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Carey talks with Tasneem Ismailji, MD, MPH, who after many years as a practicing pediatrician, co-founded the Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA), an organization promoting health education and research for issues related to interpersonal violence. Dr. Ismailji discusses her “mutation” that allows her to think creatively, even rebelliously, and which led her on an adventurous, ever evolving career.

NPEIV issues statement addressing sexual assault comments in recent new coverage.

AVA's newest board member responds to the recent tragic shooting deaths in Orlando, Florida sharing her expertise and perspectives as a resilience researcher and clinician.

The 2016 Global Health Summit on Violence and Abuse will be held on the campus of the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, South Carolina on October 19, 20 and 21st. The deadline for discounted hotel registration is September 20, 2016.

Supportive Relationships and Active Skill-Building Strengthen Foundations of Resilience: a new working paper from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Article written by Barbara Boat, AVA Board member:Connections Among Adverse Childhood Experiences,Exposure to Animal Cruelty and Toxic Stress:
What Do Professionals Need to Consider?

Read this article authored by AVA board member Dr Barbara Boat:Connections Among Adverse Childhood Experiences,Exposure to Animal Cruelty and Toxic Stress:What Do Professionals Need to Consider?

Office of Victims of Crime has a library of anti human trafficking pre recorded webinars. Check it out!

Esta Soler of FuturesWithoutViolence is interviewed by Judy Woodruff of PBS.- please watch and share.

Editorial by Drs Charles B Nemeroff and Elizabeth Binder about elucidating underlying neurobiological mechanisms.

Evidence from a five decade longitudinal British Study shows that children who are bullied continue to be at risk for poor health,social, and economic outcomes nearly four decades after exposure.

A MUST READ! Summer 2014 Health E-Bulletin, a semi-annual online publication by FuturesWithoutViolence. This edition highlights innovative practices and evidence-based interventions for home visitation programs that serve families and children experiencing domestic violence.

AVA member, Pam Wessel-Estes has developed a short video as an introductory tool for parents. Three individuals share their perspective of learning about ACEs, reflect on their own childhood and parenting, and provide hopeful insight for reducing childhood trauma and building resilience in children.

This study makes a compelling case for healthcare to make prevention of child abuse a very high priority"Health care providers, especially those assessing patients with mental health problems, need to be aware of the relation between specific types of child abuse and certain mental conditions. Success in preventing child abuse could lead to reductions in the prevalence of mental disorders, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts"

AVA member, Victor Vieth, Executive Director Emeritus at Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center, recently published this article summarizing the research on spiritual injuries.

AVA member, Victor Vieth, Executive Director Emeritus at Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center, recently published this article summarizing the research on spiritual injuries.

APA releases task force report on Human Trafficking of Women and Girls in US.
“There is no typical case of human trafficking, which often overlaps with other closely related crimes, such as human smuggling, prostitution, intimate partner violence and child abuse,” states the report. Further “The field is in need of systematic, high-quality research to determine what works and what does not in preventing trafficking, in protecting victims and in prosecuting those engaged in the crime of human trafficking.”

As part of its commitment to improving the health of the nation’s most vulnerable people and to building a culture of health, the nation’s largest health-focused philanthropy, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recently announced a $384,000, two-year grant to the ACEs Connection Network.

Register for Webinar On February 27, 2014, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET, OJJDP, in collaboration with the National District Attorneys Association, will present “How Therapy Animal Programs Can Help Maltreated Children.” When children have been abused, neglected, or exposed to violence, telling adults about their experiences can be difficult and testifying in court can be traumatic. This Webinar will focus on how therapy animals can help abused children through the court process and what professionals should consider when incorporating an animal-assisted intervention program.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.Great blog on teen dating violence awarness with many resources

Lead by Dr Megan Bair Merritt, AVA members have published a timely review of IPV interventions for primary care providers.

Please read this review of an important issue of late life IPV

This is a new protocol for screening ADULTS presenting to the emergency room for their own medical problems to identify children at high risk for maltreatment

This review article provides evidence linking adverse childhood experiences(ACEs) to epigenetic changes suggesting that ACEs contribute to developing psychiatric disorders in Native Americans

AVA endorses the recommendations, released earlier this week, of the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center’s report to USA Swimming as a significant advance in assuring the safety and health of children and adolescents involved in its programs. AVA hopes that other youth serving organizations, including education and other sports, will adopt similar strong protections for children and adolescents. The AVA also commends USA Swimming for having sought an independent, high quality assessment of its child protection policies and training programs. The report, “When the Athlete is a Child: An Assessment of USA Swimming’s Safe Sport Program,” is available on the USA Swimming website.

Bullying, adverse childhood experiences and use of texting to promote behavior change.

Silent Victims-an epidemic of childhood exposure to domestic violence (10/31/2013) Posted by Tasneem Ismailji todays issue of the New England Journal of Medicine has this article by AVA Board members Megan Bair Merritt and Peter Cronholm in the Perspectives section

todays issue of the New England Journal of Medicine has this article by AVA Board members Megan Bair Merritt and Peter Cronholm in the Perspectives section.

On September 25, 2013, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council released “Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States.” This Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) sponsored report examines current approaches to addressing commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of children, identifies causes and consequences for both victims and offenders, and highlights recommendations to prevent, identify, and respond to these crimes. An online video accompanied the public release of the report.

Intimate Partner Violence: Screening & Counseling Symposium

Save the Date- Friday, Oct 4 2013 8:00a-5:00p at NIH
Members of the HHS Coordinating Committee for Women’s Health (CCWH) will host a Research Symposium to review the current body of evidence on screening and counseling for Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) across the lifespan. The event’s goal is to identify gaps in research on screening and counseling for IPV in primary health settings and to shape priorities in this public health research agenda moving forward.

A must read New Yorker article

Bridging Intimate Partner Violence and the Human Brain: A Literature Review

Institute of Medicine releases consensus report on June 5, 2013

One simple question that health professionals can ask " is there a gun where your child plays?"

United Nations has designated today as WEAAD.
Visit the Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse & Neglect.They have many resources for you to use at your healthcare facility.