June 28, 2017

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HazingPrevention.Org™ Publishes 2017 Resource and Planning Guides
HazingPrevention.Org (HPO), a national organization dedicated to empowering people to prevent hazing, by providing education and resources, advocating on hazing prevention, and building partnerships with others, released their annual resource and planning guides for colleges and high schools on earlier this month. The 2017 College Edition can be used by institutions of higher education throughout the year and for planning in advance of National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW), which takes place September 18-22, 2017.
The College Edition provides articles from scholars and campus administrators who have special expertise in sororities and fraternities and student engagement. It includes information to help you plan for NHPW by scheduling activities with speakers, providing details on NHPW supplies, listing ideas to promote activities to your local community, and utilizing social media across campus. The College Edition also contains information on how to identify hazing, what to do if you witness a hazing incident, how to find local laws and policies in your area, and infographics you can share with your campus community.
HPO provides varied resources and support services for schools and organizations looking to introduce or improve their hazing prevention programming. These include:
  • Prevent.Zone, an online hazing prevention program that includes course offerings such as Hazing Prevention 101 and Fraternity & Sorority Life. A new Sports & Athletics course is currently under development. Colleges and universities may also take advantage of the campus-wide license option that allows for customization with brand, logos, images, state laws, reporting requirements, and school resources.
  • On-site speaking engagements, consulting, and training with HPO expert facilitators and speakers who have background and expertise in the specific needs of athletes, team dynamics, recreational sports, Greek life, and cultural competency. 
  • The Novak Institute for Hazing Prevention, an annual four-day conference led by Kim Novak that focuses on how to create prevention efforts that are more likely to result in change. Students and professional staff from a variety of fields are encouraged to attend.
  • HPO's online store where campuses can find hazing prevention kits, informational brochures and custom pamphlets, posters, and other hazing prevention materials.
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Link to Safe Housing Partnerships website
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Safe Housing Partnerships: Ending Homelessness for Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors
There are people experiencing domestic violence and homelessness around the world, including on college and university campuses. A 2010 study found that nearly half (43%) of dating college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors (PDF). Results from a 2016 study of basic needs insecurity in higher education (PDF), which surveyed more than 33,000 students at 70 community colleges in 24 states, showed that 14 percent were homeless. To help with understanding the connections between domestic/sexual violence and housing/homelessness, and to provide tools for advocates working at this intersection, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) and the National Alliance for Safe Housing (NASH) recently partnered to develop the Safe Housing Partnerships website.
Domestic and sexual violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women and children and research indicates that the needs for safe housing and economic resources to maintain safety are two of the most critical concerns facing survivors of abuse. A 2013 study published in the Qualitative Social Work journal identified major themes for abused women in their efforts to obtain housing such as "stable, affordable housing is critical in increasing safety" and "survivors face multiple systemic or individual barriers." In a 2009 study of mothers with children experiencing homelessness, more than 80% reported previously having experienced domestic violence.
The unique barriers many survivors face in accessing shelter and affordable housing are due to the power and control dynamics of abuse. These barriers are often greater for the most marginalized survivors in our society and for those with the least access to resources such as families of color, Native Americans, immigrants, those living in poverty and in geographic isolation, formerly incarcerated individuals, and people with disabilities. Meaningful, sustained partnerships between domestic/sexual violence organizations and housing/homelessness providers are at the core of addressing survivors' housing needs. Involved organizations and public and private entities can learn from each other while building trust and community. The collection of strategies, survivor-centered services, resources, case studies, reports, and statistics available through the Safe Housing Partnerships website can be used by providers and advocates to enhance services and better meet the needs of survivors who are at risk of becoming homeless.
NRCDV, NASH, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and Collaborative Solutions, Inc., are part of the federal Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Consortium (the Consortium), an "innovative, collaborative approach to providing training, technical assistance, and resource development at the critical intersection of domestic violence, homelessness, and housing." The Consortium "brings together national, state, and local organizations with deep expertise on housing and domestic violence in order to collaboratively build and strengthen technical assistance to both housing/homelessness providers and domestic violence service providers." While the Consortium is not a direct service provider, their technical assistance team members work collaboratively to respond to requests from the field. Advocates, allies, and other professionals may submit a request to the Consortium for specific information, technical assistance, or training on domestic violence and related matters. 
You may view the NRCDV video to increase your understanding of the connections between domestic and sexual violence and safe, affordable housing. If you would like to promote the Safe Housing Partnerships website and the resources available there, you may access the media kit web page where you can also download a PDF version of the content.

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Title:  Top 5 Challenges with the Clery Act and Title IX
Organizations: NCCPS featuring Clery Center
Date: July 18, 2017 at 2:00PM ET
Location: Online
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Organization: International Police Mountain Bike Association
Dates: August 21-25, 2017
Location: Biloxi, MS
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Organization: Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
Dates: August 23-24, 2017
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Fee: Free

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