April 30, 2006
Today we have some very exciting things to report and a great newsletter. Please look down at Vermont's section for some very exciting news!!!
This month I received this email from Kristy and I wanted to share it because I think it is a great idea!
Thank you for this very valuable site. I am a member of Women Against Domestic Violence. We are currently in the brainstorm mode of writing a letter to all the states Governors to show the statistics that prove what domestic violence causes taxpayers. From the very beginning of a call for help to the police, ambulance, emergency room, crisis counselors, social services, and then family counseling. We are particularly interested in just one case and then multiply it by the thousands of calls that come in daily. It is our hope that taxpaying citizens will respond to the expense, as they have with tobacco related illnesses. It is a silent crime that cost tax paying citizens billions of dollars a year. Our hopes are to reach MADD with this information so that they may encourage our politicians to fund more resources for drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs. That comes from the courts involved in DUI cases. A DUI is called a $15, 000.00 hangover. We would like to see some of that money trickle to drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers that are closing their door because of Government cut backs.
Massachusetts has an exhibit of 40 silhouettes that they can no longer handle. If there is anyone in Massachusetts that can take on this role and continue the good work that they have done please email me to let me know!
I would love for you to send me updates on where you are displaying the silhouettes and other ways you are making a difference and ending domestic homicide! Please email me any stories or press releases that you have! I love to add them to the newsletter! Silentwitness2010@gmail.com
I would like to welcome our new newsletter subscribers:
I would also like to welcome and thank the people who are thinking about starting new exhibits in their area or bringing an existing exhibit to the area!
PLEASE HELP WE NEED COORDINATORS FOR THE FOLLOWING STATES:
We almost have one for every state just a few more!!
Here are the newest coordinators:
Tracy Hommel Delaware
We now have an official job description:
The state coordinator keeps track of who in the state have exhibits. Some coordinators have regular correspondence, usually by email, with the groups. They are the contact person for someone who would like to start a new exhibit. They share the shield stories they already have in order to help people not repeat the work that was already done. Some may recruit new SW exhibits as well. Some may coordinate the donating and borrowing of an exhibit for people to use across the state. Some sponsor an event in October for everyone to come to, but others just publicize the events of others. They also keep in touch with us by email or phone to let us know what is happening, keep us up on emerging issues, ask for advice or other things they needed. This may take two to three hours a week in email correspondence. During busier times it may be up to four or five hours.
As you can see we still need many more coordinators! I know that there are people who help and loan exhibits across the state automatically so it would be great to get the information out there for everyone.
What's Up with Sheila's Shawls?
Let's knit Sheila's Shawls and Paul's Scarves!
A special for Sheila's shawls Knitters and crocheters. "For charities Buy one bag at $20.00 gets a second bag free. They're 100 gram balls and this is the perfect stuff for quick knit scarves and shawls. Perhaps the charity could put the word out that every $20 buys one bag and we will match the donation with one bag thus generating a huge amount of yarn for the group to produce with! Happy to work on it with you. It would be a win â win. We would find a great cause for the yarn and of course, it would arm volunteers for quite a while."
Domestic Peace and Blessings,
Sheila' Shawls and Paul's Scarves.
NEWS FROM THE STATES and COUNTRIES:
From Christina :
Every year we hold a Take Back the Night event at Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS. Take Back the Night is held to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault. This year we had two speakers, a live band (Tim Anthony and the Animals), and Self Defense tactics. Leading up the event we posted statistics of domestic violence and sexual assault around campus (for a month). However, this year we also wanted to have our own silent witnesses. Two years ago we borrowed the witnesses from Kansas City; but this year we could not make this happen. We contacted our police office and district county court for reports of deaths in Ellis
From Catalene B. Theriot :
V oices O f Innocent C itizens E mpowered
We have our silhouettes standing proud for our rally!
From Bonnie Watkins:
Thursday, April 27, 7PM at South High School in Minneapolis , the DFL Feminist Caucus hosts a 5th Congressional District Candidate Forum. All eleven DFL candidates, including three women, will participate.
New Hampshire :
Hi, I am the President of the Gay/Straight Alliance here at Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire . We will be obtaining 6 witnesses that we will be putting on display within our campus two days prior to our Take Back the Night Event happening on April 19th. The Silent Witnesses will be on display April 17-19 from 10am-7pm.
From Vanessa Roberts:
In Abilene, TX at McMurry University they had the silhouettes proudly displayed around campus.
From Clarrisa Hernandez:
Vermont Records First Year with No Domestic Violence Murders
From Julia Campbell:
CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT UNIVERSITY
GIVEAWAYS, FOOD, BEVERAGES, T-SHIRTS!
PERFORMANCES BY THE NEWPORT PEARLS
From the CAPEV update:
LEGAL NEWS -- POLICE MAY BE SUED FOR NOT INTERVENING IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASES
Springfield , IL - Local police agencies' immunity from lawsuits does not apply when they fail to intervene in domestic violence cases, the state Supreme Court of Illinois ruled on April 20. Justices decreed that the estate of a Chicago woman may sue police for allegedly ignoring her April 2002 call for help when her estranged husband entered her home with a gun. Witnesses saw two police officers outside the residence in their car, but they drove away without going inside. Ronyale White was shot to death minutes later.
In a separate opinion, however, the court upheld the decades-old tort immunity law, which bars lawsuits against local governments to prevent a flood of litigation that would overburden taxpayers.
The court ruled that the estate of Doris Hays may not sue authorities in Rock Island and Henry counties after a witness reported Hays drove off a highway into a ditch but no one investigated. Hays' body was found three days later near her car at the accident scene.
In the Chicago case, the court decided that the domestic violence law trumped the tort immunity act. The unanimous decision by Justice Thomas Fitzgerald points out that the domestic violence statute grants immunity against local governments "unless the act is a result of willful or wanton misconduct."
There is no such provision in the 41-year-old tort immunity act, which the court said applies to the Hays case. Justice Mary Ann McMorrow believes there should be. As in past cases, she dissented in the Hays matter, arguing that if the Legislature intended to protect local governments from lawsuits for willful and wanton misconduct, the law should say so.
"Blanket immunity should not be afforded to acts performed by local governmental entities or government officials in bad faith, especially where the provision of life-and-death police protection services are at issue," McMorrow wrote. The cases are Moore v. Green and DeSmet v. Rock Island.
On the Net: http://www.state.il.us/court/Opinions/Search.htm
MORE LEGAL NEWS -- LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST NYC EMPLOYER FOR DISCRIMINATION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIM
New York , NY - Last week, the ACLU Women ' s Rights Project filed EEOC charges on behalf of a domestic violence victim who was discriminated and retaliated against by her employer after she revealed that she was the victim of domestic abuse and took measures to assert her legal rights as a victim. According to Caroline Bettinger-L ' pez of the ACLU Women ' s Rights Project, this EEOC filing followed on the heals of a lawsuit that they filed last month on behalf of this employee, alleging violations of the 2001 and 2003 amendments to the New York City Human Rights Law, which prohibit employment discrimination against domestic violence victims and require employers to provide victims with reasonable accommodations. According to the ACLU, the client was terminated by her employer after she revealed that she was a victim of domestic violence and requested time off to attend to medical, legal, and other safety needs, and a safety transfer to another worksite. Each time the client asserted her rights as a victim of domestic violence and attempted to protect her from continued abuse, her employer retaliated against her by systematically increasing threats of discipline and actual discipline of her, and ultimately terminating her. In the lawsuit, the ACLU requests reinstatement, a safety transfer, back pay, monetary compensation for emotional distress, and other appropriate relief.
Caroline says ," We hope that our case will build off the success of Reynolds v. Fraser, the first case brought under these new provisions of the New York City Human Rights Law. That case was brought as a special Article 78 proceeding challenging the decision of the New York City Department of Correction (DOC) to terminate a victim of domestic violence after she revealed her victim status. In a lengthy consideration of the public policy reasons behind the amended New York City legislation, the judge in Reynolds found that [t]he ability to hold on to a job is one of a victim ' s most valuable weapons in the war for survival, since gainful employment is the key to independence from the batterer. The judge then vacated DOC ' s decision to terminate Ms. Reynolds employment and ordered reinstatement and back pay.
If you have questions, or if you would like to receive a redacted copy of the complaint, you may contact Caroline Bettinger-L ' pez at firstname.lastname@example.org . We will update you on the outcome of this case.
CAEPV MEMBER NEWS -- IDAHO SENATOR MIKE CRAPO ANNOUNCES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUMMIT AND ENDORSES LIZ CLAIBORNE � S LOVE IS NOT ABUSE DATING VIOLENCE CURRICULUM
A summit to raise awareness in Eastern Idaho about domestic violence was recently announced by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo at a news conference in Idaho Falls. Crapo also voiced his support for the Liz Claiborne Love Is Not Abuse dating violence curriculum. The Idaho Summit on Developing a Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence will be held at Idaho State University in Pocatello and will feature community leaders, health professionals, law enforcement and others.
Senator Crapo is scheduled to speak specifically on teen dating violence at the summit on June 2. In announcing the summit, Senator Crapo also endorsed the Love Is Not Abuse curriculum, provided free to schools, that helps raise awareness of teen dating violence, both physical and emotional. Bringing this information to schools is vital to keep our kids safe and out of abusive relationships that have negative lifelong affects, Crapo said. Our young students need all the tools to confront the problem of teen dating violence. This curriculum provided by Liz Claiborne is just one of many that can help provide those resources.
The Liz Claiborne teen dating violence prevention curriculum, Love Is Not Abuse, draws on poetry, essays, writing and literature for students to build open discussion, life skills and literacy. The curriculum is designed to be used as a resource in classrooms and encourages discussion between teens and with teachers and other adults about abusive behavior. Senator Crapo has been a long-time advocate for raising awareness on violent relationships and authored a Senate resolution earlier this year that declared February 6-10 National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Week. For more information on these and other teen dating violence initiatives, go to http://crapo.senate.gov , www.loveisnotabuse.com , or www.breakthecycle.org . For a resource to reach the younger teenage population, visit www.girlsallowed.org .
IN THE NEWS -- PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS URGE DADS, ROLE MODELS TO TEACH BOYS THAT VIOLENCE IS WRONG
Men teach boys how to hit a baseball, hit the net, hit the receiver, and much more. But are men taking the time to teach boys that violence against women and girls is wrong?
The Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF), the Waitt Institute and the Advertising Council recently released a new 30-second public service advertisement (PSA) for television that invites men to do so. It is the newest component of the Coaching Boys Into Men campaign, launched in 2002.
The Coaching Boys Into Men campaign has invited men to be part of the solution by teaching the next generation that violence is always wrong, said FVPF President Esta Soler. We are enormously grateful to McCann Erickson San Francisco and the Ad Council for their support and to the Waitt Institute for its generosity. This powerful new spot will do even more to keep women and children safe by helping stop domestic and sexual violence.
The campaign is changing men ' s behavior. A study by Millward Brown, Inc. and RMA, Inc. found a significant increase in the proportion of men who have taken the action promoted in the PSAs speaking to boys about violence. Twenty-nine percent said they had done so in November of 2001, before Coaching Boys Into Men launched, and 41 percent had done so in February of last year. The spots are especially meaningful to parents, 56 percent of whom have spoken to their sons or other boys about the issue. Fifty-seven percent of fathers said they now speak to boys about violence, compared to 29 percent of men who are not fathers.
McCann Erickson San Francisco created the new English-language PSA pro bono; it is available for viewing at www.endabuse.org/cbim/ . The PSAs direct audiences to visit www.endabuse.org for tips on how to talk to boys about violence against women and girls. The Ad Council is distributing the PSAs to media outlets nationwide, to run in time and space donated by media. Since 2002, Coaching Boys Into Men has received tens of millions of dollars in donated media and four million unique visitors have come to the campaign website. (Source: Family Violence Prevention Fund NewsFlash, 4/14/06)
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