It’s Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month!
Have you seen this? Take a look! (Thanks That’s Not Cool)
EVAWI has updated OLTI! Don’t know what that means?
CHECK. IT. OUT.
CDC Releases Data on Interpersonal and Sexual Violence by Sexual Orientation
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new report on the national prevalence of intimate partner violence, sexual violence and stalking victimization by respondents’ sexual orientation. This report highlights the prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV), sexual violence (SV), and stalking of respondents who self-identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual at the time of the survey and describe violence experienced with both same-sex and opposite-sex partners, using 2010 data from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS).
Key findings show:
- The majority of women who reported experiencing sexual violence, regardless of their sexual orientation, reported that they were victimized by male perpetrators.
- Nearly half of female bisexual victims (48.2 percent) and more than one-quarter of female heterosexual victims (28.3 percent) experienced their first rape between the ages of 11 and 17 years.
- Bisexual women (61.1%) reported a significantly higher lifetime prevalence of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner when compared to both lesbian (43.8%) and heterosexual women (35.0%).
- Lesbians and gay men reported levels of IPV and SV equal to or higher than those of heterosexuals.
With the support of a variety of partners we want to provide resources to help you respond to requests from the media and programs about this report.
Blog post from PreventConnect
Check out this podcast from PreventConnect to learn more about the resources in the packet, including their uses, purpose, and development.
If your agency receives funding from the Office of Violence Against Women, you have access to the Victim Rights Law Center.
The Victim Rights Law Center is Leading a New Response to Sexual Violence. Founded as the fi
rst law center in the nation dedicated solely to serving the legal needs of sexual assault victims, the Victim Rights Law Center is the leader in representing sexual assault victims’ legal rights within the civil context. We not only provide legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault to help rebuild their lives, but also promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim. Through an innovative model of community collaboration, we have created a network of allies (medical providers, counselors, lawyers) dedicated to improving legal services for rape victims.
The Victim Rights Law Center engages in three primary activities:
- Free Legal Services
- Legal Training
- Technical Assistance
NCVLI’s quarterly publication, Crime Victim Law Update, summarizes recent court decisions affecting victims’ rights in state and federal courts nationwide.
National Alliance of Victims’ Rights Attorneys is an organization FULL of resources!
This is a membership alliance of attorneys and advocates committed to the protection, enforcement, and advancement of crime victims’ rights nationwide. NAVRA is a project of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI), a nonprofit research and educational organization that actively promotes balance and fairness in the justice system through crime victim centered legal advocacy, education, and resource sharing.
NCASV wants to thank Greta Woyciehowsky of the Sparks Police Department for
reminding of us this invaluable FREE training resource!
HT Resource Directory
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) with the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) have created a “Directory of Training and Technical Assistance Resources for Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces and Service Providers.” The directory includes training and technical assistance resources for practitioners and task forces working in the anti-human trafficking field and a comprehensive list of anti-human trafficking trainings, including distance learning, in-person training, and training-by-request opportunities. Click HERE to access the HT Resources Directory.
If you’re interested in encouraging businesses in your area to reduce child and forced labor, please review this US Department of Labor Tookit for Responsible Businesses.
Access to Justice: Civil Legal Advocacy
WCSAP’s Connections publication is a great resource to us all. In this issue, they challenge us to think outside of our standard legal advocacy mindset, (supporting a survivor at a defense interview, or accompanying a survivor to trial) and consider other remedies that may meet survivors’ needs. This time, they focus on employment and housing protections for survivors, court watching as an alternative to traditional legal advocacy, and the complexities of child sexual abuse allegations in custody cases.
When victims of sexual assault are interviewed by law enforcement — or when they are providing an assault history during a medical forensic exam — they will often mention experiences of prior victimization. Professionals then question whether the investigator or health care provider should document this disclosure of prior victimization, and if so, how this information should be documented.
End Violence Against Women International has released the above Training Bulletin. Please consider sharing the information.
Nurses, have you looked at IAFN’s website lately? Your newest issue (Vol. 8 Issue 2 – June 2012) of the Journal of Forensic Nursing is now available online! Log in to the IAFN Member Center and click on the “Access Journal button”.
- The perception of role conflict in sexual assault nursing and its effects on care delivery
Nancy R. Downing PhD, RN, SANE-A and Melissa Lehan Mackin PhD, RN
- Preventing sexual violence instead of just responding to it: Students’ perceptions of sexual violence resources on campus
Carolyn M. Garcia PhD, MPH, RN, SANE, Kate E. Lechner BA, Ellen A. Frerich MSW, MPP, Katherine A. Lust PhD, MPH, RD, and Marla E. Eisenberg ScD, MPH
2012 IAFN Webinar Series http://www.iafn.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=742
The IAFN is bringing more opportunities for continuing education by offering several webinars this year. Each one of the sessions will offer one (1) nursing contact hour. Don’t forget to keep checking back as more webinars will be added.
HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT AEQUITAS AND THEIR STRATEGIES NEWSLETTER AND MONOGRAPHS LATELY? http://www.aequitasresource.org/library.cfm
A Prosecutor’s Reference – Medical Evidence and the Role of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in Cases Involving Adult Victims
Intimate Partner Violence Victims Charged with Crimes – Justice and Accountability for Victims of Battering who use Violence Against their Batterers
Enhancing Prosecutions of Human Trafficking and Related Violence Against Sexually Exploited Women, Issue #6
10 Strategies for Prosecuting Child Sexual Abuse at the Hands of a Family Member, Issue #5
Protecting Children of Domestic Violence Victims with Criminal No-Contact Orders, Issue #4
Domestic Violence and Firearms: A Deadly Combination, Issue #3
Educating Juries in Sexual Assault Cases Part I: Using Voir Dire to Eliminate Jury Bias, Issue #2
AEquitas: Established to Promote Justice in Violence Against Women Prosecution, Issue #1
Grant Writing/Proposal Writing Short Course Tutorial
The subject of this short course is proposal writing. But the proposal does not stand alone. It must be part of a process of planning and of research on, outreach to, and cultivation of potential foundation and corporate donors.
If you’re interested, you can start here.
In light of recent natural disasters, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center shares these resources with NCASV. Incredible amounts of “thanks” to NSVRC for helping Nevada programs to prepare and to serve in difficult situations.
Historically, we know that individuals are more vulnerable to sexual assault in disaster-stricken areas, because basic services and resources are not readily available.
Here are links to the following publications; however hard copies are available upon request.
Sexual Violence in Disasters: A planning guide for prevention and response.
English-language and Spanish-language versions of the book are available online.
Sexual violence in disasters informational palm card.
These free cards can be ordered online. On the back of each card, is an area that can be personalized with local contact information. www.nsvrc.org/relief-fund.
To assist efforts in disaster-stricken areas, NSVRC collaborated with several organizations in the field to establish The Relief Fund for Sexual Assault Victims www.nsvrc.org/relief-fund. Please email Kari at firstname.lastname@example.org to request documents that outline the application process if you have sexual assault centers or sexual assault survivors in your communities in need of financial assistance.
International Association of Forensic Nurses
Hosts the 19th Annual Scientific Assembly
Wednesday, October 19th -Saturday, October 22, 2011
More details, registration and the assembly’s brochure can be found here: http://www.iafn.org/associations/8556/files/final%20Montreal%20Reg%20Brochure.pdf
APRIL 28th, 10 AM PST
Using DNA in Acquaintance Rape Cases