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How can domestic violence advocates support National Community Action Month?

May 2nd, 2016 No comments

by Patty Branco for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

This May, let’s bring our attention to the importance of building and sustaining partnerships between domestic violence programs and anti-poverty organizations, as we celebrate and promote National Community Action Month. This observance was created by the Community Action Partnership (CAP) to reinforce the critical role of Community Action Agencies (CAAs) in helping low-income families achieve economic stability. Throughout the month of May, CAP directs its communication efforts into recognizing and celebrating the work that CAAs are doing around the country. Read more…

What is the theme for 2016 Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities and how can local centers participate?

April 1st, 2016 No comments

by Susan Sullivan, Prevention Campaign Specialist for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center

saammaingx_0The theme of this year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign is Prevention is Possible. This April we hope to share the message that we can all stop sexual violence before it happens by addressing the root causes and social norms that allow it to exist.

Many societal factors contribute to the prevalence of sexual violence. Everything from rape jokes to the objectification of women in marketing campaigns can normalize violence and allow inequality to thrive. This year’s campaign materials help individuals, communities, and businesses to see their role in preventing sexual violence. The Campaign Brochure breaks down action steps that these audiences can take to promote safety, respect, and equality to stop sexual assault before it happens. Read more…

What role can self-defense classes play in our efforts to prevent sexual violence?

March 1st, 2016 2 comments

by Karen Stahl, Technical Assistance Coordinator for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Silhouette-of-woman-showing-stop-gesture-copy-e1410307104392The NSVRC recently received the following request for technical assistance: “As a local rape crisis center, we are frequently asked why we don’t endorse women’s self—defense classes as a way of preventing rape. We have serious concerns about the notion that self-defense classes prevent rape. Is there a national position from the anti-sexual violence movement?”

As of now, the NSVRC at least does not take an official position. We would want to see more rigorous evaluation results from proponents for self-defense classes before taking any stance. I thought it might be helpful to offer a few thoughts on my own evolution around this as I once was fairly content to agree with the questioner. But my thinking on this has evolved to consider that there is a place for certain well-designed self-defense programs that embrace an understanding of violence against women and trauma’s effects on the body as a tool of empowerment. Like so many issues, context and content are critical considerations.
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How can we develop culturally specific programs to engage youth of color?

February 1st, 2016 No comments

by Ivonne Ortiz of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

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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…

What steps can survivors take to repair credit damaged by abusers?

December 29th, 2015 No comments

by Amanda Manes of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

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A significant number of survivors of domestic violence experience financial abuse (also referred to as economic abuse) as part of an abusive partner’s tactics to maintain power and control and to further isolate the victim from resources and support. Research indicates that financial abuse is experienced in 98% of abusive relationships (National Network to End Domestic Violence, 2015). Financial abuse can include limiting a partner’s access to assets, concealing information about and accessibility to family finances, withholding or stealing money, interfering with work, and other tactics. Consequently, survivors often face barriers to economic self-sufficiency, and many find themselves unable to leave an abusive partner – or forced to return – for economic reasons. Read more…

How can I and my agency best respond to victims of sexual violence in later life?

December 1st, 2015 No comments

Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 4.41.24 PMby Karla Vierthaler, MPA, Manager of the Lifespan Project at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Working with elder victims can feel intimidating for rape crisis programs and advocates. Survivors in later life do not walk through your doors often, and when they do, there may be a range of issues you and your agency are not used to dealing with. However, national data suggests that three to five million older adults experience some form of abuse annually (Connolly, 2011). Learning more can make all the difference.

Many of the dynamics of sexual violence in later life are similar to those experienced by people in other age groups. People who perpetrate come from all walks of life, are male and female, young and old. Perpetrators tend to know the older adult, and exploit their relationship in some way. People who commit sexual violence against older adults are often their paid or unpaid care providers, family members, spouses, neighbors, or peers.
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