by Amanda Manes of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence in partnership with the Tahirih Justice Center
What is forced marriage?
A forced marriage, by definition, takes place without the full and free consent of one or both parties, and typically involves force, coercion, and deception. Forced marriages can happen to individuals of any gender, age, socio-economic, ethnic or religious background. There are thousands of victims living in the U.S., some of whom were forced into marriages overseas, and others of whom were forced into marriage on U.S. soil (Tahirih Justice Center, 2015).
By Jennifer Grove, Prevention Outreach Coordinator at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
Many non-profit organizations are tasked with showing funders that their sexual violence prevention work is making a difference. Over the past several years, more programs are coming to understand the role that evaluation plays in carrying out effective, culturally-relevant prevention strategies. Programs are at various levels when it comes to their commitment to evaluation; however, organizational commitment plays a key and vital role. Some see the need to do evaluation, but it seems so big and overwhelming that they don’t know where to start. The NSVRC has developed some great resources to help programs in their evaluation efforts. For example, the online learning course, Evaluating Sexual Violence Prevention Programs: Steps and strategies for preventionists, is an evaluation 101 course specific to sexual violence prevention.
In the past 30 years, there has been a significant shift in understanding the impact of trauma on individuals and families. We have come to understand responses to trauma, including mental health challenges, as normal and adaptive reactions to adverse life experiences through a trauma-informed model. This knowledge urges us to pay attention to the profound ways in which trauma impacts mental health, push against the stigma associated with mental illness, and offer comprehensive care and support to trauma survivors. Learn more about trauma-informed approaches through the VAWnet Special Collection series developed in collaboration with the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health. This issue highlights activities in observance of National Mental Health Awareness Month throughout the month of May.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is bringing attention to the issue by declaring that “mental illness affects everyone” and #HopeStartsWithYou. Access their Mental Health Month Resources to sign the stigma free pledge, access facts and information, share your experience, and learn how get involved in stopping the stigma and advocating for equal care. You can make a promise to listen at #IWillListen, and go green during the month of May. NAMI also provides materials to support Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 4-10), offering tools and resources to understand and address the mental health needs of children affected by mental illness.
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by Amanda Manes of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
The issue of abusive spouses preventing survivors of Jewish faith from obtaining a religious divorce (get) is just one example of how religion and faith can play a major role in the lives of survivors of domestic violence. To learn more about the intersection of domestic violence and religion, access VAWnet Special Collection Domestic Violence and Religion.
What is a get?
A get is a document needed to terminate a marriage between two Jewish people and certifies the fact that each individual is now free to remarry in accordance with Jewish law. It is important to note that there are a number of sects within Judaism, not all of which require a get in the event of divorce. Typically, the get is required within more observant sects, such as the Orthodox movement.
by Ali Mailen Perrotto of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Happy Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)! April is here and it’s time to take action to prevent sexual violence on college campuses. Throughout the campaign planning process, the NSVRC got lots of questions from both students and staff at universities. One of our favorite questions was how to make sexual violence prevention efforts relevant and accessible for the greatest number of students.
We love this question because it tells us that campus activists are thinking in a big picture way, and moving beyond a more limited idea of what prevention means. That doesn’t mean it’s an easy answer though. There have been many years of campus-based “prevention” programming that sort of misses the mark for what is truly going to end a culture of sexual violence.
In recognition of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
(#NWGHAAD) 2015, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence joins efforts to empower young women with facts, awareness, resources and encouragement to combat this epidemic. Our goal is for young women to feel confident in making clear, well-informed decisions about their reproductive health, sexual behavior, and wellness.
On March 10th, join us in sharing positive words of advice or support via tweet, Facebook post, or Instagram video for all the young women out there that need to hear from us. Share facts, tips, or resources to help keep women and girls safe from abuse and to reduce their risk of exposure to HIV.
Use the hashtags #Girl2Girl and #NWGHAAD in all posts or email your thoughts toKenya Fairley and we’ll share them on our social media sites for you.
Access and share the campaign flyer with details on our #NWGHAAD efforts, and check out the resources below to boost your knowledge on this important topic:
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