February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month. For those of you looking for an introduction to the issue, Break the Cycle is hosting a webinar on February 23rd, at 1pm ET: Empowering Youth to End Domestic Violence.
ACOG has released their Committee Opinion on Intimate Partner Violence (abstract only), and Medscape has an overview with accompanying CME (editorial note: Come on, Medscape, no nursing CEUs for this one?). The American Academy of Neurology has also released a position statement this month, although on the broader topic of abuse and violence. You can read the full text here.
The Northwest Network is offering a webinar on February 14th, Engaging the Legal System: Rights and Experiences of LGBTQ Survivors of Domestic Violence. It’ll be held from 12-1:30 pm PT, and you can register here. I’m really looking forward to this one, since we know that patient concerns about the realities of the legal process can often be a huge barrier to coming forward.
It’s time once again for Articles of Note. These are a selection from the late December and January peer-reviewed journals that have caught my attention. Remember, it’s in no way a comprehensive or exhaustive list, but it’s an excellent place to start. The majority of the links will take you to PubMed. There are also a couple free full-text article in here. I’ve tried to add in a few more non-North American studies at the request of a few of my readers.
January is Stalking Awareness Month, and over at VAWNet, there’s a great overview on the connection between domestic violence and stalking. By all means, click on the citations, as well, which will take you to full text documents. Good points to support any argument for expanding dv screening to include stalking behaviors. And further reason to add stalking to your list of continuing education topics for 2012.
Hope everyone has had a lovely holiday, thus far. I’m back in the office for the week (and actually at home for 2 entire weeks before the travel crazy begins anew), slogging through the emails and voicemails. Plenty of interesting stuff showed up in my inbox last week while I was on vacation, so I will try and get it posted throughout the week. Beginning with this one, from JWI: