From the Executive Director
Happy 2014 from OPDV! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season.
In this issue, we acknowledge two important events: January is Stalking Awareness Month and February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. We encourage you to access our website for stalking information, and remind you to friend our youth-focused dating abuse and healthy relationships website, Respect Love, Love Respect, to find information you can use in your awareness raising activities.
This issue’s Q&A, “Stalking through Social Media,” with Kaofeng Lee, Erica Olsen, and Stephen Montagna of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, examines how abusers may victimize their partners through social media. Lee, Olsen, and Montagna discuss important safety considerations that every social media user can employ to enhance safety, and they provide various response options that victims may pursue after the abuse has occurred. Our feature article, Incarcerated Victims, by Jaya Vasandani and Jesenia Santana, focuses on working with incarcerated women who are also victims of domestic violence so that their safety is not further compromised by the orders and conditions of their incarceration. We think you will find both of these pieces highly informative and helpful.
We wish you all the best in your continued commitment to domestic violence prevention, and we look forward to our continued partnership in the upcoming year.