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May 11, 2001

Dear Friends,

Peace to you. More and more peace. And, as Etty Hallesum says so well, "the more peace there is in you, the more peace there will be in our troubled world." I heard the Dalai Lama speak this week and his talk was another peace challenge. He encouraged us all to ask ourselves if we'd grown spiritually in the last year as a result of our spiritual traditions. I pass his challenge along to you, wishing you well on that journey.

The homicide rates for women and men 18 and over by intimates are down again to the nearly the lowest of all time, according to the latest news from the Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/homicide/homtrnd.htm

Year        Females  Males

1996       1324         515
1997       1217         451
1998       1319         513
1999       1218         429

This represents a 25% drop for women from 1993-1999. A real cause for celebration.
I'll be ordering the state-by-state numbers this week and will publish them in the newsletter and on the web site soon. Thank you all for all that you have done to help these numbers plummet. We all make a difference whenever we do this healing work.

Bob Heskett (Massachusetts, new email address), Heather Callahan, Tom Golebiewski (New Trier High School, Greater Chicago), Dr. Barbara Arnold (ophthalmologist, Davis, California), Deidra Bennett (Victim Advocate, Bowling Green University, Ohio), Debi Noonan (Stand Against Domestic Violence), Gloria Champion (Shiprock Home for Women and Children, NM), Patti Jo Newell, Sherri Frohman (NY Coalition Against Domestic Violence, new email address)


A heart warming note about one of our newest email correspondents:

Dr Barbara Arnold (University of California, Davis) is in the process of writing a journal article which will appear in the Survey Of Ophthalmology. She is trying to create it in such a way that it will provide ophthalmologists, emergency medicine physicians, pediatricians, obstetricians, gynecologists, and others involved in primary care with a checklist to make the diagnosis of domestic violence. 

*Thanks Barbara. let us know when it appears so we can send along copies to our favorite physicians. Welcome to the network.

And a note from one of our Results Projects mentors, Anne O'Dell:

We just finished our conference here in San Diego, (National Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Conference) and it was a whopping success! We had (with walk-ins) over 575 people. The presenters were great, the food was superb and we got outstanding evaluations! The only drawback was turning down about 50 people the week before. We have already planned next year's and are adding a half day so we can present on Stalking also. The dates are March 13-16, 2002. We are fairly certain we will have a waterfront hotel location...details will be on my site soon. 

*Great news Anne. We're so pleased to hear that the interest is so high. Keep up the good work.

This note from Carole Adler, Highland Park, IL, who will be taking over the administration of the Domestic Violence Court Watch program (NCJW and NOW0 in Skokie) from Cindy. I thought those of you involved directly in Court Watch might want to respond to this request. 

We are trying to make the project very relevant and to have measurable goals. Do you have information especially statistics about the impact of Court Watch programs? It would be very helpful if we were able to find some. Do you have any of the mission statements, goals, etc. from other Court Watch programs? If you can head me in the right direction, it would be very helpful.

Carole Adler caradler@aol.com

*Thanks Carole, for this undertaking. It is so important that we watch the courts and this project has had many results across the country. 

And this note from David Nybakke, chair of the McLean County Task Force and active in the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence:

The McLean County Domestic Violence Task Force has recommended the beginning of a Domestic Violence Court Watch. We have a group of people willing to tackle this and I was hoping you might suggest a model from successful programs in other cities. If they had materials of the do's and don'ts to getting one started? We are hoping this step will mandate us to an actual DV Court.

*How's this for a coincidence and a networking opportunity. I recommend that you both get in touch with the Louisville Court Watch Connie Fox (conniefbm@aol.com)and Diane Graeter and with the Mpls Court Watch watch@mtn.org/~watch

A celebratory note from Jerri Miller in Montana:

Montana's web page is now functional!!! The address is www.mtsilentwitness.org. We have more tweaking to do, and there are some more witness names we need to add, but the basics are there. On our page for the National organization, Hillary is putting a button to go directly to the National site. I'm so excited!

On April 20, the Montana Board of Crime Control and the Attorney General's office held a Crime Victim Services Fair at the Law Enforcement Academy in Helena. There were over 30 agencies (including Silent Witness) participating and we had all 39 of our witnesses present. We were provided with an excellent opportunity to network and to discover all of the services that are actually available to victims of all crime, not just DV. We were able to make contact with the US Attorney's Training Officer who will assist us with bringing more Results programs to Montana. My #1 priority will be Self-Mastery in September or October, 2001.

Great news folks. The Legislature passed HB 463 which provides for unemployment insurance benefits to individuals who quit their jobs as a result of domestic violence. The bill has a 2 year sunset provision & specifies that if the claimant returns to the abusive situation, the benefits end. The individual must, of course, be otherwise qualified to receive benefits. We shall see how this all goes, and as I learn more info, I'll pass it along!

*Thanks Jerri, for this great news and for the new web site. We'll be thrilled to link ours with yours. 

A note from a survivor with a passion for helping other survivors: 
Hello, My name is Cheri and I am an Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay Cosmetics. I know that you are aware of The Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation and Women Against Violence (WAV). I was very excited when the foundation adopted this cause, as I am a survivor. I know how fortunate I am to be here today. I want to help educate and help the women who aren't as fortunate. 

Every year Mary Kay has a seminar in Dallas, TX. I have decided that in July of 2002, I am going to roller skate from Buffalo to Dallas for seminar. I am doing this for the cause of domestic violence. I want to create awareness of this problem on a national level. I remember after one violent episode I had run out of the house to a pay phone. I stood there with that phone in my hand and had no idea who to call. Back in the eighties law enforcement wasn't as responsive as they are today. I stayed in the situation for another year until the day I was choked unconscious. 

I want to make sure that every woman in America is educated about their choices. I want to make sure that they aren't left holding a phone not knowing who to call. My project is still in its infancy, and I am in the process of obtaining sponsors and contacting the media. I am very excited about this. I have been in contact with Connie White, the vice-president of the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation. From their newsletter is where I found your web site. I really just wanted to thank you for your effort to help woman and for the selfless job you do. I wanted you to know that I did survive, and I am going to make a difference. 

Cheri MacQueen CHERMACQUEEN@aol.com

*Cheri, you have our support. Good luck with your skating. Let us know when you will be skating past our towns.

The Zonta club of Virginia (Jo Manson) has been active with their Silent Witness figure:

Our Zonta Club completed the Silent Witness Presentation and display at the National Crime Victims' Rights Vigil at the Fairfax County Government Center. I gave a brief presentation on the Silent Witness program and some of our club's activities. The theme of the Vigil was Reach for the Stars. Keynote Speakers were State Attorney General Mark Earley and Former Washington Redskin Football Player Mark Moseley. Our Silent Witness figure was part of our Zonta exhibit in the reception area. Zonta was a co-sponsor of the event along with Victim Services Departments from local Police Departments, Victim Witness Programs, Parents of Murdered Children, and local area Police Departments. It was quite moving. 

The figure was also used at George Mason University from 23-26 April as part of an art display of art for and by survivors of crime. So slowly but surely we are getting the word out about Silent Witness. We are hoping to expand our figures in time for the October activities, especially at the Turn Off the Violence Coalition event. 

*I'd say this is a lot of activity for a group who just started working on Silent witness a few months ago. Thanks for all the great work.



WASHINGTON, DC Attorney General John Ashcroft announced that under the president's budget for 2002, key Department of Justice programs to fight violence against women will receive full funding, a $102.52 million increase over 2001. 

In a speech to the Academy of Criminal Justice Scientists and Criminal Justice Journalists, Ashcroft made the following remarks: "Today, I am pleased to announce that in the President's upcoming budget, the Violence Against Women Office at the Department of Justice will receive the requested funding. This year's funding includes 102.5 million additional dollars compared to last year's budget.

Under VAWA, Congress has authorized more than $3 billion to support victim services and the work of police, prosecutors and the courts. The Department of Justice administers six grant programs helping local governments and community based agencies train personnel, establish specialized domestic violence and sexual assault units, provide victim services and prosecute offenders. 

Appropriations for VAWA (including Victims of Child Abuse funding) in FY 2001 totaled $288,044,000. The Department's FY 2002 request of $390,565,000, which has been fully granted under the president's budget, represents a $102.52 million increase that will fund both existing and new VAWA programs.


Information wanted for a comparative survey DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN THE EUROPEAN UNION AND NORWAY

The Research and Information Centre for Social Work in Esbjerg (RICE) requests assistance in assembling information for a Comparative Study of Domestic Violence Against Women in the European Union and Norway. In view of the very short period of time available to the working group for reporting The survey results, you are kindly requested to reply promptly, preferably before 25th April. The questionnaire is available at: http://www.formidlingscentret.dk/surveys/violen/violen.html

RICE is active in the area of social development and adjustment and carries out assignments dealing with threatened and vulnerable groups in society. The Centre, in cooperation with the Danish Ministry for Gender Equality, has been requested to carry out a survey of measures taken by member states of the European Union and Norway to combat domestic violence against women. The survey has been initiated by a cross-ministerial working group involving the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry for Gender Equality.

If you do not have the necessary prerequisites for completing the questionnaire, please give us the name, address, etc., of someone else in your country who would be able to supply the information needed. For further information, please contact: Gitte Tilia, The Research and Information Centre in Esbjerg (RICE), Spangsbjerg Kirkevej 111, 6700 Esbjerg, Denmark. Tel. [+ 45] 75 13 88 44, Fax [+ 45] 75 13 87 44, E-mail: gt@formidlingscentret.dk


Gift from Within is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to those who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those at risk for PTSD, and those who care for traumatized individuals. We are located in Camden, Maine. We also have an International support pal network for survivors of traumatic events. We link up isolated survivors around the world for mutual support and comfort through email, mail and phone.  Our philosophy is to rekindle hope and restore dignity to trauma survivors. Our interest is in helping survivors cope but we also have resources for therapists. 

Our website URL is www.sourcemaine.com/gift


Special Issue of Violence Against Women Violence Against Women and the Military 

Guest Editors: 
Dr. Leora Rosen, National Institute of Justice, US Department of Justice Christine Hansen, The Miles Foundation, Inc. 

In this special issue of the journal, Violence Against Women, we will explore the research, policies, programs and protocols within a special population, the military community, designed to address violent victimization of women, including personnel, partners, families and children. 

We invite contributions on all aspects of violent victimization of women associated with military culture, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, incest and child sexual assault, pornography, prostitution and trafficking. We seek submissions that explore theory, methodology, research, ethical issues, treatment, prevention, policy, protocols and programs. Although the primary focus of this issue is on research that analyzes broad based policies that currently confront the military, we are also interested in comparative analysis or international 

Contact Information: Christine Hansen The Miles Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 423 Newtown, CT 06470-0423 Telephone: 203.270.0688 Fax: 203.270.0688 Email: MilesfdnED@aol.com 

I leave you today with a quote from the Dalai Lama:

"My call for a spiritual revolution is thus not a call for a religious revolution. Nor is it a reference to a way of life that is somehow otherworldly, still less to something magical or mysterious. Rather, it is a call for a radical reorientation away from our habitual reoccupation with self. It is a call to turn toward the wider community of beings with whom we are connected, and for conduct which recognizes others' interests alongside our own."

"...It could be argued that problems arising from, for example, violence in the home, addiction to drugs and alcohol, family breakup, and so on are better understood and tackled on their own terms. Nevertheless, given that they could each certainly be solved through people being more loving and compassionate toward one another--however improbable this may be--they can also be characterized as spiritual problems susceptible to a spiritual solution. This is not to say that all we need to do is cultivate spiritual values and these problems will automatically disappear. On the contrary, each of them needs a specific solution. But we find that when this spiritual dimension is neglected, we have no hope of achieving a lasting solution."

(I think those of you involved with Silent Witness are a great example of exactly what he is talking about, don't you?)




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