The Institute is a member of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV). This mission of NPEIV is “to make the prevention of interpersonal violence a national priority and to encourage healthy relationships by linking science, practice, policy, and advocacy.” Check out the website at http://www.uncg.edu/psy/npeiv/.
Executives from the Verizon Foundation present a check for $140,000 to the Institute for Family Violence Studies to create a National Prevention Toolkit on Officer-Involved Domestic Violence. The Toolkit will be completed in 2013.
The Institute for Family Violence Studies is fortunate to have an outstanding group of student interns this summer. The team consists of Katie Bissell, Jessica Gambill, Mamie Harper, Ember Maselli, Stephanie Pollack, and Saadia Smith. Each of these talented individuals brings a unique skill set to the Institute. They are all active contributors on each of the projects the Institute has.
For the third consecutive year, the Law Enforcement Families Partnership (LEFP) will receive recognition from the Davis-Productivity Awards sponsored by Florida TaxWatch. Since 1989, the Davis Productivity Award program has publicly recognized and rewarded state employees and groups whose work significantly and measurably increases productivity and promotes innovation and saves money for Florida taxpayers and businesses. The LEFP has been honored for three consecutive years for providing criminal justice officers access to free online domestic violence prevention training.
The Alliance for Faith-based Efforts to End Domestic Violence is partnering with Leon (FL) County’s Domestic Violence Coordinating Council to co-sponsor a local educational summit for religious leaders. This event will bring religious leaders and interested community members together to discuss the religious response to domestic violence. One of the goals of this event is to engage community leaders and religious leaders in a collaborative effort that seeks ways to help victims of domestic violence in a safe and respectful manner.
When President Barron came to tour the College of Social Work, he had the opportunity to stop and visit with some of the graduate students who work with the Institute. Recent graduates, Annelise Martin, Rachyl Smith, and Taylor Sissun, had the opportunity to engage President Barron in a presentation that highlighted research, community service projects, and professional writing samples they had produced.
From left to right: Karen Oehme, Leigh Merritt, DeAnn Scarborough, Kris DelMarco, Grace Frances, Freyja Harris, Patricia Holiday. Seated: Meg Baldwin, George Reynolds.
The Community Advisory Board consists of individuals who are involved with family violence issues on a community level. The Community Advisory Board meets semi-annually to discuss the vision and future of the Institute.