On April 7, 2010, at 2 p.m. (eastern time), in commemoration of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) in coordination with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention will present a Web Forum discussion with Anne Ream on best practices for raising awareness for survivors of child abuse and neglect. Ms. Ream is the founder of The Voices and Faces Project, a national documentary initiative to bring the testimony of sexual violence survivors to the attention of the public. She is the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer for Girl360.net, an empowerment project for tween girls; and a founding co-chair of CounterQuo, a national initiative to change legal and media responses to violence against women. Additionally, Ms. Ream serves on the advisory board of the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network and is a former co-chair of the Leadership Committee for Chicago’s Rape Victim Advocates.
Visit the OVC Web Forum now to submit questions for Ms. Ream and return on April 7 at 2 p.m. (eastern time) for the live discussion. Learn how to participate beforehand so you are ready for the discussion.
Youth violence refers to harmful behaviors that can start early and continue into young adulthood. The young person may be a victim, an offender, or a witness to the violence.
While violence impacts people of all ages, violence disproportionately affects youth and is the second leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 and 24.
Because of the multiple factors that contribute to the development of violence, a comprehensive preventative approach is needed. Youth violence prevention also requires collaboration among justice, public safety, education, public health, and human service agencies, with the support of community leaders, businesses, and faith-based organizations.
The Day of Silence is the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. On the Day of Silence, students across the country will take a vow of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Hundreds of thousands of students across the country will take part in this student-led action to educate their schools and communities and to encourage others to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior in schools.
Each April since 1981, OVC has helped lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) by promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.
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The conference showcases what works, what doesn't work and what the research shows as promising. It puts a heavy emphasis on the benefits to researchers and practitioners who work together to create effective evidence-based policies and practices. The DNA Grantees Workshop, formerly a separate event, is now an integral part of the NIJ Conference. Combining the former DNA Grantees Workshop with the NIJ Conference allows us to feature innovations in forensic sciences and related policy and resource issues. Who Should Attend
Researchers interested in criminal justice
Policymakers responsible for shaping public safety or social services
Practitioners in criminal justice interested in technology and DNA
Students interested in criminal justice issues
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The mission of NEDAwareness Week
The aim of NEDAwareness Week is to ultimately prevent eating disorders and body image issues while reducing the stigma surrounding eating disorders and improving access to treatment. Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illnesses — not choices — and it’s important to recognize the pressures, attitudes and behaviors that shape the disorder.
NEDAwareness Week is a collective effort of primarily volunteers, eating disorder professionals, health care providers, educators, social workers, and individuals committed to raising awareness of the dangers surrounding eating disorders and the need for early intervention and treatment.
How NEDAwareness Week Works
This year, NEDA is calling for everyone to do just one thing to help raise awareness and provide accurate information about eating disorders. NEDAwareness Week participants can choose from a huge range of ways to contribute: Distribute info pamphlets and put up posters, write one letter for Media Watchdogs, register as a Volunteer Speaker or host a Volunteer Speaker, coordinate a NEDA Walk, or arrange interactive and educational activities such as panel discussions, fashion shows, body fairs, movie screenings, art exhibits and more. As an official NEDAwareness Week participant you can be involved in any way that works with your schedule, resources, community, and interests. These events and activities attract public media attention - on local, national and international levels.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month!
The Purpose of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
The repercussions of teen dating violence are impossible to ignore - the issue affects not just youth but their families, schools and communities as well. Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) brings national focus to the issue of teen dating violence, highlights the need to educate our youth about healthy relationships, raises awareness among those who care for them and provides communities with a critical opportunity to work together to prevent this devastating cycle of abuse.
If your agency is serious about starting a program for middle school and high school males to prevent sexual assault/dating violence, this is the training to sign up for. Participants will learn the necessary steps for establishing a successful Men of Strength Club (or MOST Club) as well as effective ways of engaging male youth. Identified by the CDC as one of the top four gender violence prevention programs in the country, the Men of Strength Club has over 100 locations in DC, Florida, Maryland, Missouri, NYC, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina. This training is also for professionals living in Washington, DC who are interested in facilitating (part-time) our already-established MOST Club sites, which are in every DCPS middle school and high school. WHO SHOULD ATTEND? * Agencies interested in starting a MOST Club in middle schools, high schools, or youth-serving organizations * Youth-serving professionals interested in facilitating (part-time) our DC MOST Club sites TRAINING OBJECTIVES: * Learn the necessary steps for establishing a successful Men of Strength Club. * Learn how to better frame sexual assault as a problem men can play a positive role in ending. * Become more aware of the "Dominant Stories" of masculinity and better understand the importance of"Counterstories," and how these relate to violence against women. * Explore the challenges and opportunities of engaging male youth and learn effective ways to use both. * Learn and strategize about how young men can be mobilized to become better allies with their female peers. * Build skills for speaking with young men about sexism and strategies for effectively challenging the culture that supports violence against women. * Learn how to better support young men in connecting sexism to other forms of oppression. * Provide participants with practice responses and facilitation skills to common reactions and questions from male audiences. HOW DO I APPLY? This training requires an application process. The application deadline is Dec. 30. Agencies: Apply Online or Download the application Facilitators: Apply online QUESTIONS? Please direct questions about MOST Club and the training to Neil Irvin at 202/534-1837 or email@example.com or Kedrick Griffin at 202/534-1838 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safe Harbors Youth Intervention Project: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Violence Prevention
Problems associated with sexual exploitation and victimization among homeless and runaway youth impact society on a daily basis. Statistics and anecdotal accounts consistently show that these youth are at great risk of sexual exploitation and sexual violence. In many communities, the services available for these youth are often not coordinated, resulting in inconsistent and disjointed services. The Safe Harbor Youth Intervention Project of Ramsey County, Minnesota (SHYIP) was formed in response to these needs. The goal of the team is to effectively intervene on behalf of these youths and to change the way systems respond to homeless and runaway youth. To date the teams’ efforts have resulted in significant success and notable system change!
The SHYIP team used the 8-Step Protocol Development Cycle (PDC) to assess needs, develop protocols and to design and conduct training initiatives. This webinar will give you an overview of the SHYIP team and how the PDC can help multi-disciplinary teams navigate the waters of collaboration and system change to improve services and outcomes for victims.
Anita Berg is the Executive Director of Partners for Violence Prevention (PVP). PVP provides facilitation and coordination that brings a variety of disciplines together to solve problems and create system change in St. Paul, Minnesota. PVP facilitates and coordinates the Ramsey County SHYIP team. Ms. Berg has been with PVP since January of 2000. Prior to her current position, Ms. Berg was the Director of Research and Quality for Allina Medical Transportation. Anita completed her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Saint Thomas in 1998, her Bachelor of Science in Management from Metropolitan State University in 1995, and was previously a Paramedic.
Emily Huemann, MS has been working in the field of sexual violence and domestic violence for over 19 years. Since 1996, Ms Huemann has worked at Sexual Offense Services (SOS) of Ramsey County and since 2000 has been supervising the program. SOS is the rape crisis program in Saint Paul, Minnesota, serving Ramsey County. The SOS program includes 2 staff and 40+ volunteer crisis counselors. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota in the Sociology Department teaching on criminal justice.
Ms. Huemann has her Bachelor and Master of Science in Criminal Justice with her academic work concentrated on violence against women. This included her graduate thesis: a teaching practicum. The course topic was Domestic Violence taught to undergraduate criminal justice students. She currently serves on the Family Tree Clinic Board of Directors as President and previously served on the KFAI Board of Directors.
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