Mother’s Day is right around the corner (May 8th), and there are plenty of ways to recognize the important women in your life while also benefiting some worthy organizations. If you are looking for something special, check out some of these ideas:
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
After a brief hiatus, we are back with a new giveaway from our friends at STM Learning. This is a good one, folks–perfect for augmenting your library, assisting other members of your SART or MDT, or as a gift for a deserving team member. Find out how to enter after the jump…
Sorry for the late post, but I’m a big Patti Powers fan, and she’s featured in an NCVC webinar April 28th, so I figured I’d sneak this one in: Using DNA in Non-Stranger Sexual Assault Cases will be offered at 1pm, and participation is free. This is part of NCVC’s webinar series from their DNA Resource Center (you can check out their archived webinars here).
The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence has a cool new teen dating project, td411.org. The site offers multimedia information on healthy dating and electronic victimization, with several interactive areas and a variety of resources (not limited to Connecticut). What’s more, there are iPhone and Android apps also available. Definitely worth checking out and passing along.
Casa de Esperanza has a webinar coming up next week– Immigrants and Domestic Violence: Accessing Services, Systems and Support. The session will be held on April 27th from 2-3:15 pm CT and is free of charge.
Time once again for Articles of Note. All of these are from the late March/April/May (and in 1 case, July–go figure) issues and electronic previews. 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. There is definitely something for everyone in this month’s review–lots of really good stuff in the literature. And a couple of the articles have free full text availability, so keep an eye out for the FULL-TEXT designation.
I have, in my time, been privy to statements made by fellow forensic nurses that make me grind my teeth (or in the case of #1, stick a fork in my eye). I heard a new one today, inspiring this brief rant. So without fanfare, I give you my latest 10 Things post (in no particular order): Statements I’d Prefer to Never Hear Again.
The Pulitzer Prizes were announced today, and the 2011 winner for featured photography is Barbara Davidson from the LA Times. She was awarded the prize for a series she did on the aftermath of gang violence, and the images are really quite moving.
As an olive branch, I offer you one of the more interesting articles published in the last month: Intimate Partner Violence Identification and Response: Time for a Change in Strategy (Rhodes, et al., Journal of General Internal Medicine). Since it was available as a full text article on-line, I’m posting it as such here (PDF).
Sorry for a paucity of posts. I had hoped to post the AVA Competencies document I mentioned to folks at EVAW this week, but alas, a PDF version is nowhere to be found (come one, people, it’s 2011–this stuff should be up online before it ever even goes to print!). I will post when I come across it, I promise. In the meantime, thank you Sheila for some Canada updates. And although it’s a bit late in the month, please stay tuned for your monthly Articles of Note, which I hope to have up no later than Friday afternoon.
Warning: this post contains both political commentary, which you know is a bit of an irregularity for this site, along with clinical info. If you aren’t interested in my politics, feel free to skip this post altogether. Any opinions expressed here are purely mine–they do not represent the views of any of the organizations with whom I work.
(photo courtesy of Planned Parenthood)
Maybe this is a topic whose time has come simply because of what’s happening with the US government and the impending shutdown. Bleary eyed and barely awake, I’m reading that the sticking point between the two parties appears to be issues like funding for Planned Parenthood, a source of healthcare (pap smears, breast exams, STI testing, contraception, and yes, sometimes also abortion) for so many women throughout the US, especially in medically underserved communities. I don’t know about your own clinical programs, but I know for mine, Planned Parenthood has been one of the excellent options for our patients to receive dependable follow-up care post sexual assault medical-forensic exam. It’s also been a regular source of referral to our program for patients who first turned to Planned Parenthood because they didn’t know where else to go.
The Safe States Alliance is hosting a webinar highlighting public health contributions to violence prevention, April 19th from 2-3:30 pm ET. The session will emphasize how state and local health departments have successfully used their unique strengths to contribute to violence prevention efforts in their communities, states, and nationally.
The National Judicial Education Program (NJEP) announces the launch of its newest online resource where visitors can access 11 easy-to-present modules and resources for in-person training on cases involving adult victims of sexual assault. These materials provide information and valuable resources that will be useful to judges and individuals from a broad range of disciplines. The objective is to educate on the difficult issues that arise in criminal and civil cases involving sexual assault and intimate partner violence. To learn more, visit http://www.legalmomentum.org/our-work/njep/mat-for-jd-edu. Registration is free and open to all.
This Thursday, April 7th, if you’re in the DC area, consider attending a congressional lunch briefing sponsored by the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse. Please note, registration for the event is required.