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.
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence is an international campaign dating back to 1991. It begins annually on November 25th with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, a date marked by activists in 1981 in commemoration of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic who were murdered by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo. On December 17, 1999, the date received its official resolution from the General Assembly of the United Nations.
The 16 Days conclude on International Human Rights Day, celebrated on December 10th to mark the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
During the 16 Days, we join UN Women’s Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, calling on individuals and groups around the world to take action to end all forms of violence against women and girls. Join us! Learn more about the multimedia #OrangeURWorld campaign, add your name to the global call to action, and download a desktop calendar to stay informed and help build the global momentum.
This eNewsletter provides relevant announcements impacting your work and highlights new resources and initiatives supporting your continued efforts to end domestic and sexual violence.
Raising Awareness: Know more. #NOMORE.
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is a time for advocates, survivors and their families to remember those that have lost their lives to domestic violence, to celebrate and support those that have survived, and to connect with others in a way that re-energizes us to continue working to end violence and abuse in intimate relationships. Through its Domestic Violence Awareness Project, the NRCDV seeks to make commemorating this national observance easier to manage for advocates working in programs with varying levels of capacity. Tools are provided to assist those seeking to engage the media, with key talking points forms on various topics and tips on how to build long term relationships with the media to help spread our message of #NOMORE domestic violence and sexual assault. For those needing help with eye-catching artwork, flyers, and awareness month logos, several easy-to-download graphics and templates are available—in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. If you’re unsure of what type of event to hold, it’s not too late to review our easy-to-follow, instructional campaign handouts; learn how to organize a meaningful and impactful event no matter how brief your planning period may be. Or check our DVAM events database for more ideas. You can also access a variety of free, high-quality materials to educate the public and increase awareness of domestic violence by sharing our eLearning module, Domestic Violence: Understanding the Basics, or by purchasing low-cost posters and novelty items from our online store. Join us for the 4th Annual National Call of Unity, being held on Tuesday, October 1st at 3:00pm Eastern. Check the flyer for more details!
Be sure to connect with us via the NRCDV’s various social media channels: you can follow and engage with the National DVAP on Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram today!
Advocates working to end domestic and sexual violence have long recognized the importance of relationships. Reaching out and working with individuals, groups, and systems has been a hallmark of our social change efforts. As we move forward, we strive to enhance our programs’ accessibility, diversity, and service to traditionally marginalized communities. And we deepen our understanding of the importance of fostering relationships with collaborative partners outside of the sexual and domestic violence field. Resources highlighted in this eNewsletter offer strategies for effective relationship building to reach a variety of underserved communities and strengthen our partnerships with those who work towards similar goals: peace, equality, and justice.