Occasionally I compile some of the odds and ends that have been stacking up in my inbox for FHO readers. I figured if you are stuck working a shift during this holiday and have some downtime (as if) here’s a good way to use some time. Click through for details:
There’s a new website, See the Signs that focuses on recognizing and responding to domestic and sexual violence. There are three online courses offered on the site: one about intervening to prevent domestic and sexual violence (created by the Ohio Domestic Violence Network and the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence); one about having conversations with teens about healthy dating relationships (created by Jewish Women International); and one on protecting children from domestic violence (created by the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children). I haven’t worked my way through the site or the courses yet, but I hope to at least spend some time with it over the holiday. I’ll be interested to hear what you think.
I’m in Cleveland this week, having some much needed family time. With the holiday here in the US, postings will be on a modified schedule (I’m going to take Thursday and Friday off, so just 3 posts for the week). We’ll resume with regular posts next week, but fair warning–December is an ugly travel month for me, culminating in a court martial the week before Christmas, so we’ll just see how regular my posts are over the next 4 weeks. I had a little down time over the weekend to read and play catch up–here’s what’s caught my eye since last we spoke:
I just finished a really enjoyable week teaching an IPV course with forensic nurses in Indian Country. Part of the conversation was about co-occurring child abuse and child witnessing. Serendipitously, this publication showed up in my inbox this morning, and I’m working my way through it now. Ending Violence So Children Can Thrive (PDF) was just released by the US Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence. It’s a pretty chewy document, so settle in.
Yesterday in class one of our participants mentioned this video, produced by the California Attorney General’s Office, as we were discussing the impact of domestic violence on children. I hadn’t seen it, but obviously I went right out and found it as soon as we were done. A good resource to bookmark for future education sessions, staff meetings, etc.
It’s very early in Phoenix, AZ as I write this–I’m here to teach the IPV medical-forensic exam course for IHS (we have another one coming up in February if you’re interested), so it’s a packed week. I had my kiddo in town over the weekend for a friend’s son’s Bar Mitzvah and then I hopped a plane last night after putting her on one of her own (an occurrence that happens too often in my life). All this to say, I didn’t read much this weekend, but let me share what caught my attention since last we spoke. More next week, I promise.
Time once again for Articles of Note, our monthly(ish) overview of what’s new and noteworthy in the peer reviewed literature. There’s a lot to slog through this month (the Journal of Interpersonal Violence is responsible for half the content alone), but definitely some fascinating subject matter (like the relationship between economic status and sexual violence), so I hope you’ll take some time to work your way through the list. Word doc and PDF after the jump:
Today is Veteran’s Day in the US, and as the spouse of a veteran (Iraq); daughter of a veteran (Vietnam); daughter-in-law of veterans (Desert Storm); and granddaughter of veterans (World War II), not to mention the friend and colleague of many who have deployed or are currently deployed (like our dear friend, Candace), I try each year to think about the best way to reflect on the day. Our plan for this morning was to pay our respects at Arlington, but with this happening in DC today, the crowds and traffic are too daunting, so we will go one evening this week.
A good Monday morning to you all–I trust you had a fine weekend? This was really the 1st actual weekend Sasha and I had together in quite sometime, uninterrupted by travel or Reserve duty. We really got a chance to enjoy ourselves, too: spent a little time getting fancy and heading into the District for SANE In the City, the DC SANE program’s fundraiser (they’re finally building their own exam room). Congrats on a successful event!
I’m actually home this week, but gearing up for our next IPV course in Phoenix on the 17th (hope to see many of you there, since we have a pretty big group registered); that’s where most of my efforts will be spent over the next several days. But before I get too immersed in all of that, here’s what’s caught my eye since last we spoke:
This week is Forensic Nurses Week, so a shout out to all my forensic nursing colleagues around the world who do phenomenal (and often groundbreaking) work every day. Check out all the information about the week and ideas for ways that you can recognize your team and colleagues over at the IAFN site. And for those of you who are also Nurse Practitioners in the US, turns out we get to doubly celebrate this week: it’s also National Nurse Practitioners Week!
Cheers to all of us!
I’m a little hesitant to post this here, because I don’t want anyone thinking that I am saying that deception detection is part of the role of the forensic healthcare provider. In the context of caring for living victims of violence, it’s not. That being said, I found this new video from the TED-Ed folks on the language of lying really fascinating, and several people I read have posted it on their own sites (so perhaps you’ve already seen it). If not, watch it for what it is (interesting science, not a how-to for wannabe investigators) and enjoy!
I woke up to this blog piece today by Seth Godin, and really, it couldn’t be more perfect…
The Cleary Center is hosting a webinar on November 10th from 2:30-3:30pm ET, Implementation of the VAWA Amendments to the Cleary Act. The session will highlight the changes to Clery within the final regulations; identify a timeline and suggested action items for colleges and universities; and provide suggested resources for implementation. The announcement also states they will have an archived recording available within 48 hours on their site.
I didn’t post this in real time, because I got it on the day it was actually happening; happily Futures Without Violence archived the event, and now we can all check it out (US readers, at least). On October 30th they held a webinar with new updates about how the Affordable Care Act can help patients experiencing domestic and interpersonal violence. Click through for details:
Man, it is so nice to be home. Two weeks in strange beds (even when they’re nice beds) is too much. And now I have two glorious weeks at home, with my spouse (and the kiddo, who will be here in 10 days). Whatever will I do with myself? Oh, that’s right–all of the things. That’s how it feels when I look at my schedule. There are last minute touches to add to a new curriculum, multiple courses to teach, and one more court martial before things (allegedly) quiet down. So I will definitely take these two weeks–busy or not, at least it’s busy at home.
I have finally acclimated to my current time zone, but this weekend I saw many middle of the night hours–what I learned the Scots call the wee sma’s*–so in order to bide my time until I could sleep again, I caught up on the interwebs in all their glory. Here’s what I’ve been checking out since last we spoke: