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June 14, 2017

On June 15, communities across the United States and around the world recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: an international observance held each year to bring visibility to interpersonal violence experienced by older adults. A serious public health and human rights issue that too often goes ignored, elder abuse can include physical, psychological, or sexual abuse; neglect; and financial exploitation. Since approximately two-thirds of older victims are female, elder abuse is a subset of violence against women. For example, the most extensive national study to-date found that 1 in 10 community-residing older adults reported experiencing at least one form of abuse the previous year—and the majority of cases of physical violence involved female victims with spouses as perpetrators. In addition to being intimate partners, perpetrators of abuse in later life are likely to be family members, paid and unpaid caregivers, and other persons in a relationship where the victim and society expect compassion and caring. Even when the abuser is not an intimate partner, the dynamics of power and control commonly experienced by younger victims and other forms of abuse may be present.

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June 1, 2017

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) joins the national recognition of Pride Month this June. Every year, countless Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals and allies come together to celebrate one another’s identities; Pride Month is about increasing visibility, equal rights, building community, and celebrating who you are while standing against homophobia, violence, and discrimination.

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May 31, 2017

NNEDV: First, tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do?

Wynn is from Columbia, Tennessee, but he and his family lived in Texas for ten years with his stepfather. During those years, Wynn witnessed the abuse of his mother by his stepfather and saw police do nothing to intervene. When he became a police officer in Wichita, Kansas, an aspiration that came from his father who was also an officer, he realized that officers weren’t trained to deal with domestic violence, nor did they understand the crime. Wynn was hired at the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department in 1978 and he started teaching in 1982 on best practices for addressing domestic violence. In the early 1990s Wynn became the co-creator of the largest domestic violence unit in history.

Wynn has trained for over forty years in all fifty states and thirteen countries, including China, Russia, and Turkey, for the U.S. State Department. He is married to Valerie, an advocate, therapist, and Founder & Executive Director of the Mary Parrish Center in Nashville, a domestic and sexual violence therapeutic transitional housing program named after Wynn's mother. Wynn has consulted for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), where he trained Chiefs of Police on how to write and implement policies on domestic violence. For the past thirteen years, he has trained on modern efforts in responding to sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking at the IACP National Institute Leadership on Violence Against Women. Since 2001, Wynn has taught in over 1,000 classrooms and traveled over two million miles to train law enforcement, individuals within the criminal justice system, advocates, and others.

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May 30, 2017

New website highlights important intersection of domestic & sexual violence and homelessness, provides resources for advocates.

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May 25, 2017

The Domestic Violence & Housing Technical Assistance Consortium (DVHTAC) is releasing a series of webinars and resource materials around the upcoming U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition, expected to be released soon. We invite Domestic and Sexual Violence Programs, Homeless and Housing Service Programs, and CoCs to register for webinars in this series, designed to help you build strong partnerships and effective community responses to ending homelessness.

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May 22, 2017

The Safety Net project at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) explores the intersection of technology and domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, and dating violence. Safety Net strives to help survivors increase their safety while continuing to use their technology through the provision of safety tips and tools.

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