Wednesday, June 30, 2004

How Experts Use CAVNET

CAVNET - The Online Think Tank and Database of the Violence Against Women Movement

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Ms. Foundation For Women:

"CAVNET allows experts and advocates to debate issues related to violence...., providing subscribers with a way to collaboratively address violence against women and children. Through its work, CAVNET positions groups nationally and globally to receive information and respond instantaneously."

Bonnie Campbell, Former Director of the Violence Against Women Office, U.S. Department of Justice:


"CAVNET has shown itself to be the premier online database concerning violence against women.... Not only does CAVNET provide timely and substantive research online, it does so in a way that saves time and resources. The busier you are, the more valuable it is. It's like having a research team of experts, available night and day."

Rita Smith, Executive Director, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV):

“CAVNET has been a resource like no other - an extraordinary online database of information on violence against women and an online network of experts and advocates from around the world, collaborating across disciplines.”


Sheila Dauer, Director Women's Human Rights Program Amnesty International USA:


"Amnesty International USA's Women's Human Rights Program has found CAVNET to be an invaluable resource as we learn about the longstanding and current work of US organizations and lawyers working to stop violence against women and also as a way to communicate with this network about what AI and AIUSA are doing on violence against women as a human rights violation. We look forward to many more years of excellence from CAVNET."


Colm Dempsey, Police Officer, Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland:

"CAVNET has been a resource of immeasurable knowledge…. a family of people committed and focused on knowledge sharing and where job description or status has no barrier. It is quite simply the "think-tank" to refer to at all times…. You can be confident that the response is quick, informative and accurate. It's people helping people..."

Robert J. Martin, Vice President & Managing Principal, MOSAIC Threat Assessment Systems, Gavin de Becker & Associates:

"In addition to the volumes of material available and the networking, CAVNET also provides access to many of the world's leading experts who offer their advice and counsel FOR FREE. There are many consultants, advisors, psychologists, psychiatrists, etc., on this list who charge hundreds of dollars an hour for the same advice you can get via CAVNET for less than a cup of Latte a month."

Mike Brigner, Esq., Domestic Violence Trainer, Former Domestic Relations Court Judge:

"CAVNET is an invaluable resource... It provides an early alert system on cutting-edge ideas, and documents the best work being done on violence issues around the world."


Nancy M. Ryan, Executive Director, Cambridge Women's Commission, Cambridge, MA.:


"CAVNET gives me a wide variety of viewpoints from activist to academic to government as well as a rich treasure trove of ideas for enhancing or creating projects to reduce violence against women....The single most useful reference point for domestic violence and sexual assault.... I deeply appreciate the vision and commitment that underlie its creation."


Nancy E. O'Malley, Chief Assistant District Attorney, Alameda County District Attorney's Office Oakland, California:

“Through the incredible level of networking, including the support and participation of people from around the country, CAVNET has become the premier listserv on violence against women issues. Through CAVNET, expeditious legal research is extensive and broad based. Important social and political dialogue is fostered, which allows us to continue to examine what we as a country, we in the different states and local communities are doing to respond to violence against women. These social and political conversations have empowered those of us working in this field, as well as those experiencing violence as part of their lives, to implement effective change with the hope and belief that some day, we will bring an end violence against women. Without CAVNET, these national conversations simply would not occur. CAVNET has brought together such a powerful, broad and eclectic group who, by a touch of the keyboard, can be current with the issues and have a national voice. It is those individuals participating in CAVNET who can and will create a world free of violence against women.”

Sarah Buel, Clinical Professor at the University of Texas School of Law, Director, Domestic Violence Clinic:

"CAVNET has been an invaluable resource to my law students and me, allowing us to access experts and materials not available elsewhere. From CAVNET we have gained invaluable materials and contacts on a wide range of issues, from those regarding deaf and physically disabled victims, to state-of-the-art batterer's intervention program options. Repeatedly, I have found recent case decisions, new legislation and sample legal memoranda readily available either in the daily CAVNET e-mails or on the web site. Such materials have saved my colleagues and me countless hours of research and writing time, but more importantly, have allowed me to access information not available elsewhere...."

Susan Holt, Program Manager, STOP Partner Abuse/Domestic Violence Program, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, Los Angeles, CA:

"Timely and accurate information is crucial to violence prevention, and in our effort to educate about the relatively invisible topic of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) domestic violence, there is no better online database than that found on CAVNET. We rely on CAVNET to bring us valuable information and to disseminate our work to experts, advocates, and the public in a way no one else can. We are proud to be part of CAVNET's international network of content providers and participants, and recommend it without hesitation."

Kimberlee R. Vanderhoof, Program Director Careline Crisis Intervention, Fairbanks, Alaska:

“CAVNET is a network we dream of modeling for our local community… CAVNET's database is the best available; a well organized, reliable and easy to use collection of information and resources. -- a must-have tool for those having any kind of contact with domestic violence victims or their families.”

Sasha Walters, Advocate, Quetzal Center, Chicago, Illinois:

“I have used CAVNET as a very important information resource to keep myself and my staff up-to-date on the various issues related to sexual assault. It can be easy to get caught up in local issues and community emphasis, and lose sight of the bigger picture. CAVNET helps me to stay in touch with what is happening on a national level by staying in touch with others that provide services across the country and the world. I also take great comfort in knowing that if I have an issue that is bigger than one that I can handle on my own, I have access to experts in various areas that are available and willing to aid me and the survivors I assist. This is an incredibly valuable resource to me, and my agency.”

Kathy Wells, Executive Director, Crisis Services of North Alabama:

"CAVNET has enabled us to stay up-to-date on this dynamic field with its ever-growing body of research and information. It has also allowed us to gain information about other programs and issues within hours, sometimes even minutes. …We cannot thank you enough for making CAVNET available to those of us on the front lines in this "war" against domestic violence."

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Saturday, June 19, 2004

Recent Additions to the CAVNET Website

CAVNET is committed to providing current and exhaustive information for professionals involved in the fight against violence in our society. We are also committed to making important resources and contact information available to the public. In addition to adding new materials, we also revisit old resources to keep our Knowledge Base of information as current as possible. There have been 38 entries added to the site within the last four weeks. Visit CAVNET's website to see them all.

Here are some of the highlights:


Note: When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide

Provides parents with the most current information on, and helpful insights into, what families should do when a child is missing. The first edition of this Guide was written in 1998 by parents and family members who have experienced the disappearance of a child. From the U.S. Department of Justice

How to Battle the School Bully

Transcript of a live chat with Glenn Stutzky, a school violence specialist with the School of Social Work at Michigan State University.


Friday, June 18, 2004

Profile of a CAVNET Member: Dr. Martin D. Schwartz, Ph.D

Dr. Martin D. Schwartz is Professor of Sociology and Presidential Research Scholar at Ohio University, where he served two terms as chair. Working with a variety of co-authors but mainly Walter DeKeseredy, he has written or edited 11 books, more than 60 refereed journal articles and another 40 book chapters, government reports, and essays, and been active in the battered women's shelter movement since the 1970s. With DeKeseredy he wrote Sexual Assault on the College Campus and Woman Abuse on Campus. He also edited Researching Sexual Assault and Race, Gender and Class in Criminology: The Intersections (with Dragan Milovanovic). A former officer of several academic organizations, he received the lifetime achievement award of the American Society of Criminology's Division on Critical Criminology. The co-editor of Criminal Justice: An International Journal of Policy and Practice, he serves on, or has served on the editorial boards or as deputy editor of 11 journals, including the top American criminology journals: Criminology, and Justice Quarterly, and done manuscript reviews for 55 journals and publishers. At Ohio University he has won a variety of teaching and service awards, including Graduate Professor of the Year and Best Arts and Sciences Professor (twice), while being the first social scientist to win the university's research achievement award, the title of Presidential Research Scholar. His Ph.D. is from the University of Kentucky, where he was awarded the 2002 Thomas R. Ford Distinguished Alumni Award.

Dr. Schwartz is a member of CAVNET's Advisory Committee on Campus Violence.

Profile of a CAVNET Member: Dr. Walter DeKeseredy, Ph.D

Walter S. DeKeseredy is Professor of Sociology at Ohio University in Athens Ohio. He has published close to 50 refereed journal articles and numerous book chapters on woman abuse, crime in public housing, and criminological theory.

He is also the author of Woman Abuse in Dating Relationships: The Role of Male Peer Support and Women, Crime and the Canadian Criminal Justice System; with Ronald Hinch, coauthor of Woman Abuse: Sociological Perspectives; with Desmond Ellis, coauthor of the second edition of The Wrong Stuff: An Introduction to the Sociological Study of Deviance; with Martin Schwartz, coauthor of Contemporary Criminology, Sexual Assault on the College Campus: The Role of Male Peer Support, and Woman Abuse on Campus: Results from the Canadian National Survey; with Linda MacLeod, Woman Abuse: A Sociological Story; with Shahid Alvi and Desmond Ellis, Contemporary Social Problems in North American Society; and with Shahid Alvi, Martin Schwartz and E. Andreas Tomaszewski, Under Siege: Poverty and Crime in a Public Housing Community.

In 1995, he received the Critical Criminologist of the Year Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Critical Criminology. In 1993, he received Carleton University’s Research Achievement Award. Currently he serves on the Editorial Boards of Criminal Justice, Women & Criminal Justice, Violence Against Women: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal, and Crime and Delinquency.

Together with colleagues, he conducted the first Canadian national survey on woman abuse in university/college dating and has devoted over 15 years to studying the ways in which patriarchal male peer groups perpetuate and legitimate male-to-female victimization on campus.

Funded by the National Institute of Justice, Dr. DeKeseredy is currently conducting an exploratory study of sexual assault during and after separation/divorce in three rural Ohio communities.

Dr.DeKeseredy is a member of CAVNET's Advisory Committee on Campus Violence.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Profile of a CAVNET Member: Jackson Katz

Jackson Katz has long been recognized as one of America's leading anti-sexist male activists. In 1993, he founded the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Program at Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society. The multiracial, mixed-gender MVP Program is the first large-scale attempt to enlist high school, collegiate and professional athletes in the fight against rape and all forms of men's violence against women. Today MVP is the most widely utilized gender violence prevention program in college athletics.

In 1996, Katz founded MVP Strategies, which he directs. MVP Strategies is an organization that specializes in providing gender violence prevention education and training for men and boys in schools, colleges, the US military, and small and large corporations.

Since 1996, Katz has been directing the first worldwide gender violence prevention program in the history of the United States Marine Corps – the first such program in the United States military. From 2000-2003 he served as a member of the U.S. Secretary of Defense's Task Force on Domestic Violence in the military. Since the Columbine tragedy in 1999, Katz and MVP have been working with several schools in the Jefferson County, Colorado school district, including Columbine High School.

Katz is the creator of award-winning educational videos for college and high school students, including "Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity." Tough Guise (2000) was named one of the Top Ten Young Adult Videos for 2000 by the American Library Association. His video Wrestling With Manhood (2002), which examines the gender and sexual politics of professional wrestling, is a collaboration with Sut Jhally. His latest video, Spin the Bottle (due out in Fall 2003), with Jean Kilbourne, looks at gender in the marketing and pop cultural representation of alcohol.

Katz is the author of numerous articles in academic journals and popular newspapers that are widely used in undergraduate and graduate courses. Topics include violent white masculinity in advertising, working with student-athletes in gender violence prevention, men's use of pornography, Eminem, working with adolescent males in juvenile detention, men's leadership in gender violence prevention education K-12, and masculinities in media.

He has appeared on numerous radio and TV programs coast to coast, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, Montel Williams, ABC News 20/20, MSNBC and Lifetime Television.

A former three-sport high school athlete and all-star football player, Katz was the first man at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst to earn a minor in women's studies. He holds a masters degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Since 1990, he has lectured at over 700 colleges, prep schools, high schools, middle schools, professional conferences and military installations in 43 states.

Jackson is a member of CAVNET's Advisory Board.

Profile of a CAVNET Member: Don McPherson

A native of West Hempstead, New York, Don McPherson was a two sport college All-American athlete (football and track). He attended Syracuse University from 1983-88. While at Syracuse, he played quarterback and compiled 22 school records. In 1987, he led the nation in passing and Syracuse University to an undefeated record. McPherson is a consensus All-American selection and winner of over 18 national Player of the Year honors, including the McLovell Award (as the nation's top collegiate player), the Dave O'Brien Award, the Johnny Unitas Award (nation's outstanding quarterback), and was runner-up to Tim Brown of Notre Dame in the Heisman Trophy voting.
McPherson spent two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL. In 1990, he began playing with the Houston Oilers. He also played in Canada for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1991-93) and Ottawa Rough-Riders (1994).

McPherson joined Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society in November of 1995 as Co-Director for the Center's new program "Athletes in Service to America." This program, based at four colleges and universities nationally, addresses violence prevention issues and provides academic tutoring to young people from the elementary level through high school. Athletes in Service employs former student-athletes to provide service to young people in surrounding communities. McPherson is currently the Director of Sport in Society's "Mentors in Violence Prevention Program," MVP, designed to encourage men to take a proactive position in the effort to stop men's violence against women.

McPherson has been a spokesperson for a variety of causes both in Canada and the U.S. He has appeared on the Phil Donahue Show and ABC's Nightline to discuss athletes, domestic violence, and racism in professional football. He also co-hosts "Sports Saturday" on WBZ radio in Boston.

Don is a member of CAVNET's Advisory Board.

Profile of a CAVNET Member: Leigh Goodmark

Leigh Goodmark is an Assistant Professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she teaches in the Family Law Clinic. Previously, Professor Goodmark served as the Director of the Children and Domestic Violence Project at the ABA Center on Children and the Law, and represented battered women and children in restraining order, divorce, and custody cases. Professor Goodmark is the author of "From Property to Personhood: What the Legal System Should Do for Children in Domestic Violence Cases," which discusses the failure to fully implement provisions intended to protect victims of domestic violence and their children in custody and visitation cases. Professor Goodmark has spoken on these issues throughout the country, most notably through NCADV's symposia on child custody. Professor Goodmark also helped to establish the D.C. Superior Court's Supervised Visitation Center and the D.C. Bar's guardian ad litem program for children in domestic relations cases involving domestic violence. Professor Goodmark is a member of CAVNET's Advisory Committee on Custody.

Profile of a CAVNET Member: Susan Marine, Harvard University

Susan Marine, M.A. is the Director of the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response at Harvard University. Susan has worked in the movement to end violence against women for ten years, primarily in advocacy and prevention roles at American colleges and universities. Susan served as the coordinator of campus sexual assault prevention at Colorado College from 1994-96 and at Dartmouth College from 1996-2001. Susan has worked in direct service roles in domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers for ten years also, most recently at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center where she currently serves as a board member. Susan is also on the Board of Directors of The Network/La Red, New England's domestic violence social change agency for lesbians, bi women, and trans-folks. Susan is a consultant to numerous agencies in the greater Boston area and is the lead author on a standardized training curriculum for the State of New Jersey Rape Care Centers to be completed in 2004. She is a member of CAVNET's Advisory Board on Campus Violence.

Profile of a CAVNET Member: Gail Abarbanel

Gail Abarbanel is the founder and director of the nationally recognized Rape Treatment Center (RTC)at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. Founded in 1974, the RTC has provided treatment for over 20,000 sexual assault victims, pioneered model programs for victim care that are used across the country, produced award-winning educational films and written materials that are distributed nationwide, and created prevention programs for middle-school and high school children and a national campus rape program that reaches colleges throughout the United States. Ms. Abarbanel has authored publications on rape and rape treatment; provided training for schools, medical, mental health, law enforcement, and criminal justice agencies; provided expert testimony in criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings. She has authored landmark legislation to give victims legal rights and protections in the criminal justice system and served served as a consultant to the entertainment industry, including television shows such as Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, ER, NYPD Blue, and Chicago Hope. She has appeared on many television shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today Show, and Good Morning America. Ms. Abarbanel also founded Stuart House, an internationally recognized model program designed to meet the special needs of sexually abused children. Ms. Abarbanel serves on the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women and as a member of CAVNET's Advisory Board.

Profile of a CAVNET Member: Sarah Deer

Sarah is a Native American attorney with the Tribal Law and Policy Institute and a former staff attorney of the Office on Violence Against Women at the United States Department of Justice. The Tribal Law and Policy Institute is a Native American owned and operated non-profit corporation organized to design and deliver education, research, training, and technical assistance programs which promote the enhancement of justice in Indian country and the health, well-being, and culture of Native peoples. Sarah is a citizen of the Mvskoke (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma.

Sarah is a member of CAVNET's Advisory Board, and co-moderates CAVNET's listservs, including CAVNET-IW (Indigenous Women), a CAVNET listserv addressing violence in indigenous communities, including Native American tribes.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Men As Victims of Domestic Violence

By Marc Dubin, Esq.
Executive Director, CAVNET

Former Special Counsel, Violence Against Women Office, U.S. Department of Justice

Note: This article represents the views of the author and is not intended to be affiliated in any way with the Department of Justice.


Men As Victims of Domestic Violence

There have been a series of articles published in major newspapers addressing the question of the degree to which men are victims of intimate violence. (Cathy Young , "In abuse, men are victims, too", published in the Boston Globe, June 16, 2003, and Karen S. Peterson, "Studies shatter myth about abuse", published in USA TODAY, June 24, 2003).

As a man who has prosecuted domestic violence, served as Special Counsel to the Violence Against Women Office at the Justice Department, and serves as Executive Director of CAVNET (Communities Against Violence Network, (a nonprofit that networks experts and advocates and provides a comprehensive online database on the subject), I want to try to respond to some of the issues raised in these articles.

Karen Peterson reports that "(T)he newest findings challenge the feminist belief that "it is men only who cause violence," says psychologist Deborah Capaldi of the Oregon Social Learning Center. "That is a myth." Feminists make no such claim, and I challenge anyone to find any feminist who has said that. Rather, feminist scholars ask merely that we get the facts right - women far outnumber men as victims of intimate
partner violence, and intimate partner violence is deadlier for women.

What do I base this on? Try reading the Justice Department's studies, which are conducted impartially, and which are based on police reports, FBI reports, and the National Crime Victimization Survey.What does the Justice Department say about intimate partner violence? That women are victims of violence by intimate partners far more often than are men. How much more often? Well, according to the Justice Department, which oughta know, 85% of intimate violence is committed against women. Only 5-15% of intimate violence is committed against men. And, please be sure to notice that that figure includes same sex violence. The real myth? That feminists (or anyone else with any credibility) claim that "it is only men who cause violence". Perhaps Karen and Deborah should read the Justice Department's study, and perhaps they can give us a source for their mistaken assertion.

Karen Peterson reports that:

"The number of women who hit first or hit back is "much greater than has been generally assumed," (Capaldi says). She says Capaldi is surprised by the frequency of aggressive acts by women and by the number of men who are afraid of partners who assault them.

It is essential that before we debate the question of the importance of the "number of women who hit first or hit back" that we understand this question in the context of intimate partner violence. Intimate partner violence, also often referred to as "domestic violence", is more than merely a question of hitting or aggression.

Intimate partner violence is about a pattern of conduct, over time, in which one individual exercises power and control over another, characterized by isolation from friends and family, control over money, belittling, diminishing of self esteem, and physical violence. It is distinguishable from situational violence which may occur episodically in the course of a relationship, such as someone throwing a plate in anger or frustration during an argument. One needs to examine the motivation and purpose of the abuser's activity - is it a pattern of conduct, over time, designed to exercise power and control?

We also need to distinguish intimate partner violence from self
defense (the women who hit back). Self defense is not intimate partner violence - it is a legal response to criminal behavior. Perhaps Ms. Capaldi is surprised by what she refers to as "aggressive acts by women", but she needs to understand that aggressive acts are not the same thing as intimate partner violence. Aggressive acts can be used in intimate partner violence, but there are many ways that batterers engage in intimate partner violence without being aggressive, and plenty of acts of aggression and self defense that are not intimate partner violence.

Karen Peterson reports that:

"Capaldi and two other female researchers call for a re-evaluation of treatment programs nationwide. Such programs focus on men and ignore women...."

Focusing on men in treatment programs makes sense, since 85% of intimate partner violence is engaged in by men, including gay men. According to the Justice Department, 588,490 victimizations by intimate partners in 2001 were against women. In contrast, in 1993 men were victims of 162,870 violent crimes by an intimate partner. By 2001 that total had fallen to an estimated 103,220 victimizations.

Before we debate this though, let's recognize that there is no consensus that treatment programs for male batterers actually work. Far too many courts make the mistake of ordering perpetrators into "anger management" classes, in the mistaken belief that intimate partner violence is about anger, a mistake that is similar to equating "aggression" with intimate partner violence. Classes that ignore the issues of power and control present in intimate violence do not work, and far too many perpetrators learn how to appear to be in control of their anger while simultaneously engaging in power and control and revictimizing their partners.

Treatment programs which address the issues of power and control have a better likelihood of success, but unfortunately there is no hard evidence that these programs work either. Jail, not treatment, is sometimes the appropriate response - after all, this is criminal behavior.

By all means, let's increase funding to programs that address intimate partner violence by women - this will mean more money for research into lesbian battering, an understudied and underserved population. While we are on the subject of programs addressing intimate partner violence, let's all commend the police, prosecutors, judges, and victim service agencies that have been addressing this problem - their work is having profound success.

The most recent Department of Justice reveals that intimate partner violence is decreasing, for men and women. The Department of Justice reports that:

"The rate of intimate violence against females declined significantly between 1993 and 2001, dropping by nearly half (49%). The rate of intimate violence against males fell 42% between 1993 and 2001."

Source: Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2001, U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, February 2003. NCJ 197838 www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/ipv01.htm

Victim blaming is an old tactic of those guilty of wrong-doing - let's try to focus on why so many men engage in intimate partner violence, rather than placing the blame on the ones they choose to victimize. Let's also recognize that for women, intimate partner violence is deadlier than for men. Women are at far greater risk of fatal victimizations by an intimate than are men.

The Department of Justice also reports that:

"In recent years, about 1/3 (33%) of female murder victims were killed by an intimate. In contrast, 4% of males were killed by an intimate. The number of men murdered by intimates dropped 68% between 1976 and 2000, the year of the most recently available data. In 1976, an intimate murdered 1,357 men; in 2000, 440. The number of women killed by an intimate was stable for two decades but declined after 1993. Between 1976 and 2000 the number of women murdered by intimates fell 22% from 1,600 to 1,247."

(These statistics include same sex relationships.)

Source: Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2001, U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, February 2003. NCJ 197838 www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/ipv01.htm

The article by Cathy Young contains similar errors. She writes:

"But the underlying approach is still one that assumes the perpetrators are men and the victims are women, ignoring the complex picture of family violence that emerges from nearly three decades of research."

I do not assume that all the perpetrators are men, just the vast majority. I simply recognize that the Justice Department has shown that in the vast majority of cases of intimate partner violence, the perpetrator is male (and that this includes gay men).

She writes, without citing any studies at all, and ignoring entirely the Department of Justice's work, that:

"(S)tudy after study shows that anywhere from one-third to half of spousal or partner assaults are female-on-male."

Wrong. Asking men in a bar does not a study make.

She also writes:

"Earlier this month, a New York woman was charged with beating her former boyfriend to death with her high-heeled shoe."

She fails to note that the Grand Jury did not indict her, found that she had been abused and acted in self defense, and that the woman was released. Shoddy reporting does not a true reality make either.

Perhaps the editors should review the research before allowing this type of reporting to pass as helpful.

For more information on intimate partner violence, visit www.cavnet.org.

Please feel free to republish this, with attribution to CAVNET.









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We are pleased to announce that we have developed a way for you to easily and inexpensively add any of the documents in our online database to your website. Join McGruff the Crime Dog's lead (The National Crime Prevention Council), the Family Justice Center (enter site and click on library)and others who have already purchased this program. You can also use the site as a stand-alone website. See, for example, End Bullying, Campus Violence, and Custody Expertise.

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Bonnie Campbell, the former Director of the Violence Against Women Office, has said of the resource:

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How a Survivor Used CAVNET

Dear Marc: I just wanted to thank you for CAVNET. Over the past few months it has become an unbelievable resource for me in several areas of my life....One of the most important results of CAVNET is the empowerment I have found... I live in a very rural area of New Mexico – cut off from many of the resources that are found in the more metropolitan areas. CAVNET has given me the resources and the contacts that I would not otherwise have access to.

Let me give you an example of how CAVNET has personally helped me. I was being stalked by an individual who later was caught, incarcerated, and ended up taking his own life. I live alone and felt that I was cut off from help. I posted to the CAVNET listserv, and the information, resources, recommendations of books to read, personal experience, and legal advice was overwhelming. I had replies from counselors, police, authors, doctors, and many others. Most invaluable, I had advice from other survivors. I had the very tools I needed to accomplish what had to be done. I was able to follow the correct path in getting a restraining order, taking steps to keep myself safe, and doing things to prevent it from happening again. My fears were shared with others, and validated. I was also able to see that even though I had been left deaf and had a traumatic brain injury from past victimization, I am still able to become empowered to do what many others can.

I am so grateful that I can have these invaluable tools through the Internet. This is about the only way that they will be available to me. The disability community in New Mexico applauds you for CAVNET. I am extremely grateful for the help in my own situation. Another life saved and ready to help another do the same.

– Survivor

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