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Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Violence Prevention

The Sexual Violence Justice Institute at MNCASA is hosting a webinar, December 14th from 12-1:30 pm CST–Safe Harbors Youth Intervention Project: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Violence Prevention. Participation is free, but preregistration is recommended.

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Welcome to the New FHO Site (in progress)

As you can see, things have definitely changed around here. It was time to secure our own domain and hosting so that we could have a site with increased functionality. In the process of moving the site, we upgraded a few things and added content.  So along with all of the regular posts, you’ll notice we now have some categories running along the top.

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And the winner is…


Here are your random numbers:
39
Timestamp: 2009-11-25 17:35:05 UTC

Faith Shortal, please email me with your address so we can send you your book! And for all of my FHO readers, GW Medical has extended a special 20% discount on your purchases through December 2nd–just use the code BL20 at checkout to apply it.
[psst…commenters, check your email in-box this weekend because you’ll be receiving a little something extra for participating.]

For those of you paying close attention, while not all the comments transferred to the new site, all 78 were used for the random number generator.

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Sexual Assault

Timing Considerations for Sexual Assault Examinations

Just a quick reminder: you have until Wednesday at noon ET to enter the Sexual Assault Quick Reference giveaway. Head over to the post and leave your comment to be eligible!

SAFE-TA (a project of IAFN) is offering a free webinar December 15th at 2pm, ET: Timing Considerations for Sexual Assault Examinations. Presented by Jack Ballantyne, Ph.D. and Pam Marshall, M.S., this webinar will offer advanced education to practitioners on issues involving timing of evidence collection, advances in forensic DNA technology, and factors affecting time since intercourse intervals.

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Forensic Review of Knee Injuries

Just a quick reminder: you still have a couple more days before the Sexual Assault Quick Reference giveaway. Head over to the post and leave your comment to be eligible!

Sometimes it’s a relief to just get back to basic clinical assessment skills. Anytime I see an offering that reinforces exam techniques, I’m all over it. I noticed that the American College of Forensic Examiners has an online course available that appears to be along this vein: Types of Knee Injuries and How They Occur–A Forensic Review.

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Weekly Wrap-Up & Giveaway Reminder

This week over at the sustainability site, a few things for you to peruse:

  • A great handwashing poster that made me smile, particularly timely since my house is currently germ-central
  • A look at the challenges of asking for help and some of the opinions out there on how best to do it
  • And of course, a reminder about our current giveaway here at FHO.

Speaking of which, please don’t forget to add your comment to the giveaway post to be eligible for the Sexual Assault Quick Reference, courtesy of G.W. Medical Publishing. It’s a perfect size for use in the clinical arena (did I mention it has photos?), or a fantastic gift to giveaway to a member of your team (say, the person who did the most cases in ’09 or took the most call). And please keep in mind, eligibility is not limited to US and Canadian readers, so for all of my international readers (I see you in my stats, so I know you’re out there), please include your comments, too. Deadline to enter is November 25th at 12pm ET.

Bonne chance and have a great weekend!

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Welcome G.W. Medical Publishing

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

There are a lot of changes coming down the pike here at FHO. Last week we began working on a brand new website that will update our look and offer more content and more options for readers (I’m hoping for a smooth launch by end of the month–more on that soon). And this week I’m happy to announce a new partnership with G.W. Medical Publishing.

New partnerships are a cause for celebration. Given the nascent collaboration between Forensic Healthcare Online and G.W. Medical Publishing (soon to be STM Learning, Inc.), we are making merry by offering a free giveaway of a very useful resource. The only thing you have to do is offer your insight by answering this simple question:

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Organ Trafficking & Transplant Tourism

A subset of human trafficking, organ trafficking and transplant tourism are significant concerns around the globe. And while they’re not discussed to the same extent as sexual exploitation and forced child labor, quite a bit’s available on the subject. It initially caught my eye when I noticed Harvard’s Initiative to Stop Human Trafficking had an archived webcast available on their site addressing the issue. You can link to it, along with podcasts, articles, and other resources after the jump.

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Coming Soon…

A brand new partnership here at FHO means goodies for readers. Stay tuned tomorrow for details, including a giveaway that could become a regular feature on the site!

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Child Abuse DV/IPV Elder Abuse/Neglect

Integrating Injury & Violence Prevention

STIPDA, ASTHO, and NACCHO have several archived injury prevention webcasts, 2 of which might appeal: Integrating Injury and Violence Prevention with Maternal and Child Health Programs, and Integrating Injury and Violence Prevention with Healthy Again Initiatives. They are free to access–the archive site also includes a variety of supporting articles and other materials for the maternal-child session that are probably worth perusing, particularly for those of you working in the area of abusive head trauma (scroll to mid-page to find them).

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Working With Jewish & Muslim Women

The FaithTrust Institute is hosting a webinar for domestic violence advocates in shelters, community‐based programs, social services, legal aid, and medical and mental health services: Working with Women from Jewish & Muslim Communities (PDF). The webinar will be held November 30th from 1-2 PM, ET. Cost to participate is $10. Please note: the registration deadline is November 25th.

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Best Practices to Combat Human Trafficking

No wrap-up at the sustainability site today (the blog was quiet while I was on the road). Instead, a new offering from the Government Innovator’s Network and the Initiative to Stop Human Trafficking: Best Practices to Combat Human Trafficking–Forced Labor. It will be held November 16th from 10 AM-12 PM (bummer for any of you west of the Mountain time zone). This webinar will focus on the best practices to combat one of the most invisible forms of human trafficking. The discussion will be moderated by E. Benjamin Skinner, Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School and author of A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery. If you can’t attend, these guys are usually pretty good about archiving their sessions, so it should be accessible after the fact.

[UPDATE: Archived version can be found here.]
I’m knocking off early and heading to Savannah, GA for some mandatory fun (family-style). Hope you have a good weekend in store, as well.

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DV/IPV Sexual Assault

A Call to Men

Prevention Connection‘s latest newsletter is pretty fantastic. It includes audio recordings from the 4th Annual A Call to Men conference (PDF), held last spring in NYC. If you’re not familiar with the project, A Call to Men “challenges men to reconsider their long held beliefs about women, in an effort to create a more just society. We achieve this by encouraging change in the behaviors of men through a re-education and training process that challenges sexism.”

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IAFN Virtual Tour

IAFN is offering an online virtual tour, Monday, November 16th from 2-3pm ET. This webinar “will help you fully access your membership benefits. Let us connect you to the tools and resources that will enhance your career. You’ll also gain insight into the array of programs, services and resources that are available to you through your relationship with IAFN.”

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Sexual Assault

Recent Medscape Offerings

Medscape has a couple new offerings of interest. The 1st is a CME article on the connection between psychiatric disorders, sexual trauma and urinary tract symptoms. Physicians can receive 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 credit for reading the article and completing the posttest.

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Maximizing the Potential for DNA Technology

NCVC is hosting a webinar November 18th at 1pm ET: Maximizing the Potential for DNA Technology. “The goals of this webinar are to expose participants to the “big picture” of how forensic DNA came to be the potent crime-fighting tool that it is today, and for participants to learn about today’s most extensive and innovative applications of forensic DNA in the United States and abroad. The speaker will highlight the importance of DNA databasing for identifying offenders and solving and preventing crimes and will present intriguing cases and innovative techniques using forensic DNA.”

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Weekly Wrap-Up @ the Sustainability Blog

I’m in Philadelphia and then heading on to Maine this weekend for a DV course we’re teaching up there next week, so things are (and will continue to be) light over at the sustainability site. However, there are a couple things from this week you might find interesting:

  • A succession planning webinar, for those of you in (or striving to be in) leadership positions. It’s a critical piece of the work that doesn’t get discussed as much as it should.
  • A post about difficult conversations over at the Harvard Business site. It seems like we started talking a lot about ethical communication at the IAFN Assembly in Dallas last year, and the idea has continued to really stick with me. I love that the focus of the post referenced here is about being ambushed by angry confrontation, since it’s a situation most of us don’t handle as gracefully as we’d like.
  • The press release regarding the Justice for Survivors of Sexual Assault Act, introduced by Senators Franken, Grassley, Feinstein and Hatch.

It’s a beautiful, sunny day here in Philly, and while I’ll spend most of the day over at the ASC meeting (we’re doing an interesting panel as one of the closing sessions), I have been assured that there will be good Cuban food and a mojito waiting for me at the end of the day. Hope such rewards are in store for you, as well. Have a great weekend!

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Addressing DV in the Workplace: EAP/Employer Partnerships

UPDATE: SORRY, EVERYONE, BUT REGISTRATION FOR THIS ONE IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE SEE THE COMMENT FOR INFO ON HOW TO ACCESS MATERIALS.

The Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence is hosting a webinar November 12th from 2-3 pm ET, Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace: Employee Assistance Program (EAP)/Employer Partnerships. “A recent survey of CEOs found that most believe domestic violence to be a serious issue, yet 71% did not believe it is a problem in their company. The reality is that approximately 21% of fulltime working adults report being a victim of domestic violence…

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Articles of Note: November Edition

Time once again for a run down of some of the new and noteworthy articles in the current literature. All of these are from the October/November issues. As always, please keep in mind this in no way a comprehensive list; simply items that have caught my attention from a selection of peer-reviewed journals. Links lead to PubMed abstracts; from there you can choose what’s worth a.) paying for; b.) a pilgrimage to your nearest medical library;  or c.) downloading via the full-text access you possibly have at your disposal. To be honest, it was kind of a light month; not nearly so much grabbed me in my rounds of the recent stuff.

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Sexual Assault

Trafficking: New Offerings from the Week that Was

Over the past week there have been several new offerings related to human trafficking:

Phil Borges has an interview on his blog with Rachel Lloyd, founder of GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services). “Rachel told me that historically law enforcement in our country has punished the victims of the sex industry—the vulnerable and exploited adolescent girls that are coerced and trafficked into the trade.  She said that labeling and jailing them as ‘teen prostitutes’ instead of what they are–exploited and trafficked children– while ignoring the 30 to 40 year old men that sell and buy these girls has been a crime in itself.”

Listen to the 8+ minute audio file here.