October 12, 2017
Next week, Jennifer Landhuis, Estefania Mondragon, and myself are excited to continue our conversations on integrating social change into a social services delivery model, engage in pre-conference conversations on Compassionate Communities: We Choose All of Us, provide updates on the Idaho Risk of Dangerousness in Domestic Violence and Marsy’s Law and to listen to one about about the challenges and successes in your respective communities.
It is also an opportunity to meet new executive directors and advocates! At the Pocatello learning community, Scott Smith, the new executive director of Bingham Crisis Center in Blackfoot and Holly Llewellyn, the new executive director at Oneida Crisis Center in Malad will be joining us. Dixie Chapman is retiring in the next few months and has been able to bring Scott on while she is still executive director to onboard him to the organization. We will all miss Dixie as she retires and thank her for her legacy of domestic and sexual violence advocacy in her community.
If you have not already, please register here for our time together!
We Choose All of Us,
Fifteen years ago Dixie Chapman joined Bingham Crisis Center in Blackfoot. With an incredible team of staff, including long-time staff such as Josephine and Dulce, and the late Lola and Debbie , they’ve witnessed countless people taking back their lives and thriving once again. As Dixie prepares their new Director Scott Smith to take the helm, there is gratitude, optimism, and pride. Pride in the strength of survivors, in the compassion, skill and commitment of staff, in the evolution of Bingham Crisis Center, and of so many women, men and children who have renewed purpose and hope after moving on from trauma.
From a small shoebox office when she started, to a spacious yet homey, upgraded crisis center, they’ve watched people completely change, even in one sitting, simply by deeply listening and believing, Dixie said. Eyes shining, head held high, out in the community thriving – this is what fills Dixie’s heart, and instills even more confidence in Bingham Crisis Center’s next chapter.
When talking about pride, Dixie was adamant that the pride is in her staff and the people who come to them for help. “I could do more because of staff– they do a great job – and together we could do even more.”
The reality is that men still have in-roads that women don’t have due to imbedded male privilege and Bingham Crisis Center will leverage this while still working to change inequities, through Scott’s inroads in the sports community of young men and violence prevention, as well as with CCRTs.
As for retirement? Start with long overdue chores (“cobwebs can stay until after Halloween”, Dixie laughs), then dive deep into researching family history, some mission work, and possibly trying to get a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program started in Bingham County. Once an advocate, always an advocate! We wish Dixie the best, and thank her for her years of service and leadership, and lots of asphalt pie in the future (yes, that’s a dessert)!
In the last Towards Thriving edition, we discussed strangulation as a lethality factor in domestic violence cases. In addition to strangulation, sexual assault within the context of domestic violence is also a risk factor for increased dangerousness or lethality. We know that intimate partner sexual violence is part of a bigger picture of violence, abuse, and control where sexual assault and abuse get used as an additional form of battering. At least 60% of individuals who experience domestic violence also experience sexual assault.
Intimate partner sexual violence takes many forms: forced intercourse, forced participation in sexual activities that one individual is uncomfortable with and reproductive coercion (sabotaging birth control, forcing pregnancy outcomes, and emotional and physical violence).
We also know that intimate partner sexual violence is not limited to adult victims. Thirty-two percent of adolescent pregnant girls because pregnant while in an abusive relationship. Adolescent girls in physically abusive relationships are 3.5 more likely to become pregnant that non-abused girls and one-quarter of adolescent females report that their abusive male partner is trying to get them pregnant.
However, we know that individuals who experience domestic violence are rarely directly asked about the sexual violence they are experiencing. As advocates, asking these questions help us with enhancing safety plans and allowing for additional advocacy with the individuals who are seeking our services. Examples of screening questions we may consider asking include:
In order to advocate for individuals who have experienced intimate partner sexual violence, it is essential that we consider the following:
Together, we can continue to ensure that we are providing the best advocacy we can for the individuals we are working with. If you have additional questions about intimate partner sexual violence, please contact Jennifer Landhuis.
Wednesday, October 16, 2017 • 2:00 PM MT • 1:00 PM PT
The Idaho Risk Assessment of Dangerousness was developed ten years ago through the Idaho Coalition in partnership with key stakeholders in the criminal justice system and community domestic violence providers. Idaho law enforcement, prosecution and judicial systems as well as community-based advocates have been using this tool to inform survivors of their risk of future harm as well as indicators of lethality as part of safety planning. The tool has also been used to assess the level of intervention needed by the criminal justice system to enhance safety and by the courts to determine conditions of release. An unexpected use of the tool has been in civil domestic violence cases in the determination of issuance of civil protection orders and for custody decisions.
An initial study of the Idaho Risk Assessment of Dangerousness recently conducted by Boise State University found that the “overall IRAD risk score appears to be a significant predictor of future intimate partner violence behavior.”
Dr. Reichel is an internationally-recognized scholar of cross-national criminal justice issues. He is Professor Emeritus in Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Northern Colorado and an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Hampshire College of Law.
Dr. Reichel has served as an expert on human trafficking for the United Nations and has published widely in the field, including serving as a book editor for Human Trafficking: Exploring the International Nature, Concerns, and Complexities.
Sponsored by the School of Public Service and the Idaho Criminal Justice Commission
Learning communities will be held in the following communities:
Tuesday, November 28 – Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Boise State University, Student Union Building, Boise, Idaho
Compassionate Communities: We Choose All of Us is a two-day conference where we will envision a world where everyone is valued, everyone is safe, and everyone can thrive. Together we will create a collaborative space for social services and social change to come together to explore ways to repair the harm from our culture of domination, extraction, and violence and to re-imagine a world rooted in interdependence, resilience, and regeneration.
Registration opens October 1st on www.engagingvoices.org.