For more than 40 years, researchers have studied Intimate Partner Violence, providing insight into the problem and offering solutions for decreasing the epidemic of intimate partner homicide. With increased awareness, laws and services, intimate partner homicides of males in the U.S. have significantly decreased since 1980. However, homicides of women are increasing, intimate partner violence in teen dating relationships is on the rise, and more than half of all mass shootings in the U.S. have been linked to domestic violence. We recommend that you watch the film before commenting to gain a better understanding of the conversation!
Tracy Schott, MSW, MS is the Producer/Director of Finding Jenn’s Voice, the award-winning documentary film about intimate partner homicide featured in Voices4Change. She has presented to audiences internationally on abusive relationships, pregnancy, and the media’s role in shaping the narr...tive on domestic violence. Tracy is uniquely qualified to tell this story. She received her MSW from the University of California Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare in 1985. She practiced for fifteen years as a child and family therapist with many adult and child victims of abuse, was the administrator of a women’s counseling center, and an adjunct faculty in Graduate Social Work. After witnessing the power of television in shaping behavior and attitudes with her own children, Tracy decided to pursue her interest in creating social change through media. She obtained her MS in Telecommunications in 2000 from Kutztown University. Tracy is the founder of Schott Productions and has produced, written and directed hundreds of projects including short films, TV commercials and content. Read more
David Adams, Ed.D., is Co-founder as well as Co-Director of Emerge, the first counseling program in the nation for men who abuse women, established in 1977. David has led groups for men who batter and conducted outreach to victims of abuse for 36 years. He has led parenting education class...s for fathers for 12 years. He is one of the nation’s leading experts on men who batter and has conducted trainings for social service and criminal justice professionals in 45 states and 16 nations. He has published numerous articles and book chapters, and writes a featured blog on The Huffington Post. David is a Commissioner on the Massachusetts Governor’s Council on Sexual and Domestic Violence and Director of the National Domestic Violence Risk Assessment and Management Training Project. His book, “Why Do They Kill? Men Who Murder Their Intimate Partners,” was published by Vanderbilt University Press in 2007. Dr. Adams is a featured contributor to Finding Jenn’s Voice. Read more
Leah Olszewski ,is a consultant with a Big Four firm, an Army Officer, and accomplished entrepreneur whose world was turned up side down when her active duty Air Force boyfriend, with whom she lived outside of Travis Air Force Base, California, physically assaulted her for the fifth time o... October 11, 2017 knowing she was pregnant. He then ran from the house and police. Over the next three days, she miscarried. Read more
Sandra L. Brown, MA is the Director of The Institute for Relational Harm Reduction & Public Pathology Education (saferelationshipsmagazine.com). She is referenced as the ‘pioneer of the psychopathic/narcissistic abuse field.’ Her book Women Who Love Psychopaths/Narcissists was the seminal ...ook on the topic of psychopathic and narcissistic relationships from which the field began. The Institute has since continued to produce the largest studies, data collections, and research on the relational dynamics and the survivor’s trauma and personality. Sandra is the current president of The Assn for NPD/Psychopathy Survivor Treatment, Research & Education (survivortreatment.com) and the creator The Living Recovery Program an online trauma reduction for survivors of psychopaths/narcissists. Read more
Dr. Linda Burke is a board-certified OB-GYN physician with 3 decades of clinical expertise, an author of a prenatal book, The Smart Mother’s Guide to a Better Pregnancy, blogger and subject expert consultant for the federal government. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, she has lived in Flor...da for over 20 years and is the mother of two college-aged sons. She is a graduate of the City College of New York, Columbia University School of Social Work, Boston University School of Medicine and received a post-residency certificate in Clinical Informatics from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Burke has been interviewed via several media platforms, including CNN with Medical Correspondent, Elizabeth Cohen and is passionate about the prevention of intended and untended harm to pregnant women and their unborn babies. She believes the best way healthcare professionals can learn about mitigating domestic violence is from the victims themselves. "Finding Jenn's Voice" accomplishes that goal." She can be reached at www.smartmothersguide.com Read more
STRONGHEARTS Native helpline is a free domestic violence helpline When reaching out to StrongHearts Native Helpline, the first thing someone can expect is to speak with a Native American advocate. StrongHearts is the first national helpline specifically designed by and for Native Americans...xperiencing domestic violence or dating violence. KNOW AND TRUST “We areÂ hereÂ to help anyone impacted by domestic and dating violence but our area of expertise is understanding the needs of tribal people,” said Lori Jump, StrongHearts Director, a leading expert in the field of domestic violence in Indian Country. “We understand the reasons Natives were lacking in critical advocacy resources was in part due to the lack of confidence they have with non-Native governmental programs. We want all Natives to know and trust that we are here for them.” WHAT IS STRONG HEARTS? StrongHearts is a culturally-appropriate domestic violence helpline. Advocate training is steeped in cultural sensitivity and Native American tradition with an emphasis on peer support, safety planning, as well as domestic violence and healthy relationship education. TWO OPTIONS When reaching out to StrongHearts, there are two options to reach an advocate. For those wanting to talk, they may call 1-844-762-8483. For some, it may be easier and safer to use the online chat advocacy feature. They may visit strongheartshelpline.org and click on the Chat Now icon in the upper right-hand corner to open a chat window to message directly with a live advocate. All services are available daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT. WHAT TO EXPECT Calls and chats to StrongHearts are completely free, confidential and anonymous. All calls and chats are filtered through software that removes the identification of the person including location and phone number. 1. Emergency Services: The advocate’s priority is to establish that the person is in a safe place to talk. If the person is in immediate danger, they are advised to hang up and dial 911 It is important to note that StrongHearts does not have access to emergency services and therefore cannot connect callers to 911. 2. Assessment: If the person is in a safe place to talk, the advocate asks what brought them to reach out to StrongHearts. The advocate listens to the person and helps them identify priorities and options. 3. Education: Advocates provide peer support with domestic violence and healthy relationship education for all gender identities and sexual orientations. 4. Safety Planning: Advocates engage people in discussions about safety planning and share service provider information. The goal is to ensure the safety of the person and help them find local direct services. 5. Service Providers: StrongHearts Helpline has an internal referral database of tribal and native-centered domestic violence providers as well as non-native providers. 6. Further Assistance: A person may need additional referral assistance and they can call back for more information. STRONGHEARTS CAN HELP “Victims and survivors of domestic violence have enough on their plate and critical thinking outside of their environment can be overwhelming,” Jump concluded. “This is when StrongHearts can help the most.” Read more