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Recent Additions to the VAWnet Library

The resources on this page are the newest additions to our online collection, listed in decending order by date added (the newest resources are listed first).


Gaining Ground, Breaking Through: A Report on the Leadership Experiences of Women of Color, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Individuals of Color, Individuals with Disabilities, Native Women, Aspiring Allies, Immigrant Women Working in the Anti-Violence Movement in Four States by C. Nicole Mason for the Women of Color Network (April 2014)
Gaining Ground, Breaking Through provides insight into the experiences of underrepresented populations within all levels of anti-violence organizations. The report also featuresthe Pyramidic Career Ladder, a specialized graphic illustrating the challenges that some from underrepresented populations experience as they advance within their programs.

SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach by SAMHSA’s Trauma and Justice Strategic Initiative (July 2014)
This paper identifies a working concept of trauma relevant to justice systems and other stakeholders, outlines fundamental assumptions and principles for developing a trauma-informed approach, and explores trauma in the context of community.

Street Harassment: Know Your Rights by DLA Piper and Hollaback! (September 2014)
This Guide outlines the legal recourse available to victims of street harassment, which varies significantly from country to country.

A Hidden Crisis: Findings on Adverse Childhood Experiences in California by the Center for Youth Wellness (December 2014)
A Hidden Crisis is a first look at the impact of ACEs in California through four years of data collected by the annual California Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. The findings clearly illustrate that ACEs are a public health crisis with far-reaching consequences on the health and wellbeing of Californians.

Who Counts? An Inclusive Vision for Ending Gender-Based Violence by Mama Cash (2013)
What is gender-based violence? Who experiences it? What and who gets left out of mainstream definitions? The groups Mama Cash funds are not only committed to ending violence, but are also redefining and challenging the very definition of what violence is, including who experiences it. To capture the lessons from this ground-breaking work, Mama Cash has developed a report that documents the work of 27 groups around the world.

2014 Protected Innocence Challenge: A Legal Framework of Protection for the Nation's Children by Shared Hope International (2014)
The Protected Innocence Challenge is a "comprehensive study of existing state laws designed to inspire and equip advocates. Under the Challenge, every state receives a Report Card that grades the state on 41 key legislative components that must be addressed in a state’s laws in order to effectively respond to the crime of domestic minor sex trafficking. In addition, each state receives a complete analysis of this 41-component review and practical recommendations for improvement."

Recourse for Trafficked Native Women in the Duluth Harbor by Christine Stark for The Women's International Perspective (November 4, 2014)
In this article, the author first discusses how Native women, girls, and boys have been sold for sex on ships in the Duluth Port in Minnesota, an issue she previously wrote about in a report entitled "Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota." The author then discusses the issue within a broader legal context, and concludes by emphasizing the importance of sharing the story of Native individuals trafficked in this way.

2014 Truth About Abuse Survey by Mary Kay and Loveisrespect.org (October 2014)
This survey aimed to understand how long teens and young adults wait before they reach out for help and gauge what type of abuse is most prevalent among those who seek help. Out of the 500 teen and young adults surveyed, 57 percent waited six months or more before seeking any help while 40 percent had never talked to anyone about their abuse prior to their outreach to loveisrespect that day.

Denying Rape but Endorsing Forceful Intercourse: Exploring Differences Among Responders by Sarah R. Edwards, Kathryn A. Bradshaw, and Verlin B. Hinsz for Violence and Gender, 1(4) (2014)
The shocking statistic that about one in five women will be the victim of sexual assault while in college is made even more so by the fact that most of those women will know their assailants. No one-size-fits-all approach to rape prevention will be effective, as some offenders are driven by hostility toward women, while others may objectify women and view forceful intercourse as part of expected male dominant behavior. These different motivations and views on rape, and how they can be used to deliver rape prevention measures and successful intervention strategies are explored in this article.

Women and Natural Resources: Unlocking the Peacebuilding Potential by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equity and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), and the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) (November 2013)
A lack of access to natural resources, including minerals, water and land, is often the underlying cause of many conflicts around the world. When managed properly however, as part of a peacebuilding strategy, these same resources can also be utilized, and their benefits shared to generate sustainable livelihoods that help guarantee peace and achieve sustainable human development.

Intersection of Domestic Violence & Poverty [1:32:23] hosted by the Family and Youth Services Bureau’s Family Violence Prevention and Services Program and Office of Community Services (October 28, 2014)
This webinar explored the intersection of poverty, domestic violence, and economic security. Important considerations for domestic violence survivors, including strategies to strengthen the safety net for survivors in need, were explored. Resources were shared about financial literacy, asset building, credit repair, and economic empowerment.

Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence and Economic Factors [1:30:55] hosted by the Family and Youth Services Bureau’s Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, the Centers for Disease Control National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (October 29, 2014)
This webinar focused on the intersection of intimate partner violence (IPV), economic abuse, and poverty. Speakers provided an overview of the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, explored the intersection between economic factors and IPV, and discussed policy implications.

Celebrating the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) 30th Anniversary [1:22:05] by the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program (October 9, 2014)
This webinar celebrates the far-reaching impact of FVPSA, the first Federal commitment to creating a pathway to safety for survivors of domestic violence and their children. A diverse representation of speakers discussed the positive efforts of community-based domestic violence programs, culturally specific services, state coalitions, and Tribal Nations to end domestic violence.

The Monument Quilt: Creating a public culture of support for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault [1:11:56] presented by Rebecca Nagle & Hannah Brancato, Co-Directors of Force Upsetting Rape Culture for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (December 3, 2014)
This training introduces listeners to The Monument Quilt, an on-going collection of stories from survivors of rape and abuse to transform our current culture of public shame into a culture of public support. Building off The Monument Quilt, the training offers ideas and tools for creating safe space for survivors, explores art and activism for healing, and how to use the quilt project to transform local community response to rape.

Enhancing Safe Access to Child Support [1:01:25] co-hosted by the Office of Child Support Enforcement and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program (October 23, 2014)
This webinar provided an overview of OCSE produced domestic violence resources - including fact sheets, desk cards, and online training materials - promoting safe access to child support. Additionally, key resources funded by the ACF Family Violence Prevention and Services Program and strategies child support agencies could adopt for connecting victims to those resources were described.

Domestic Violence and the Holidays: Promoting Wellness and Managing Stress by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence in partnership with the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health (November 2014)
This Technical Assistance Guidance is intended to help domestic violence programs create the organizational support needed to better respond to the wellness needs of shelter staff during the holiday season.

Creating A Culture of Acceptance: Abuse, HIV and Women in Shelter by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence in collaboration with Michele Decker, ScD and Samantha Illangasekare, PhD of John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (November 2014)
This 1-hour interactive eLearning module presents evidence linking intimate partner violence with women's risk of becoming infected with HIV, and discusses the impact of intimate partner violence on the lives of women living with HIV.