In their continuing series on women’s experiences with sexual and domestic violence, BWJP is offering a webinar October 7th from 4-5:30 ET: Safety Planning with Victims of Abuse in Later Life. Participation is free, but registration closes on October 5th, so make sure to plan ahead for this one. Although it does not specifically mention healthcare professionals as a target audience, this is a topic near and dear to our hearts, and I am going to assume there will be some great info coming out of this session.
Want to know what post has been read on this site more than any other?
That would be this one. And thank heavens, too…
JWI and their National Alliance to End Domestic Abuse are hosting a webinar October 7th from 12-1 pm ET, Reproductive Coercion and Partner Abuse: A New Study on Unintended Pregnancy. Dare I say it, but it would appear that these webinars are now free, as long as you’re not looking for social work CEs. You can register here.
Law & Order: SVU will air an episode Wednesday night (9/29) at 9pm ET that addresses the issue of the sexual assault evidence collection kit backlog. The Joyful Heart Foundation (founded by SVU star Mariska Hargitay) has been vocal on this issue for some time, so not surprising that it’s making its way into a story line. Although I don’t usually post pop culture info on this site, I’m pretty curious to see how they address the subject, and what the ultimate message will be. You can check out the episode event page on Facebook, or visit NBC for information on the show.
UNIFEM has created the Virtual Knowledge Center to End Violence Against Women and Girls that is certainly worth perusing. From the looks of the site, there are still multiple modules yet to come (including one on health and another on justice), but to date there are several live modules, and it’s beautifully searchable.
The CDC has published a new guide, Training Professionals in the Primary Prevention of Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence: a Planning Guide (PDF). The guide includes a section on training healthcare providers, and it’s full of useful tools and resources.
As part of the process of writing a book chapter on injuries obtained during consensual sexual intercourse, I put together a grid of the research that looks at this issue. I figured I’d go ahead and post it after some lengthy conversation today during a 2 hour Q&A session with Army defense counsel. Understanding what the research does (and doesn’t say) about this topic is incredibly useful, although, to be clear, the research is still somewhat limited.
MNCASA’s Sexual Violence Justice Institute is hosting a webinar September 27th, from 12-1:30 CT– Victim-Centered: We’ve Heard the Term, But What Does It Mean? This is the 3rd part of their series, Beyond Protocols: How SARTs Can Influence the Justice-Making Process for Sexual Assault Victims/Survivors. You can register for the session here.
Sorry to be article-heavy this week, but this month’s issue of Pediatrics has several relevant free, full-text articles available that I thought readers might be interested in. You’ll find the links after the jump.
Over at Medscape Nursing, they have an interesting question posed in their legal column: Can I get fired for defending myself against violence at work? The author who responds to this question makes some nice points, and it’s concise and practical. Particularly for our colleagues in the emergency department, this is a very real issue. And to be clear, not just violence committed by patients and their families and friends, but also violence from colleagues (sadly). Certainly worth a perusal.
There’s been a lot of chatter about the Senate Subcommittee hearing being held today, Rape in the United States: The Chronic Failure to Report and Investigate Rape Cases. It’s being webcast live (as I type this, actually), and I’m assuming you’ll be able to view it after the fact on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s website. (UPDATE: It is available, just click the link on the right hand side of their page)
I’m running off to Maxwell AFB, and then back to DC for the week, but before I go, time once again for this month’s edition of Articles of Note. All of these are from the August/September/October issues and electronic previews. Please note, we have one full-text article available this month, and a link to an entire journal, which is new. Trust me, you’ll want to check it out if your interests veer toward elder abuse. 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. Most 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.
In my professional travels, one topic that frequently arises is that of false allegations of sexual assault. There is a widespread, but incorrect belief that this is common, and that women in particular, will frequently lie about sexual assault as a response to, say, “regretted” sex or infidelity.
First off, a thank you to everyone on the testimony webinar yesterday. What a fantastic turnout! And some really great questions, as well.
Over at NCPTC, they have a webinar next week on suggestability. It will take place September 16th at 3pm CT, and cost is $10. I’m not a peds person, but I looked at the slides (PDF), and I have to confess, I found the research and the discussion in them pretty fascinating.
It’s no secret that I’m a huge TED fan. I frequently go there for inspiration, and I am in some serious need of just that very thing today. This short (3 min) talk is about how to start a movement. It’s brilliant, thought-provoking, and spins leadership in a whole new direction. Plus it’s incredibly entertaining. I hope you enjoy it. Particularly if you’re in need of a little inspiration yourself.
I have several things piling up in my odds and ends file, so I thought I’d take the time to put a few of them out there. Today’s a bit of a disjointed day as I try to play catch up from the month of August, so while I was hoping to get a September Articles of Note up, I’m afraid that will have to wait until later in the week. However, stay tuned, because we also have a new giveaway coming up soon from our friends at GW Medical.
I have just completed what I would consider a marathon summer of travel (64 days living out of a suitcase, although thankfully some of it was working from my beloved mountain house). This being Labor Day weekend, I’m going to officially call the summer travel season done. In looking back at where I’ve been between Memorial Day and today, allow me to share (in no particular order) some of my favorite places, should you find yourself on the road, as well:
IAFN‘s 4th webinar of the year will take place September 21st from 2-3pm ET: Sexual Assault Examinations in Deceased Patients. The always fantastic Tara Henry will be teaching this one, so I highly recommend registering. Cost of the session is $40 for members ($50 for non-members, and really, are you still not a member?), which will net you 1 nursing CEU.