this issue in your dorms and on your campuses.  Studies show that men's ideas about what other men think is one of the strongest determinants of how they act. So guys, you need to speak out."

 

Events

Events and campaigns for National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month are happening all over the country. A local California organization held an event for local governments to officially recognize the month and sign proclamations in support of prevention and victim services throughout the County. Student and adult leaders from a Massachusetts university held a breakfast launching the "White Ribbon Campaign," pledged to wear white ribbons throughout the week to help draw attention to the issue of teen dating violence. A Virginia high school held an education program to inform parents and teens about healthy relationships. A Massachusetts radio show celebrates its anniversary by bringing awareness to teen dating violence. Texas city mayor honors volunteer teen advocates who raise awareness about teen dating violence in the community. The governor of Maine declared February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. A California organization holds a vigil for a teen murdered by her abuser. Two California organizations honor winners of their dating abuse awareness poster contest. A Colorado organization hosts a Valentine's Day gala to promote healthy relationships. A Washington Jewish organization raises awareness about dating abuse in their community. Virginia high schools host a forumon teen dating violence called "What's Love Got to do With it: Healthy Relationships and Dating." A Maryland organization is hosting a forum called "It's Time to Talk: A Forum on Dating Violence." A group of California schools and organizations are raising awareness of dating abuse through the "Purple Power" campaign.Idaho teens hold seminars about healthy relationships and dating violence at their school and another high school held a campus-wide assembly to talk about the issue. A California organization features a local organization's efforts to help teens avoid violent relationships. Oklahoma high school students reach out to peers to educate them about dating violence. A California organization holds awareness events to educate the community about dating abuse. An Ohio high school's art exhibit educates teens on dating violence.

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"Please beat me up Chris Brown... JK!" is not funny

02/14/2012

The Internet is abuzz with people's reactions to Chris Brown's presence at the Grammy's this year, which included a performance by him.  The issue everyone is discussing is how his past behavior should impact his participation in the awards ceremony.  We will be collecting as many of these posts as we can for this week's edition of Teen Dating Abuse in the News, but there is one I thought I'd share today.

 

"Yikes. Looks like we have a really big problem here, society."

Matt Stopera from Buzzfeed posted an article a couple of days ago that really gets to the heart of the problem we're dealing with—the lack of awareness, the victim blaming and making it seem like dating/domestic violence just isn't that serious.  Especially for celebrities, blanket absolution is given as soon as they entertain us once again with a new hit song or movie.  The article, "25 Extremely Upsetting Reactions To Chris Brown At The Grammys," is a collection of Tweets and Facebook status updates of various young women who, in reaction to Chris Brown's performance at the Grammy's, expressed in no uncertain terms how they would be thrilled to have Chris Brown beat them up. Some qualified their post, saying that the abuse was only acceptable if Chris Brown serenaded or kissed them, but others just flat out said that his abuse was welcome with no exception.

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Arts for LGBTQ Youth!

02/06/2012

Check out this awesome arts opportunity from the Brooklyn Community Pride Center!

 

Present Tense Art is an arts workshop series for LGBTQ-identified youth between the ages of 13-21. The series focuses on civic engagement by amplifying the voices of queer youth who live in New York City. It's our goal to create an environment where young people, drawing from their own personal life experiences, can identify issues that are most important to them and their community (i.e. homelessness, crime, bullying, etc – the sky is the limit!) To capture this, each participant will go through an eight week arts workshop series (film/performance, visual art, creative writing, photography) and create pieces of art themed around community issues and dreams. This art will be featured in a special Community Showcase at the LGBT Community Center in Manhattan in early April. Friends, family, staff, community members, leaders, and stakeholders will be invited to the Showcase. The workshop series will kick off with an orientation to be held on Wednesday, February 8th from 6-8pm at the LGBT Community Center in Manhattan (208 West 13th Street between 7th Ave & 8th Ave). Refreshments will be served at each session. For more information, please email PresentTenseArt@gmail.com. Present Tense Art is sponsored by the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI), the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center (LGBT Center), Public Allies, and AmeriCorps (Corporation for National and Community Service).

 

 

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TDVAM edition: Obama declares February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

02/03/2012

In the Headlines

President Barack Obama declared February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. "NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim February 2012 as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.  I call upon all Americans to support efforts in their communities and schools, and in their own families, to empower young people to develop healthy relationships throughout their lives and to engage in activities that prevent and respond to teen dating violence."

 

Legal Matters

Violence Against Women Act reauthorization passes Senate Judiciary Committee. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011 (VAWA) successfully passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee almost intact despite intense opposition from Republicans. One amendment that passed includes mandatory minimum sentences of five years for aggravated sexual assaults.

 

Opinion

Civil rights reporter discusses need for the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act. "So many women in America, and around the world, face violence at some point in their lives, often at the hands of men who are entrusted to love and protect them. Former Senator Joe Biden addressed the need to change national attitudes, not simply national legislation. However, until attitudes do change, advocates say that reauthorizing VAWA is essential to insuring that women will have access to the services they need to protect them."

 

Events

Teens, schools and organizations all across the country are holding events and distributing materials to participate in National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. In support of the national initiative, players on the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School ice hockey team will be sporting stickers on their helmets with the message, "End Domestic Violence." The Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and several dozen students recently held a rally in Helena, MO to educate people and prevent violence. Teens from Cornwall, Canada produced a video about teen dating violence that will be distributed to all the schools under the Upper Canada District School Board. TheUniversity of Southern Maine is holding a brown-bag lunch seminar on teen dating violence awareness. Athletes from several school districts in Austin, Texas will wear purple shoelaces during games in February to raise awareness. Columbus, Indiana groups are holding an ice-skating event to raise awareness of dating violence in their community and collect donations for local students to produce awareness skits. The Northeast Indiana chapter of the Young Women's Christian Association distributed a toolkit to area schools to educate young people about dating violence. Author Trenette Wilson is releasing her bookA Designer's Daughter, a story about a young girl who makes unhealthy relationship choices and its ramifications, to coincide with the awareness month. STRIVE, a youth group in Pennsylvania, is holding a summit where young people can speak out about domestic violence from the teen perspective in honor of the awareness month. The University of Colorado-Denver, in partnership with local government and advocacy groups, is holding a rally for teen dating violence awareness. Laura's House, an Orange County, CA domestic violence shelter, held a vigil to spotlight teen dating violence and commemorate victims of abuse. A group called "Teens Against Abuse," composed of Morgantown high school students, visited Charleston, West Virginia to raise awareness among lawmakers of abuse and violence. The City of Oakland and A Safe Place, a local domestic violence shelter, are hosting a teen dating violence town hall session, including a panel discussion and survivor stories. The National Council of Jewish Women's Arizona Section focused their annual Domestic Violence Brunch on teen dating abuse and healthy dating relationships. A New Hampshire performance of playwright Eve Ensler's work will benefit A Safe Place, a dating and domestic abuse organization that offers shelter and supportive services to the local community.

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Former Day One Legal Intern featured in National Jurist Magazine!

02/03/2012

Courtney Chenette, former Day One Legal Intern in National Jurist

Courtney Chenette was a legal intern for Day One for two years. This month, the National Jurists' Best Law Schools for Public Service edition featured her for her work with the Pace Women's Justice Center and her Justice for Women Award. She talked about her work at Day One and her experiences with the court system around dating abuse.

 

Speaking of how to make young people safe in their relationships, Courtney said: "Outreach and education is what is going to make communities safer for young people. It starts with a dialogue about self-respect. It doesn't just start when you are 18."

 

Courtney has been a wonderful presence in our office and an important part of the team! We are so proud of her and wish her the best!

 

Read the rest of the article "I feel very empowered" in National Jurist

 

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News of the Day: February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

02/01/2012

Day One eNewsletter February 2012

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Dating Violence Awareness Month - Infographic

02/01/2012

February 1, 2012—President Obama has declared this month National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (link). In honor, Day One has compiled some of the most pivotal moments of the last 25 years in the fight to end dating violence.  This February, we encourage you to share our infographic called "Ending Dating Violence: Two Decades of Progress in the United States."

Click here to download a hi-resolution version of Ending Dating Violence: Two Decades of Progress in the United States


Please use this infographic as you write about this important issue. You can download a hi-resolution version here. We only ask that you link back to us at www.dayoneny.orgDay One is reaching out to young people through various online campaigns to spread awareness about this critical issue. To learn more, visit bit.ly/TDVAM2012. 

 

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Teen Dating Abuse in the News: National coalition releases new sex ed. standards

01/20/2012

In the Headlines

Coalition releases new sex education standards. A national coalition of health and education groups recently released non-binding recommendations to states and school districts to encourage age-appropriate discussions about sex, bullying and healthy relationships — starting as early as first grade. Experts say schools across America are inconsistent in how they address such sensitive topics.

 

Legal Matters

Connecticut Attorney General joins peers in urging Congress to re-authorize the Violence Against Women Act. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has joined with 52 other state and territorial Attorneys General in urging Congress to continue government support for vital programs that help women and families who fall victim to domestic violence. "Unfortunately the need for these programs has not gone away in Connecticut or the rest of the country," Attorney General Jepsen said. North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper agrees, saying ""We must all work together to make sure victims and their families get the support they need."

 

Research

National study finds one in four Kentucky women have been stalked in their lifetime, highest in the nation. The recently released National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Study found that Kentucky women had the highest rate of stalking in the nation, with a 25 percent lifetime prevalence. In response, the University of Kentucky and OutrageUs are launching The Stalking Project, a series of videos and other resources meant to educate and put a spotlight on the issue.

 

Opinion

7th grader discusses the difficulties facing survivors of dating violence in Asian/Pacific Islander communities. "People often think of Asians as the "model minority" – perfect in school and successful in life. The truth is 41% to 61% of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) women report violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. There are many cultural reasons specific to APIs that make it hard to get help. Many teens don't want their family to lose face or be shamed by taking the problem outside the family. They fear being blamed, silenced, and rejected by relatives and community members."

 

Events

Washington State high school holds first dating abuse education class on death anniversary of murdered  teen.  Ilwaco High School in Washington hosted its first ever "Safe Dates" class on the death anniversary of Lisa Bonney, who was killed by a former boyfriend last year. The Domestic Violence Awareness Project provided the curriculum which teaches teens about verbal and nonverbal cues, the need for communication in relationships, how to establish expectations early in the relationship, and that "no means no."

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Teen Dating Abuse in the News: Youth sex ed. happening online & via text

01/06/2012

In the Headlines

Sex education reaches youth online and via text message. Sex education is a thorny subject for most school systems; only 13 states specify that the medical components of the programs must be accurate, and shrinking budgets and competing academic subjects have helped push it down as a curriculum priority. In reaction, some health organizations and school districts are developing websites and texting services as cost-effective ways to reach adolescents.

 

Legal Matters

New Texas laws expand orders of protection to dating relationships and address stalking among teens. Six new laws relating to stalking and domestic violence recently took effect in Texas. Permanent orders of protection now include a new girlfriend, boyfriend or spouse. The laws also recognize stalking in teen relationships. According to a local advocate, "Many of what teens are experiencing might qualify as stalking. Hundreds of phone calls, text messages particularly using electronic and social media to control somebody or monitor their whereabouts."

 

 

Research

Survey finds rise in number of young victims of sexual assault. The Center for Disease Control's National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, or NISVS, found that nearly one in five women has been raped in her lifetime; one in four has suffered severe physical violence at the hand of a partner and one out of seven men has been victim to violence in a relationship. The survey also found that about 80 percent of female rape victims suffered their first attack before age 25. See the Opinion section for a piece explaining how this study relates to the upcoming re-authorization vote of the Violence Against Women Act.

 

 

Opinion

Advocate points to alarming findings about intimate partner violence, urges re-authorization of Violence Against Women Act. "Data from the Center of Disease Control's National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey confirms what advocates know about sexual violence—that it is one of the most pervasive and serious public health issues in this country. This underscores the urgent need for policy makers to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)."

 

Events

New York teen's project on domestic abuse education earns award. Lauren Gorstein, a 16-year-old Yorktown High School student received a Gold Leadership Award for her domestic abuse education project for the Girl Scouts. Her project included creating a DVD for use in class and a banner for a women's resource center that will be displayed every February (during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month) reminding the community about the dangers of domestic violence.

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Binge drinking, relationships and dating abuse

01/05/2012

By Gayle Gatchalian, Program and Communications Associate

 

 

Women who binge drink are at an increased risk for intimate partner violence.

Jessica Rotondi from The Huffington Post reported on a study from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada showing that researchers could predict a person's binge drinking based on the binge drinking patterns of their partner, i.e. John's binge drinking behavior can be predicted by looking at his girlfriend Jane's drinking behavior. While the article focused on the impact of binge drinking on women (a troubling trend in itself), this particular paragraph caught my eye:

 

"To top off the grim statistics, women who binge drink are at a higher risk of being the victims of violence: Alcohol consumption is involved in two out of three incidents of intimate partner violence, according to the centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

 

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NPR story on Chris Brown's comeback and history of abuse brings dating abuse to center stage

01/04/2012

NPR.org: In Chris Brown's Big Year, Tough Questions On AbuseOn January 2nd, NPR's Morning Edition featured a story about the surprising return to the charts of embattled pop singer Chris Brown whose rise to fame in 2009 was soon accompanied by a sharp fall to the bottom after he beat up his then-girlfriend, fellow superstar Rihanna. The great thing about this article was that it used this popular entertainment story to bring to light an important issue about teen dating violence--victim blaming.

 

According to the article: "Close to 50 percent of the young people we surveyed thought that Rihanna was actually responsible for the incident," says Casey Corcoran, the former director of Start Strong who led the poll. "They were blaming her."

 

Since then, there have been some great follow-up on the blogosphere on the issue. Here are a couple of them:

 

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is coming up in February and it's great that the media is getting started to talking about this issue. Keep a look out for events and projects in the month of February as we work to raise awareness of this important issue and combat issues that victim blaming that make it difficult for survivors of abuse to start healing and get justice.

 

Read the article or listen to the full story, "In Chris Brown's Big Year, Tough Questions On Abuse".

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Boston University hockey star kicked out of team after sexual assault arrest

12/15/2011

The Boston Globe reported yesterday that the center and leading scorer of Boston University's hockey team, Corey Trivino, was arrested and charged with sexual assault. The team's coach, Jack Parker, soon booted Trivino from the team and revoked his scholarship.

 

Upon reading this news, Executive Director Stephanie Nilva commented: this is "a rare moment of accountability in the athletic world at the college level." Day One applauds the swift action Boston University and Coach Parker took in response to Trivino's actions. It sends a clear message to all people that survivors of assault can turn to authorities for help and that no one is above the law and that, not even a sports team's star player.

 

Read the full article "BU star booted from team after assault arrest" on the Boston Globe website.

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Great op-ed from a young man explaining why he will never commit relationship violence

12/09/2011

By Margarita Guzman, Program Director

 

Check out this op-ed from Steven Hernandez in Represent Magazine, a publication written by and for youth in foster care. Its voices like Steven's that play the most critical role in ending intimate partner violence. When young people stand up to fight against the violence they have witnessed and speak out against unhealthy relationships, they deliver a life-saving message to their peers.

 

"I come from a community with a lot of domestic violence. In my neighborhood you see couples arguing and physically fighting right out in public. I've seen couples punching each other. Seeing all this violence makes some kids think that it is normal in relationships, but I don't think things should be that way.

 

My sister Michele and her ex-boyfriend Vincent could win the prize for the worst relationship ever.

 

I've thought a lot about Michele and Vincent's relationship. She showed him love even though he didn't deserve it. They didn't communicate well; there was no support or trust. Their relationship was very violent, and he didn't respect any of her boundaries. I know I never want to have a relationship like theirs."

 

Read the whole piece "Why I'll Never Be an Abuser" on Represent Magazine's website.

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Teen Dating Abuse In the News: NYC filmmaker preps release of abuse-prevention app.

12/09/2011

In the Headlines

New York City filmmaker prepares to launch abuse prevention application that won the White House "Apps Against Abuse" competition. Nancy Schwartzman, a filmmaker based in the Sunset Park area of Brooklyn, New York, and a team of designers are readying their winning app Circle of 6 for release.  It is a free mobile-phone app to help college students out of situations that could result in rape. It was one of two winning apps in a contest held by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

Legal Matters

Campus sexual violence prevention act included in federal Violence Against Women Bill re-authorization. U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) included critical campus sexual violence prevention and response provisions in their bi-partisan bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. The bill includes provisions from the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVE Act) sponsored by Senator Robert Casey, Jr. (D-PA). The campus sexual violence provisions will update the federal Jeanne Clery Act to include dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking in addition to sexual assault, will provide a baseline for colleges and universities to develop procedures addressing victim support services and institutions will receive guidance on primary prevention initiatives.

 

Research

National study finds teen sexting a rare occurrence. Teen sexting of nude photos online or via cellphone may be far less common than people think, new research suggests. Only 1 percent of kids ages 10 to 17 have shared images of themselves or others that involve explicit nudity, a national study found. Earlier reports said as many as one in five young people have participated in sexting. However the studies included people in their early 20s and counted racy text messages without photos.

 

Opinions

Two Australian authors point out the opportunity the movie Twilight provides to discuss relationships with teens. "Twilight presents us with an opportunity to springboard into discussions about some very sensitive issues. Ask a bunch of teen girls what a healthy relationship looks like and they will probably roll their eyes. But say to them ''Edward and Bella: a tale of domestic abuse. Discuss.'' and you'll unleash a passionate and thoughtful discussion as to what a healthy relationship is and how gender and power operate."

 

Events

Florida organization uses a flash mob to raise awareness of healthy relationships.Shelter House, a Florida, a domestic violence shelter, counseling and court advocacy group, together with a local dance professor, staged a flash mob at a shopping center to spread the word about the importance of respect in healthy relationships. Shoppers were surprised when soft Christmas music was replaced by the blaring horns of "Respect" and 30 dancers, singers and sign holders emerged from the crowd.

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Teen Dating Abuse in the News This Week: Day One lends expertise on NYC domestic violence facts.

12/02/2011

In the Headlines

Day One Program Director lends expertise on domestic violence facts in New York City.In discussing the rates of domestic violence among immigrant communities in New York City, Margarita Guzman, program director of Day One, a non-profit organization that deals with dating abuse, reported that Washington Heights and Inwood have some of the highest rates of domestic incidence reports. She added that "gender-based, class-based and race-based discrimination come together so that young women of color in economically-depressed neighborhoods are experiencing high rates of violence."

 

 

Legal Matters

Violence Against Women Act introduced for reauthorization in Congress. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The law allocates $1.6 million to improve federal, state, and local-level investigation and prosecution of domestic violence cases and to provide support for shelters, rape crisis centers and community services for domestic violence survivors.

 

 

Research

San Francisco law firm says studies show domestic violence decreases during holiday season. Heath-Newton, a San Francisco family law firm, notes that data on domestic violence and the holidays from the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) show that violent incidents actually decrease over Thanksgiving and Christmas. The NDVH performed an analysis of 2004 through 2009 and found that the reports of domestic violence not only decrease during the holiday season, but that the decrease is dramatic.

 

 

Opinion

Retired professor underlines link between economic stress and domestic violence, urges community to help. "A 2010 Boston Globe investigation showed the increased numbers and levels of violence in the last few years' economic stress. Losing your job, health care coverage or a home can, of course, intensify domestic violence. These reports all remind us that in these difficult times, as Phil Cline urged us, we need to be more involved by being 'informed and diligent,' aware of signs of abuse and willing to help victims of this community problem."

 

 

Events

International movement aims to eradicate violence against women. The White Ribbon campaign is a global initiative that aims to raise awareness of the impact of violence against women, engage men and boys to take positive action to create a cultural change about violence against women and to build collective knowledge and understanding of the effective prevention of violence against women. The campaign has been roundly supported in Australia.

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Program Director discusses domestic violence facts on The Uptowner

11/28/2011

Program Director Margarita Guzman recently spoke with The Uptowner, an online newspaper covering Harlem, Hamilton Heights, East Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood about the incidence of domestic violence among immigrants in New York City. 

 

According to Margarita: "Washington Heights and Inwood has one of the highest rates of domestic incidence reports," and "gender-based, class-based and race-based discrimination come together so that young women of color in economically-depressed neighborhoods are experiencing high rates of violence." 

 

Read the rest of the article "More Immigrants Reporting Domestic Violence in Washington Heights, Inwood" on The Uptowner

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