August 22, 2006
Hello all! Unfortunately we have some sad news to share with this newsletter. Debbie Peterson who has been vital in the Silent Witness movement has passed away.
Note about the death of a faithful Silent Witness
activist, by Janet
PLEASE HELP US WITH THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT INFORMATION!!
1. We need to make a new database with the names of the women you are using in your exhibits. PLEASE help us with this, we would really appreciate it. I have attached a questionnaire about your exhibit. We would like to make a database so that when people would like to start an exhibit we already have the names of people to use and if the state coordinators change we will have a central location for the database. We would also love to be able to tell family members when they talk to us if their names are being used and where they are used. Thank you in advanced for you help. We really appreciate it!!
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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I would like to welcome our new newsletter subscribers:
Juliet Nail from MN
Michelle Roberts from Cincinnati OH
Karie Maurer-Enneking from Sidney OH
Janet Nelson from Grand Forks AFB ND
Rachelle Hill from West Valley City Utah
Ruth Barclay from Fort Bridger WY
Martha Rabon from Lakeville MN
Sunny Slaughter from Birmingham AL
Katina Colbert from Murphy NC
Nickie Lindom from Clearwater MN
Katie Callahan from MA
Leah Bleich Peoria IL
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:
From Linda Williamson:
We held our lst Speak Out Against Domestic Violence @ the Northgate Mall here in Lafayette , LA. It was sponsored by the Avon Foundation and Angels of Mercy taking a stand and not be silent! Prizes were given away along with information about the Avon 's Foundation taking a stand with us for they opened the first Family Justice Center in New York City . It was awesome and they are determined to do it again! We will empower our community about domestic violence for it is on the rise here! We also had our Silent Witnesses with us!
We held an event at the Imani Temple #49 African Catholic Church with the Avon Foundation. It was a success! We are still bringing awareness of domestic violence. We also have a Certificate of Appreciation to give to ladies. We are having another event on Saturday, August 19, 2006 with the Avon Foundation.
From the CAPEV update:
finally here! CAEPV is pleased to announce the release of a
report to inventory the various ways private companies are utilizing workplace
programs to prevent intimate partner violence. Part of a seven month-long
study, CAEPV has been working with RTI International to identify and detail
workplace programs throughout the
This project was developed with the intention of subsequent information initiating continued evaluation of the impact of programs and their level of cost-effectiveness for companies. It is anticipated that the compiled statistics will benefit not only employees and their safety, but will provide guidance on the most effective use of time and money by the employers as well. RTI International researchers anticipate that this will be a helpful and important tool for both understanding and addressing intimate partner violence (IPV) and its impact on the workplace.
While many companies have instituted policies, procedures, and activities to address intimate partner violence issues in the workplace, these efforts have never before been systematically documented. Although the inventory is not intended to be exhaustive in current workplace efforts to address IPV, it is a first step to collecting more information about the current status of Workplace Intimate Partner Violence interventions and will be a valuable resource for employers and organizations committed to IPV prevention.
Intimate partner violence is a significant public
health problem in the
To view the inventory on the CAEPV website (the only place it is currently available), visit http://www.caepv.org/membercenter/library/docDetail.asp?doc_id=457&cat_id=1.
NEWS UPDATE -- JUDGE WHO VOIDED PROTECTIVE ORDER IN CADE CASE TO RETIRE
Prince George ’s County, MD - A Prince George 's County judge accused of misconduct has informed Governor Robert Ehrlich that he plans to resign from the bench on August 4.
District Judge Richard A. Palumbo was expected to face a public hearing into allegations that he made disparaging remarks to and about women who sought protective orders in domestic cases. A woman involved in one of those cases was critically burned by her estranged husband after one such protective order was dismissed.
Palumbo, 67, cited health reasons for his retirement and stated his intention to step down on August 4. "The decision to retire was made at the urging of my longtime personal physician and my family members - all of whom are aware of the heavy toll the stress of the past year has had on my health," he wrote. Palumbo's departure could suspend actions by the Maryland State Commission on Judicial Disabilities, which scheduled a misconduct hearing into the allegations against the judge for August 28. The commission was expected to review allegations that Palumbo violated judicial standards in several cases.
One of the charges against Palumbo stems from events that occurred in his courtroom before the attack on Yvette Cade last October. During a September 19, 2005 hearing, Cade told Palumbo that Roger Hargrave, her estranged husband, repeatedly violated a protective order she'd obtained from the court. A recording of the court hearing released last October included a four-minute exchange between Cade and the judge in which she told Palumbo that Hargrave had contacted her, intimidated her daughter and other members of her family and vandalized the property of others.
"My husband is trying to stall our divorce," Cade told Palumbo, who suggested that she get a lawyer and go to family court to get a divorce. When Cade said she had no money for a divorce lawyer, Palumbo advised her to seek help from the House of Ruth, a domestic violence program that had represented her in the past. "Go back and ask them how to handle it," Palumbo said. He told her he had "to be independent like an umpire," before concluding the hearing. He later signed a decree rescinding the protective order, but has since blamed that action on an administrative error.
Less than a month after the hearing, Hargrave went to Cade's workplace, doused her with gasoline and set her on fire. Cade, 32, spent 92 days in the hospital recovering from burns over 65 percent of her body. She still faces additional surgery and therapy as a result of the attack.
Hargrave, 34, was convicted in April of 2006 of attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and assault. He was sentenced in June to life in prison. Cade said Friday that she was disappointed by Palumbo's decision to retire before having to answer the allegations she has raised about his conduct on the bench.
"It's a shame that he can collect his retirement while I've been taken out of the work force for many years to come, and I'm losing out on my pension to support me and my daughter," Cade told The Post. "Him being off the bench is not enough." Palumbo has been hospitalized twice this year for a heart problem, and is now taking more medication, his attorney, William Brennan, told The Post. Palumbo's doctor recommended that he retire to reduce his stress, Brennan said. Within days of the October 2005 attack on Cade, Palumbo was reassigned to administrative duties. Subsequent complaints reported to the judicial commission included allegations that he showed bias against women with limited English skills who sought protective orders from his court.
Palumbo has served on the bench since 2001. He is a former member of the Maryland General Assembly and a real estate investor. (Sources: The Washington Post and Associated Press)
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