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White House Task Force Releases New Resources for Campus Communities
 
The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault released two new resources for campus community members and health practitioners on Thursday, September 17th to help prevent and respond to sexual violence on campus. The release of these resources, a Resource Guide and Safe Place: Trauma-Sensitive Practice for Health Centers Serving Students toolkit, coincide with this month's 21st anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
 
The resource guide is a compilation of existing materials designed to support students; campus  administrators, staff, and faculty; and local stakeholders and partners. The guide was created to  serve as a central hub for the resources that have been created over the past few years. The guide
includes:
The resource guide can be found on Notalone.gov or you may  download the PDF.
 
The Safe Place resource kit was developed by the Department of Education's National Center on Safe  Supportive Learning Environments Technical Assistance Center for campus health center managers.  It is designed to  expand campus health centers' understanding and implementation  of  trauma-informed response and practice to sexual violence. According to the National Center on Safe  Supportive Learning, the new kit will "support health center staff at all levels to:
  • Understand the likelihood that they serve student patients and even work with colleagues
    affected by trauma.
  • Infuse trauma-sensitive approaches into their daily routine.
  • Create a care environment that supports students affected by trauma." 
Visit the Safe Place website  to download the kit's various guides, checklists, and e-learning units.
Click to read more about MNADV's Lethality Assessment Program.  
The Lethality Assessment Program: An Innovative Intervention to Intimate Partner Violence
 
The U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, defines domestic violence as "a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person." One way campus law enforcement and other community professionals can prevent domestic violence homicides and serious injuries is through the use of the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP).
 
Developed by the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV), the Lethality Assessment Program is an intervention that occurs at the scene of an intimate partner violence (IPV) incident. The dual goals of the Lethality Assessment Program are to educate IPV victims about risk factors for homicide and to connect them with support and safety planning services. The LAP is initiated when a trained officer arrives at the scene of a domestic call, or when a community professional believes a victim of abuse may be in danger, and assesses the victim's situation. If there is concern about the risk of lethality to the victim, the individual conducting the risk assessment screen will ask the victim to answer eleven evidence-based questions known as the Lethality Screen for First Responders (PDF). Both campus police and campus security can use this screen when interviewing a domestic violence victim. If the victim's response indicates an increased risk for serious injury or homicide, the officer or community professional advises the victim he/she is going to call the local domestic violence hotline at a collaborating advocacy organization for information on planning for the victim's safety. The officer or community professional encourages the victim to speak with the hotline advocate, but talking on the phone is always the victim's decision.
 
According to the MNADV, "an important by-product of the LAP has been improved partnerships and collaboration among law enforcement officers and other community practitioners and advocates. New guidelines were created for hotline advocates who speak to High-Danger victims and special protocols have been developed for health care providers. LAP best practices now include follow-up telephone calls and team officer-advocate home visits to victims to provide support and encouragement to use program services, and the screening of victims in court prior to or following temporary protective order hearings." NIJ recently funded the first-ever study to determine the effectiveness of the LAP program. The evaluation found that women who received intervention engaged in more protective strategies and experienced less frequency and severity of violence. The article, " Research Designs in the Real World: Testing the Effectiveness of an IPV Intervention," discusses the process behind this evaluation.  You may download a full report on the evaluation here (PDF). 
 
The National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative offers multimedia content to increase access to information from experts. Click here to view an interview with David Sargent, a 21-year law enforcement veteran who now works for the MNADV, on his experience with running the Lethality Assessment Program.  
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Professional Development Opportunities
 
Title:  Hispanic Serving Institutions Webinar
Host:  U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security and U.S. Dept. of State 
Date:  September 30, 2015 at 11:00am Eastern
Location:  Online
Fee:  Free
 
Title:   Title IX, VAWA, and Threat Assessment: Legal Compliance and Sexual Violence Prevention
Host:   EduRisk by United Educators
Dates and Locations:
  • October 8-9, 2015 in Chicago, IL
  • November 3-4, 2015 in Atlanta, GA
Fee:  Registration Fee
 
Title:  Virginia's 2015 Threat Assessment Conference: Enhancing Safety in Virginia's K-12 through   Higher Education Settings
Host:  Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)
Dates:  October 19-22, 2015
Location:  Richmond, VA
Fee:  Registration Fee           
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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