January 14 Newsletter
HAPPY NEW MILLENNIUM. It snowed 15 inches here in
Minneapolis in the last ten
HAPPY NEW MILLENNIUM. It snowed 15 inches here in Minneapolis in the last tendays and I am ecstatic (and crazy, you're all saying!) Our new book, Results: The Silent Witness Report on Domestic Homicide Reduction in the United States is PUBLISHED!!!!! The designers did a fabulous job on it and I am so elated. Everyone who has seen it uses the word beautiful to describe it. And there is good news in this book. So be ready. Be hopeful. We are working on the mailing lists now and will get the book out to those of you who signed up for it in the next several weeks. If you didn't sign up in advance, don't fret. You can purchase the book for $10.00 which includes postage. In a few weeks all the state graphs citing their record on reducing domestic homicides for 1995-1997 will be up on our web site soon.
Congratulations to the twenty-six cities and twelve states highlighted in our book for being exemplary in their domestic violence reduction: They get the kudos for the best 1997 statistics. You have to get the book to see which ones they are!!! In this newsletter I'll introduce you to two of our new EXCITING RESULTS PROJECTS in the Making: Owning Up for Girls and Boys, ages 10-18, and the Taos Model for Counseling Survivors. We are working with these two groups to get all the research and information necessary to launch them as Results Projects. They are included in our new book and I wanted you to get a sampling of them right away. They are both phenomenal projects and have lots of potential for reducing domestic violence. Please read them and start thinking of ways to use them. We will give you more detailed information about both of them soon. We have a window of about five years now to really make a difference in reducing the domestic homicide rates even further. If every state would make a concerted effort to get at least two or even three of our nine these results projects going, we'd see a real difference. In Minnesota, one of our probation supervisors told us that THEY ARE SEEING A DIFFERENCE IN THE MEN WHO HAVE GONE THROUGH THE STOSNY COMPASSION-BASED TREATMENT PROGRAMS.
WELCOME NEW EMAIL CORRESPONDENTS:
NEWS FROM THE STATES:
NEWS FROM NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS:
JANET HAGBERG TO VISIT STATES TO ENCOURAGE
INVOLVEMENT IN RESULTS PROJECTS
Secondly, I want to visit several states' Silent Witness activists who want to talk to me about how to move into the next phases of Silent Witness by pursuing Results Projects. So if your group would like to have me come and perhaps even get a stipend to get a Results project started be the FIRST TO CALL AND SET UP A TRIP FOR ME TO COME AMD SHARE THE OPPORTUNITIES WITH YOU AND YOUR STATE ACTIVISTS. I CAN VISIT ABOUT TEN STATES THIS YEAR SO THE FIRST ONES TO CALL GET THE FIRST SLOTS. THESE VISITS WILL TAKE THE PLACE OF A STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING THIS YEAR.
Here is an Update on Silent Witness Goals for 1998-2001
1. 50 American cities with 0 domestic murders by 2001. --- Reporting shows that 26 cities with populations over 250,000 have had one or zero domestic violence homicides for one year.
2. A Silent Witness exhibit in every major city in the United States. --- 90% of the cities with populations 250,000 and over have active Silent Witness exhibits. Twenty-six states have multiple exhibits.
3. Silent Witness Day every October 18, including a Silent Witness March, in every state on that day, to honor and memorialize murdered women in each state. --- This year 45 states held Silent Witness events in October.
4. Data collection programs in all 50 states. --- 49 states report annually to a national system with 92% accuracy.
5. National recognition to any cities that succeed in significantly reducing domestic violence. --- RESULTS book and a celebration event.
TWO NEW RESULTS PROJECTS FOCUSING ON SURVIVORS,
GIRLS AND BOYS
OWNING UP for Girls and Boys, ages 10-18:
One of their findings is that when teenage girls form exclusive cliques, gossip and backbite each other, the girl who is the target gets isolated from the other girls. These isolated girls are more likely to end up bonding with boys who are not good for them. This does not blame girls for abusive boy-girl relationships but rather points out that girls need to understand the role of girls in supporting one another.
The organization also has exciting curriculum for boys, helping them understand the differences that occur for them when they are in groups of boys as opposed to how they act individually. The researchers have found that boys are lonely and really need a trusting atmosphere in which to talk. Empower, the parent organization for Owning UP, is a non-profit organization in Washington DC. Empower's research shows results in changing girls' behavior regarding boundaries, treatment of other girls, and grade enhancement. It indicates that as a result of this program, girls' self image grows, boundaries become clear, test scores rise, and anti-girl behaviors (gossip-backbiting) decrease. The program was developed by Rosalind Wiseman. She is available to do training programs with groups in any state or at conferences. One need not be a psychologist to run these groups. Silent Witness Mentor: Rosalind Wiseman 202-882-2800 email@example.com
TAOS MODEL for Counseling Battered women
EIGHTY PERCENT OF THE WOMEN who participate in counseling move into homes of their own separate from their abusers within three months. They become more self reliant and are more likely to attend college, to find employment and to stay out of abusive relationships. Half of these women continue counseling after leaving the transitional housing program. The population of this shelter program last year consisted of 56% Hispanic, 8% Native American, 34% Anglos and 2% other races. The leaders are preparing a more detailed curriculum and are preparing to hold training sessions on their approach. This is very exciting because it gives us solid results on the effect of counseling on survivors. The program does not blame them for the abusive relationships but rather focuses on their needs and helps them to realistically move beyond victimhood.
Silent Witness Mentors: Malinda Dunnam, Dayna Lea 505-758-8082 firstname.lastname@example.org
SILENT WITNESS' NEWEST ART PROJECT TO MEASURE
DOMESTIC HOMICIDE REDUCTION
TWO CITIES PLANNING TO START SILENT WITNESS
RESEARCH ON CHARACTERISTICS OF BATTERERS FROM THE
NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE
DECEMBER 16, 1999.
The Results: The characteristics of the partners that were most closely associated with an increased risk of inflicting injury as a result of domestic violence were alcohol abuse, drug use, intermittent employment, recent unemployment, less than a high-school education, and being a former husband, estranged husband, or former boyfriend. (We do know that alcohol use by men does not account for all injuries from domestic violence so cannot be considered the cause behind all injuries, but was clearly a major factor in this large study). The race or ethnic group of the partner was not associated with the risk of inflicting injury as a result of domestic violence. Risk factors for injury from domestic violence may differ greatly among women with higher socioeconomic status and women with injuries that do not require emergency medical care.
The authors also answered an often asked question, what percentage of women experience severe injury and lesser abuse? The lifetime risk of severe injury as a result of domestic violence has been estimated to be 9 percent for women, with a lifetime risk of up to 22 percent for any type of injury from domestic violence. (Journal of the American Medical Women's Association, 1996). A similar study, ("Violent Injuries Among Women in an Urban Area") reported in the same issue of the NEJM, by Dr. Jeane Ann Grisso of the University of Pennsylvania and other researchers, looked at women in a low-income community in Philadelphia. This study also found that substance abuse--in this case, cocaine abuse--and pervasive economic insecurity were important contributors to assaults on women. Ethnicity was not a key element. Women in the Philadelphia study who sought emergency room treatment for assaults were also more likely to have been assaulted in their neighborhoods by friends and acquaintances than by their intimate partners. "Violence has become the norm, the way to resolve conflicts," said one of the researchers.
Dr. Jeane Ann Grisso, lead author of the Philadelphia study said, "I think we have to continue to support women who are battered, but we also have to shift our focus to the batterers." *This research is so important. We are finding out more and more information that is encouraging us to rethink some of our assumptions. I am so excited that Silent Witness has contacts with effective treatment models for batterers. We need to find more and more effective treatment programs. This cutting edge research can help us to move healing further ahead.
INTERNATIONAL STRIKE OF AND BY WOMEN, MARCH 8, 2000
Silent Witness has been invited to join the Global Women's Strike onInternational Women's Day, 8 March 2000. It is the opening event of the World March organized by La Federation des Femmes de Quebec/The Federation of Women in Quebec, Canada (see below).
The strike was called almost a year ago by the National Women's Council of Ireland, and was made global by the International Wages for Housework Campaign and the International Women Count Network which Wages for Housework co-ordinates.
THE DEMANDS OF THE STRIKE
INTERNATIONAL MARCH AGAINST VIOLENCE: WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK, OCTOBER, 2000
The Federation des femmes du Quebec is sponsoring a World March of Women at the UN next October, to issue demands and to call for an end to poverty and violence against women world-wide. On October 15, 2000, representatives of countries participating in the World March of Women will be in Washington, D.C., holding a demonstration organized by the American women's movement. The international representatives will be denouncing the impact on women of policies created by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. On October 17, 2000, the same representatives will march in the streets of New York to the world headquarters of the United Nations. They hope to meet with the Secretary General.These events were borne out of the experience of the Women's "Bread and Roses" march against poverty which took place in Quebec in 1995. 850 women (greeted by 15,000 people in Montreal) marched for ten days to win nine demands related to economic justice. Actions begin March 8, 2000 and end October 17, 2000 with the world rally. For more information, their web site is www.ffq.qc.ca/marche2000 email email@example.com
I leave you today with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in honor of his Birthday this week. It is taken from his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
"Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time--the need for people to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. We must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love."