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Why it Matters

INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE

Why should we care?

3

Women murdered EVERY DAY by a current or former male partner

20

Victims of relationship violence EVERY MINUTE

15

Cumulative work days lost EVERY MINUTE

Percentage of women who will experience domestic violence in their lifetime0%
Percentage of dating college women who report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors0%
Percentage of parents who do not believe or know teen dating violence is an issue0%
Percentage of gay or bisexual men who will experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes0%
Percentage of children who are exposed to domestic violence every year0%
Children in violent homes are abused or neglected at a rate 1500% higher than the national average0%

ABUSE KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES

The impact of intimate partner violence on different institutions:

UNIVERSITIES

While not currently at the forefront of a national conversation, domestic violence remains as prevalent an issue among college students as sexual assault. One in five students have experienced domestic violence with a current partner -- a statistic that directly mirrors the U.S. Department of Justice’s findings on student victims of sexual assault. More than 30 percent of students say they have experienced domestic violence with a previous partner. As with cases of sexual assault, most incidents of domestic violence go unreported, meaning the number is likely much higher. College-aged women experience a higher rate of partner violence than any other age group. In addition, thirteen percent of college women say they have been stalked, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Of college students who have been sexually assaulted, 35 percent of them were assaulted while on a date. Our team is committed to changing the way we address this epidemic both with students and administrators. Jessica is one of the top school speakers and can help educate your students about intimate partner violence during the college years.

HOSPITALS

Hospital employees are a large group of service providers who have a central ethic of caring and an agenda of early intervention and health promotion in their work to improve the health status of communities. Many doctors and nurses traditionally have been reluctant to consider domestic violence as a health issue, preferring instead to consider it to be the domain of social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists. Our communities at large have also been reluctant to embrace this issue in hospital settings. Evidence shows the effects of abuse/violence have a profound impact on women's and children's health, and that women regularly seek services from health care workers for health concerns related to this abuse/violence. Our team works tirelessly to advocate around issues related to appropriate assessment, intervention, referral, and follow-up in order to come alongside those committed to working in the healthcare field. Jessica can speak to hospital personnel and teach them to identify, address and respond to victims of intimate partner violence.

CORPORATIONS

According to the US Department of Labor, nearly two in three corporate executives say that domestic violence is a major problem in our society and more than half cite its harmful impact on productivity in their companies. In addition, nine in ten employees say that domestic violence has a negative impact on their company's bottom line. Yet, more than 70 percent of United States workplaces do not have a formal program or policy that addresses workplace violence. Jessica Yaffa, LLC is determined to change these alarming statistics by offering intensive training to organizations around the country in order to provide trauma-informed education surrounding the implementation of workplace policies and strategies that will ultimately change the way we address domestic violence in professional settings. With captivating presentations, Jessica can address the effects intimate partner violence can have on the workplace and provide education, tools and support in helping address such issues.

MILITARY

One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime and couples in the military are no exception. In fact, some research suggests military couples are more prone to violence than civilian couples. A report from the Pentagon released in 2011 showed that post-traumatic stress syndrome, or PTSD, an after-effect experienced by some military members after long or repeated deployments, was a contributing factor to family violence. The report states that “Soldiers with PTSD are up to three times more likely to be aggressive with their female partners than those without such trauma.” Our team offers training and support to military personnel across the country to ensure that both support staff and those they serve have access to necessary education, assessment criteria, intervention tactics, and follow-up care. Hire one of the top military speakers for your next event to educate personnel and help reduce intimate partner violence.

NON-PROFITS

Social service agencies provide a myriad of services to victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. Direct services to victims of domestic violence include: Shelter, food and clothing, victim advocacy, counseling, legal assistance, children’s services, and more. It is imperative that those offering these types of assistance have adequate training to ensure that both they and the clients’ being served are aware of safety risks, issues surrounding mandated reporting, appropriate assessment, intervention tactics, trauma-informed language, referral options, and strategic follow-up. Jessica Yaffa, LLC comes alongside those that are offering these families resources, hope, and compassion by assisting with additional education and training as requested. Have Jessica speak at your next non-profit training event and help spread awareness around intimate partner violence and teach others the tools to reduce it.

TREATMENT CENTERS

While experiencing a trauma doesn’t guarantee that a person will develop an addiction, research clearly suggests that trauma is a major underlying source of addictive behavior. Compulsive use of substances or food often help reduce the sensation of overwhelm that post-trauma changes create. In fact, when these behaviors are implemented as an attempt to manage what becomes unmanageable after trauma they can become a negative example of a very positive survival instinct. Our team specializes in presentations surrounding this co-occurring issue and works with treatment programs nationwide offering administrators, clinicians, and support staff opportunities to become better educated surrounding the effects of relationship abuse, as well as appropriate assessment, trauma-informed practices, cultural sensitivity, resource identification, and the imperative nature of thorough follow-up. Jessica is available to speak at your next event to educate staff about the effects of intimate partner violence and give them the tools to help clients overcome its effects.