National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, 2016 – A Presidential Document, from Federal Register, 01/29/2016
Teen dating violence is a serious violation that can affect a young person’s safety, development, and sense of comfort. Perpetrated by a current or past intimate partner, dating violence takes many forms, including physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, and can occur in person or through electronic communication and social media. Violent dating relationships can lead to depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol use, and thoughts of suicide, and victims may continue to experience detrimental effects throughout their lives. During National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, we recognize the urgency needed in addressing this problem and recommit to preventing it by educating our youth about its dangers and consequences, and reaffirm the basic human right to be free from violence and abuse.
ALGIERS, Algeria — A new Algerian law has come into effect this week punishing violence against women and sexual harassment, in a victory for feminist groups that had fought for years for the legislation.
The law took effect Monday after being blocked by the Senate for eight months amid resistance from conservative Muslims who view it as interference in family affairs.
Q&A: David Morrison warns Australia against complacency on domestic violence from the Guardian, 02/01/2016
Morrison appeared on ABC’s Q&A program on Monday night along with Guardian Australia’s Indigenous affairs editor, Stan Grant; director of emergency at St Vincent’s hospital, Gordian Fulde; the director of the Sydney Story Factory, Catherine Keenan, and young Australian of the Year finalist Manal Younus.
[When] Asked about statistics that purported to show the number of incidents of reported domestic violence had fallen, Morrison said: “We are as a society becoming more aware of, I think, the greatest social challenge we face, and that is domestic violence in this country.”
He rejected the claims about the statistics, and said: “Get real Australia. We run the risk at times of being a nation of bystanders comforted by a set of statistics.
“Let me tell you, there are people dying, and people whose lives are absolutely ruined as a result of domestic violence. And what’s more, we are all as a society, the victim. That’s bullshit.”
Democratic Rep. Max Gruenberg helped draft the bill and fielded questions from members of the committee as he outlined proposed changes to the bill. Included in those changes was expansion of the definition of “essential personal items” in domestic violence situations to include pets. The bill would allow victims of domestic violence to retrieve pets as a personal item.
This February, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence is committed to bringing the experiences and needs of teens from marginalized communities to the forefront and lifting up the amazing social justice work of youth leaders on the margins. These young people have unique experiences and their voices are critical to any meaningful conversation about preventing and responding to dating violence and to our overall goal of creating safe and healthy communities.
We have much to learn from youth activists – especially those on the margins – who share our commitment to social justice. Let their voices guide our efforts, and let us mindfully step back and allow them to lead.
by Ivonne Ortiz of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (TDVAM), a time when we focus our efforts to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships. Dating violence among young people is more common than we might imagine. A 2011 CDC nationwide survey found that 23% of adult females and 14% of adult males who ever experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner first experienced some form of partner violence between the ages of 11 and 17. Data from the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) revealed reporting rates among high school students of 10% for physical victimization and 10% for sexual victimization perpetrated by a dating partner in the past year. For youth of color these numbers increase. One study found that the prevalence of physical dating violence was greater among Black students (13.9%) than whites (7.0%) and Hispanics (9.3%) (CDC, 2003). Read more…