We are not so good at talking about stalking in the healthcare arena, even though we know that many of our patients have dealt with or are currently dealing with the issue, particularly as a component of intimate partner violence. So as I was perusing the Stalking Resource Center’s October newsletter I realized this would be an excellent topic for today’s FHO post. Lots of good stuff here:
Did I mention that I’m doing a webinar for the Tribal Forensic Healthcare project November 3rd? It’s going to be on the health consequences of IPV, and it’ll be held from 3-4:30pm ET. As with all offerings from this project, CEUs and CMEs are available. Click through for details about the webinar and our live 3-day IPV course for clinicians:
In the wake of the Ray Rice video there has been some spectacular reading dominating my Twitter feed. Certainly more than I can keep up with. I recommend checking out the entries under the hashtags #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft (and also #WhenILeft). They would make a great jumping off point for talks with your team about the realities our patients experience every day, or the basis for an inservice for Emergency Department or L&D personnel (especially if you’re hearing crap like “I don’t know why she expects us to care about her when she clearly doesn’t”, or other such nonsense).
I’m always harping on the importance of social media as a tool for the work we do, so I’m thrilled that Safe States and the CDC are collaborating on an upcoming webinar series that addresses just that. Why Social Media for Injury and Violence Prevention (IVP) kicks off the series September 17th from 1-2pm ET. Click through for details about the session and information about the entire series:
Ironically, I am in South Carolina today, teaching at a course focusing in part on investigating and prosecuting domestic violence. I tell you this because the Charleston, SC Post and Courier has just published an expose on domestic violence in the state, Till Death Do Us Part. The series, a result of an 8-month investigation, specifically looks at how the state is failing victims (the murder rate for women in South Carolina is twice that of the nation), examining issues related to patriarchy, access to guns, religion, legislation and more. Even if you don’t live in South Carolina, it’s a worthwhile and powerful read; the online site includes videos featuring survivors and their families, timelines, and more. Take some time out for this one.
I have had a lot of emails asking if I will be at the EVAW Conference this week in Seattle–many good friends are out there, but I will not be. I am heading to Indianapolis on Wednesday to teach some of the advanced SANE sessions at the INCASA Conference, so I am looking forward to seeing many FHO readers there (and if we have never met, please come introduce yourself–I love meeting readers). And then I am heading to Argentina for a week of food and wine with my best friend. I will not be working (it’s 100% vacation), but I will be rerunning some of FHO’s greatest hits the week I’m gone, so the site won’t be dark. However, I *was* working a bit this weekend, and managed to do a decent amount of reading–here’s what caught my interest 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.
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.
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.