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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