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Why Latinos Believe Domestic Violence Goes Under-Reported from Think Progress, 04/23/2015

April 23rd, 2015 Justine No comments

At least 41 percent of surveyed Latinos believe that the main reason that Latino immigrant victims don’t seek help is because of deportation fears.

Culling interviews from 800 Latino men and women, the No Más report found that 56 percent of surveyed Latinos know a domestic violence victim, while one in four people know a victim of sexual assault. Among the younger Latino generation, the pattern of violence was about the same: half of all surveyed Latinos under the age of 30 reported that they know a victim of domestic violence, while one in four reported that they know someone who was a victim of sexual assault. The top reason that Latinos indicated that victims don’t come forward or seek help is because of the fear of deportation, closely followed by having their children taken away, and facing more violence.

Juan Carlos Areán, senior director of the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities*, told ThinkProgress, “the fear of deportation comes from anecdotal evidence … though it’s not prevalent, when immigrants call the police, they might end up getting arrested themselves because of the suspicion that they’re undocumented. This.. builds enough fear for the community to be afraid.”

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Violence Against Women Act Listening Tour Stops in Northeast Louisiana from Nexstar Broadcasting, 03/30/2015

March 31st, 2015 Justine No comments

Its been 20 years since the Violence Against Women Act was signed into law.

To honor that anniversary, officials from the Department of Justice are visiting outreach programs across the nation. Monday, they made several stops in Ouachita and Morehouse parish.

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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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