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April 2014
Webinars      

On April 23rd, the Southeastern Health Equity Council will be hosting a webinar to introduce their Health Equity Report Card. They will provide information on health disparities affecting the Southeast population. Click here to register. 

The Surprising Life Course Impact of Premature Birth for Life Course Health Development featuring Michael Msall, MD from the University of Chicago

Thursday, April 24th,
 Registration is required.
This webinar will feature presentations from experts on original research that demonstrates how a life course perspective is changing the way we think about and promote health.
ACA News!   
Because of federal policies requiring women who are legally married to count their spouses' income when applying for health insurance through the Marketplace, women in "unique" relationship circumstances, who would normally qualify for financial assistance, are being missed. Just recently the IRS drafted new policy stating that even if you are still married, you can be eligible for financial help for health insurance if: you live apart from your spouse at the time they file taxes and indicate on their taxes that they are unable to file jointly with their spouse due to domestic abuse. Consumers who are in this category can apply and select a healthcare plan through May 31, 2014.  At this time, it is unclear what documentation will be needed, if any, to prove domestic violence, as reported by Health Cares About IPV. Click here to view the rules on the Special Enrollment Periods.  
Resources
National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-7233 | 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) Resource Page has listings of domestic and sexual violence coalitions, national organizations, and organizations specific to teens and the LGBT community. 
Home Visitation DV Screening & Safety Planning
Home Visitation DV Screening & Safety Planning
Health Cares About IPV is an online resource for health professionals. This toolkit offers health care providers and advocates the tools to prepare a clinical practice to address domestic and sexual violence, including screening instruments, sample scripts for providers, patient and provider education resources. It also offers strategies for forging partnerships between health care and domestic and sexual violence programs.

Hanging Out or Hooking Up: Clinical Guidelines on Responding to Adolescent Relationship Abuse-An Integrated Approach to Prevention and Intervention focuses on the transformative role of the adolescent health care provider in preventing, identifying and addressing adolescent relationship abuse. These guidelines are applicable to providers working in a range of settings serving adolescents.
 

In the last fifteen plus years, Break the Cycle has reached more than 3.5 million young people, and is still the only agency to provide comprehensive dating abuse prevention programs exclusively to young people. Click here for their teen safety guide and here for college students. 
Read Our Blog!  
   
Our latest blog post features suggestions by Kathy Hodges,
Co-Executive Director, Family Violence & Rape Crisis Services on how professionals can "Be a Bridge to Safety." Click here to read her post.

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What are your ideas on how to support programs providing services to those impacted by violence?  We'd love to share any resources - books, websites, apps, etc - that you find useful!  

Missed a Past Webinar?    

We have a great series of archived webinars on a variety of exciting topics.  If you didn't get a chance to tune in, it isn't too late! Just click here to access all the recorded seminars.

Violence against Women and Women's Health 

 
 
Violence affects people in all stages of life and is a serious public health problem in the United States. The term "intimate partner violence" describes physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples and does not require sexual intimacy. As described by the United Nations' initiative UNiTE to End Violence Against Women, violence against women can take many forms: Physical, sexual, psychological, and even economic. These forms of violence are interrelated, which can create and further worsen health problems, affecting women from before birth to old age. 
 
Why is Violence Against Women so important? 
 
Here are the Facts: 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Females who are between 20 - 24 years old are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence. One in 6 women have experienced some form of sexual assault. Women experiencing abuse during pregnancy are 40 to 60 percent more likely than non-abused women to experience high-blood pressure, vaginal bleeding, severe nausea, kidney or urinary tract infections and hospitalization during pregnancy and are 37 percent more likely to deliver preterm. We know that gender-based violence hampers productivity, reduces human capital, and undermines economic growth. Yet, the costs of intimate partner violence to the U.S. economy remains startling, at over $5.8 billion each year; $4.1 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health services.
 
What is being done on the policy level?

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAMA). In 2013, the law was reauthorized to include provisions on teen dating violence and an expanded focus on sexual assault. Here are two national initiatives that have benefited from VAMA and are leading the way in addressing violence in the lives of women and their families:

Futures Without Violence was instrumental in the development of VAMA in 1994, and the organization has expanded  its programs and services to reach international audiences. Their work focuses on educational programs, national policy development, professional training programs, and public actions designed to end violence against women, children, and families.

Not only does the re-authorization of VAMA seek to improve the lifesaving services for all victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking, it also includes provisions for Native women, immigrants, LGBT victims, college students and youth, and public housing residents. The National Network to End Domestic Violence public policy page provides more information about the re-authorization and a summary of the changes.

While the health issues of violence against women may seem overwhelming, featured in this newsletter are trainings, information, and resources that healthcare and service providers can use to assist their clients. 
Trainings for Health Professionals
    
These online training opportunities were compiled by the Oregon Health Authority, Office of Family Health as a resource of their IPV and Pregnancy Grant Program.

 

Healthcare Professionals

Making the Connection: Intimate Partner Violence and Public Health; Impact of IPV on Women's Health. (Linda Chamberlain for the Family Violence Prevention Fund, 2010)

Description: Self-directed, 33-slide PowerPoint that describes various health conditions that are associated with IPV or dating violence, details ways in which IPV may impact women's/teens' health care services, and lists strategies for responding to IPV.

 

Making the Connection: Intimate Partner Violence and Public Health; IPV and Perinatal Programs(Linda Chamberlain for the Family Violence Prevention Fund, 2010)

Description: Self-directed, 38-slide PowerPoint that identifies pregnancy complications associated with IPV, describe risk behaviors during pregnancy that are associated with IPV, and discuss strategies to address IPV in the perinatal setting.

 

Working with Undocumented Survivors(Witness Justice via Trainingforums.org, 2009)

Description: 1 hour to 1 hours. This online tutorial focuses on domestic violence and immigration law, including specific issues for undocumented survivors of domestic violence. Requires user to create an account with a password.

 

Trauma and Trauma Informed Care(Witness Justice via Trainingforums.org, 2009)

Description: 1 hour to 1 hours. This course will explore the causes, impact, experience, and types of trauma as it relates to domestic violence survivors, and delve into the nature, application and implementation of trauma-informed care. This course also discusses vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and self-care suggestions for those working with DV/IPV survivors. Requires user to create an account with a password.

 

Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence (Florida)(Silvia Y. Beaupre, Access Continuing Education, Inc.)

Description: Self-directed, estimated hour to an hour. Developed for continuing nursing education, this online course defines domestic violence, discusses consequences, identifies risk factors, introduces screening practices, provides best practices for intervention, and lists available resources in Florida.

 

WIC Providers

Making the Connection: Intimate Partner Violence and Public Health; IPV, Breastfeeding, and Nutritional Supplement Programs(Linda Chamberlain for the Family Violence Prevention Fund, 2010)

Description: Self-directed, 15-slide PowerPoint that provides information about the connection between breastfeeding and IPV, identifies strategies for addressing IPV in a nutritional supplement program such as WIC, and describes two system level responses for addressing IPV.

 

Domestic Violence 101: A Competency-Based Training Manual for WIC and Other Nutrition Program Staff(Institute for Family Violence Studies, Florida State University College of Social Work)

Description: Self-directed, estimated 1 hour to 1 hours. This online training was developed for WIC and other health/nutrition program staff to spot signs of abuse and refer their clients who are experiencing abuse to the agencies and services that can assist them.  

 

Family Planning Nurses

Making the Connection: Intimate Partner Violence and Public Health; IPV and Family Planning, Birth Control Sabotage, Pregnancy Pressure, and Unintended Pregnancy(Linda Chamberlain for the Family Violence Prevention Fund, 2010)

Description: Self-directed, 40-slide PowerPoint that provides information about domestic violence in unwanted and mistimed pregnancies, the relationship between dating violence and teen pregnancies, and birth control sabotage by partners who abuse. This chapter also discusses the impact of domestic violence on reproductive health and presents prevention and response strategies for domestic violence in reproductive health care settings.     
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