I’m heading home from CLE today after a long weekend with my daughter and parents, so I spent way more time playing than being online. All in all, a really welcome reprieve from what will be a fairly hectic couple of weeks–prepping for and attending the IAFN conference, and then immediately heading to Europe for a military trial. Still there was plenty of news to catch my eye, so here’s what I’ve been checking out since last we spoke:
Good weekend, yes? Aside from some minor tech failure (hello, brand new router), it was pretty lovely on this end. So I’m slogging away this week, trying to just remember, bird by bird. Occasionally procrastinating with the interwebs, but working my way through the long to-do list. Want to see what I’ve been reading since last we spoke?
Greetings from Montgomery, AL, from where I am currently trying to escape after a brief lecture at Maxwell AFB. If you’ve been playing along at home, you know that I have managed to hit all 4 time zones in the continental US over the past week, and I’m on day 8 of travel, which is making me cranky. Assuming the weather holds I’ll be home tonight and for the next couple weeks. Let’s not talk about October right now; I’m going to pretend it’s simply not happening. My failed attempt to get an earlier flight home means I am sitting at the airport with all kinds of time to catch up on the interwebs; here’s what’s caught my eye since last we spoke:
If you aren’t looking to your state anti-violence coalitions for continuing education, you’re missing some great opportunities. State coalitions do a lot of training, and many are putting on webinars and online courses that have relevance far beyond their state’s borders. Click through for some of the upcoming events, and feel free to add others in the comments (I’ll take those outside the US, too, please):
I’m having a tough time ramping up for my work week this morning. Could be the impending vacation (no worries, there will be [some] posts while I’m away). Could be that I was so completely productive last week I just feel like coasting a bit. Either way, the internet can be a distraction when I’m in this mindset, so I have been happily perusing all of the links I’d tucked away from the weekend. Here’s what’s caught my eye since last we spoke:
Oh man, I do love me a good research compilation, and CALCASA delivers: the 2014 Sexual Violence Research Review is now available. Read the executive summary here; download the full report here (PDF). Super excited about this one.
And speaking of excited, come back tomorrow for the 2014 TIP Report, being released tomorrow by the State Department. It’s like nerd paradise up in here.
OVC has a new online guide for responding to transgender victims of sexual assault. Bookmark it, share it with your team, use it as the basis for a great inservice discussion–all of it. There are specific implications and actions for different service providers, including medical, throughout. Much needed and I can’t wait to make my way through it.
The Northwest Network is hosting a webinar, Working with LGBTQ Survivors of Sexual Violence: Considerations for Advocates and Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners. It’s being held April 22nd from 12-1:30 PT. Register for the session here.
Sorry to have been absent so much last week–the one-two punch of a difficult trial and an epic migraine made the latter half of last week challenging (I have a string of four-letter expletives that’s probably more accurate and descriptive, but we’ll stick with challenging for now). However, my kid is in town and we are heading to my happy place this week (Eagle, CO) for some family time. Posts should be regular–I’m stacking them in advance, and I’ll periodically check emails if you’re looking for me. But don’t expect responses during prime ski hours. I’ll be busy:)
Speaking of vacations, in an unprecedented move I am taking time off during two consecutive months, and need some input from my well-traveled readers. Next month, my best friend and I are heading to Argentina–Buenos Aires and Mendoza specifically. If anyone has some ideas for must-see/eat/stay places, please do let me know. Off the beaten path is particularly appealing. This will be my 1st trip to South America, so I’m pretty stoked.
Anyway, let’s get back to the matter at hand–a little taste of what I’ve been reading since last we spoke:
Just released is the CDC’s report Intimate Partner Violence in the United States 2010. You can read the full report, along with an executive summary and FAQs here. It’s by far a more in-depth look at the issue than what we’ve seen published by DOJ, and includes implications for prevention, as well as a look at the intersections of IPV, sexual violence and stalking. Healthcare providers, pay close attention to Chapter 7: Services and Disclosure Related to Intimate Partner Violence Victimization. Excellent information there for funding proposals and arguments for service expansion.
Time once again for Articles of Note, a look at some of the newest literature published in the peer-reviewed journals with the last 30(ish) days. There’s a lot to look at this month, although most of it requires a subscription or library access, sadly. It’s a pretty diverse lot this month, so you’ll want to wade through the list and see what catches your eye.
Man, do I love this new campaign: Hear My Voice is a project of Break the Cycle, and it’s specifically focusing on empowering LGBTQ youth to create healthy, safe relationships, and providing resources for those who need them. Add this to your arsenal of quality patient information, and make sure to check out some of the tools on the site for yourself, including the teen– and young adult-specific safety plans (PDF). Although the site only has 3 city-specific resource pages (Chicago, Austin and LA), there are plenty of national resources, and links to other information and service providers.
The New Yorker’s lastest issue has a fascinating article about the death of Tyler Clementi, a Rutger’s student who committed suicide last year after being outed as gay. The circumstances leading up to his outing, the actions of his roommate and another student, and the criminal justice response are all detailed in the article. It’s a long one (14 pages), so put it aside for when you have some time, but it’s worth the read.
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.