Legislative Action Day 2010
March 22 and 23, 2010:
On March 22 and 23, Denise Ballester, Executive Director of the NBF will attend the CPEDV's Annual Legislative Action Day is a time to educate our Legislators about the resources needed to support domestic violence programs and services in California.
Date: March 22 and 23, Sacramento, California
Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club
January 6, 2010:
The Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club welcomes our special guest speaker Denise Ballester, the Executive Director of the Nicole Brown Foundation. She will be speaking on how domestic violence affects our everyday lives... and what you can do to help.
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 7 a.m.; Location: Ritz Carlton in Dana Point, California
It's Time To Talk Day
December 3, 2009:
The Nicole Brown Foundation is participating in Liz Claiborne Inc's sixth annual It's Time to Talk Day, a day dedicated to ensuring that Americans speak-up about a subject that most people simply prefer not to discuss–domestic violence. It's Time to Talk Day events will be held nationwide, including at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC with Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Denise Ballester, Executive Director, will be participating in a “Talk Radio Row” on domestic violence at Liz Claiborne headquarters in New York. Major partners for this year's event include The Department of Justice, CBS Evening News, REDBOOK, Seventeen, DoSomething.org, one, MTV, the Joyful Heart Foundation, Talkers Magazine and Talk Radio News Service. For more information visit www.loveisnotabuse.com
Recent annual report from the Violence Policy Center (VPC) in Washington, DC
Louisiana Ranks #1 in Rate of Women Murdered by Men According to Violence Policy Center Study Released Annually for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.
The recent annual VPC report, “When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2007 Homicide Data,” details national and state-by-state information on female homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender. The study uses the most recent data available from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's unpublished Supplementary Homicide Report and is released each year to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.
The Violence Policy Center is a national non-profit educational foundation that conducts research on violence in America and works to develop violence-reduction policies and proposals. The Center examines the role of firearms in America, conducts research on firearms violence, and explores new ways to decrease firearm-related death and injury.
Louisiana, with a rate of 2.53 per 100,000, ranked first in the nation in the rate of women killed by men according to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC) report The annual VPC report Ranked behind Louisiana were: Alaska at 2 with a rate of 2.44 per 100,000; Wyoming at 3 with a rate of 2.33 per 100,000; Arkansas at 4 with a rate of 2.29 per 100,000; Nevada at 5 with a rate of 2.23 per 100,000; Alabama at 6 with a rate of 2.22 per 100,000; New Mexico at 7 with a rate of 2.21 per 100,000; South Carolina at 8 with a rate of 2.04 per 100,000; Oklahoma at 9 with a rate of 2.03 per 100,000; and, Arizona at 10 with a rate of 1.92 per 100,000. Nationally, the rate of women killed by men in single victim/single offender instances was 1.30 per 100,000.
VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand states, “These findings alarmingly demonstrate how domestic violence can escalate to homicide. More resources need to be made available to protect women and prevent such tragedies.”
Nationwide, 1,865 females were murdered by males in single victim/single offender incidents in 2007. Where weapon use could be determined, firearms were the most common weapon used by males to murder females (847 of 1,657 homicides or 51 percent). Of these, 76 percent (640 of 847) were committed with handguns. In cases where the victim to offender relationship could be identified, 91 percent of female victims (1,587 out of 1,743) were murdered by someone they knew. Of these, 62 percent (990 out of 1,587) were wives or intimate acquaintances of their killers. More than 10 times as many females were murdered by a male they knew than were killed by male strangers. In 88 percent of all incidents where the circumstances could be determined, the homicides were not related to the commission of any other felony, such as rape or robbery.
Please visit www.vpc.org/studies/wmmw2009.pdf for more information.
Office of Juvenile Justice and
Delinquency Programs (OJJDP):
The OJJDP comprehensive national survey on “Children’s Exposure to Violence.”
This survey is the first comprehensive attempt to measure children's exposure to violence in the home, school and community across all ages from birth to age 17, and the first attempt to measure the cumulative exposure to violence over the child's lifetime.
Children in the United States are more likely to be exposed to violence and crime than are adults. In 2005, juveniles and young adults ages 12 to 19 were more than twice as likely to be victims of violent crimes as the population as a whole. Each year, millions of children and adolescents in the United States are exposed to violence in their homes, schools, and communities as both victims and witnesses. Even if they are not physically present, children may be affected by intentional harm done by another (for example, the murder of or an assault on a family member or close neighbor). Children react to exposure to violence in different ways, and many children show remarkable resilience. All too often, however, children who are exposed to violence undergo lasting physical, mental, and emotional harm. They suffer from difficulties with attachment, regressive behavior, anxiety and depression, and aggression and conduct problems. They may be more prone to dating violence, delinquency, further victimization, and involvement with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Moreover, being exposed to violence may impair a child's capacity for partnering and parenting later in life, continuing the cycle of violence into the next generation.
Research has found that early identification, intervention, and continued follow-up are valuable strategies to prevent or decrease the impact of exposure to violence. Families, teachers, police, judges, pediatricians, mental health providers, child protection workers, domestic violence advocates, and others who interact with children have a responsibility to create interventions, both physical and psychological, that decrease or prevent the harms associated with exposure to violence.
Sin by Silence DVD
September 14, 2009:
Sin by Silence is an emotionally packed documentary that tells the personal and shocking stories of women convicted for killing their abusive husbands. Yet, despite the prison walls, these women have learned from their past and advocate for a future free from domestic violence.
NBF to Meet with White House Advisor
September 10, 2009:
Denise Brown and Denise Ballester will meet with Ms. Lynn Rosenthal, the new White House Advisor on Violence Against Women. This is a newly created position at the White House dedicated specifically to advise the President and Vice President on domestic violence and sexual assault issues. Ms. Rosenthal is one of the nation's foremost experts in domestic violence policy. She has worked at local, state and national levels to create an environment where violence against women is not ignored and perpetrators are held accountable.
NBF Chosen to Attend Conference
September 9, 2009:
The Nicole Brown Foundation had accepted an invitation from the US Department of Justice and the Office of Justice Programs to attend a conference in Washington, DC. One of the goals of this meeting is to share the Administration's vision and priorities around criminal and juvenile justice. Foundations with a broad-range of justice related topics will be in attendance.
The National Network to End Domestic Violence's “Take A Stand” Gala
The National Network to End Domestic Violence hosted the “Take A Stand” Gala at the Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C., on September 17.
Denise Brown, co-founder and president of the Nicole Brown Foundation, served as the master of ceremonies. There were musical performances by Lynda Carter, best known for playing the title role in the TV series "Wonder Woman," and Grammy Award-winning vocalist Patti Austin.
|Denise Brown Master of Ceremonies||
Victoria Shire Dinges, NNEDV Board member and Allstate Insurance Company's assistant vice president of
|Denise Brown and U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy||Denise Brown, U.S. Rep. Ted Poe|