The new research report from Prevent Child Abuse America was recently released and puts the cost of toxic stress (or child abuse and neglect) experienced by children in this country at a staggering $80 billion dollars per year. Several studies have come out in recent years with numbers ranging from $80-124 billion dollars per year and are inclusive of paying for the consequential program costs associated with child abuse and neglect.
With child welfare reporting close to 3.5 million children per year for the maltreatment of children, what should our society’s response be? If a virus suddenly started taking the lives of children worldwide there would be a national outcry for a cure; money would be poured in to research; communities would mobilize in an effort to halt the spread of the disease.
And yet, there’s a child abuse pandemic right here in America that we could invest a fraction of that $80 billion dollars to create healthy environments for children but we keep diverting funds to intervention after the crisis has already hit.
We know it’s far more expensive to treat diseases after they occur rather than preventing them in the first place. The same dynamic exists here when it comes to child abuse and neglect. How many lives must be lost? How much money do we need to spend on emergency room health care? I wonder what, exactly, it’s going to take? Read the rest of this entry →
The 2012 Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival, running through April 1, showcases a diverse range of films from effervescent French romance, frivolous comedy and touching family drama to politically engaged personal documentaries, including Crime After Crime.
This powerful documentary follows the course of Deborah Preagler’s dramatic legal battle. Imprisoned for over a quarter century in connection with the murder of a brutally abusive boyfriend, Debbie finds her only hope for freedom in an unlikely pair of rookie attorneys (one and Orthodox Jew) with no background in criminal law. Convinced that they can free Debbie in a matter of months, her attorneys soon discover corruption and politically driven resistance that extends the case for years. Their investigation ultimately attracts global attention, and takes on profound urgency when the case becomes a matter of life and death. This film tells an unforgettable story of the relentless quest for justice and the endurance of the human spirit.
Directed by Yoav Potash | USA, 2010 | 93 minutes | English
Results from the 2010 Minnesota Crime Victim Survey
Thursday, March 1, 2012, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Greater Twin Cities United Way, Minneapolis
Domestic Violence has a crippling effect on our community. An estimated 200,000 women and men experience domestic violence each year in Minnesota. Nationally, women lose 8 million paid days of work a year, which translates to roughly 133,000 lost days of work in Minnesota. Join us for a presentation about Domestic Violence: Results from the 2010 Crime Victim Survey, a new report to be released in March through the partnership of United Way and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety-Office of Justice Programs.
Join Greater Twin Cities United Way, violence intervention and prevention practitioners, and those passionate about ending violence in Minnesota, for this free full-day workshop.
Radisson Plaza Minneapolis Hotel
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
35 S. 7th
Minneapolis, MN 55402 Directions
Featured Presenter Dr. Rob Anda has conducted research in a variety of areas including disease surveillance, behavioral health, mental health and disease, cardiovascular disease, and childhood determinants of health. He graduated from Rush Medical College in 1979 and received his Board Certification in Internal Medicine in 1982. During 1982-1984 he completed a Fellowship in Preventive Medicine at the University of Wisconsin where he also received a Masters Degree (MS) in Epidemiology.
On May 17, 2011, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Social Security Administration and the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Center for Financial Security hosted a workshop on Exploring the Intersection between Financial Capability and Domestic Violence. The goal of the event was to bring together government officials, academic researchers, domestic violence practitioners and policy makers to explore how personal financial capability relates to domestic violence. Workshop Summary PDF
Minnesota currently has an estimated 1.5 million people aged 50 and over. To enhance the safety of older victims and enhance the quality of their lives, the Office of Violence Against Women developed a collaborative training for domestic violence advocates, sexual assault advocates, adult protection workers, aging network professionals and systems-based victim advocates.
Welcome to the Family Violence Community! This community is dedicated to fostering productive discussions aimed at increasing awareness of, and advocating for, best practices in violence prevention and intervention.
Contact: Marcia Fink
Director, Basic Needs, Community Impact