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Here’s a 3-hour, evidence-based training for healthcare providers (nurses, physicians, social workers) on how to screen patients for intimate partner violence, respond helpfully, and connect them with the right resources.  Students are welcome and so are domestic violence advocates! The same 3-hour training is being offered on two separate evenings in Columbia (8/28/14 or 9/8/14).  Participants can register for whichever date works for them– registration forms are below. Dinner will be provided and CEUS/CMEs are available. This training has been funded by the Verizon Foundation.  More info is available in the registration forms below.  Questions can be directed to bloomt@missouri.edu . 8-28-14 Training Info and Registration Form 9-8-14 Training Information and Registration Form


I am sharing the following good news from Colleen Coble, the Executive Director of the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. Image


“To:                   MCADSV Members

From:               Colleen Coble, CEO

Date:               January 28, 2013

Re:                   Governor Jay Nixon proposes $1.9 million increase in funding for domestic violence services in his Fiscal Year 2014 state budget


Governor Nixon proposes $1.9 million increase in funding for domestic violence services in his Fiscal Year 2014 state budget proposal

The state Fiscal Year 2014 budget proposal released Monday night, 1-28-13, by Governor Jay Nixon allocates $1.6 million in federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) funding and an additional $300,000 in other federal funds for domestic violence services through the Department of Social Services. This use of TANF funding for domestic violence services has been done in many other states, but Gov. Nixon’s proposal is the first for Missouri. Surveys by MCADSV of its member programs consistently show that about 75 percent of domestic violence service recipients receive or are eligible for TANF.


The total FY14 funding proposed by the Governor for domestic violence services is $8,466,524. The current funding level is $6.5 million, of which $4.75 million is state funding.


Governor receives standing ovation for comments on domestic violence in State of the State speech

In Governor Nixon’s State of the State speech, he received a bipartisan standing ovation when he spoke forcefully and poignantly about the obligation to ensure that “courageous” battered women and their children are not turned away from shelters and services that are full.


Here are the Governor’s comments:

“Each day in our state and across the country, tragedies occur that don’t make headlines, and often don’t get reported at all. I am talking about domestic violence. Last year, our network of shelters for victims of domestic violence provided safe haven for thousands of women and children. But thousands of others were turned away because the shelters were full.

“We know that battered women are at greatest risk when they make the courageous decision to leave an abusive partner. Finding shelter can literally make the difference between life and death for these women and for their children.

“That is why my budget includes a 29 percent increase in funds to provide more beds, more treatment, more safety at domestic violence shelters throughout our state. No child – no mother – who has been the victim of domestic violence should ever be turned away and left to fend for themselves during these moments of crisis.”

This is an exciting beginning to our work with the 2013 General Assembly as advocates who can, and do, shape public policy to prevent and end sexual and domestic violence.



 Colleen Coble

Chief Executive Officer

Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

217 Oscar Drive, Suite A

Jefferson City, MO 65101

573-634-4161 ext. 103




Said it a million times before…. but if you haven’t joined MCADSV– YOU SHOULD.  They’ll keep you up to date w/ good news like this… And let you know how you can help.  Plus give you all kinds of great trainings, etc.  JOIN UP AND GIVE THEM YOUR SUPPORT, HEALTHCARE PPL!

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When women present in health care settings, we have a critically important, possibly life-saving chance to talk to them about violence.  New guidelines from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) underscore the importance of this opportunity and the duty of those of us in women’s health care settings in particular to follow through and do right by our patients. 

From the introduction (excerpt):

“Over the past two decades, a growing body of research has recognized the connection between relationship violence and poor reproductive health care outcomes for women. More hidden and often undetected forms of victimization involving coercive behaviors that interfere with reproductive health have emerged from this research.

Health care visits provide a window of opportunity to address IPV and coercive behaviors related to patients’ reproductive health. The goal of this resource is to reframe the way in which health care systems respond to IPV and reproductive and sexual coercion. The health care provider is the hub of a wheel in a trauma-informed, coordinated health care response that includes universal education and prevention.

This guide highlights research that demonstrates how a brief intervention using a safety card to educate female patients about reproductive and sexual coercion can improve reproductive health outcomes and promote healthy, safe, and consensual relationships. Safety cards and other resources for integrating and sustaining a trauma-informed, coordinated response to IPV and reproductive and sexual coercion are included in this publication.

In 2011, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued guidelines for preventive health services for women that recommend routine domestic violence (intimate partner violence) screening. The guidelines endorsed by Department of Health and Human Services require that new health insurance plans cover domestic violence screening as part of women’s preventive services.

Under the Affordable Care Act, new health plans must reimburse domestic violence screening and counseling as part of preventive health care services at no additional cost. Addressing Intimate Partner Violence Reproductive and Sexual Coercion Guide expands the scope of routine screening for IPV to include assessment for reproductive and sexual coercion. A trauma-informed, comprehensive approach to relationship violence that includes behaviors that interfere with patients’ reproductive health can improve the quality of care and reproductive health outcomes including higher contraceptive compliance, fewer unintended pregnancies, preventing coerced and repeat abortions, and reducing sexually transmitted infections (STIs)/HIV and associated risk behaviors.”

You can get a copy of the new guidelines free at http://www.acog.org/About%20ACOG/ACOG%20Departments/Health%20Care%20for%20Underserved%20Women/~/media/Departments/Violence%20Against%20Women/Reproguidelines.pdf.

It’s time to do right by abused women in healthcare settings — time to lift the shade and let the sunlight in.  Women may not always choose to disclose — or to do what we (who know very little of their situation) deem to be the “right thing” to do (i.e. leave) but just conveying that the healthcare provider can offer caring, ongoing unconditional support, and a nonjudgmental attitude is a tremendous intervention.  Connecting women with resources for help and safety planning can go even further.  Get your guidelines today and start things moving in your workplace!

What are the average person’s attitudes about intimate partner violence? Do people know and understand that relationship violence can happen to anyone?  How many people know a friend or loved one that has been affected by intimate partner violence? And how does this impact how we talk about intimate partner violence and work to change people’s attitudes about it?

This free 1-hour webinar presents results from a survey of laypersons, with a fairly large sample size (N = 900). The survey sample was obtained in California, so the findings may vary somewhat from what people think in Missouri– but we think the findings are still likely to be pretty valuable and interesting.

If you’d like to read more about the survey, here’s a good link:  http://tinyurl.com/c7ankar

Free webinar January 29th @ 1:00 pm Central Time.

Event Title: Changing Attitudes about Domestic Violence, Free BSCF Webinar
Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Start Time: 1:00 pm CST
End Time: 2:00 pm CST

Registration link here: https://blueshield-ca.webex.com/mw0307l/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=blueshield-ca&service=6 – enter the event number 807 468 705.


How do survivors of sexual assault act during an assault and after — what is “normal?” Why do people respond the ways they do– and how can we help them?   Here is a great, free webinar from the National Institutes of Justice. Highly recommended. The webinar is about 90 minutes long and it’s recorded– you can go in and watch it anytime. Learn about the neurobiology of sexual assault — what happens in the body and the mind, and how it affects people’s  behavior and presentation in clinical and legal settings– from one of the top experts on this topic, Dr. Rebecca Campbell.   This webinar will make you a much better advocate for survivors, and if you’re a survivor yourself, may help you understand the physiological roots of your own responses to a violent assault– and accept them as healthy and normal.  Go here to access the webinar: http://www.nij.gov/events/research-real-world.htm.

If you view this webinar, please come back here and tell us what you thought of it.  Was it helpful?  Would you recommend it to others?

From the email we received describing the webinar:

In the latest Research for the Real World presentation, Dr. Rebecca Campbell discusses the neurobiology of sexual assault and the effect trauma has on victim behavior. Is she exhibiting normal post-trauma behavior? Or is she lying?

Dr. Campbell has given this presentation before numerous law enforcement officers. She has several tips that help officers make arrests and strengthen the case.
Rebecca Campbell is Professor of Psychology and Program Evaluation at Michigan State University. For the past 20 years, she has conducted victimology research and evaluation, with an emphasis on violence against women and children. Her work examines how rape crisis centers and the legal, medical, and mental health systems respond to the needs of adult, adolescent, and pediatric victims of sexual assault. Her current work, funded by the National Institute of Justice, focuses on Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs and the criminal justice system.

If you’d like to read more about Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners and how they support survivors of sexual assault, Dr. Campbell has an excellent and freely-available article here:  http://www.vawnet.org/Assoc_Files_VAWnet/AR_Sane.pdf

ImageWebinars are COOL. And this one doesn’t cost you a dime. Great for healthcare providers and future ones too.

The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) is sponsoring a series of webinars as a way to keep all State/Territorial Liaisons and OWH partners updated on important women’s health issues. Everyone can participate, so feel free to share this announcement. Great speakers– if you’ve never heard Jackie Campbell– she is THE foremost expert, nationally and internationally, on intimate partner violence and women’s health… so we highly, highly recommend this one.

The Impact of Domestic Violence on the Health and Wellbeing of Women

When: Thursday, September 20th, 2012

2:00 p.m. ET (that’s 1:00 central time)– Webinar is 90 minutes (20 minutes Question & Answer included)

Speakers: Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN

Anna D. Wolf Chair and Professor, Department of Community-Public Health, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

Gail Wyatt, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior; Associate Director, UCLA AIDS Institute; Director, Center for Culture, Trauma and Mental Health Disparities

Moderator: ZMarylouise Kelley, Ph.D.

Director, Family Violence Prevention & Services Program, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

After the presentations, we will be taking questions by phone and via email. Please listen in at the start of the call for information on how to submit your questions.

How to access the September 20th Webinar:

Please note this course is face-to-face– Not available in a distance format at this point.  If you are in Columbia, it would be a great course for healthcare providers and future providers.  We can vouch for Dr. French– she’s quite amazing.  Read on….


COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT: Violence Against Women and Children 

Fall 2012 Mondays from 1:00 – 3:45pm.

Graduate students: ESC_PS 7087-15 #40950 – Undergraduate Students ESC_PS 4087-22 #40949 . 

According to various U.S. national studies, 30-40% of girls and 13% of boys will experience sexual abuse in childhood, around 18% of women and 11% of adolescents will experience rape, and 30% of women will experience intimate partner violence. Given these high prevalence rates, the likelihood that you will work with a someone through your teaching, counseling, mentoring or advising with a history of sexual, physical, or psychological trauma is likely. By taking the Violence Against Women and Children course, you will learn the sociopolitical framework of gender based and family violence, common psychological sequelae related to such trauma, prevention and policy implications, and become introduced to empirically validated and best practices treatment with sexual abuse, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence survivors. Students will learn about vicarious trauma and tools for self-care, while also hearing from a series of local guest experts in treatment for survivors of gender-based or family violence.

Here’s a note from Dr. French:  I am excited to teach this course again as it serves as an important foundation for counseling and psychotherapy training. Given the sensitive and challenging nature of the course, instructor approval is required. Please contact me if you are interested or have questions frenchbr@missouri.edu.


Bryana French

Bryana H. French, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Black Studies Program
Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology Department
University of Missouri at Columbia
ESCP (573) 882-3084; BSP (573) 882-0646

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