August 8, 2018

New Resources for Campus Health Centers
Campus health centers are one of several first response locations offered to students who may be survivors of sexual or intimate partner violence (IPV) during their years in college or university. Campus health center staff and providers are in a special position to support survivors and educate all patients about sexual assault and IPV. Further, campus health centers can provide information about healthy relationships and how violence can affect health, wellness, and academic performance while in school.
Futures Without Violence (Futures) recently developed several tools to assist those working in campus health centers to implement a universal education approach for patients and a trauma-informed response to violence. The resources provide information on what individual providers, staff, and student health educators can do; specific clinic changes that are integral to a comprehensive response; and how to partner with on- and off-campus groups also working on these issues.
  • Sex, Relationships, and Respect on Campus Safety Card: This five-panel double-sided resource folds up to the size of a business card. It is intended for college-aged students of all genders and is used as a conversation starter between health center providers and staff and their patients on the connections between health and relationships. The safety card can be downloaded for free as a PDF or can be ordered in hardcopy form on the Futures' website.
  • Addressing Sexual + Intimate Partner Violence in Campus Health Centers: The guideline document developed by Futures provides strategies, tools, and resources for providers, staff, and administrators working in campus-based health settings to incorporate sexual and IPV prevention and response into their work. Moving beyond the limits of disclosure-driven practice (e.g. traditional screening for domestic violence), this approach ensures that all patients, not just those who are able to disclose violence, have access to information, resources, and support. This document is available via PDF download only.
  • Sex, Relationships, and Respect on Campus: The Role of Campus Health Centers (Training Slides): The training slides are also for use with providers, staff, and students of all genders working in campus-based health settings to incorporate sexual and IPV prevention and response into their work. By creating a clinic environment where students have the opportunity to talk about healthy relationships and consensual sexual activity, campus health centers are helping to create a safe and supportive campus culture that does not tolerate violence. Slides are available in PDF download only.
In addition to these tools, Futures' Health Program hosts 10 graduate students from across the country in an annual fellowship that seeks to develop the students' leadership capacity around responding to and preventing sexual and intimate partner violence on college campuses. Learn more about the Campus Leaders Program and the other college and university work conducted by Futures Without Violence.

Drunk Driving Prevention and Enforcement
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over national enforcement campaign goes into effect across the country from August 15 to September 3, 2018. Labor Day is one of the deadliest times of the year due to drunk driving. Data from NHTSA's fact sheet show that in 2016, 433 people died in crashes over the Labor Day holiday period and 43 percent of those fatal crashes involved drivers who had been drinking. Among the drivers between the ages of 18 and 34 who were killed in crashes over the Labor Day holiday period in 2016, 47 percent of those fatalities involved drunk drivers with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 or higher.
The efforts of law enforcement professionals and highway safety advocates during this campaign will help reduce the number of drunk drivers on the roads and save lives. Others can help by raising public awareness and spreading the campaign's message. The NHTSA National Mobilization webpage includes links to an enforcement action kit, materials geared specifically towards motorcyclists, a fact sheet, a sample news release and OpEd, flyers, infographics, logos, posters, social media messaging, and other materials. NHTSA also offers a mobile app, SaferRide, available on Google Play and iTunes App Store that allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend and identifies the user's location so they can be picked up.
Many institutions of higher education (IHEs) have implemented policies and programs in an attempt to curb alcohol and other drug abuse and its associated negative consequences, including drunk driving. From 1999 to 2007, the U.S. Department of Education identified and promoted 34 effective campus-based prevention programs as model programs (PDF). Some of the tactics used by community colleges include having students volunteer to be designated drivers; establishing Students Against Destructive Decisions groups that will assist in finding information about support groups, counseling, treatment programs, and other guidance options; providing abuse programs and DUI rehabilitation courses on campus; building awareness through prevention parades, candlelight vigils for victims of drunk drivers, memorial walls, and poster contests; and having students in media classes develop marketing ads for anti-drunk driving campaigns.

CollegeAIM (PDF), the College Alcohol Intervention Matrix, is designed to help (IHEs) make research-based decisions on which intervention strategies are best to help their campuses address alcohol-related problems. The strategies focus primarily on reducing student drinking-and thereby reducing all possible harmful consequences-rather than on trying to prevent particular outcomes such as overdoses, sexual assaults, or alcohol-impaired driving.
In addition to campus and law enforcement efforts to prevent drunk driving and enforce alcohol-impaired driving laws, parents and families can be an important part of the solution. The Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems recently released College Parents Matter, a resource containing tools and scripts to improve communication between parents and college students. The website is designed to equip parents with some tools and resources that will help them engage in effective communication with their college-attending child about such topics as high risk drinking situations and impaired driving.

Professional Development Opportunities
Title: Calming The Fire: Principles for De-escalation and Understanding People
Organization: Public Agency Training Council
Dates: September 17-18, 2018
Location: Denver, CO
Fee: Registration fee
Title: Trauma Informed Interviewing - Turning Understanding into Outcomes
Organization: End Violence Against Women International
Date: October 24, 2018 at 12:00 PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement
Organization: Institute of Police Technology and Management
Dates: November 1-2, 2018
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Fee: Registration fee

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.
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