Webinar Resource on Domestic Violence and Healthy Relationships

21 01 2014

The Northwest Network (in Seattle) is now offering a series of free webinars on various topics related to domestic violence and beyond.  I participated in the first one, which was a powerful combination of DV101 and empowerment model advocacy.  They also have a library of on-demand webinars that are directly relevant to any self-defense instructor  — among the topics are strangulation injuries, and intimate partner stalkers, and battered women charged with crimes.


From their website:  Founded in 1987 by lesbian survivors of battering, the NW Network works to end abuse in our diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities. As an organization founded by and for LGBT survivors, we’re deeply committed to fostering the empowerment of all survivors of abuse.  The NW Network increases our communities’ ability to support the self-determination and safety of bisexual, transgendered, lesbian and gay survivors of abuse through education, organizing and advocacy. We work within a broad liberation movement dedicated to social and economic justice, equality and respect for all people and the creation of loving, inclusive and accountable communities.


Must-Reads for the Month

7 09 2011

Here are a few items for your reading pleasure.

From the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (in Western Washington), we have the first publication discussing how to talk with your child about sexual assault. Still highly relevant today, and He Told Me Not to Tell is now available as a free downloadable PDF:


If you want more from KCSARC (including shorter brochures/handouts), then check out this page of PDFs:  http://www.kcsarc.org/content/publications-for-parents-and-caregivers

American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine’s current issue is on the impact of violence on daily life. And, for a short time, you can download/read the articles for free. Great academic resource!


And, on a less academic note, does confronting men on sexist comments really make them nicer? You decide: http://jezebel.com/5837624/study-says-confronting-men-about-sexism-makes-them-nicer

Happy reading!

Web Conference on Violence Prevention – TOMORROW!

8 03 2011

Raising consciousness about oppression and gender issues is an increasingly important aspect of preventing sexual and domestic violence. But how does critically re-evaluating the social world fit in sexual and domestic violence prevention? Many efforts struggle to incorporate root causes of violence, and this web conference presents ways these challenges have been embraced in local efforts. Guest speakers will share their strategies to raise critical consciousness and dialog with participants about ways to help others develop an understanding of sexual and domestic violence linked to a broader social context of oppression and privilege.

Tuesday, March 8 and
Wednesday, March 9

This ninety-minute (90 min) session will start at 11 AM Pacific Standard Time (2 PM Eastern) on March 8, and will be repeated at 11 AM Pacific Standard Time (2 PM Eastern) on the following day, March 9.


Thanks to Brenda Jones of Center for Anti-Violence Education for finding this!

Talk about abusive relationships, change the world

7 10 2010

A study of 6th graders found that 25% thought it was acceptable for boys to hit their girlfriends. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Talk about it: Here’s what the White House had to say (a good conversation starter).

Survivors’ speak out

21 09 2010

A new place for survivors to share their thoughts, feelings, experiences and support.

Safety planning via the Internet

11 08 2010

Women who are in abusive relationships need to know about safety planning. Now there’s one more way for them to find it–and find it personalized for them. Researchers at University of Missouri found that an Internet-based program can help women assess the severity of their situations and make safe decisions. The program will be expanded for further study.

(Note also the other great info in the “Related Stories” column on this page.

Is it abuse?

10 08 2010

Many times, especially if there is no hitting, people have a hard time identifying abusive aspects of their relationships. Here are some  good questions that can help your students think about these issues. The list also can guide us as teachers in helping our students look at their lives.