Archive for February, 2012

Mountain climbers to campaign against violence from The Zimbabwean, 2/29/12

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The article reports, “.. Three Zimbabweans will participate in the mountain climbing event to try and conquer Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, which is the highest mountain in Africa. The Zimbabweans will try to reach the roof top of the African continent, to coincide with International Women’s Day. The climb will symbolically raise women’s voice to the highest peak in Africa, ….”

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OPINION: Three Key Steps to Help a Woman Protect Her Finances When Leaving an Abusive Marriage from Forbes. 2/29/12

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The article reports, “Chris Brown’s performance and Best R&B Album win at the Grammy Awards earlier this month upset many women’s advocates (including me). Should the Recording Academy really be honoring and celebrating someone who brutally assaulted his girlfriend just three years ago? But, of course, that’s just the latest in a long string of unanswered questions surrounding the Chris Brown-Rhianna narrative. Chief among them, at least for me, is this one, perhaps the most heart-wrenching and puzzling of all: Why does anyone –and especially a star like Rhianna –stay in an abusive relationship? She has power, money, fame, advisors, fans . . . and yet Rhianna still can’t seem to break free from her abuser.”

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Reese Witherspoon Talks to Her Kids about Domestic Violence, Rihanna from People Magazine, 2/29/12

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The article reports, “As the Global Ambassador for the Avon Foundation, Reese Witherspoon knows that in the U.S. and worldwide, one in three women will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes. As a mother, she wants her kids to know that, too. ‘We talk about domestic violence and what that means,’ Witherspoon, 35, told PEOPLE Tuesday at the 2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters in Washington, D.C., about educating her own family.”

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OPINION: Protecting Women and Their Children Around the World from Huffington Post, 2/28/12

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The article reports, “Yesterday evening, I had the honor of addressing the 2nd Annual World Conference of Women’s Shelters, hosted by the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and sponsored by Global Network of Women Shelters. The conference was composed of more than 1,300 advocates representing more than 90 countries, including the United States. I was incredibly inspired by the work these advocates are doing to keep women and their children safe.”

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How can I best respond to victims of domestic violence whose partners struggle with combat-related PTSD or TBI?

February 29th, 2012 CaseyKeene No comments

As veterans return from war zones in greater numbers, the NRCDV has seen an increase in requests from advocates who struggle to address the added complications that wartime experiences can bring to intimate relationships. Coming across the emotional journey of veteran Scott Ostrom through a striking photo blog, staff at the NRCDV felt moved to use this story to restart the conversation about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) among war veterans, and specifically highlight how this impacts the work of domestic violence advocates. Returning home to the U.S. with a severe case of post-traumatic stress disorder, 27 year-old Scott “has struggled with daily life, from finding and keeping employment to maintaining healthy relationships.” PTSD and TBI are not new issues to domestic violence advocates, especially as these relate to victims and survivors, who are at great risk for psychological trauma and head injuries. What has been emerging is an increased understanding of the implications to the domestic violence field of PTSD and TBI among veterans who return home to their partners and families. Scott’s story is being referenced here not as an example of domestic violence but rather as a powerful illustration of the toll PTSD can take on one’s life and relationships.

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Opinion: Chris Crass, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, and Top 5 Men Who Are Doing the Most for Women’s Rights from policymic, 2/28/12

February 28th, 2012 admin No comments

The article reports, “Upon researching for this article, I realized that the topic was harder than what I imagined it would be. The lack of visibility around men who are working towards addressing women’s rights issues is a testament to the binary society we live in, where women are supposed to fight for women and men for men. These men, through their work, show that women’s rights are not only women’s issues; they are human rights issues. I hope that more men will follow in the footsteps of these progressive men and challenge their male privilege and simultaneously challenge women who believe men have no place advocating for women.”

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