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Domestic Violence Awareness
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This is an opportunity for colleges and universities to educate their campus communities on the issues of domestic violence, including promoting awareness and prevention. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Violence Prevention:
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men aged 18 and older in the U.S. have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime
  • More than 1 in 3 women and more than 1 in 4 men in the U.S. have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) 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. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone." The OVW provides federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women as well as administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. They recently launched the online clearinghouse, Center for Changing Our Campus Culture, to provide institutions of higher education with resources that help improve the response to domestic violence and sexual assault on campuses.
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), an organization dedicated to creating an environment in which violence against women no longer exists, provides information specific to the October 2015 Week of Action your campus can use for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Launched in 2013 by the DOJ, leading advocacy groups, service providers, and major corporations, No More is a public campaign to raise awareness and engage bystanders around ending domestic violence and sexual assault. No More provides several college campus resources and tools on their website such as Raise Your Voice on Campus This Fall and A College Student's Guide to Safety Planning (PDF). No More also lists the following resources from other organizations to help your community members determine if their friends or family members are in danger and supportive measures they can take:

The National Domestic Violence Hotline, a non-profit organization established in 1996 as a component of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), provides support to victims and survivors of domestic violence through highly trained and experienced advocates. Your campus can promote the hotline numbers to all campus community members: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) and 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).
FBI Warns College Students of Phone Scam
On September 28, 2015, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a press release titled, College Students Targeted in Phone Scam. The release provides information on a scam in which college students receive a phone call from someone claiming to represent the U.S. government or claiming to be an FBI agent. The caller advises the student of delinquent student loans, dues, or parking fees and threatens to arrest or delay graduation for the student if the funds are not immediately satisfied.
The FBI reminds the public that they don't call private citizens requesting money and urges citizens to never give out personal information to unknown callers. Individuals receiving such calls can file a complaint through the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). You may read the full press release here.
Valuable Tools and Required Policy for Missing Persons on Campus

As of December 31, 2014, the National Crime Information Center's (NCIC) Missing Person File contained 84,924 active missing person records, and 43,289 (51.0 %) of those records are persons under the age of 21. When a person is reported missing, it is essential to have a policy and plan in place that calls together the right people, resources, and strategies.
The Lost Person Behavior mobile app is a tool for search and rescue (SAR) teams to utilize during the initial response period to a missing person report and "is designed to provide a step-by-step checklist for first responders as well as everyday citizens involved in search and rescue efforts." Developed through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) , the app incorporates data from over 150,000 missing person cases from across the country, and "provides guidance, tactical briefings, investigative questions, and statistics for over 40 different scenarios" including lost and missing:

  • Hikers
  • Hunters
  • Children
  • Despondent individuals
  • Dementia patients
  • Climbers
  • Vehicles
Tools such as the Lost Person Behavior app can be useful for campus law enforcement and emergency responders when a student is reported missing, however, it is also critical to have the proper policy and subsequent procedures in place. The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008  (PDF) requires institutions of higher education that participate in Title IV student financial aid programs to implement a missing student notification policy for students living on campus.
The U.S. Department of Education Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting (PDF) provides comprehensive guidance on complying with the Clery Act. Chapter 10 details institutional obligations regarding missing student policies and procedures. Known as
The Twenty-Four Hour Rule, institutions are required to:
  • "Issue a policy statement that addresses missing student notification for students residing in on-campus student housing, and
  • Include procedures that your institution will follow if any of those students is determined to be missing for 24 hours." 
It is important to remember that people do not need to wait 24 hours to report a missing student if they believe the student might be in danger. This is a common, but potentially dangerous misconception. In conjunction with the handbook, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) offers free Campus Safety and Security Reporting Training that addresses every section on the handbook, including the chapter on missing students.
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Professional Development Opportunities

Title: UCC Symposium 
Host: International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)
Dates: November 14-15 2015
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Fee: Registration Fee
Title:  Best Practices for Advocacy and Law Enforcement:  Where Are We and Where Do We Need to Go?
Host:  Battered Women's Justice Project
Date:  October 20, 2015 from 3:00pm-4:30pm
Location:  Online
Fee:  Free           

Title:   Allies in Struggle: Intersectional Work as Trauma-Informed Response and Prevention
Host:   National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
Date: October 21, 2015 from 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Location: Online
Fee:  Free
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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