March 18th is Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day

Thanks to the NWG Network’s efforts to spread awareness, social media is showing support today by sharing information about Child Sexual Exploitation.  Declaring March 18th Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day, the UK-based Network has inspired many to post facts about CSE on social media, and write messages on their hands and post them using the hashtag #HelpingHands along with a message about CSE.  Read More »


Domestic Violence a Problem in Homeless Shelters

We have discussed before the way the threat of homelessness can compel victims of domestic violence to remain in abusive relationships, and how domestic violence can often result in homelessness for the victim.  According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, over 60% of homeless women have been victims of domestic violence.  But for many, abuse continues after becoming homeless as well.  Recent studies conducted in New York City have found that domestic abuse in homeless shelters has become a troublingly common problem.Read More »

Translating Justice Initiative Aims to Help Deaf Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence

According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Deaf and Hearing-Impaired women are 1.5 times more likely to experience domestic or sexual abuse in their lifetime.  Unfortunately, increased risk of abuse is not the only obstacle that the deaf community faces when it comes to this kind of violence, because deaf people often face communication issues when reporting which can make the process even more difficult.  Many police officers and other professionals lack the training to communicate effectively with deaf people or to provide sign language interpreters, and most domestic violence shelters are similarly unprepared.Read More »

Michigan Parents and Lawmakers Advocate for Nation’s First Child Abuse Registry

The advocacy for “Wyatt’s Law” began when Wyatt Hammel, at one year old, was left in the care of his father’s girlfriend and shaken so severely that he was then hospitalized for nearly two months experiencing skull fractures, fractured limbs, brain swelling, and temporary blindness.  The effects of this incident have had long-term consequences for the now three-year-old Hammel who lives with special needs and is now in school learning to speak. Wyatt’s mother, Erica Hammel, has said of the severity of his experience: “it came in as a homicide case because they didn’t expect him to make it.”Read More »

Utah Bill Could Make Treatment Optional for Perpetrators of Domestic Violence

Bill SB 206, being proposed in Utah, would serve to make changes to the release procedure of prisoners convicted of domestic violence, including forcing them to sign away rights to contact the victim upon release from prison.  The bill seems to have good chances of passing, however one small change could make a huge difference in how domestic violence cases are prosecuted, and many domestic violence advocates feel it would be a step in the wrong direction.Read More »

Non-Abusive Issues that Mimic Abusive Head Trauma

Among our many new and upcoming titles is the Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma Pocket Atlas Series.  Consisting of two volumes, this series joins our other Abusive Head Trauma related titles in helping to identify Abusive Head Trauma, and to rule out abusive trauma in cases where medical issues and head injuries may emulate the effects of abuse.  Ruling out the possibility of these alternative issues is incredibly crucial in properly identifying child abuse, preventing misdiagnoses, and ensuring that no wrongful conviction of child abuse occurs, as well as ensuring that if an alternative medical issue is present, it is properly treated.  For these reasons the second book in our new series focuses entirely on that.Read More »

Coping Mechanisms of Children of Uxoricide

It is estimated that nearly 3,000 children in the United States each year are affected by Uxoricide, murder of an intimate partner, because the victim, the perpetrator, or both are their parents.  While the affects of uxoricide on the victim’s and/or perpetrator’s children are similar to those experienced by a child of any murdered parent, there are additional traumas experienced by the children of Uxoricide, most importantly that most cases end either in a murder/suicide or in incarceration of the guilty parent.  In either of these cases the child loses both parents at once and this is especially traumatic.  We have a complete chapter on Children of Uxoricide in our comprehensive guide to Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment including a section on the effective and ineffective coping mechanisms of these children.Read More »