The Institute for Family Violence Studies received a Prudential Davis Productivity Award for the fourth straight year for its work on the Law Enforcement Families Partnership. The Institute developed a free online training for criminal justice officers to help prevent domestic violence within their homes. This year Karen Oehme, Institute Director, Zachary Summerlin, Program Coordinator, and Suzanne Harrison, Associate Professor at the FSU College of Medicine, were honored for their work on the Law Enforcement Families Partnership in 2012.
The Walk in My Shoes Rally to End Sexual Abuse arrives in Tallahassee on April 23rd. Walk the final mile to the Old Capitol with Lauren Book, the founder of Lauren’s Kids, as she completes her 1,500 mile trek across the state of Florida to raise awareness about sexual abuse, advocate for abuse prevention and help survivors find their voice. Lauren is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and started Lauren’s Kids to help others who have experienced sexual abuse.
The Institute for Family Violence Studies recently developed a Facebook page. We are posting stories that address issues related to family violence, information about how you can get involved, as well as including words of encouragement for all to see.
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The Leon County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team recently concluded its first year of meetings. This team works to identify gaps and strategies to improve and increase interventions to protect victims and children, hold batterers accountable, and prevent domestic violence homicides in Leon County. One of the key outputs from the Team during 2012 was the development and printing of a Landlord Brochure. This handout provides landlords crucial information about helping tenants who may be victims of domestic violence.
The Leon County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team is a group of citizens committed to reducing domestic violence in our community. The work of fatality review teams helps identify systemic gaps and strategies to improve and increase interventions to protect victims and children, hold batterers accountable, and prevent domestic violence homicides, in accordance with Florida Statute 741.316. Members of this include many local law enforcement officers, victim advocates, lawyers, business leaders, physicians, and other committed citizens who volunteer their time.
The Institute develops LGBTQ Resources for teens and families. Below you will find a LGBTQ flyer for parents of teens. It provides a list of ways to support your child with resource links for parents and teens on the back. If you are interested in receiving any of these flyers please contact the Institute and we will send you hard copies.
The College of Social Work has an outstanding group of Graduate Assistants this fall. The Institute is very fortunate that some of these students have offered a helping hand on a few of the many projects we have. Below is a picture of Karen Oehme with some of the College’s Graduate Assistants and Work Study Students.