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April also marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). During SAAM, activists raise awareness about sexual violence and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent it. The 2014 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign focuses on healthy sexuality and young people. This April, use your voice to impact our future.

The SAAM campaign provides tools on healthy adolescent sexuality and engaging youth. Learn how you can play a role in promoting a healthy foundation for relationships, health and sexual violence prevention. 

Join the movement and participate in the Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign on social media.

Visit the SAAM site (http://www.nsvrc.org/saam/sexual-assault-awareness-month-home)where you will find information and materials for both upcoming and past campaigns.

saam share graphic- april 1Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Spanish/ Mes de Conciencia sobre la Agresion Sexual

Visit the Spanish-language SAAM website, where you will find information and resources in Spanish. Visite la página web en español de SAAM, donde puedes acceder a recursos e información en español. Si requiere información adicional sobre SAAM, puede llamar al 1-877-739-3895 o poder ir a resources@nsvrc.org. El NSVRC cuenta con intérpretes en línea y staff bilingüe para atender sus pedidos en español.

StandupApril is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, Alianza, the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making our communities a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.

Research shows that when parents possess six protective factors, the risk for neglect and abuse diminish and optimal outcomes for children, youth, and families are promoted. The six protective factors are:

  • Nurturing and attachment
  • Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Concrete supports for parents
  • Social and emotional developmental well-being

Focusing on ways to build and promote the protective factors, in every interaction with children and families, is the best thing advocates and other community members can do to prevent child maltreatment and promote optimal child development.



Why Attend?

This conference on Family Justice and crimes against women focuses on best practices in investigation, documentation, prosecution, advocacy, and multiagency team approaches. At this conference you will hear from the nation’s leading trainers and subject matter experts


This conference will offer MCLE (Attorneys) and CEU (Licensed Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists) for applicable sessions. We are currently seeking POST (Law Enforcement) approval. For more information please visit our conference website.

OVW Grantees

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) has provided approval for Community Defined Solutions/Arrest and Rural Program Grantees to use grant travel funds to send up to 4 members of a multidisciplinary team to the 14th Annual International Family Justice Conference in San Diego, CA, Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - Friday, April 4, 2014. All other OVW grantees must obtain prior approval from their OVW program manager before using grant funding for this purpose.

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The National Family Justice Center Alliance and the nationally acclaimed San Diego Police Department are partnering with many other organizations and sponsors to present this exciting training conference.

The Alliance helps develop multi-agency team models to address domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking crimes. The Alliance also operates the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention – the leading national training agency in the country on the handling of non-fatal strangulation cases.

The San Diego Police Department has a national and international reputation in the handling of crimes against women, men, and children. The Domestic Violence Unit was created in 1992 and is one of the largest centralized detective units in the United States. It is fully located inside the San Diego Family Justice Center. The Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, and Elder Abuse Units have been locally and nationally recognized for their leading edge policies and practices. The San Diego Police Department Crime Lab has handled some of the most notorious family violence perpetrators in San Diego history.

The collaboration between the Alliance and the San Diego Police Department will produce a dynamic, interactive, and compelling training experience for law enforcement officers, prosecutors, advocates, judges, probation and parole officers, doctors, nurses, therapists, Family Justice Center professionals, and survivors.

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In recent years, a nationwide emphasis on the importance of diversity (particularly on college campuses) has generated many scholarships and grants for students who belong to underrepresented minority groups. Our comprehensive scholarship list includes financial aid opportunities exclusively reserved for African-Americans, Hispanics, women, and other specific minority groups, as well as more generalized awards that are made available to applicants belonging to any underrepresented demographic. For details go to: http://www.onlineschools.org/financial-aid/minority/

DVAwarenessMonthEvery October, since 1987, thousands of domestic violence agencies and advocates across the country have been observing domestic violence awareness month. They engage in a range of activities—from marches, rallies, and candle light vigils to talk shows and tabling at community events. Advocates march with or display colorful posters, banners and ribbons, with purple being the dominant color.

This year, they are doing so under a climate of stress, fear and uncertainty created by the government shutdown which has deprived many of their agencies of critical funds.

All across the country, victims of sexual and domestic violence, are being turned away from critical services because funding has been stalled or cut. This has increased their vulnerability and forced them to stay in unsafe and potentially death-threatening relationships.


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