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August 17, 2001


Dear Friends,
We are gearing up for the busiest part of our year, the fall Silent Witness events. I am so grateful to you for all the work you have done and are about to do to make sure that the Witnesses voices will be heard. And I am reminded that with our passion and energy we also bring hope and healing to the world. Bring love, hope and healing with you are you embark on events this fall. Many lives are saved as a result of your work. Be awed by that. And let us all keep healing our own hearts. Thank you again for all you do.

Stephanie Hughes (Columbus, OH, back in the network), Dina McMillan (DV specialist, Orange County Superior Court, CA), Angela Doyle (SW Coordinator, Cayman Islands, new email address), Barbara Rabkin (Director, Jewish Women International), Tom Limonicelli (our list serve coordinator, new email address), Rebecca Ewing (Hodac Victim Resource Center, Warner Robbins, GA, new SW exhibit), Jennifer Brown (Commonwealth Attorney's Office, Leesburg, VA, new SW exhibit), Kathryn Vaughan (Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Tucson, AZ), Robin Mitchell (Turning Point Inc, Personal protection Order Coordinator, Mt. Clemens, Mich)

STATES AND COUNTRIES ON BOARD FOR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER SW EVENTS: Our goal is 50 states and 12 countries: Please let us know if you are scheduling events as soon as possible and get us the details later. There are 14 states/countries on board: California, Canada, Cayman Islands, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Wyoming. 


This great note from Linda Compo-Blazich, Domestic Violence Project manager, Family Services of Tulare County:

Just got the August newsletter and I'm so excited in hearing all the news around the globe. Visalia, California is in Tulare County and we are planning our DV month activities. We are working with Kings County (our neighbors) to bring an art exhibit to our Counties. The exhibit is from Venice, California and can be found through an organization called "A Window Between Worlds". Kings County will be showing it for 1 week then it comes to Tulare County for 1 week. This exhibit has a total of 99 pieces and you can get all or some. The art work is done by surviors, their children and family members in which DV has in some way effected their lives. AWBW has a web site and it is worth visiting. We plan on a reception and display of the art work. It will be open to the public and we are encouraging teen groups to tour the exhibit. We have also put together a speaker's bureau for the month. We have selected topics and contacted the experts in that field to be a part of this bureau. Organizations, schools, employers, etc. can contact the speakers directly and make their own arrangements for the speaker to speak on the topic of their expertise. We have our Silent Witness display as well, and it consists of adult women and children. It is displayed throughout the County. We have made up a master calendar and reservations are already being made. We of course also have the purple ribbons that we are going to distribute to Law Enforcement and through out the various communities. We plan to kick the month off with City and County officials (and of course the media) with proclamation's that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the city of Visalia and the County of Tulare. 

I will send more information to you as it all comes together. Oh, and by the way, I wanted to also let you know that Kirby Puckett played ball right here in Visalia for our minor league club. The Visalia Oaks. He was called up and he still is in a lot of the ball fans hearts. Keep up the great work,

*Thanks for this great update, Linda. Cathy Salser from AWBW is a good friend of SW and has a wonderful program. Why don't you let us know their web site. Congratulations on your plans for a powerful month. And I loved hearing about your love for Kirby!! 

New Jersey:
Rosalie McGill, our NJ contact updates us on their activities:

On August 23rd, the New Jersey Battered Women's Shelter will dedicate two silhouettes to victims of domestic violence. One will be for a former hairdresser who lost her life. This dedication is to launch a new program in New Jersey sponsored by the JBWS called "Safe Circle". There will be a press conference. As I learn more about it, I will pass the information along for the next newsletter. 
Thank you for all your work. 

*This sounds like a powerful program. Please let us know more about it. Thanks Rosalie,

New York:
We got this email from Tiffany M Card, Producer ESTROGENIUS FESTIVAL:
Hi, I working with the NATIONAL DOMESTIC VILOENCE HOTLINE. NDVH and the Estrogenuis Festival are working in partnership to produce a month of short plays written by women. The festival occurs in Manhattan at Manhattan Theatre Source the month of September. We will be having a benefit night for NDVH and plan to have some SILENT WITNESS'S at our event. Estrogenius Festival is committed to creating opportunities for ALL women's voices to be heard. By fostering expression through the arts, we are 
encouraging women to use their voices and tell their stories. With that in mind, we have partnered this year with the National Domestic Violence Hotline, as well as other women's organizations, to turn potentially destructive experiences into creative expressions. 

We are looking for a way to hear survivors stories. Kathy Miller, the communications director at NDVH mentioned to me the Silent Witness silhouettes. I think that these stories would have a huge impact on the people who enter the space. To find out more, you may visit www.estrogenius.org

*Thank you, Tiffany. This will be a terrific way to get the silenced voices heard. More power to you.

Emily Heilbrun, our friend in Oregon writes about their state-wide plans:

Wanted to let you know that Oregon is planning events for October. We now have 3 exhibits in the state, and I'm sure all of them will be busy that month. (I know I have gotten a number of requests for ours, and will be setting the final October schedule soon.)
Several of our colleges have had exhibits. I'm going to check my records so I don't leave anyone out, and let you know which they are.

*Can't wait to hear about the new colleges to add our our ever-growing list. And having three exhibits in your state is marvelous. Thanks for all you do Emily. We really appreciate it.


More colleges have hosted Silent Witness displays:
Illinois information: Northwestern University researched all of our original witness stories, since there was no place in Illinois we could go for information on DV homicides. Then they continued gathering more stories for another year. The exhibit has been to NU on numerous occasions. In addition, it has been at the following institutions, all in northern Illinois: McHenry College, Governors State University, Oakton Community College, Illinois Valley Community College and Truman College. 

Request for information: Plays on the topic of domestic violence:
Adreena Harley at aharley@smtpgw.beaumont.edu would like to know about plays on the topic of domestic violence. It seems that the festival mentioned above might be a resource. Have any of you put on plays that have had memorable responses? Please email her with your play experiences.

Lois Herman, our international ambassador has another trip planned:

I am in dialogue with PADV - Program Against Domestic Violence in Cambodia. They are interested in Silent Witness. I have suggested that their English speaking staff person go on the SW List Serve to become familiar with the Newsletters. I will be there in November and will take full Silent Witness materials, including PAL version of video. The issues for women are so graphic in Cambodia. I am also looking for a bilateral partnering for Asian Women United of Minnesota, which also has House of Peace Shelter. Women reach across oceans and borders to create bonds/networks/goodness. It is also significant that thought the Asian population of Minnesota is approximately 2.7%, AWUM states that the domestic violence homicide rate was l0% of total women murdered here last year!

Rose Mary Boerboom's Training Schedule, Self Mastery Treatment Model:
Please consider sending someone from your SW group to one of the upcoming workshops.

Minneapolis, MN: September 28, 2001. $75.00, one day. Reservations: send check to Janet Hagberg.
Montana: October 16 and 17 in Great Falls. No cost. Also May 8,9, 2002
Wyoming: Four training programs around the state in 2002
Rhode Island: Training program in the Fall of 2001. Details to follow. 

New Silent Witness exhibits:
Several new exhibit are springing up. The new exhibits are in Georgia, Michigan and Virginia. We are thrilled. Keep up the good work.

One in five girls experiences dating violence

Approximately one in five female high school students reports being physically or sexually abused by a dating partner, according to a
study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The violence that teenage girls experience is
strongly associated with such grave health problems as substance abuse, unhealthy weight control, risky sexual behavior, pregnancy and attempts to commit suicide.

Dating Violence Against Adolescent Girls and Associated Substance Use, Unhealthy Weight Control, Sexual Risk Behavior, Pregnancy, and Suicidality is the first study to ask adolescents if they have faced dating violence. It explores the prevalence of teen dating violence, and the immediate and lasting effects that abuse has on teenage girls. It is based on the Massachusetts Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), which was conducted in 1997 with 1,977 female high school students,and in 1999, with 2,186 female high school students.

The YRBS is conducted in all states every two years, but the Massachusetts survey is the only one to include a question about teen
dating violence. It asked if participants had "ever been hurt physically or sexually by a date or someone they were going out with.
This would include being shoved, slapped, hit, or forced into any sexual activity."

Dating Violence was written by Jay G. Silverman, PhD; Anita Raj, PhD; Lorelei A. Mucci, MPH; and Jeanne E. Hathaway, MD, MPH. The study appears in JAMA, Vol. 286, No. 5. The themes of this JAMA issue are violence and human rights.

I leave you today with a brief thought to hold in your heart.

"The world is conspiring in your favor." anonymous





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