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NRCDV eNewsletter: Spotlight on Mental Health (April/May 2015)

May 11th, 2015 CaseyKeene No comments

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.

Read more: For the full issue, click here.

NRCDV eNewsletter: Spotlight on #NWGHAAD (February/March 2015)

March 5th, 2015 CaseyKeene No comments
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:

Read more: For the full issue, click here.

NRCDV eNewsletter (December/January 2015)

January 14th, 2015 CaseyKeene No comments

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.

Read more: For the full issue, click here.

NRCDV eNewsletter: October/November 2014

November 3rd, 2014 CaseyKeene No comments

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…

NRCDV eNewsletter: August/September 2014

September 9th, 2014 CaseyKeene No comments


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!
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NRCDV eNewsletter: June/July 2014

June 10th, 2014 CaseyKeene No comments

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., 2010Beach et al., 2010Lifespan 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.
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