Responding to Sexual Violence in Indian Country by Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. for the USDOJ, 11/17/14
“My pledge to these dedicated leaders was that their report, and the insights they offered, will not merely go on a shelf – they will provide a solid basis for the Justice Department to take robust action. In the days ahead, they will guide our efforts to take practical steps to implement – and to institutionalize – the changes we need to gain the trust of survivors, to transform attitudes surrounding these heinous crimes, and to strengthen existing tribal values that women must be respected. And they will inform our broad-based efforts to keep supporting and building upon the exemplary work that law enforcement leaders, victim advocates, and tribal authorities across the country are doing every day to help us turn the tide.”
When a young person runs away, the impact is felt throughout the entire community. Observed in November, National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM) offers an opportunity for us to explore and enhance our role in helping youth live happy and healthy lives.
The goals of NRPM are to raise awareness of the runaway and homeless youth crisis and the issues that these young people face, and educate all of us about solutions and the role we can play in ending youth homelessness.
The theme of NRPM 2014 is Piecing it all Together, which represents the multiple, interconnected experiences of runaway and homeless youth (including bullying, abuse, community or school violence, human trafficking, sexual or gender identity struggles, foster care, substance abuse, mental health challenges, or involvement in the juvenile justice system) and the nature of effective, collaborative community-based models for addressing these experiences and promoting youth resiliency.
Join the NRCDV in observing NPRM this November, and in working to enhance our response to the runaway and homeless youth population. Read more…
by Elizabeth Flood for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
Nearly one in five young people in the United States runaway from homes before the time they reach the 18 years of age (Urban Institute, 2010). In fact, approximately 1.6 million youths are identified as runaway or homeless (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2004).
The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) broadly defines homeless youth as individuals under the age of 18 lacking the opportunity to live in a safe environment with their family and who have no other safe alternative, long-term living arrangement; however, a majority of U.S. jurisdictions do not have specific definitions for the runaway and homeless youth population (National Network for Youth, 2012). The lack of classification and consistency in definitions and terminology between states presents challenges for interstate collaboration and the development of targeted interventions and services. The report, Alone Without a Home (National Law Center on Homeless and Poverty & National Network for Youth, September 2012), reviews the laws related to runaway and homeless youth in each U.S. State and territory. Read more…
#BeenRapedNeverReported Trending On Twitter As Women Share Stories Of Sexual Violence from the Huffington Post, 10/31/14
“A powerful hashtag trended on Twitter on Thursday night as victims of sexual violence who had never reported their attacks spoke out in solidarity with women who were not believed when they came forward about their rapes.”
Office on Violence Against Women Announces National Tour to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act from DOJ, 10/30/14
“In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, the Department of Justice today announced a nationwide tour of Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) grant recipients. The tour will engage with communities dedicated to ending violence against women though coordinated community response (CCR) teams. OVW launched the tour today with a visit to programs in Brooklyn, New York. OVW and department officials will visit diverse communities across the country through May 2015. Officials will participate in roundtable conversations with local law enforcement, victim service providers, judges, prosecutors and other members of the coordinated community response team.”