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A new report from the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence Against Children was released last week
In that report, it shows that Millions of children reaching out to helplines worldwide, new report reveals, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Nov. 20 2013.
Plan International released their 2013 Report:
The State of the World's Girls 2013. In double jeopardy: Adolescent girls and disasters. You can find the full report on line at: Plan International website.
Utah's forensic nurses can make the difference for victims, investigators
The Salt-Lake Tribune
At first, they want to die. And then forensic nurses such as Monique Turner get to them. She talks to them, asks them about the sexual assault in a safe environment and tends to them — all while collecting the evidence police and attorneys will need to put the perpetrator away. By the time Turner is done, the victims feel like they can face the next day.
Domestic violence results in huge costs for economy
While domestic violence is a serious human rights violation that impacts millions of women worldwide, it also has substantial economic consequences, new research from the World Bank Group (WBG) shows.According to the WBG, domestic abuse imposes an economic burden on individuals, households, private businesses and the public sector through the cost of healthcare services used to treat victims, a loss of productivity and reduced income for women due to missed work.
Pentagon launches major child abuse study
The Defense Department’s newly organized child abuse working group will conduct a rapid review of child and domestic abuse and will issue its first report in February. The group project, which will last a year, was ordered in light of revelations of widespread child abuse in the services. Two “rapid improvement events” are planned. An initial study to begin this month will focus on child abuse and neglect. A second will look at domestic and intimate partner abuse starting in January.
UN expresses concern on International Day to end violence against women
Voice of America
The Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS – UNAIDS – says every hour 50 young women become newly infected with HIV. Many of those infections are related to violence. “Lots of the gender-based violence [is] sexually related. There is a lot of data right now showing that most of the violence against women happens in the context of intimate partner violence – domestic violence. And many times it takes the face of non-consensual sex, which is a polite way to say rape,” said Dr. Mariangela Simao is UNAIDS Director of Rights, Gender, Prevention and Mobilization.
Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (NPWH) backs greater role for sexual assault nurse examiners in defense bill
As the Senate debates legislation this week to reauthorize national defense programs, NPWH joined other nursing organizations to support an amendment to ensure that forensic evidence is properly collected and that trained personnel are available to care for victims of sexual assault in the military. In a Nov. 20 letter to Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), who introduced the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1197), NPWH and other groups endorsed establishing consistent training standards for personnel performing forensic exams on assault victims and requiring at least one sexual assault forensic examiner is available at every military medical treatment facility. The bill will likely be considered after Congress’ Thanksgiving holiday recess.
Report: Domestic violence incidents up, arrests down in Kansas
The Topeka Captial-Journal
The number of domestic violence incidents in Kansas is the highest it has been since 1992, but the number of incidents with arrests is down, according to a recently released Kansas Bureau of Investigation report. The report also shows while the number of rapes reported in the state in 2012 decreased 3.3 percent from the number reported the previous year, only 20.8 percent were cleared by an arrest — down from 25 percent cleared in 2011.
Coverage of most recent Zimmerman arrest promotes myths about domestic violence
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) urges the media to cover domestic violence accurately. With high profile cases of domestic violence in the news, such as George Zimmerman’s most recent arrest November 18, 2013 on aggravated assault and battery-domestic violence charges, the media has the opportunity to debunk myths and set the record straight on the realities of domestic violence.
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