This week, the Obama administration launched a new initiative to assist employers to respond to domestic and sexual violence. Workplaces Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence: A National Resource Center is a new initiative that makes it easier for employers to adopt policies to support and protect employees who are victims of domestic and sexual violence. The National Resource Center’s website includes but is not limited to: information on work place violence, guns and the work place, and union responses.
The new Workplace Resource Center was created by a partnership of seven national organizations led by the Family Violence Prevention Fund. For further information on the new national center, visit Workplaces Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence: A National Resource Center’s website at http://www.workplacesrespond.org/.
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Verizon collects no-longer-used cell phones, batteries, and accessories and either refurbishes or recycles the phones. The refurbished cell phones along with 3,000 minutes of wireless service are provided to victims of domestic violence.
For many women violence and danger are their constant companions. Research indicates that one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.[i] Indigent women are more vulnerable. As woman rebuild their lives, the refurbished cell phones serve as a link to supportive services in a time of crisis.
The pervasive problem of domestic violence takes everyone to make it stop. Consider donating your used cell phone— you could possibly save someone’s life. For further information about Verizon’s cell phone donation process visit: http://aboutus.vzw.com/communityservice/hopeLine.html
[i] Tjaden, Patricia & Thoennes, Nancy, National Institute of Justice and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, 1993, “Extent, Nature and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey,” (2000).Photo Credit Microsoft Clip Art
For many women violence and danger are their constant companions. Despite concerted efforts to eradicate domestic violence, data indicates that intimate partner violence continues to pose a clear and present danger to the health and well-being of countless persons. Social science research indicates that one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.[i] Indigent women are more vulnerable.
On average, more than three women a day are murdered by their intimate partners in our country[ii]. Annually, women experience an estimated 2 million women injuries resulting from an abusive relationship.[iii] Women who are between the ages of 20-24 years old are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.[iv] Research indicates that most incidents of domestic violence are not reported to the police. [v] The dearth of safe, decent, affordable housing causes many poor women to confront the unenviable choice of homelessness or remaining in a home plagued by violence and turmoil resulting from domestic violence.
Domestic violence thrives on apathy. It can be eradicated with an equal amount of conscience, mind, heart, and collective action. How you can help? Join the national Hope Campaign. The Hope Campaign is designed to raise awareness about the prevalence of domestic violence and encourage people from around the country to take action to end abuse.
Casa de Esperanza launched the Hope Campaign. Casa de Esperanza’s goal is to get 10,000 people to take the Pledge of Hope - a commitment to healthy relationships. To learn more about the national Hope Campaign visit http://dvam.vawnet.org/docs/campaigns/CallForUnity/HOPEPledgeFlyer.pdf.
[i] Tjaden, Patricia & Thoennes, Nancy, National Institute of Justice and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, 1993, “Extent, Nature and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey,” (2000).
[ii] U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the United States, December 2006.
[iii] CDC. Adverse Health Conditions & Health Risk: Behaviors Associated with Intimate Partner Violence. 2008. Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report, February 8, 2008.
[iv] U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the United States, December 2006.
[v] Frieze, I.H., Browne, A. (1989). Violence in Marriage. In L.E. Ohlin & M.H. Tonry (eds.) Family Violence, Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
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In November of this year, the Speaking of Women’s Health conference will be held. This is a one day event where women can receive free health screenings, beauty consultations, dynamic keynote addresses and breakout sessions on important women’s health topics.
According to the conference announcement, following the morning keynote presentation, attendees head to breakout sessions. These sessions are on a multitude of topics – from memory to menopause, from holistic health to hormone replacement therapy. Attendees can attend the breakout sessions that are important to their personal health and well-being issues. Attendees can also visit health screenings. At each event, Speaking of Women’s Health provides a variety of health screenings, including heart health, bone health and vision. Following the lunch, there is the afternoon keynote presentation. The day ends with additional breakout sessions and time to visit the health screenings.
When: November 13, 2010, Where: Cleveland, OH, Venue: Bertram Inn, Aurora. For further information: http://www.thebertraminn.com/. Photo credit: Microsoft Clip Art
Source: Speaking of Womens Health website.