February 15, 2002
I hope you felt the love of family and friends on Valentine's Day. Silent
Witness thinks of you all as our Valentines. I continue to be amazed at
the generosity and collaboration within this network. Thanks for modeling
that behavior. Together we will heal this country of domestic violence.
Today I highlight the Mississippi Model of DV Prevention, one of the
Results Projects. It is targeted towards African American adolescent males
and is housed within a church setting which reinforces its success in that
community. Thanks to Dr. Patricia Ann Davenport and all those who have
made this program such a success.
WELCOME NEW EMAIL CORRESPONDENTS:
Wendy von Oech (poet, California), Bob Heskett (Massachusetts, new email
address), Ann Zhou, Madame Wang Xingjuan (Maple Women's Psychological
Counseling Center, Beijing, China), Sharon McNulty (Director of Counseling
Services, College of St. Elizabeth, new SW exhibit, Morristown, NJ),
Cheryl Sherman (Safehouse, Arkansas, new email address), Battered Women's
Justice Project (Minneapolis, MN, new email address), Lisa Leibig (New
Jersey, new email address), Molly (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), Lani Dupret
(Coordinator of Volunteer Services, Stand Against DV, Concord, CA), Kelly
Preslar (Student, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, possible new SW
exhibit), Jess Dee (Student, St. Joseph's College of Maine), Judy Moody
(Domestic Violence Agency, N. Bend, OR), Cathy Salser (Artist, Founder, A
Window Between Worlds, Venice, CA), Katy Hanson (Nevada Coalition, new
email address), Claire/Tom Sheppard (Ashland, VA, new email address),
Ericka Tyner (Student, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC), Diane Adair
NEWS FROM THE STATES/COUNTRIES:
Tina Campbell of the Victim Compensation Board writes about their SW
I wanted to let you know that the Victim Compensation and Government
Claims Board will be participating in the March on the Capitol on April
23rd. In addition to the March we will be staffing a booth, displaying the
Silent Witness Exhibit and providing Victim Compensation Program
information. The point of contact for the March on the Capitol is Debbie
Rollins, her telephone number is (916) 340-3676. Also to further recognize
Victims Rights Week (April 21-27, 2002), the Board will display our Silent
Witness Exhibit and staff a booth to raise awareness and answer questions,
at 7th and K Streets in downtown Sacramento, one day that week. I am the
contact for this event (916) 324-9303.
*Thank you Tina, for this schedule. The SW exhibit is making a lot of
progress in a short time in Sacramento. Thanks for your hard work.
We are pleased to welcome our friends from the Maple Women's Psychological
Counseling Center to our network. I hope we can work closely together to
eliminate domestic violence in our two countries. Lois Herman, our
international contact person describes the program.
Madame Wang Xingjuan, Beijing, Director, The Maple Women's Psychological
Counseling Center, The Women's Hotline Superintendent
I met with Madame Wang and staff in Beijing last week. This program is so
exciting, including multidimensional support for women and FOUR WOMEN'S
HOTLINES. Madame Wang authored the Domestic Violence In China chapter of
the book, Breaking The Silence: Violence Against Women In Asia. Maple
Women's Center is involved in a project for the FIRST WOMEN'S SHELTER IN
I gave Madame Wang a Silent Witness video and Silent Witness Story Book. I
am forwarding to her a copy of our last Silent Witness Newsletter now. I
have explained to Madame Wang that Silent Witness has seen excellent
results against domestic violence homicides throughout the United States
and in many foreign countries.
*Thanks, Lois for this outstanding contact and welcome to our network
This news comes from Eli Moore, our SW Coordinator in North Carolina:
Duke University Contact: Shannon Johnson, Duke's Women Center, (919)
The Silent Witnesses are on display, February 4-15 at tabling events for
V-Day. Also they will be displayed in the lobby of Page Auditorium for
both performances of the Vagina Monologues, February 14 & 15, 8 p.m.
Community Production, V-Day Chapel Hill Contact: Vana Pruitt, (919)
The Silent Witnesses are on display at the Green Tara art gallery in
Chapel Hill, a fund-raiser/awareness campaign for V-Day, from February
16th (Opening 6-8) through February 28th.
V-Day Durham Contact: Vana Pruitt, (919) 967.5726
The Silent Witnesses are on display at the performance of the Vagina
Monologues, March 1st, Eno River Unitarian Church, Durham.
*These will be great events, Eli. Please let us know how it goes.
NEWS FROM WORLDWIDE HEADQUARTERS:
Colleges who've made contact with SW recently:
These are the colleges who have contacted us recently to use or create a
Silent Witness presence on their campus. It is so exciting to have young
people involved, and they are so enthusiastic.
Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH; Marshall University, Huntington, WV;
College of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ; Bradley University, Peoria, IL;
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN; St. Joseph's
College of Maine, Standish, Maine, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC.
Our help is needed!! A note from Adreena Harley
Adreena writes: Approximately six months ago, you sent out a request for
me to the Silent Witness mailing group to see if anyone had a play or
drama related to domestic violence. One of the members did send me a play
called "A cry for help" about Marie and Sam's relationship. In
my many file transfers, I lost the name of the original author.
We did host the interactive drama several times last month and the
response was awesome. Very easy to present but very dramatic effect. A
facilitator reads the history of Marie and Sam's relationship. There are
15 scenario cards of how different members of the community who respond to
Marie's cry for help (family, school teacher, EC physician, police,
courts, etc). Each person who attends the play is given a scenario card to
read. As each unhelpful response is read, a sheet is draped over the
victim (laying in the center of the room). By the end of the first half of
the drama, there are 15 sheets, or layers over the victim, each
representing the cumulative effect of unhelpful responses/barriers for
help or another nail in her coffin. The scenario is replayed with helpful
responses. As each scenario card is read, a sheet is lifted off the
victim. Very dramatic!
Is it possible to add a note to your next publication to ask for the
author? I am assuming the author was Canadian or British because of the
spelling of words. Would like to be able to give credit where it is due.
Adreena Harley Women's and Family Health Services Phone 248-828-6281
Interim Manager, Education Phone 248-828-6257
Janet Hagberg's Web Site
Many of you do not know that I work on Silent Witness activities primarily
as a volunteer. My other work is public speaking and writing and my most
requested topic is Soul Leadership. I just developed a web site describing
my work and it gave me an idea. If any of you are members of organizations
that hire speakers at the state or national level for conferences or
conventions I would be willing to lower my speaker's fee as a favor to you
and then come and visit the Silent Witness coordinators and activists in
the area as part of the trip. I think that way everyone would win. My new
web site is www.janethagberg.com There is even a quiet page on the site
where you can go and rest, listen to beautiful music and light a candle.
Part of the way I help fund Silent Witness is through a network of people
I have developed who teach my material. I give them everything I've
developed (training guides, overheads, handouts) for no fee. In return I
ask them to give a voluntary tax deductible contribution to Silent Witness
annually. All non-profits need creative funding ideas and this is my way
of helping to multiply our efforts.
If you can think of other creative funding sources please let me know.
8th National/1st International Conference on Abuse of Children and
Adults with Disabilities
The Conference will be held: Monday Feb 25 thru Wednesday Feb 27 Riverside
Convention Center Mission Inn & Holiday Inn Select
Vickie Folster 909 688 5141 Website: http://disability-abuse.com/cando/conf/
2nd WORLDWIDE ROAD TO RECOVERY CONFERENCE August 8-11, 2002 Ramada
Plaza Hotel, Hollywood Fl. 33020
Hosting organization: Sharlene's Angels On Earth Inc. This conference is
for survivors of violence/abuse and all those who are
concerned about victims/survivors and ending this crime. To find out more
log onto http://conference2.tripod.com/DV or contact Sharlene at:
954-981-5616 or email at email@example.com
Silent Witness Homicide Data Collection:
Good news for our data collection project. We will now supplement our FBI
state-wide data on intimate homicides with additional data. We have had
suggestions that, along with the women who were murdered by intimate
partners, we include the other people who were murdered along with them,
like friends, other family members etc. So if you keep this data and would
like to send us the names and relationship of the bystander to the woman,
we will supplement your state's data on our web site. Thanks for this
Silent Witness Organizations Web sites:
Dorothy Lemmey and Ken Schmidt designed this place on our web site to
highlight the countries and states who have designed Silent Witness web
sites.. Go to the home page and click Photos or use the link below and see
the great photos from the web sites of Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland,
Massachusetts, and Montana. There is even a pregnant SW figure. And Ken
has designed a plan for you to create a FREE web site for your state. All
the information is in this new part of our site.
Here's how the introduction to the site reads:
In order to add richness to the Silent Witness International project this
web site was designed to share visual ideas, feature individual work, add
interest and validate the old cliché of "a picture is worth a
thousand words." You can access the page from the home page or click
on: Photos, check out web page photos of organizations Go>
Or go to http://www.silentwitness.net/sub/org_web_page_photo.htm
This page includes national and international web pages that feature
pictures of production, set up, display and media coverage of their
exhibit. If you have a web site set up with pictures please email a web
page address with a short description of your project to firstname.lastname@example.org
. If you don't have a web page and would like to set one up with your
organization's description and photos there is a step-by-step description
on the web page identified by the line: To learn how to create your own
silent witness web site for free click here
Silent Witness Remembrance Candle Page:
This new page on our web site is so moving you will have a hard time
leaving it. We are honoring and remembering the women and men who were
murdered in domestic violence by naming them and lighting a candle in
their memory. Or you can just light a candle for yourself and remember
them. We will post the names of the people whom you honor and remember.
What an incredible way to remember what we are all about; zero domestic
homicides by the year 2010.. We are 40% of the way there and we have a lot
to do, but we are doing it. Go to www.silentwitness.net/sub/candle.htm
or access it from our home page: light a candle.
MISSISSIPPI MODEL: Preparing Our Sons for Manhood
Involves the church in the prevention of alienation in African-American
* Lack of church involvement in domestic violence prevention
* Alienation of African-American adolescent males
98% of the 200 young men who entered this program completed it
successfully. They became more aware of the issues of domestic violence
and the dangers of pre-marital sex. They also experienced an increase in
self-esteem and in their ability to bond in relationships.
Mission of the Mississippi Model:
Preparing Our Sons for Manhood: Salvaging the Seeds is the program that
Silent Witness has identified as the Mississippi Model. The program's
mission is to provide positive role models, cultivate self-esteem, and
improve self-awareness (particularly in avoiding violent behavior) in
adolescent males. It helps young African-American males identify goals and
solutions and offers practical training in life skills. The program
endeavors to bring an end to social and domestic violence in the
African-American community and society at large.
Originally developed by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, this program and its
principles were adapted by Our House, Inc., an organization dedicated to
offering various means for people to achieve violence-free living, in
conjunction with New Life Church, Inc. Preparing Our Sons for Manhood is a
male mentoring program that works through churches and schools. The
program deals with the prevention of child sexual abuse and dating
violence, encourages abstinence in young males, and educates youth on the
dangers of pre-marital sex. The program is based on principles of love,
respect, responsibility, guidance and spirituality, and on a time-honored
tradition in the African-American community: "It takes an entire
village to raise a child." It embraces the idea that all children are
the collective responsibility of the community and the cornerstone of the
* Hosting rap sessions with sixth-grade male students at elementary
schools. These sessions reach 35-50 adolescent males between ages 11-13
* Providing public awareness programs to male youth between ages of 13-18
at local high schools, or at Our House, Inc.'s community awareness
programs in churches.
* Mentoring male youth from five counties.
Our House, Inc., also conducts one major conference each year for 400
junior and senior high school male students. Conference topics include
having a good time without sex, decreasing youth violence (gangs, etc.),
relationships, and learning to build self-confidence.
Other Services of Our House, Inc.:
* MASH - Men Against Spousal Harm, a behavioral modification program for
court-ordered domestic violence abusers. Reports of successful outcomes
ranged from 75% to 90%.
* LOVE - Let Our Violence End, a program that provides services for
victims of domestic violence.
* Rural Communities Public Awareness Program, delivered through schools
and churches. Teens' Intimate Partners Violence Prevention Program, a
three-yearresearch project for ninth-grade students.
* Survival United, which provides emotional support to surviving family
members in homicide cases.
* Advocacy and Training Program.
Cities that Currently Use the Mississippi Model
* Greenville, MS
* Cleveland, MS
Originator: Dr. Patricia Ann Davenport (Silent Witness Mississippi
Our House, Inc., PO Box 3956, Greenville, MS 38704 662 334-6873 Fax: 662
New Life Church, Inc. (Partnering Agency) Contact: Dr. Roderick Mitchell
662-846-LIFE (5433) Fax: 662-843-6103 email@example.com
Descriptive brochures and speakers. Training manual available soon.
In honor of Black History Month in the US, I leave you today with a quote
by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr:
Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through
the tireless efforts of men and women willing to be co-workers with God,
and without this hard work time itself becomes an ally of the forces of
social stagnation. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the
time is always ripe to do right.