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Across the United States, nearly five million women and three million men each year face violent abuse within an intimate relationship. Intimate partner violence transcends race, ethnicity, class, gender and sexual orientation, and poses a serious public health problem for all communities. One in four teenagers report verbal, physical, emotional or sexual abuse from a dating partner each year. Immigrants and refugees may resist reporting abuse to police for fear of jeopardizing their legal status or that of their family. Lesbians and gay men whose families and friends are unsupportive of their sexuality often have fewer sources of support, increasing isolation and making it more difficult to leave abusive relationships.
The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma recently hosted a two-day workshop, made possible by generous funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to help journalists and news organizations cover this critical public health issue. The workshop featured a wide range of speakers including national and local mental health and policy experts, award-winning journalists, educators and prevention advocates. All materials from the workshop are now available on the Dart Center's website.
Please share these resources with your colleagues who cover the vital issue of intimate partner violence and related beats such as courts, crime, families and education.
Your contributions help the Dart Center nurture informed, innovative and ethical news reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy worldwide.
The Dart Center is a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.