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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


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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How can I support survivors in building resilience?

November 2nd, 2015 No comments

by Casey Keene, Director of Capacity Building and Education for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

ChildPaintingMany of us understand psychological resilience as the human ability to “bounce back” after facing adversity, and we are surprised – astonished, even – at the ways in which people can survive, and often thrive, despite their experiences of trauma.

But here is what we know: resilience is an innate human capacity that can be learned and developed in anyone. It’s not a trait – something that people have or don’t have – rather, all people have the ability to develop the skills that will put them on the path to resilience. Read more…

Why is it important to bring a racial justice framework to our efforts to end domestic violence?

October 1st, 2015 No comments

by Ivonne Ortiz, Training and Education Specialist for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

wocOctober marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), a time when as advocates we work hard to bring attention to an issue that continues to affect our communities. Beyond raising awareness, DVAM brings a national spotlight to the issue of domestic violence, creating an opportunity to elevate conversations about its root causes, which stem from a culture of oppression and privilege. We know that domestic violence is linked to a web of oppressive systems such as racism, xenophobia, classism, ableism, sexism, and heterosexism. And while domestic violence occurs in every culture regardless of socioeconomic, educational, and religious background, we must address the fact that violence disproportionately affects marginalized groups, especially those who experience multiple forms of oppression. In response to the importance of bringing a racial justice framework to our work, we bring a focus to the experiences of women of color, who experience domestic violence at high rates and continue to encounter barriers when trying to access supportive services.
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How can agencies enhance access to services for Latin@s in their community?

September 1st, 2015 No comments

by Maria Jirau-Torres, Language Access Coordinator for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center

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According to the National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC), a culturally competent organization and its employees should “have the capacity to value diversity, conduct a self-assessment, manage the dynamics of difference, acquire and institutionalize cultural knowledge, and adapt to diversity and the cultural contexts of the communities they serve” (Goode, Jones and Mason, 2002; The Workgroup on Adapting Latino Services, 2008).

Studies have found that Latin@ survivors experience more barriers in seeking services than non-Latin@s and do not seek formal or informal help as frequently. The NSVRC, in partnership with the University of Puerto Rico Center for Evaluation and Sociomedical Research (CIES), conducted a National Needs Assessment in 2013 to begin conversations exploring prevention across languages and cultures and learn about the particular barriers Latin@ communities experience. A common theme that emerged among participants was the desire to partner with other organizations working with Latin@/Hispanic communities and a need for space to connect and network with other advocates. Findings from this study show a need for greater systemic and coordinated efforts to improve prevention and intervention services for Latin@/Hispanic communities. Read more…