Archive for August, 2011

Advocates and survivors, as well as domestic violence supporters, are encouraged to attend this year’s CALL FOR UNITY teleconference call. The call will last 45 minutes. Of course, you don’t have to stay on the call for the entire time, but you may want to listen to be inspired, re-inspired about the domestic violence movement in bringing about awareness of the domestic violence issues, especially promoted during the DVAM (domestic violence awareness month) of October.

The call will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 3pm EST and is hosted by the NRCDV & national partners, such as NDVH, NNEDV & Casa Esperanza.

On this free, 45 minute national call, we’ll hear from survivors, advocates, national experts, and government officials working to end domestic and sexual violence.

You can join the call from anywhere; however, you must register to get the call-in information. To register for the call, simply follow this link and register:

http://bit.ly/2011NatlCallforUni http://amplify.com/u/a1c5u0

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I am working on having a #LiveChatFeed on domestic violence issues outside of my role as a NDVH hotline advocate on Friday, October 14th. I’ve been building my account up (@bluebonnetfield) and I will be attending a specialized training on October 5th to figure out the last moment details to get everything else going in place. If you are interested, I’ll definitely keep you posted on the details.

I invite you, if you have a twitter account to follow mine and let me know if you plan on chiming in for a bit on October 14th. We’ll try to keep it going throughout the day/night so any portion thereof that you could chime in, would be appreciated, to keep the chain of conversation(s) flowing. I’ll be working on promoting it throughout September so, hopefully, there will be plenty to hope in and we can make it a trending subject matter as well on October 14th in twitter! http://amplify.com/u/a1c5mt

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Electric went off around 4:30a. It didn’t go off for too long (a part of rollouts that we may not be officially having yet), but when it comes back on it programs the thermostat to HEAT. Anyone know how we can reset the thermostat so that when COA cuts off the electric, it goes back to the setting of COOL like we had it before? Just discovered our thermostat on 82 HEAT, by no design of our own.

This happened yesterday too. A pattern is definitely forming.

City of Austin = COA

~ Sweltering in Austin, TX

and wondering if the City of Austin is going to provide a discount for causing this grief (and surely a rise in our electrical billing by having to constantly reset our thermostat)? http://amplify.com/u/a1c0sq

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Funny. I attended a training session at work in which I was asking some of the same questions, along with my fellow advocates. Never imagined that when I was home, I would come upon an article so much on point.

There is much to learn about the domestic violence and all the cultures around the world, and in our very own backyard here in the United States of America. We think of ourselves as such a progressive nation; however, it is completely eye opening when we open our eyes only to realize that we may not have come as far along as we have hoped.

Here’s to hoping and praying that we can all be the change.

8/24/2011 11:13:00 AM
New hope to American Indian
women facing domestic violence
Navajo-Hopi Observer

WASHINGTON, D.C. – An international human rights body has done something that federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court, failed to do – bring justice to a domestic violence survivor.

“This decision is important for Native women who face the highest rates of sexual and physical assault of any group in the United States,” said Jana Walker, Indian Law Resource Center attorney. “Although this case did not originate in Indian Country, it has major implications for an ethnic group who rarely sees their abusers brought to justice.”

On Aug. 17, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights issued a landmark decision in Jessica Lenahan (Gonzales) v. United States. The decision is the first women’s human rights case involving domestic violence brought before an international body against the United States. The Commission determined that the United States violated its obligations under international human rights laws by failing to use due diligence and reasonable measures to protect Ms. Lenahan and her daughters from violence by her estranged husband.

The case was based on a tragic incident in 1999, involving the deliberate failure of the Castle Rock, Colorado police to enforce a domestic violence restraining order. Ms. Lenahan had repeatedly called the police for help after her estranged husband kidnapped her three children in violation of the order. Ten hours after Ms. Lenahan’s first call, the husband drove to the police station, where he and the three children were killed in an exchange of gunfire. Ms. Lenahan sought justice in the federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court, for violation of her rights by the police.

After the United States Supreme Court held that women do not have a constitutional right to have civil protection orders enforced by the police, Town of Castle Rock, Colo. v. Gonzales, 545 U.S. 748 (2005), Ms. Lenahan filed a petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights alleging that the United States’ failure to act with due diligence to prevent violence against women violated its obligations under international human rights law.

In 2008, the Indian Law Resource Center and Sacred Circle National Resource Center to End Violence Against Native Women filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Commission in support of Ms. Lenahan, on behalf of numerous non-profit organizations and tribal governments working to end violence against Native women. In its decision, the Commission took notice of this brief and acknowledged that domestic violence has a disproportionate impact on Native women and other low income minority women.

“We want our voices to be heard around this case, because the United States Supreme Court decision had vast implications for Native women and the enforcement of tribal protection orders by state law enforcement officials,” said Terri Henry, Co-chair of the National Congress of American Indians Task Force on Violence Against Women and Principal Director of Clan Star, Inc. “Violence against Native women in the United States has reached epidemic proportions. One out of three Native women will be raped in her lifetime, and three out of four will be physically assaulted.”

Because the United States has greatly limited tribal criminal jurisdiction and sentencing authority, often the only recourse that Native women have against their abusers is a civil protection order.

“By allowing state l

Read more at www.navajohopiobserver.com


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Found a posting on twitter:

Andrea10TV State Senator Kris Jordan to police responding to his wife’s domestic violence call “She got all upset….but girls do that.”
6 hours ago

I haven’t heard the whole story yet; however, it is amazing that the State Senator would stereotype his wife as being just like any other woman who would get upset.

Men don’t get upset, is the implication. Really?
Men don’t overreact. Really?
Men don’t get physically upset. Really?

If no one would get upset,
If everyone could discuss and agree to disagree on certain points of view,
If folks would just never overreact,
If folks would just never get physcially upset,

there just might not be any domestic violence in the world.


Wouldn’t that be nice?? http://amplify.com/u/a1buy8

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To register for this year’s DVAM (Domestic Violence Awareness Month) Call for Unity, please go to this link:


and follow the instructions from there. The call is free to call in and will last for about 45 minutes on October 4, 2011.

Side Note: The Domestic Violence Awareness Project (DVAP) is an initiative of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) funded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).

Domestic Violence Awareness Project
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
www.nrcdv.org/dvam http://amplify.com/u/a1buux

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October is DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH (“DVAM”). As part of the recognition of DVAM is the Call For Unity. Please review, participate and share with others.

This is from the 2010 event:


which includes podcasts of:
•National Call for Unity 2010, full length recording (38:57 minutes)
•Remarks by Vice President Joseph Biden (1:55 minutes)
•A Survivor’s Story: Victor Rivas Rivers, “Remember My Name” recited by Kimberly Collins, and Universal Prayer by Rev. Dr. Aleese Moor-Orbih (17:41 minutes)

It is the belief that everyone can do this together in an effort to bring about peace and freedom from domestic violence. http://amplify.com/u/a1butx

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I think it is fabulous that FMLA and some of the States’ own laws are working together to help provide a dv an opportunity to tend to certain things related to care and empowering moving forward to being a survivor. Hopefully all 50 statesw will follow suit as well.

Amplify’d from www.nolo.com

Victims of domestic violence may have the right to take time off work.

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If you are the victim of domestic violence, you may have the right to take time off from work. The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and some state laws allow domestic violence victims to take leave from work in certain circumstances.  

Domestic violence — mental or physical abuse at the hands of an intimate partner — often affects the victims’ ability to work. According to Legal Momentum, an advocacy group, victims of domestic violence lose an average of 137 hours of work a year. Some need time off to seek medical attention, seek a restraining order, or relocate to a safe place. Others are prevented from getting to work when an abuser disables or takes the car, sabotages childcare arrangements, or leaves the victim without cash to use public transportation.

These problems have led a number of states to pass domestic violence leave laws, which give victims of domestic violence the right to take time off for certain reasons. Some states allow those who are victims of, or witnesses to, a crime to take time off to attend court proceedings; these laws protect victims of domestic violence, although they also apply more generally. And, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) may also provide a right to leave for some domestic violence victims.

Read more at www.nolo.com


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Talking the other day and learning a new term (to me anyways) called “bath salts” which is all about a designer drug (similar to cocaine) that is sold online, on convenience store shelves & smoke shops, causing havoc among folks who quickly become addicted to this drug. They are getting the name from actually resembling household therapeutic bath salts used in home tubs and spas.

The difference though is that these have no valid medical effect and they can actually affect the person ingesting them with suicidal thoughts, paranoia, etc. The increased danger is that the effects obtained while taking the designer drugs have lasting effects — days & weeks later. No one knows enough about them to truly understand the long-term ramifications.

As quickly as people are coming to know about them, the awareness is increasing of the dangers.

In New Jersey, the Governor has even recently passed a law, Pamela’s Law (SCS-2829); do you know what your State is doing to get rid of http://amplify.com/u/a1bspq

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On the way, I couldn’t tell if there was an electrical storm going on in the eastern Austin skies, or actual rain and lightening storms heading in. Are they rain Gods toying with our visions? Could it be figment of our imaginations (just like a mirage in the hottest of deserts)?? Should I have had taken a picture of the curiousity happening in the skies and report it as a possible Unidentified Flying Object? ;) http://amplify.com/u/a1bsj8

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Are you a survivor of domestic violence? Are you ready to share your voice? This facebook page has a great deal to offer…some points of inspirations, some healthy and vibrant discussions on various issues surround domestic violence survivorship, and more. Feel free to dive in and join the conversations among other survivors!

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Step up and volunteer for our youth. Great venue on August 26th, needing plenty of folks to assist, with a great cause. If you can #volunteer, please do! Many ways to volunteer…just check out the form!

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If you are a survivor, I want to talk to you and have you come on my show, Beyond Words Live, on blogtalkradio. My show is a platform for survivors to tell their own story in their own words – especially if you are a survivor from domestic violence or sexual assault or childhood abuse.

Check out the video below for more details and then come to http://blogtalkradio.com/oralhistory to contact me for scheduling:

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Everyone wishes that they had some degree of clout in everyday living – whether it is just being heard for the first time ever or just trying to have some sort of upward mobility in society as a whole.

The site, Klout (http://klout.com), is no different.

It factors in some movement that you had done on the internet to see how influenced your are by others and/or how much you influence others. Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook are three of those that are factored in. FourSquare is too (however, I haven’t been able to get this to work on my DROID phone just yet.

My profile is at http://klout.com/#/bluebonnetfield, if you would like to take a look at how this works. 🙂

Facebook doesn’t include the pages or groups that you created and admin (but this might be included in the future). It doesn’t include the blogs that you have on the net — ie Blogger.com or WordPress.com — however, they may in the future. So, in my mind, those who might have a low Klout figure may not be wholly representative of how influential they truly may be over the social media and internet world; however, Klout, is really still in its infancy stages.

Have you explored how much Klout you might have yet?

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