BREAK THE CYCLE OF INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE
Physical, sexual or psychological harm inflicted by a current or former partner or spouse: that’s the definition of intimate partner violence (IPV) according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Stopping this kind of violence before it begins often means addressing behaviors children learn during their earliest years of development.
Educational programs to help stop this cycle of violence are crucial. IPV survivors may not realize the full extent of the mental and physical harm done to themselves, nor understand its impact on their children and other family members. Without intervention and education, there is a high probability of IPV being passed from parents to children. The CDC describes the importance of understanding how IPV can impact future generations:
“In addition to the immediate impact, intimate partner violence has lifelong consequences. A number of studies have shown that beyond injury and death, victims of IPV are more likely to report a range of negative mental and physical health outcomes that are both acute and chronic in nature.
“During the past decade, a number of studies have also improved our understanding of the biologic response to acute and chronic stress that links IPV with negative health outcomes. In addition, there are a number of behavioral factors that are likely to play a role in the link between IPV and adverse health outcomes as victims of IPV are more likely to smoke, engage in heavy/binge drinking, report HIV risk factors, and endorse other unhealthy behaviors.”
These issues are complex and require a comprehensive approach involving discussion, promoting healthy interactions between partners, teaching dating skills and training those within organizations that deal with the aftermath of IPV. Many of the organizations listed on our Chicago Says No More website can assist with education around these issues.
In addition, while not related to our organization, we are aware of a 3-hour professional education seminar on Friday, September 11, 2015, offered by LEDDED Ltd. and focusing on children in high-conflict custody cases:
INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE
A SUBSET OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
RULES, REMEDIES, IN DIVORCE AND PARENTAGE CASES
Illinois attorneys can receive 3 professional responsibility credits from MCLE and ILSCCP, and also welcome are others who have influence in their community and are responsible for getting victims to seek assistance.
To learn more, contact Nancy Mynard
When 1 until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 11, 2015
Where The East Bank Club, 500 N. Kingsbury, Chicago
Fee $250 for attorneys; $50 for not-for-profit representatives who are not attorneys; discounts for groups of three or more registering at one time; waivers are available.