September 6, 2002
Amazing news this week. The Miles Foundation will be supplying every military
base in the United States with a Silent Witness exhibit. What an amazing
new venture for us and for the families that will experience healing through
being involved with the exhibit. More in the world-wide section of the
newsletter. Many thanks to the Miles Foundation.
And congratulations to our activists in two states who have
received the Women's Peacepower Foundation Awards this year. What an honor--to
be seen as some of the most effective domestic violence activists in the
country. Kudos to Vickie Amundson, Jerri Miller, and Nancy Rafi.
WELCOME NEW EMAIL CORRESPONDENTS:
Candy McSwain (Destiny House, South Providence, RI), Emily Heilbrun (Oregon,
new email address), Shelly Musser (Prevention coordinator, Sojourn shelter,
Springfield, IL), Debbie Smith (Univ. of Michigan Health Care Program,
Ann Arbor), Annette Scott (SAFE House, Henderson, NV), Lance and Mary
Butner (Friends of Silent Witness, Minneapolis), Candace Slaughter (Peacepower
Foundation, France, new email address), Tracy Spicer (Blue Vallee Crisis
Center, Fiarbury, NE, new SW exhibit), Karen Rider (Women's Center, University
of Hartford, Hartford, CT)
States on Board for October events: 16 states on board so
Alaska, California, Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska,
North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota,
Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming.
Countries on Board for October-November events: Silent Witness
and 16 Days Against Violence
Cayman Islands, Hungary, United States.
Please let me know ASAP if you are planning an event, even
if you don't have the details. It saves us making calls to everyone!!
In preparation for October's events, I would like to remind each of us
again why we are doing this work. Here are three Silent Witness plaque
stories, women for us to honor and remember. And if you would like to
enter a name and story on our web site please do so. Home page lists the
Theresa Nagatori, age 26, killed September 11, 1993, New
During an argument on a Saturday drive through the Lakes region, she was
beaten, dragged and run over. Her small children sat in the back seat.
Her companion pled guilty to manslaughter and is serving a sentence of
Helen Ferguson, age 41, killed February 27, 1994, New Hampshire
She was a much loved Salem High School English teacher and mother of two
young girls. She was found in her husband's blood soaked cleaning van.
She died of head wounds. the suspected weapons are a five-pound pipe wrench
and a twelve-inch screwdriver. Her husband has been charged with the murder.
Jackie Preston, age 51, August 11, 1993, New Hampshire
She lived in Haverhill. During an argument her husband smashed a loaded
shot gun against a beam. She was shot in the chest and abdomen. He was
found guilty of manslaughter and is serving a 12-25 year sentence at the
New Hampshire State Prison.
NEWS FROM THE STATES/COUNTRIES:
Betty Taylor wrote from Australia (Gold Coast) that they have a Silent
Witness exhibit with ten figures. It is the latest exhibit in Australia
and we are delighted to have them on board. We met Betty this summer when
she was traveling in the US meeting with a variety of DV advocates. She
and her staff are doing very innovative and successful programming in
Australia, especially with women survivors. We hope to hear more from
them about their programming as they proceed. And welcome to the network,
Betty and company.
Renee Hannas, of the BPW in Cayman Islands write this GREAT progress on
the safe house. Renee is moving to Vancouver so we'll be anxious to see
what she gets going there!!
I have good news for you.....each week here the NCADA is
meeting and the safe house here is definitely on the go. We are currently
choosing a Board of Directors. I'm sad that I will not be here to be able
to see it through....but it makes my heart very happy to see that the
safe house will definitely come to be here. I'll just have to come back
to visit to see it!
Each month I read the newsletters and it truly inspires me....and your
visit here/meeting you did too. Thank-you for that inspiration:>) Also,
you mentioned to me here that there is no SW in Vancouver or Canada? Once
I am there and settled I will definitely contact you and if this is still
true I would like to change that!
*Renee, I was truly inspired when I visited you in the Caymans
last fall. I loved the energy of the women of BPW and the plans they made
last fall are coming into fruition now. Good for you. Congratulations.
This message from Pat Lupson, a mother and grandmother of DV victims and
a SW activists:
Janet, I must tell you about an honor Warren and I received.
We were asked to give a presentation at the recently held American Correctional
Association's conference in California about our going into prisons and
talking directly to the inmates about domestic violence the impact it,
and crime, has. What a validation for what we're trying to do. This is
the national association that services the complete correctional industry.
Even better - they received such a positive response that
they have asked us back for their winter conference in North Carolina.
Cool stuff - as I always say, if only one of those inmates walks out of
that institution (and let's face it 95% go back to society) and he doesn't
raise his hand again in anger, pick up a gun again, do drugs again, drive
drunk again, then I have done honor to Gina, Shaun and Joshua's memory
- not to mention all the other silent witnesses around the world!
*Pat and Warren, this is such good work. Your impact is
growing. Your story is so compelling. Thank you for honoring the memory
of your daughter and grandsons in this healing way.
Patricia Shaffer reports on the success of their recent project in MA:
The Back to School Drive was a GREAT SUCESS- outfitting 66+ children in
shelters in the Lowell area and Newburyport area. Our next project will
be focused on October -Domestic Violence Awareness month. We are excited
about reaching out to bring awareness to the workplace.
*Great work. Isn't it fun to see such tangible results of
your work? Keep up the great efforts.
An update from Eli Moore, following the murders at Ft. Bragg:
On August 21st more than 80 people came together in Fayetteville, NC (home
of the Ft.Bragg DV Homicides) to mourn the loss of battered women and
come together as a community to discuss ways to improve on their current
response to domestic violence. Attendees included military, DV advocates,
social service people, battered/formerly battered women, state agencies
and NCCADV. People were given the opportunity to express ideas and suggestions
on where improvements were needed. The community will meet again to begin
plans to implement suggestions for improvement to response. The Silent
Witness made a powerful exhibit as people walked into the foyer of the
*Thank goodness the Silent Witnesses were at this powerful
event to start the healing process and insure that women are safe and
perpetrators are given effective treatment. Thanks for all your good work
Eli, and company.
Janet, this is Deb Donahue, I am the Executive Director of Domestic Violence
Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties - located in Carlisle, PA,.
On Thur. Oct. 17th we will be co-hosting a Candlelite Vigil with the DV
program from Dauphin Co. on the steps of the Capitol in downtown Harrisburg,
PA. We will be featuring the Silent Witness project at that time. More
details will follow, if you are interested in reviewing the events that
we are planning for DV Awareness month, please refer to our Website at
*We are grateful that so many states are writing in early
this year to inform us about their plans. Thanks for this wonderful effort.
We hope many lives are changed as a result.
Shirley Erhart sends this news from South Dakota:
The SD Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault will hold
a variety of special events during October. Member programs will hold
their events as well as the Coalition. We are in the process of creating
3 new sets of Silent Witness figures in the hopes we will be able to have
sets at the programs throughout the state when needed at various times.
We will try to fill you in on the various happenings and outcomes in November.
*Thanks for this update, Shirley. Wow, three new sets. That's
ambitious but very useful if you want each section of the state to have
easier access to an exhibit. Great work. And congratulations again on
being the first state to eliminate DV homicides for women for one whole
Pam Dolan (Jr. League of Fairmont) gives us a heads up on
their activity in WVA this fall:
We will be displaying the Silent Witnesses at West Virginia University
the week of October 7. We will have a symposium also with speakers, etc.
Not too many other details at this time.
*Thanks, Pam, for this info. We'll look forward to the details.
NEWS FROM WORLDWIDE HEADQUARTERS:
Women's Peacepower Foundation gives awards:
The Women's Peacepower foundation recently gave their international awards
to women who have made significant contributions to peace making. A few
of our own Silent Witness activists were among the distinguished award
recipients. They are Jerri Miller and Vickie Amundson of the Silent Witness
effort in Montana, and Nancy Rafi, our coordinator in Rhode Island and
the NE Region. Congratulations to each of these outstanding women who
work so tirelessly for peace and healing within the domestic violence
movement. The awards ceremony is in Florida in September and each women
gets a cash prize along with her award. We are so proud of these winners
and will put their names in our award section of the web page.
Sixty Minutes highlights DV and the Miles Foundation funds SW exhibits
on military bases:
Sixty Minutes aired a powerful program about DV on military bases this
week. They said DV is three times higher on military bases than in the
rest of the population. Although there are programs in place all throughout
the military, it seems they are not being consistently used or adhered
to. The murders at Ft. Bragg have brought all of this to the surface once
again. And out of this bad news an amazing thing has happened...
The Miles Foundation of New Town, CT, which provides services
to victims of DV, are supplying all 80-90 Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine,
and Coast Guard bases with Silent Witness exhibits. The objective is to
honor the women who've been murdered on these bases and to pledge to eliminate
DV in the military. Family members are invited to be involved. Many thanks
to Christine Hansen, the executive director of the Miles Foundation. Also
thanks to those in NC who are working on a committee with Ft. Bragg personnel
to bring more attention to the DV issues on the base. More details to
Training for Self Mastery and a new application for teenagers: Rose Mary
Rose Mary will do two training programs in the Washington DC area this
fall, Thurs., November 7 Ellicott City, MD, and Friday, November 8 at
College Park, MD. For a brochure or more information call 1-800-843-7763
or see www.pesihealthcare.com This would be a great time for those of
you on the East coast to see her model. She has also been working with
the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities to design programs for truant
youth and other youth with school issues. If you would like to receive
more information on either of these two programs contact Rose Mary at
Speaking of results, Rose Mary's Self Mastery DV Treatment
groups which work with court ordered men have consistent completion rates
of 90-94%. Her lowest average completion rate is 85%. This compares with
the national average of 50-60%. She works for Family Service and her groups
are 36 hours long. She is starting women's groups this month and will
begin doing follow up research this fall.
Two Training Sites for investigation of Sexual Assault and DV: Anne O'Dell
and Joanne Archambault
Sgt. Joanne Archambault (Retired) and Sgt. Anne O'Dell (Retired) will
present a two day class on "state of the art" training in the
investigation of sexual assault and domestic violence. It will be held
September 25-26, 2003 in Troy, NY. For more information, visit http://www.mysati.com/reg_ny_9_2002.htm.
Or call 858-679-2913.
Sgt. Joanne Archambault (Retired) and Sgt. Anne O'Dell (Retired)
will present a two day class on "state of the art" training
in the investigation of sexual assault in New Orleans, LA on November
7-8, 2002. For more information, visit http://www.mysati.com/reg_la_11_2002.htm
or call 858-679-2913.
MultiMedia productions about violence for college students:
My name is Nancy Hulse, and I produce live, multimedia programs about
women's issues. I currently have two main shows in production: "That
Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady", which deals with relationship violence
and, "A Rose by Any Other Name", which illustrates the impact
of rape on women in our society. Recently I have developed two new "SPOKEN
WORD" versions of my shows to help me reach the widest possible audience
with this important message. Same content, same impact, but less technical
and more intimate in nature. The full "Theatrical" versions
of these shows are, of course, still available.
My shows provide a unique and powerful way to educate students
about these important issues. They are ideal for orientations, anti-violence
programs, women's studies, criminal justice, health, and other related
activities. Please read the newspaper article (link below) about my performance
at Pittsburg State in Kansas, and visit the link and my web site for further
information. I look forward to hearing from you.
Nancy Hulse Womynkind Productions http://www.womynkind.org 1-888-578-9847
I leave you today with a quote from the late John Gardner, founder of
"The first and last task of a leader is to keep hope
Keep hope alive out there. There are so many things we are doing and can
do to get to our goal of 0 by 2010. I just know we can make it. Keep up
the great work.