Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Praxis Safety and Accountability Audit: Practicing a “Sociology for People”

From the September issue of Violence Against Women
vaw.sagepub.com

The Praxis Safety and Accountability Audit: Practicing a “Sociology for People”

Jane M. Sadusky Private Consultant, Madison, WI
Rhonda Martinson Battered Women's Justice Project, Minneapolis, MN, rmartinson@bwjp.org
Kristine Lizdas Battered Women's Justice Project, Minneapolis, MN
Casey McGee Praxis International, St. Paul, MN

Abstract

Ellen Pence has crafted the Praxis Safety and Accountability Audit (Safety Audit) on the social change foundation of the battered women’s movement, the idea of a coordinated community response to domestic violence, and institutional ethnography’s emphasis on asking questions from the standpoint of people in their everyday lives. Conducted by an interagency team of advocates and practitioners, the Safety Audit uses interviews, observations, and text analysis to examine the ways in which institutions standardize and coordinate workers’ actions to produce interventions and outcomes that enhance or diminish safety for battered women and their children. With the Safety Audit, Pence has provided a new and distinctive tool for community change.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Tonight - Violent man evicted from Big Brother house

Tonight - Violent man evicted from Big Brother house: "

Violent man evicted from Big Brother house
September 18, 2010

By Sheree B├ęga

Public outrage forced M-Net to boot controversial Big Brother All Stars housemate Hannington Kuteesa off the show yesterday after he hit and shoved a fellow female contestant early this week.

And the woman he hit has been banned from drinking alcohol for the rest of the series.

Civil society groups, including People Opposing Women Abuse (Powa) and the Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre, criticised M-Net this week after it allowed Ugandan Kuteesa to remain in the show after an altercation with South Africa's Lerato Sengadi on Tuesday night that left her with bleeding gums, only providing the pair with a psychologist to 'guide them'."

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

SAGE Books and Textbooks: Marriage and Family Counseling , Social Work with Children and Families , Social Work with Women , Sociology of Violence/Abuse, Violence/ Abuse , Sourcebook on Violence Against Women: Claire M. Renzetti, Jeffrey Edleson, Raquel Kennedy Bergen: SAGE the natural home for authors, editors and societies.

SAGE Books and Textbooks:

Sourcebook on Violence Against Women: Claire M. Renzetti, Jeffrey Edleson, Raquel Kennedy Bergen

Offering current research and reflections on violence against women

http://www.sagepub.com/booksProdDesc.nav?prodId=Book233215&

The new edition of this vital resource provides extensive coverage of the current state of research, theory, prevention, and intervention regarding violence against women. Each of the 18 chapters belongs to one of three parts: theoretical and methodological issues in researching violence against women, types of violence against women, or prevention and direct intervention. The editors and contributing authors have crafted their work to encourage discussion and debate and also to address issues of diversity and cultural contexts, as well as to examine inequalities of race and ethnicity, social class, physical ability, sexual orientation, and geographic location.


Intended Audience
This volume is intended for advanced undergraduate or graduate courses in Violence Against Women, Family Violence (Domestic Violence, Intimate Violence, Interpersonal Violence), and Violent Crime.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Gay Couples Gain Under Violence Against Women Act - NYTimes.com

Gay Couples Gain Under Violence Against Women Act - NYTimes.com:

"Gay Couples Gain Under Violence Against Women ActBy CHARLIE SAVAGE
Published: June 10, 2010

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has decided that federal prosecutors should enforce criminal provisions in the Violence Against Women Act in cases involving gay and lesbian relationships, a newly disclosed memorandum shows.

In a seven-page legal analysis, David J. Barron, the acting assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, concluded that federal prosecutors may use the law in cases of interstate stalking and domestic violence regardless of whether the victim or the defendant is a man or a woman."

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Framing the Afghan Debate With a Magazine Cover - At War Blog - NYTimes.com

Framing the Afghan Debate With a Magazine Cover - At War Blog - NYTimes.com:

"...Time Magazine’s Aug. 9 issue offers a counterpoint to Mr. Haass’s take on the war. As our colleague Rod Nordland reports, Time framed the debate on the war with a heartbreaking and provocative photo of an 18-year-old Afghan woman whose nose and ears were severed as punishment for fleeing an arranged marriage and an equally provocative headline, “What Happens if We Leave Afghanistan...”"

Thoughts on using this image?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Urge Congress to Help End Violence Against Women | Women's Rights | Change.org

Urge Congress to Help End Violence Against Women Women's Rights Change.org:

Urge Congress to Help End Violence Against Women

Targeting: The U.S. Senate and The U.S. House of Representatives
Sponsored by: Oxfam America

"In her lifetime, approximately one in three women around the world will suffer violence simply because she is a woman. Sex trafficking, rape during times of war, and domestic violence are destructive forces not just for women, but for entire communities. This cannot continue.
Your legislators have the power to speak out against this systemic violence against women, and rally support for innovative programs that decrease acts of violence.
Please ask Congress to make women's safety an urgent priority. Their leadership could mean the difference between life and death for a woman or girl."

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Wear a Pink Sari and Carry a Big Stick

Wear a Pink Sari and Carry a Big Stick

The women's gangs of India.

From Slate:

"Sampat Pal Devi of the gulabi In March, the Indian upper parliament passed a historic affirmative-action bill. If approved by the lower house, the law would reserve 33 percent of all parliamentary seats for women. You might think this would be well-received by rural women in India. But they long ago gave up on the government and have taken things into their own hands. India is witnessing a rise of vigilante groups, the most sensational of which is the gulabi, or pink gang, operating in the Bundelkhand district of the Uttar Pradesh state, one of the poorest districts of India. Some gangs have started what Indian journalists describe as a 'mini-revolution' on behalf of women."

SAGE News

SAGE News: Please join us for the first annual SAGE Public Sociology Community reception.


When: Monday, August 16th from 5-7pm (during ASA convention)

Where: SEAR, a restaurant in the Marriott Marquis (one of the official ASA hotels)

What: Reception to kick off the SAGE Public Sociology Community. Cocktails and light fare will be served. We will hear briefly from Corey Dolgon and Chris Baker, the authors of the highly anticipated first edition Social Problems: A Service Learning Approach.

Are you interested in the public sociology movement in particular or service learning and civic engagement in general? We are pleased to invite you to join the SAGE and Pine Forge Public Sociology Community. We believe that public sociology represents an exciting convergence of socially relevant research and scholarship with fresh, action-based teaching strategies. At their best, these trends promise to reinvigorate sociological practice and engage new generations of students with a sociology that makes a difference.

Please RSVP to erica.deluca@sagepub.com by August 6th."

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Media Release: NCAVP

NCAVP Report of hate violence against LGBTQ communites released today.

Click here for the media release. Let us know your thoughts.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Grantees of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women Win Global Accolades (News, 2010-06-30) - News & Events - UNIFEM

From our friends at UNIFEM:

Grantees of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women Win Global Accolades (News, 2010-06-30) -

"Grantees of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women Win Global Accolades

Projects addressing violence against women and its intersection with HIV from South Asia won global recognition at the prestigious Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival and the U.K. One World Media Special Awards recently. Breakthrough and Equal Access, the two organizations spearheading the activities, are grantees of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, which is managed by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) on behalf of the UN system"

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Epacvaw

New group/website I came accross over the weekend, for our overseas readers:

Epacvaw:
"The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) Centre on Violence against Women is welcoming you on its website, presenting the EWL Observatory on violence against women, data and reports on the situation in thirty countries from the European Union and neighboring countries, current news, as well as a resources on violence against women. Since 2008, the EWL Centre on Violence against Women is supported by the EC Daphne III Programme. In Europe today, one in four women is a victim of male violence."


Thursday, July 1, 2010

8,548 cases of violence against women reported in 2009

8,548 cases of violence against women reported in 2009:

From Pakistan:

"8,548 cases of violence against women reported in 2009
Some 8,548 cases of Violence Against Women (VAW) were reported during 2009 showing a 13 per cent increase from a total reported 7,571 cases in the year 2008."

thoughts?

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

ACLU: America is riddled with politically motivated surveillance - Boing Boing


ACLU: America is riddled with politically motivated surveillance - Boing Boing:

"ACLU: America is riddled with politically motivated surveillance
Cory Doctorow at 12:28 AM Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 A new ACLU report, 'Policing Free Speech: Police Surveillance and Obstruction of First Amendment-Protected Activity,' documents recent cases of politically motivated surveillance across America -- cases in which people were put under surveillance 'for doing little more than peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights.'"


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Campaign against domestic violence in India wins Cannes trophy

Campaign against domestic violence in India wins Cannes trophy:

"A national campaign that uses the power of pop culture, media and community mobilisation for outreach against domestic violence India has bagged the prestigious Silver Lion at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival."

thoughts?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN RESEARCH

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN RESEARCH


Achieving Successful Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships

that Strengthen Practice and Policy



Focus Group Participants and Interviewees Needed

The National Institute of Justice has devoted substantial efforts to promoting researcher-practitioner partnerships specific to violence against women (VAW) research. As a result, there have been numerous partnerships specific to this topic. Partners have acquired much knowledge to inform future partnering efforts.

Tami Sullivan (Yale University School of Medicine) and Bonnie Fisher (University of Cincinnati) have been funded by the National Institute of Justice to document and synthesize lessons learned from Violence Against Women researcher-practitioner partnerships to promote building and enhancing future partnerships in the following domains: (a) Assessing the need for criminal justice researcher-practitioner partnerships; (b) Issues in the development of collaborative criminal justice research partnerships, including barriers to and facilitators of partnering; (c) Balancing the needs of researchers and practitioners throughout the process; (d) Methods for disseminating and translating results that are useful and beneficial to both parties; (e) Sustainability of partnerships.

As a researcher or practitioner who is partnering or has partnered regarding VAW research, you are invited to share your experiences and knowledge in an effort to document the development and sustainability of these types of partnerships within the criminal justice system. We are seeking practitioners and researchers for focus groups or one-on-one interviews. Your input is extremely valuable; we appreciate your willingness to share your experiences and knowledge.

We anticipate that your involvement will require participation in a 60- to 90- minute focus group or personal interview; focus groups will be audio-taped and interviews will be video-taped. Participants will be remunerated for their time in accordance with NIJ guidelines.

To be considered as a participant in the focus group or as an interviewee, please send an email to Tami.Sullivan@yale.edu or Bonnie.Fisher@uc.edu.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Gay Couples Gain Under Violence Against Women Act - NYTimes.com

Gay Couples Gain Under Violence Against Women Act - NYTimes.com:

"WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has decided that federal prosecutors should enforce criminal provisions in the Violence Against Women Act in cases involving gay and lesbian relationships, a newly disclosed memorandum shows."

Interesting article, your thoughts?

Monday, May 24, 2010

APA - Council of Europe draws up convention to combat violence against women

News from around the globe:

APA - Council of Europe draws up convention to combat violence against women:

"Council of Europe draws up convention to combat violence against women

Baku. Viktoria Dementieva – APA. Council of Europe is drawing up a convention to combat violence against women, the Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Maud de Boer-Buquicchio told the press conference held in connection with the 7th conference “Gender equality: bridging the gap between de jure and de facto equality” in Baku, APA reports."

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Dating violence on the rise at area colleges | Washington Examiner

Saw this on the DWC listserv, originally posted by Joanne Belknap:

Dating violence on the rise at area colleges Washington Examiner:
By: Hayley Peterson
May 13, 2010

"Women are increasingly being victimized on college campuses across the Washington region, with romantic relationships behind most of the assaults, according to the FBI and statistics from local universities..."

Interesting article, thoughts?

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Pixel Project

The Pixel Project:

"The Pixel Project is an innovative Web 2.0 effort to turbo-charge global awareness about violence against women while raising US$1 million for the Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) Malaysia & the USA’s National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV).

LEARN MORE or GET INVOLVED."

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Congress should address violence against women - TheHill.com

A breakdown of the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA)

Congress should address violence against women - TheHill.com:

"Congress should address violence against women
By Ritu Sharma

... Congress is now poised to help their efforts through the bipartisan International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) sponsored by Reps. Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.), Ted Poe (R-Texas) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Susan Collins (R-Maine)..."

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The National Organization for Women

The National Organization for Women

A National Disgrace: Stop Sexual Assault in the Military

Act Now to Address Violence Against Military Women and Their Families

Click Here to take part.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Tell the Senate: Pass Juvenile Justice Reform Now! | Change.org

From our friends at IA4CFP.blogspot.com and change.org.

Tell the Senate: Pass Juvenile Justice Reform Now! Change.org:

"Tell the Senate: Pass Juvenile Justice Reform Now!

Targeting: The U.S. Senate
Started by: Campaign for Youth Justice
The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2009, S. 678, has been introduced and was approved by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 12-7 on December 17th, 2009. The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), was first enacted in 1974 and provides federal funding to states that comply with a set of best practices aimed at avoiding the detention and incarceration of young people in juvenile and adult facilities."

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

2010 Annual National Conference | UNIFEM USNC


2010 Annual National Conference UNIFEM USNC:
Strategic Imperatives for Ending Violence against Women
Linkages to Education, Economic Security, and Health

REGISTER NOW Online

When: June 11 and 12, 2010

Where: Hunter College, West Wing, East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue in New York City

What: A conference to build collaborations to understand the intersections between violence against women and key social investments: the economy, health and education. Convening leaders from business, academia, philanthropy, advocacy, nonprofit and policy communities, the conference provides participants with a better understanding of UNIFEM programs and funded projects, breaking research within the NCRW member center network, and advocacy and policy initiatives. Speakers will highlight a comprehensive approach to end gender-based violence through specific actions,"

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Doctors sterilise Uzbek women by stealth - Times Online

Doctors sterilise Uzbek women by stealth - Times Online

Disturbing story from Timesonline.co.uk

"When her baby died soon after delivery, Gulbahor Zavidova, 28, a poor farmer's wife, longed to be pregnant again. After months of tryin she and her husband visited a doctor who told her she could never have another child because she had been sterilised..."

Very interesting article, what are you thoughts?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Celebrities join 6 EVAW-HBCU Project

Celebrities join 6 EVAW-HBCU Project

From http://www.blackvoices.com/

"WASHINGTON, DC (April 21, 2010) - On Wednesday April 21, 2010 students and faculty at six Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)--Howard University, Hampton University, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, Xavier University of Louisiana, and Lemoyne-Owen College--will participate in Denim Day events at HBCUs. The HBCU movement for Denim Day is organized by Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW): The HBCU Project, an initiative funded through the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services Office on Women's Health."

Thoughts on the movement?

Friday, April 23, 2010

UN Agency Alarmed by Continued Sexual Violence Against Women in DRC

UN Agency Alarmed by Continued Sexual Violence Against Women in DRC

"Recent data from the UNHCR shows that women and girls in The Democratic Republic of Congo continue to be sexually assaulted throughout the country at an average of almost 14-assaults each day since the beginning of the year."

From Voice of America

There is an interesting audio bit, let me know your thoughts...

Friday, April 9, 2010

ZENIT - Preacher Decries Violence Against Women

Here's an interesting article I found through a quick google search, from Zenit:

"Preacher Decries Violence Against Women, Says Christ Is Ally in Fighting This Crime

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 2, 2010 (Zenit.org).- The preacher of the Pontifical Household is denouncing violence against women, especially in the domestic realm, and is pointing out that Christ is the first to fight this crime."

Thoughts?...

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sexual Assault Awareness Month



Thursday, March 11, 2010

UK Center for Research on Violence Against Women

UK Center for Research on Violence Against Women:

Press Release from University of Kentucky

Jordan Article Nominated for 2009’s Best

The journal Violence Against Women: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal has announced that a published manuscript authored by Center Director Carol Jordan has been nominated for the journal’s 2009 Best Article Award. The manuscript, “Advancing the Study of Violence Against Women: Evolving Research Agendas into Science” was published by the journal in April 2009. The paper advanced the work of the Center and the field of study on violence against women by proposing creation of a new area of science for understanding and ending all forms of violence against women.

Jordan, C.E. (2009). Advancing the study of violence against women: Evolving research agendas into science. Violence Against Women, 15, 393 – 419.

Decades of research produced by multiple disciplines have documented withering rates of violence against women in the U.S. and around the globe. To further an understanding of gendered violence, a field of research has developed, but recent critiques highlight weaknesses that inhibit a full scientific exploration of these crimes and their impacts. This review extends beyond prior reviews to explore the field’s unique challenges, its community of scientists, and the state of its written knowledge. The review argues for moving beyond “research agendas” and proposes creation of a transdisciplinary science for the field of study of violence against women."

Monday, March 8, 2010

Violence Against Women Gets Worse During Disasters

There was an interesting article in the Toronto Sun concerning Haiti and women's rights.

"Natural disasters, says Denyse Cote, are when women's rights matter most. Which is why the sociology professor at the University of Quebec in the Outauais agreed so readily to be part of Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean's small official delegation to Haiti this week..."

Read the rest of the article here: http://www.torontosun.com/news/haiti/2010/03/08/13158431.html

Denyse also wrote an article for the Journal of Family Issues on the trivialization of demands transfered from health care workers to patients and thier familys, which can viewed here: http://jfi.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/26/2/247

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Women's Human Rights in Iran

From Amnesty International:

"Even though many women's human rights activists in Iran are engaged in peaceful activities, they continue to face harsh repression and punishment from the Iranian government including severe threats, unlawful arrests, and indefinete detentions...

Call on Iranian officials to protect the rights of women's rights activists!"
Download the PDF

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

NOW Calls for Paterson to Resign - City Room Blog - NYTimes.com

NOW Calls for Paterson to Resign - City Room Blog - NYTimes.com

"A leading women's rights group that had once praised Gov. David A. Paterson for his work on violence against women is now seeking his resignation, saying his intervention in a domestic violence case involving a top adviser was inappropriate and disappointing..."

Monday, March 1, 2010

Intimate Partner Violence

First post for the month!

New in Violence Against Women: Commentary: Losing the "Gender" in Gender-Based Violence: The Missteps of Research on Dating and Intimate Partner Violence by Elizabeth Reed. Link available in the RSS feed.

For more info on Intimate Partner Violence, listen to Byron Johnson's Podcast from Vol 13, Issue 11, available at: http://vaw.sagepub.com/cgi/content/full/13/11/1094/DC1

Sunday, February 28, 2010

FOXNews.com - Reid Unapologetic for Linking Unemployment to Violence Against Women

FOXNews.com - Reid Unapologetic for Linking Unemployment to Violence Against Women

"Advocates for mean are calling for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to apologize for suggesting Monday that men are more likely than women to commit domestice violence, especially when they're out of work for long periods of time..."

From FoxNews.com

Your thoughts?