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.”
“After years of hard work, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act is law and its campus safety provisions, sometimes called Campus SaVE, have final regulations requiring colleges and universities to take new steps to end sexual violence. AAUW documented the development of these regulations this spring, a step that provides additional details to help schools implement new laws. The Department of Education recently announced that these regulations are now final.”
More Pet-Friendly Apartments For Domestic Violence Survivors Are Coming To New York City from the Huffington Post, 10/17/2014
“There has never been a more important time for the domestic violence shelter community to open its doors to pets,” said Fields said in a news release when PALS was announced. “As we witnessed during Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, pets are members of the family and no one should have to make the impossible decision to leave them behind during times of crisis.”
Human trafficking is defined by the United Nations as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons through use of force, coercion, deception or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them. In the United States, the number of trafficked victims is largely unknown, but we do know that every day more vulnerable people are trafficked into the sex trade and labor industry. In 2013, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline received multiple reports of human trafficking cases in all 50 states and D.C.