General Federation of Women's Clubs New Hampshire

Signature Program

The goal of the GFWC Signature Program is to increase awareness of and help prevent the widespread occurrence of domestic abuse in communities across the Nation by working with national domestic violence networks, supporting existing activities, working with various established programs, and initiating educational opportunities for club members and local citizens. GFWC aims to be a powerful voice for those who have no voice.

In partnership with GFWC and community members, we pledge to work together with passion and purpose to advocate for survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence and educate the public on the prevalence of domestic and sexual violence in our local communities and how informing members can improve outcomes for survivors.

Intimate Partner Violence

RECOGNITION

What is it? Intimate partner violence (IPV) includes physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, as well as sexual coercion and stalking by a current or former intimate partner.  An intimate partner is a person with whom a person has or had a close personal or sexual relationship. 

Who are the survivors? Domestic or intimate Partner Violence happens in all types of relationships, including dating couples, married couples, same-sex couples, former or ex-couples, and couples who live together but are not married. Intimate Partner Violence happens more often among younger couples.  Almost half of American Indian and Alaskan Native women, more than 4 in 10 African-American women, and more than 1 in 3 white and Hispanic women have experienced sexual or physical violence or stalking by their intimate partner. 

Who are the perpetrators?  While 24% of Intimate Partner Violence is conducted by women, 76% of Intimate Partner Violence is conducted by men.  The male conducted abuse tends to be more violent, more controlling, and is more likely to require medical services of use of a women's shelter. 

RESCUE

Safety is the most important concern.  Those in immediate danger should call 911.  If not in immediate danger consider these options: Get medical care, make a safety plan to leave, save the evidence, find out where to get help in the local community, talk to someone and look into a restraining order, call a helpline for free, anonymous help. (National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233) or 800-787-3224 (TDD).The hotline offers help 23 hours a day, 7 days a week, in many languages.  The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs has a hotline to help LGBTQ+ victims of violence. Call 212-714-1141 for 24 hour support in English or Spanish. 

RECOVERY

Domestic violence often results in physical and emotional injuries.  It can also lead to other health problems, reproductive health challenges, mental health conditions such as depression, and suicide.  Women affected by Intimate Partner Violence are also more likely to use drugs and alcohol to cope.  After they physical injuries have been treated, a mental health professional should be used to help cope with emotional concerns.  A counselor or therapist can help to deal with emotions in healthy ways, build self-esteem, and help develop coping skills. 

RENAISSANCE

Intimated Partner Violence is a serious problem that has lasting and harmful effects on an individual families and communities. 

What can you do:

  • Prevention efforts that promote healthy, respectful, nonviolent relationships. 
  • Support programs that
    • Teach safe and healthy relationship skills
    • Engage influential adults and peers
    • Disrupt the development pathways toward partner violence
    • Create protective environments 
    • Strengthen economic support for families 
    • Support survivors to increase safety and lessen harms

RESOURCES

Center for Disease Control and Prevention - www.cdc.org

World Health Organization - www.who.innt

National Domestic Violence Hotline - www.thehotline.org; 1-800-799-7233

National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) - www.avp,org/ncavp; or 212-714-1141 for 24 hours assistance in English or Spanish.

 

There are eight areas of focus for the GFWC President's project they include:

▸Intimate Partner Violence

▸Child Abuse

▸Teen Dating

▸Campus Sexual Assault

▸Elder Abuse

▸Violence Against Native American Women

▸Military Sexual Assault

▸Human Trafficking

(Please visit Club Manual for more details of each individual area of focus.) 

 

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