With the Penn State and Maryland football teams set to square off on Oct. 24, student-athletes from both schools are joining forces to make a positive impact in their communities during the upcoming week. Penn State’s Student-Athlete Advisory Board and Maryland’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee are partnering to raise awareness and support women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
One in five women will experience some degree of partner violence in her lifetime. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an opportunity to share the signs of an abusive relationship so that you, friends or family do not become part of the statistic. Tiffanie Keck, YWCA medical advocate at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, offers ways to identify red flags in a friend's relationship or possibly in your own.
The Domestic Violence Survivor's Discussion will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25 at the State Theatre in State College. Survivors of domestic violence will share their stories and a panel discussion will include Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks-Miller as well as representatives from Penn State University Police, Penn State Counseling and Psychological Services, Centre County Women's Resource Center, the Victim Centered Intensive Case Management Unit and the Penn State Office of Student Conduct.
In support of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Investigation Discovery (ID) will air the Penn State Public Broadcasting documentary "Telling Amy's Story" at 7 p.m. Eastern time tonight (Oct. 8). Introduced by actress and domestic violence prevention activist Mariska Hargitay, of "Law & Order: SVU" and funded by the Verizon Foundation, "Telling Amy's Story" addresses the issue of domestic violence, narrating the events leading to State College resident Amy Homan McGee's tragic death in 2001. The accompanying website provides community education tools, such as group discussion guides, domestic violence facts and hotline resources, at http://telling.psu.edu.
The Penn State Beaver Voices Against Violence, and Climate and Diversity committees along with Crisis Center North (CCN) and the Women's Center of Beaver County (WCBC) will present a free showing of "Telling Amy's Story" at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the auditorium of the Beaver campus Student Union Building. The public is invited to attend the program as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
On Sept. 7, the Center for Immigrants' Rights and the Centre County Women's Resource Center's Civil Legal Representation Project will be co-sponsoring "Immigration Remedies for Victims of Domestic Abuse," an in depth Continuing Legal Education program featuring immigration and domestic violence experts about the laws relating to U visa, T visa, and VAWA protections. A panel of immigration law experts will examine the policies and politics of serving immigrant victims and discuss strategies for handling such cases.
Advocates and attorneys who work with victims of domestic violence need to understand the dynamics of power and control and how they affect the safety of their clients. This understanding is especially important in working with noncitizen victims who often face additional hurdles compared to American citizens. The Center for Immigrants' Rights has published "Immigration Relief for Victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse," a toolkit to help practitioners in representing immigrant victims of domestic abuse.
Penn State Beaver will sponsor a panel discussion on the issues surrounding domestic violence, noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 in the Student Union Building auditorium. A question and answer session will follow. The event is free and open to the public. October is recognized nationally as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Beaver campus Voices Against Violence Committee, comprised of students, faculty, and staff, will host the event which features panelists with expertise in violence awareness and prevention. For more information about the panel discussion or issues about domestic violence, contact Juliette Storr, associate professor of communications, at email@example.com or 724-773-3575.
In an effort that supports both domestic violence survivors and the environment, Penn State last fall became the first university in Pennsylvania to join the Verizon Wireless UHopeLine Program. Organized through Penn State's Center for Women Students, the program recycles old wireless phone equipment and uses the proceeds to help local survivors of domestic violence. The Center for Women Students partnered with Verizon Wireless to launch the project at the University Park campus, placing two phone-recycling bins at the HUB-Robeson Center and Paterno Library. Anyone with old wireless equipment -- phones, cords and batteries -- is encouraged to drop it into the boxes, regardless of condition, age or brand.
The powerful documentary on domestic violence, "Telling Amy's Story," was selected as one of eight American films to be screened at the International Public Television Screening Conference (INPUT) in Seoul, South Korea this May. "Telling Amy's Story" was produced and directed by Joe Myers, creative director at Penn State Public Broadcasting, and builds on a successful domestic violence prevention program at Penn State University.
An artificial evergreen tree in the lobby of the John J. Romano Administration Center at Penn State York is covered with purple paper hands thanks to the work of the campus' Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) Club. The group is encouraging members of the campus community to grab a paper hand and make a pledge to increase awareness and stop acts of domestic violence. This is just one of many events that have been happening throughout the month of October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Domestic violence is a health care problem of epidemic proportions in Pennsylvania and across the country. Nationally, nearly one-third of American women (31 percent) report being physically or sexually abused by a current or former husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives. The rates of abuse among adolescents and within lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities also are staggering. Screening for abuse and properly responding to domestic violence is central to an integrated health practice. Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is screening patients and playing an essential role in that critical effort.
The powerful documentary on domestic violence, "Telling Amy's Story," will air on WPSU-TV at 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 17. "Telling Amy's Story" chronicles the time leading up to the death of Amy Homan McGee, a mother of two who was shot and killed in State College, Pa., by her husband, Vincent, in 2001. The film was produced by Penn State Public Broadcasting and has been distributed nationwide.
Actress and domestic violence prevention activist Mariska Hargitay, of "Law & Order: SVU," will introduce and appear in "Telling Amy's Story, " Penn State Public Broadcasting's powerful documentary on domestic violence that will premiere at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The program will be seen on PBS stations nationwide starting in June.
An article by John Chapin, associate professor of communications at Penn State Beaver, was recently published in an international journal. 'Domestic Violence Beliefs and Perceptions Across the Lifespan' appeared recently in the International Journal of the Humanities, 7, 49-57.
Chapin is a health communications and health-risk expert who works with Crisis Center North (CCN), a nonprofit counseling and educational resource center for victims of domestic violence in Allegheny County. Chapin has been recognized regionally and state-wide for his work with CCN which serves victims of domestic and relationship violence and works toward the elimination of community held beliefs and behaviors that perpetuate it.
Chapin can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-773-3877.