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Happy Holidays! (Signing Off for the Year)

This is the last post of the year, my friends. I’m signing off to finish up some work here in Italy and then go on to Reykjavik where I will meet Sasha for a spot of vacation before we meet up with the girlchild for the remainder of the holiday season. Here’s hoping you have a healthy and happy holiday of your own. May the new year bring us peace–for our families and loved ones, the patients we serve, and the humans with whom we inhabit this planet. See you back here after the new year. xo Jen

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Articles of Note: December 2018 Edition

It’s time once again for Articles of Note, our monthly romp through the peer-reviewed science. There’s a lot to work through here, but that’s a good thing, right? I have a ridiculously long reading list myself. So in the spirit of the holidays, here’s to chewy stats, lit reviews that make your pulse race (no? just me?) and topics that hit that sweet spot between I just saw this in clinic last week and holy crap there’s a subpoena waiting for me on my desk. Cheers everyone!

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Rape-Related Pregnancy and Reproductive Coercion

One of the featured articles in this month’s Articles of Note will be from the current issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Rape-Related Pregnancy and Association With Reproductive Coercion in the U.S. (PDF). It’s currently available free online, so I wanted to take this opportunity to point you in its direction.  I’m highlighting it here because it looks not just at pregnancy following sexual assault, but pregnancy from different types of sexual violence, including reproductive coercion.

This is not a topic we see widely covered in the literature and it emphasizes the importance of screening for broadly defined sexual violence (to include reproductive coercion, such as birth control sabotage) in our intimate partner violence patient population. But it also makes clear the importance of emergency contraception availability to patients outside the traditional acute sexual assault population. We haven’t typically discussed EC inclusion more widely, and while we mention it in IAFN’s IPV Education Guidelines, it’s under Dynamics of IPV and not under Nursing Management

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Since Last We Spoke, 12-10-18

I’m writing this from my parents’ kitchen table as I sneak in a bit of family time before I head to Italy this week. I have bold plans for productivity before I strap into my long haul flight, but ultimately all I can say is, we’ll see. If all works out as planned, I’ll get in an Articles of Note before I go. 

I try to avoid using busy as an excuse or a battle cry or a shield (or a boast), but whew–as this year winds down I am wondering how it is possible we are at this point in the calendar already? I know I’m not alone in this. Anyway, here are a few things that caught my eye as I waited for my flight to the 216 this weekend:

A pathologist’s perspective on gunshot wounds

Seems like every year some paper publishes this same article, as if it’s a revelation, and not the annual indictment that it should be

Have you been reading the Star-Telegram’s investigative reports on sexual abuse in the fundamentalist Baptist churches?

Dangerousness, codified

Sex ed isn’t serving young black women

And finally, this fascinating read, apropos of pretty much nothing, but still…so interesting.

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myPlan App for IPV Safety Planning and Webinar

I’m curious if any FHO readers have used the myPlan app with patients as part of the safety planning process. I confess I had not heard about it (and I’m pretty surprised I hadn’t), but Futures Without Violence has a webinar coming up next week that looks at how it can be used in rethinking harm reduction and trauma-informed care, and I am intrigued. I have registered for the session, which will be held Monday, December 10th at 3pm ET. CMEs are available (but not CEUs–come on, Futures, this is a webinar that is specifically discussing a nursing-led intervention, and no nursing continuing education units?). From the website:

How can we move beyond simply domestic violence screening and referral to create health care responses to violence that offer critical strategies to promote prevention, healing, and health promotion. Further, how do we ensure that we are thinking holistically about patients and clients rather than focusing on their trauma alone? We know from anti-violence advocacy, that the most potent and sustained change with survivors is strength based and comes from building on what is already going well. Join us for a webinar discussion with luminaries in our field to explore universal education and healing centered engagement as a starting point for achieving the health outcomes that survivors desire. We will consider this approach conceptually and through the use of health interventions and myPlan (www.myPlanApp.org), a tool for patients and providers alike to help survivors weigh their options and make decisions that will help them meet their health and safety goals.

Learning outcomes:

Participants in the webinar will be able to:

  • Describe the idea of universal education and healing centered engagement and how it differs from a checklist approach to IPV
  • Describe patient-centered strategies to respond to health issues, healing and safety in the context of abusive relationships
  • Describe the myPlan app and how to use it to support survivors in health and other settings.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Miller, Director, Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Dr. Nancy Glass, Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

This webinar was made possible by support from the Administration for Children and Families.

Register here.

And if you’d like to read more about the myPlan app, check out the dedicated website. Curious about the supporting science? (I was.) Here’s a list of published articles about its use (courtesy of):

Glass, N., Perrin, N., Hanson, G., Bloom, T., Messing, J., Clough, A., Campbell, J., Gielen, A., Case, J., & Eden, K. (2017) “The Longitudinal Impact of an Internet Safety Decision Aid for Abused Women.” Am Journal of Preventive Medicine. 52(5), 606-615.

Eden, K., Perrin, N., Hanson, G., Messing, J., Bloom, T., Campbell, J., Gielen, A., Clough, A., Barnes-Hoyt, J.,  & Glass, N. (2014). “Use of online safety decision aid by abused women: Effect on decisional conflict in a randomized controlled trial.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 48(4), 372-383.

Glass, N., Clough, A., Case, J., Hanson, G., Waterbury, A., Barnes-Hoyt, J., Alhusen, J., Ehrensaft, M., Grace, K.T., & Perrin, N. (2015). “A safety app to respond to dating violence for college women and their friends: The MyPlan Study randomized controlled trial protocol.” BMC Public Health, 15: 871.

Alhusen, J., Bloom, T., Clough, A., & Glass, N. (2015). “Development of the MyPlan safety decision app with friends of college women in abusive dating relationships.” Journal of Technology in Human Services, 33:3, 263-282.

Lindsay, M., Messing, J., Thaller, T., Baldwin, A., Clough, A., Bloom, T., Eden, K., & Glass, N. (2013). “Survivor feedback on a safety decision aid smartphone application for college-age women in abusive relationships.” Journal of Technology in Human Services, 31(4), 368-388.

Glass, N., Perrin, N., Bloom, T., & Hanson, G. (2010). “Computerized aid improves safety decision process for survivors of intimate partner violence.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 25(11), 1947-1964.

 

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Since Last We Spoke, 12-3-18

As things currently stand, I won’t be home again (save for 18 hours) until 26 December, so things over here may be pretty spotty. I’ll try to keep up as I bounce between the US and Europe over the next 4 weeks, but please be patient, since my time won’t always be my own and offerings also slow down significantly during the holidays. I’m currently at Ft. Bragg, and although there hasn’t been a ton of downtime, I have had the chance to catch up on a few articles I had bookmarked. Here’s what’s caught my eye since last we spoke;

I continue to be so excited by the work Monica and her folks are doing over at Alianza Nacional de Campesinas. The accolades are well-deserved.

The day my husband strangled me

The art of avoiding assholes

The NFL still has a domestic violence problem

And finally, Hanukkah Sameach to all of you who are celebrating!

 

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