May 26, 2006
I hope all is well! I have been getting a lot of emails about people preparing for October displays. It is so exciting to hear how the word is getting out. Below in Pennsylvania's section you will find a wonderful and enlightening story from our Pennsylvania Coordinator Heidi Markow. She has been working so hard to get a display started and word out to her state about the Silent Witness Project. She has done such a great job and deserves to be recognized for all her hard work!
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
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PLEASE HELP WE NEED COORDINATORS FOR THE FOLLOWING STATES:
Here are the newest coordinators:
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.
NEWS FROM THE STATES and COUNTRIES:
Just a quick note about Shelia's Shawls: A lovely soul sent me the most beautiful sky blue and teal colored light-weight shawl for a friend who was attacked and almost killed over 28 years ago. She has spent those years still rooted in the terror of what happened to her, and developed some serious health issues that have defined her life, and kept a prisoner in the environment she has created for herself. Over a year ago she decided to reach outside of that environment to connect with me - not sure why, but she did. We became friends by trying to work around her limitations. When I gave her the shawl for her birthday I was really scared that she would be
From Heidi Markow :
This is another news broadcast that aired today. I am so proud of all the media coverage this has gotten. I was just informed today that it went international and national on CNN yesterday. I cant wait until they are finished I will send you all the pictures. I am so proud that my sister will still live on through the silent witness program. Thank you so much Heidi Markow.
Learning From Domestic Violence
(CBS 3) NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, PA It is truly an educational experience for some local students as they're taking on the issue of domestic violence in a school project but they're also learning the victim's stories. Lehigh Valley Reporter Liz Keptner reports on the story.
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Students Find Way to Promote Domestic Violence Awareness
Story posted on 2006-05-10 18:35:00It's a lesson plan that's definitely outside the box, and students at one Lehigh Valley school won't soon forget it. Students are using their woodworking skills to remember the victims of domestic violence in a one-of-a-kind way.
WFMZ's Mike Lowe reports on a memorial called "silent witnesses."
This wood shop class at the Career Institute of Technology is getting a lesson in something other than carpentry.
(14:06) "They're learning and they're being educated on intimate partner violence, dating violence at the same time they're making these figures to honor women who lost their lives."
They're making "Silent Witnesses" -- wooden silhouettes of women who have been murdered in acts of domestic violence.
Victim's advocate Heidi Markow brought the idea to the school after her sister was killed last June.
17-year-old student Robert Lockman is making a figure that will honor the memory of Heidi's sister.
(14:32) "I walked in and he was the first one to like grab the board."
(NAT: some awesome natural sound)
(14:42) "I said I would be honored if you would learn my sister's personal story, get to know her and complete a silent witness figure in her honor."
(9:15) "She told me that after I cut it out and I'm like, 'wow.' I was shocked. (BUTT) I but my utmost effort into all of it."
A plaque affixed to the chest of the figure will tell her story.
(8:23) "Her name was Robin D Schaffer."
(NAT: Buzz saw)
(8:26) "It was 11 days from her 44th birthday."
(NAT: Sand paper)
(8:29) "When her estranged husband fatally shot her in the neck."
(8:36) "Robin bled to death as she waited for help to arrive."
18-year-old John Goffredo is working on the figure of a mother of two, who was killed by her husband.
He says the "silent witness" project has made real the issue of domestic violence.
(10:30) "No other project we ever had to work on really ever meant anything -- it was just 'building.' But this is actually pretty cool because it's for someone else, too."
When the figures are completed, they'll travel around the state as an exhibit to honor the women who can no longer speak for themselves.
In Forks Township, Mike Lowe 69 News.
From Ben Atherton-Zeman:
31st National Conference on Men and Masculinity
From the CAPEV update:
IN THE NEWS -- STUDY FINDS ALMOST HALF OF WOMEN IMPACTED BY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN THEIR ADULT LIVES
Domestic violence has impacted about 44% of women at some point during their adult lives, according to a recently published survey.
Considerably fewer women, about 15%, reported domestic violence within the past five years, and that figure fell to about 8% for incidents in the past year, reported Robert S. Thompson, M.D., of the Group Health Center for Health Studies here in the June issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The study analyzed data from telephone interviews of more than 3,500 women enrolled in the Group Health Cooperative (GHC), a large non-profit health maintenance organization serving Washington State and northern Idaho.
"The findings are important in helping to establish that the prevalence is very high in educated, employed U.S . women with healthcare coverage, which indicates that intimate partner violence is a problem for the entire population, not just certain subgroups ," Dr. Thompson and colleagues said. (Emphasis CAEPV)
The study distinguished between physical abuse, which included hitting, shoving, or forced sex, and non-physical abuse, such as angry threats. About 34% of women reported any type of physical abuse during their lifetime, and about 35% reported any type of non-physical abuse. About 11% reported forced sex at some time during their life. The study also found that about half (45%) of abused women suffered more than one type of abuse.
Another study in the same issue of the journal emphasized the negative health consequences of domestic violence. Compared with women who had never experienced domestic violence, those who had suffered any type were nearly three times more likely to report symptoms of severe depression (odds ratio= 2.6; 95% confidence interval=1.9 to 3.6), according to Amy Bonomi, Ph.D., also of the Group Health Center for Health Studies in Seattle. And women who had experienced recent physical or sexual violence were about three times more likely to report being in only fair or poor health (OR= 2.81; 95% CI=1.54 to 5.13), Dr. Bonomi and colleagues found.
(Source: MedPage Today)
NEW YORK CITY ADS STRIKE BACK AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
The images are startling and that's the point. A woman, her left cheek bruised, has the following message dripping out of her nose like a stream of blood: "38% of battered women will be victimized again within six months." Another shows a young girl with two massive welts on her back. "Last year, 1 in 12 high school students were beaten by a person they were dating," is printed boldly inside one of the bruises.
New York City unveiled a new public service advertising campaign designed to encourage victims of domestic violence to get help. "Last year, domestic violence was responsible for nearly one out of every eight homicides in our city," Mayor Bloomberg said on May 18. "What's just as disturbing is that almost none of these victims ever called the city's domestic violence hotline," Bloomberg said at a City Hall press conference with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) and Yolanda Jimenez, commissioner of the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence, along with playwright and activist Eve Ensler.
The ads, which urge victims or loved ones to call 311, will appear in English and Spanish on subways, buses and other sites around the city. Postcard-sized copies will be distributed at nail salons. Ensler, author of the "Vagina Monologues," also helped put together a two-week program - funded with private dollars - to raise awareness of violence against women and girls.
"Until The Violence Stops: NYC," which will run from June 12-27, will feature musical and theatrical performances, and celebrities will include Jane Fonda, Rosie O'Donnell, Kathy Bates and Diane Lane. One of the theatrical events will benefit the city's Family Justice Center in Brooklyn.
According to the city, police officers handle 600 domestic violence-related calls each day. Most of the victims killed in domestic violence incidents had no order of protection and had not previously contacted police. (Source: New York Daily News)
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