Resources Library: Multidisciplinary

Tribal Implementation of VAWA

Added Monday, October 02, 2017 by Action Alliance

This page from the National Congress of American Indians helps to briefly review the application of VAWA as it relates to Tribal communities. Their intent is to push for more inclusion of tribe rights and power to enforce legal and community action towards those who are not included in the VAWA understanding of sexual violence. Current law only allows for tribes to act to address domestic violence towards women only, and limits the ability to prosecute offenders who are not tribal members.

Click here for more.

Trust Survivors: Building an Effective and Inclusive Cash Assistance Program

Added Wednesday, March 03, 2021 by Action Alliance

FreeFrom, a national organization, based in Los Angeles, with a mission to dismantle the nexus between intimate partner violence and financial insecurity, has created their groundbreaking report that compiles data and stories from 1,000 surviors about how to make cash assistance work for them.

The Biden-Harris Administration has pledged $5 billion to be used as direct cash assistance for survivors. At FreeFrom, they are thrilled about this promise as it is known from experience that survivors’ #1 need is cash to spend as they see fit.

To help the Biden-Harris Administration design a survivor-centered program, FreeFrom asked an incredibly diverse sample of survivors what they need and overwhelmingly, they expressed that they need a program steeped in flexibility and trust.

Some key takeaways from the data: 

  • 71% of survivors were not seeking support from a domestic violence or sexual assault organization when they applied for a Safety Fund grant;
  • 53% of survivors report that they do not have any “proof” that they are a survivor (e.g., police report or restraining / protective order); 
  • 68% of survivors can’t or don’t feel safe getting a police report;
  • 69% of survivors can’t or don’t feel safe getting a restraining / protective order;
  • 84% of survivors would not be able to access cash assistance if they had to meet certain added eligibility requirements beyond their experience of harm.

Download the report by clicking on the file below.

VA, DOD study a major breakthrough for understanding PTSD

Added Monday, April 03, 2017 by Action Alliance

Researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DOD) recently released findings of a new study called Prospective Post-Traumatic Stress disorder Symptom Trajectories in Active Duty and Separated Military Personnel, which examines Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms in Veterans, compared with active-duty populations.

This is the first known study comparing PTSD symptom trajectories of current service members with those of Veterans, and is the product of a collaborative effort from VA and DOD researchers analyzing data from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), the largest prospective health study of military service members.

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To learn more about the study itself, click here.

Victim Advocate Guide: Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Combat Experiences

Added Monday, April 03, 2017 by Action Alliance

Most people returning from war zones will have stress reactions and will need to readjust to being home. It’s important that advocates understand these stress reactions and their relationship to IPV in order to provide effective information and referrals to victims whose partners have been exposed to the trauma of combat and are exhibiting violent or abusive behavior.  

This guide will help answer some important questions related to helping those with combat experience and their families return to and readjust for civilian life.

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Violence At Home—The FACT Report 2013

Added Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by Action Alliance

The FACT Report presents three types of indicators to communicate factors relevant to family violence in Virginia:

  •     community context in which family violence develops;
  •     scope of family violence experienced by individuals; and
  •     capacity of the community to respond to family violence.