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Take Action For Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women 2022

April 28th, 2022 by National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence
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Cross-posted with permission from the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.

In recognition of the 2022 National Week of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence hosted by FUTURES and the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center have partnered to highlight the unique and important role health care can play in preventing and responding to violence against Indigenous women.

A National Week of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) provides a process for public healing and accountability for this injustice and honors those who have gone missing or been murdered. It is essential on the broadest level to acknowledge the historic and ongoing, current human suffering and death that global colonization has brought to Indigenous women. Violence against Indigenous women is preventable, and requires commitment across all systems and sectors of societies–including the public (governmental), private (business/corporations), nonprofit, educational, military, religious, …

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Not Broken Parents: Why Teaching Parents to Parent Isn’t the Solution Our Children Need

April 27th, 2022 by Dr. Tien Ung

I have an ACES score of 9. That means I grew up with 9 of the 10 categories of Adverse Childhood Experiences that Drs. Vincent Felitti and Robert Anda found to be highly correlated with health risk behavior and chronic, even fatal disease in adults. For many health professionals this score would indicate that I am at high risk for heart disease, pulmonary disease, diabetes, sexually transmitted disease, autoimmune diseases and perhaps a shortened life span among many other things. For many behavioral health professionals, any score above 4 ACES would mean that I am 12 times more likely to attempt suicide, 7 times more likely to be an alcoholic, 8 times more likely to be violent or 7.5 times more likely to be a victim of violence

Consequently, the chances that a health, behavioral health, educational, or criminal justice professional screening for ACES would refer

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From Mandatory Reporting to Mandatory Supporting: Top 3 ways Medical Mandatory Reporting Laws Can Harm Survivors

February 14th, 2022 by Anisa Ali and Kate Vander Tuig

Did you know that when survivors seek health care for an injury caused by domestic violence in California, health providers are required to make a report to law enforcement – even if it goes against the wishes of the survivor? That’s because California has what is called a medical mandated reporting law for health care providers. Several other states once had similar laws in place, but the overwhelming majority have since repealed or amended their laws to be more survivor-centered and trauma-informed. Domestic violence mandatory reporting laws, while created with good intentions, can have detrimental impacts for survivors: In a survey done by the National Domestic Violence Hotline of survivors who had experienced mandated reporting, 83.3% of survivors stated mandatory reporting made the situation much worse, somewhat worse, or did nothing to improve the DV situation.1

“It’s a life-and-death situation if going to the hospital. If asked how injured,

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Why Domestic Violence Increased During COVID-19, and What Can Be Done About it

November 3rd, 2021 by Katherine Ellison

Crossposted with permission from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies Blog

Content Warning: The interview below discusses the subject of domestic violence.

It’s been called a pandemic within the pandemic. Reports of domestic violence surged during the COVID-19 lockdowns and limits on social interaction outside the home. And the problem was already widespread; 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men in the U.S. say they have experienced violence by an intimate partner.

For more than 40 years, Futures Without Violence (FUTURES), a grantee in Schusterman Family Philanthropies’ Gender and Reproductive Equity portfolio, has worked to reduce the injuries and deaths from these often-hidden crimes. With offices in Boston, New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C., FUTURES works to educate thousands of young people nationwide, train tens of thousands of first responders and lobby for major reforms, including the landmark Violence Against Women Act. Since …

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New Biden Administration Policy Helps Immigrant Survivors Access A Pathway to Safety

July 13th, 2021 by Karen Herrling
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FUTURES Senior Advisor Karen Herrling explains how the new policy dramatically improves the circumstances for immigrant survivors of gender-based violence with pending U visa applications.

On June 14th, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced that it would provide employment authorization and deferred action for U visa applicants[1] and their family members with pending, bona fide cases. This new policy dramatically improves the circumstances for immigrant survivors of gender-based violence with pending U visa applications. It allows them to work, be lawfully present, and aid law enforcement while waiting the full adjudication of their cases. Importantly, it also allows them to live a more normal life without fear from an abusive partner and immigration enforcement agents.…

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