More than 1 in 5 women (22.4%) and nearly 1 in 7 men (15.0%) who have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner first experienced some form of intimate partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age. In fact, most victims (69% of females, 53% of males) first experienced intimate partner violence before the age of 25 (CDC, 2011).
The consequences of teen dating violence are impossible to ignore – they hurt not just the young people victimized but also their families, friends, schools and communities. Throughout February, organizations and individuals nationwide come together to raise awareness of dating violence and promote healthy intimate relationships for youth. The NRCDV supports this national effort to bring visibility to youth experiences and foster positive change.
Highlighted events for Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month 2015 from the NRCDV include:
- 2/3 @ 3pm ET: Lessons Learned from Love & Hip Hop. This BlogTalkRadio session will focus on the influence of pop culture and hip hop on youth dating relationships. Taking our cues from Love & HipHop, from NY to LA, long-time colleagues and advocates in the movement to end domestic violence, Nakia Hansen, Maurice Hendrix, and Kenya Fairley will discuss lessons learned about dating from some of VH-1′s most popular TV shows.
- 2/10 @ 7:30pm ET: #YouthLeaders Twitter Chat: We are lifting up the good work of youth leaders in our movement to end gender based violence! Follow #YouthLeaders to learn about the work of youth advocates at the community and state levels in Ohio and Idaho, to share your own contributions and youth initiatives, and to gain inspiration for moving forward together.
- 2/14: This Valentine’s Day the NRCDV will join more than one billion allies in a global movement to rise for justice and demand an end to violence against women in the One Billion Rising campaign.
Access resources to support your #TDVAM2015 efforts through the National Resource Center for Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, the National Domestic Violence Awareness Project, and our VAWnet Special Collection: Preventing and Responding to Teen Dating Violence.
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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…
Each year, during the month of October, domestic violence victim advocates, survivors and their loved ones, allies, and the general public join together to mourn the lives lost, celebrate the progress being made, and connect their efforts to put an end to violence in intimate relationships. Programs of all sizes, and individuals across the nation, can take part in raising awareness of this issue—even on a shoestring budget and with very little time. Join us for this webinar to learn how!
The term elder abuse refers to any physical, sexual, or psychological abuse, neglect, abandonment, or financial exploitation of an older person either within a relationship where there is an expectation of trust and/or when an older person is targeted based on age or disability (U.S. DOJ, 2013). Research estimates that approximately one in ten older adults living in their homes experience elder abuse each year (Acierno et al., 2010; Beach et al., 2010; Lifespan of Greater Rochester et al., 2011).
At the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), we call attention to abuse in later life, perpetrated by someone in an ongoing intimate relationship with the victim, and provide resources to prevent and address domestic and sexual violence against older adults. Read more about theterms and considerations related to elder abuse from the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL), a proud partner in our work to help build an effective community-based response to gender based violence.
On June 15, 2014, for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Administration for Community Living (ACL), encourages individuals and organizations across our nation, states, territories and local communities to take a stand and to raise public awareness about elder abuse by utilizing the resources in their comprehensive toolkit. NCALL also offers helpful ideas and resources for raising awareness on June 15th and throughout the year.
This year’s theme reminds us that it only takes one individual, one action, to make a difference.
The theme for this year’s Mental Health Month, observed annually in May, is Mind Your Health. This theme highlights the importance of overall health and wellness, exploring the connections between the body and the mind and promoting positive steps towards protecting and nurturing our whole selves. The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) shares this commitment through our work to promote and enhance trauma-informed approaches for all human services and support systems. Our 3-part Special Collection series, Trauma-Informed Domestic Violence Services, provides resources to support building the foundation, capacity and partnerships that are necessary to bring such an approach to fruition. By working to end gender based violence in our homes and communities, we are working together to improve the overall health and wellness of all people.
In the spirit of respect, gratitude and solidarity on this International Women’s Day, we celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.
This 8th of March, we honor the efforts of women around the world who have worked tirelessly to enhance women’s access to education, health, autonomy, equity and safety. The staff of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) join with our sisters, mothers, friends, daughters, and loved ones to nurture our collective strength in realizing a better world for women and girls – this day and every day.
This eNewsletter features relevant updates and announcements highlighting new initiatives, resources, and opportunities from the NRCDV.