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February/March 2015 eNewsletter
In recognition of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (#NWGHAAD) 2015, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence joins efforts to empower young women with facts, awareness, resources and encouragement to combat this epidemic. Our goal is for young women to feel confident in making clear, well-informed decisions about their reproductive health, sexual behavior, and wellness. 

On March 10th, join us in sharing positive words of advice or support via tweet, Facebook post, or Instagram video for all the young women out there that need to hear from us. Share facts, tips, or resources to help keep women and girls safe from abuse and to reduce their risk of exposure to HIV. 

Use the hashtags #Girl2Girl and #NWGHAAD in all posts or email your thoughts to Kenya Fairley and we’ll share them on our social media sites for you.

Access and share the campaign flyer with details on our #NWGHAAD efforts, and check out the resources below to boost your knowledge on this important topic:
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NO MORE Week is a national effort to engage every individual, organization, or corporation to say NO MORE and to make domestic violence and sexual assault awareness and prevention a priority year-round. Join us in celebrating the 3rd annual NO MORE Week March 8 through 14, 2015. 

Access the activity and event guide, and check out highlighted events from across the country. 

Webinar Announcement:
Welcome to “Basic Training"
March 10, 2015 at 12:00 PM PST/ 3:00 PM EST
NO MORE and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence are inviting members of the U.S. Armed Services and civilian military advocates to learn more about how to use the NO MORE Toolkit to raise awareness about domestic violence & sexual assault. Register here.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

Celebrated on March 8th, International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day of recognition and celebration, marking the achievements of women and inspiring action to achieve greater gender equality and justice.

At the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, we celebrate IWD each year by commissioning or purchasing a piece of artwork made by a woman or a collective of women that honors the struggles and successes that we face. Past art has included a quilt made by PeaceQuilts, a women’s sewing cooperative in Haiti; handmade flying scarfs made by women artisans in Afghanistan; and a Hmong story cloth. For IWD 2015, NRCDV purchased Wisdom Walks the Night, a glass mosaic by artist Josephine Alexander of Grandmother Moon Mosaics. Through this art, we join with women across the world in envisioning and working to make real a future of autonomy and equality for women and girls.

Learn more and view past years' art pieces at http://www.nrcdv.org/IWD/

SEE THE SIGNS & SPEAK OUT

See the Signs & Speak Out, a project of the Avon Foundation for Women, presents a free webinar co-hosted by the NRCDV and the IPV Prevention Council introducing new online training tools:

WORKPLACE TRAININGS MADE SIMPLE: New Bystander Intervention Tools for Trainers 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 1-2:30pm EDT

This webinar will provide an overview of the resources available at the newly launched www.seethesigns.org. Learn how local domestic violence programs and rape crisis centers can partner with employers to offer:

  • Online bystander intervention courses with certificate of completion
  • Video vignette trainings for both managers and employees
  • Onsite training materials (including downloadable PowerPoint presentations, facilitator's guide/script, and Quick Start guide)
  • And more!

Register now.

TAX CREDITS FOR SURVIVORS

Special Collection:
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Other Tax Credits (Updated January 2015)
This collection highlights key resources for the EITC, the Child Tax Credit, Health Coverage Tax Credits, and others, highlighting resources specific to domestic violence survivors and advocates working with survivors.

Webinar Recording:
Tax Season: What Advocates Need to Know to Help DV Survivors by the National Women’s Law Center and National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (January 29, 2015)
The webinar covered information about tax credits (including EITC, Child Care tax credits, and ACA healthcare tax credits), innocent spouse relief, and other ways in which taxes can be part of economic safety planning. It also addressed ways advocates can engage with others in their community to help strengthen tax-related policies and practices to better serve survivors.

TEEN DATING VIOLENCE

Special Collection:
Preventing and Responding to Teen Dating Violence (Updated January 2015)
This Special Collection of resources emphasizes collaborative and multilevel approaches to the prevention of and response to teen dating violence. Recent updates include additional resources for teachers and school-based professionals and a new section to support the efforts of pregnancy prevention advocates and adolescent sexual health practitioners in addressing adolescent relationship abuse.

Awareness Highlight:
The Domestic Violence Awareness Project highlighted youth leadership for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month 2015. Access tips and resources for promoting youth leadership here.

Twitter Chat Summary:
The #YouthLeaders Twitter Chat spotlighted the work of youth advocates at the community and state levels in Ohio and Idaho, offered a forum for sharing youth-led contributions and initiatives, and sparked inspiration for moving forward together. Access the Storify here.

BlogTalkRadio Program:
Lessons Learned from Love & Hip Hop explored lessons learned about dating from some of VH-1’s most popular TV shows. Hear the discussion from long-time colleagues and advocates in the movement to end domestic violence here.

POLICY CORNER

In this new feature of our eNewsletter, we’ll be sharing updates on our policy work and important priorities and initiatives at the federal level. 

  • Economic justice is critical for the long-term safety and stability of survivors, and the NRCDV is working to ensure that federal policies account for survivors’ needs, as well as to provide information and resources to domestic violence advocates on how policies can provide valuable support to survivors. In addition the to the EITC Special Collection and Tax Season Webinar highlighted above, NRCDV is also working closely on these issues with our national partners.
     
  • The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement in the Department of Health and Human Services has issued proposed regulations that would enact significant changes to the child support enforcement system. NRCDV, in partnership with the Battered Women’s Justice Project and the National Network to End Domestic Violence, submitted comments to the Office in support of their efforts to introduce policies that better serve families and address gaps in the child support enforcement process. At at the same time, we urged the Office to remain mindful of the safety risks for certain parents and children and encouraged them to strengthen their responses to domestic violence.
     
  • Campus sexual assault has been at the forefront of many national policy conversations, and with Sexual Assault Awareness Month around the corner in April, we anticipate continued discussions about efforts to improve responses to and resources for sexual assault survivors. Working alongside our national partners, NRCDV continues to be involved in tracking policies, promoting advocacy and awareness tools (such as a new documentary film entitled The Hunting Ground), and supporting this important work.

TA QUESTIONS OF THE MONTH

Read and comment on these recent requests received by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and National Resource Center on Domestic Violence!

March 2015: What must high schools do in response to reports of sexual violence?

As the NSVRC gears up for our 2015 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) Campaign, lots of questions have been coming in about the obligations that schools have to respond to reports of sexual violence. While this year’s campaign focuses on sexual violence on college and university campuses, high schools must also be accountable to responding to sexual violence responsibly.

February 2015: How can I support LGBTQ youth in identifying models of healthy relationships?

A topic that is sometimes lost in the conversation around LGBTQ youth access to safe spaces is the topic of healthy dating relationships. This February, for Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, consider how you can ensure that this topic gets the attention it deserves.

HELP US IMPROVE VAWNET

We are working in partnership with Dr. Anthony Chow and Dr. Christine Murray from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to improve our responsiveness to the information needs of our users.

We are asking for your help in making sure that the VAWnet.org website and resources are as relevant and easy-to-use as possible by taking just 10-15 minutes to complete the survey at: http://bit.ly/1MOMeIM

Please share the link and take a moment to complete this survey by Friday, March 27th.

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