by Karen Stahl of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Learning that their child has been sexually abused would rank as one of the worst days in most parents’ lives. A parent’s reaction to this news can vary greatly as people respond to crises in many ways from shock, to denial, to anger and fear. While some advocates work directly with children, others may not, but supporting the parent/caregiver is necessary so that they in turn can support their child through a recovery process. Here, advocacy is guided by the notion that supporting and educating a parent can provide a lifetime of support for the child.
Working to prevent intimate partner violence (IPV) is about exploring its root causes and building ongoing, community defined solutions to address them.
Engaging in prevention requires that domestic violence programs and their partners support a strategic visioning process with communities. Service providers themselves become more deeply rooted within the community they serve and develop a more robust understanding of the unique needs and resources that exist there.
NRCDV understands prevention as a proactive integrated approach that combines services and social change to promote a culture of respect, equality, and peace. We believe that prevention is possible. Learn more at PreventIPV.org.
Some upcoming opportunities to explore prevention concepts and strategies include:
- PreventIPV Webinar (7/28): Building Movement Synergy: Engaging advocates and movement makers in primary prevention [Learn More] [Register]
- PreventConnect Web Conference (7/9): Joint Strategies: How does sexual and domestic violence prevention better leverage local health, justice, education and community sectors [Learn More] [Register]
- PreventConnect Web Conference (8/13): Closing the Loop: Increasing investment and sustainability for sexual and domestic violence prevention [Learn More] [Register]
- 2015 National Sexual Assault Conference (9/2-9/4): Inspired by Progress, United by Purpose [Learn More] [Register]
Read on to explore new resources and updates from the NRCDV! [Access the full issue here.]
by Amanda Manes of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence in partnership with the Tahirih Justice Center
What is forced marriage?
A forced marriage, by definition, takes place without the full and free consent of one or both parties, and typically involves force, coercion, and deception. Forced marriages can happen to individuals of any gender, age, socio-economic, ethnic or religious background. There are thousands of victims living in the U.S., some of whom were forced into marriages overseas, and others of whom were forced into marriage on U.S. soil (Tahirih Justice Center, 2015).
By Jennifer Grove, Prevention Outreach Coordinator at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
Many non-profit organizations are tasked with showing funders that their sexual violence prevention work is making a difference. Over the past several years, more programs are coming to understand the role that evaluation plays in carrying out effective, culturally-relevant prevention strategies. Programs are at various levels when it comes to their commitment to evaluation; however, organizational commitment plays a key and vital role. Some see the need to do evaluation, but it seems so big and overwhelming that they don’t know where to start. The NSVRC has developed some great resources to help programs in their evaluation efforts. For example, the online learning course, Evaluating Sexual Violence Prevention Programs: Steps and strategies for preventionists, is an evaluation 101 course specific to sexual violence prevention.
In the past 30 years, there has been a significant shift in understanding the impact of trauma on individuals and families. We have come to understand responses to trauma, including mental health challenges, as normal and adaptive reactions to adverse life experiences through a trauma-informed model. This knowledge urges us to pay attention to the profound ways in which trauma impacts mental health, push against the stigma associated with mental illness, and offer comprehensive care and support to trauma survivors. Learn more about trauma-informed approaches through the VAWnet Special Collection series developed in collaboration with the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health. This issue highlights activities in observance of National Mental Health Awareness Month throughout the month of May.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is bringing attention to the issue by declaring that “mental illness affects everyone” and #HopeStartsWithYou. Access their Mental Health Month Resources to sign the stigma free pledge, access facts and information, share your experience, and learn how get involved in stopping the stigma and advocating for equal care. You can make a promise to listen at #IWillListen, and go green during the month of May. NAMI also provides materials to support Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 4-10), offering tools and resources to understand and address the mental health needs of children affected by mental illness.
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by Amanda Manes of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
The issue of abusive spouses preventing survivors of Jewish faith from obtaining a religious divorce (get) is just one example of how religion and faith can play a major role in the lives of survivors of domestic violence. To learn more about the intersection of domestic violence and religion, access VAWnet Special Collection Domestic Violence and Religion.
What is a get?
A get is a document needed to terminate a marriage between two Jewish people and certifies the fact that each individual is now free to remarry in accordance with Jewish law. It is important to note that there are a number of sects within Judaism, not all of which require a get in the event of divorce. Typically, the get is required within more observant sects, such as the Orthodox movement.