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. It challenges law enforcement and courts, health professions and educators, community organizations and government agencies. The challenge deepens within groups contending with special vulnerabilities. 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 workshop featured a wide range of national and local mental health and policy experts, award-winning journalists, educators and prevention advocates. It included background briefings as well as specialized reporting skills training to enhance journalists’ capacity to report on relationship violence knowledgeably, ethically and effectively. It examined these issues across diverse communities and special populations including teenagers, immigrants and refugees; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered individuals.
- Served as a forum for improving journalists’ knowledge of critical issues such as the mental and physical health impacts of intimate partner violence; innovations in prevention and intervention; social, economic and legal implications, and responses by schools, public health institutions, and community and faith-based organizations;
- Explored new research, reporting ideas and best practices with leading mental health, policy, and prevention experts;
- Confronted challenges — and identified opportunities — that exist for journalists pursuing these stories with limited resources;
- Provided practical tools to enable journalists to successfully produce stories that examine the problem of intimate partner violence in diverse communities and serve to educate and encourage prevention.
Participation was open to working reporters, editors, photographers, producers or bloggers for print, broadcast or online media.
Writer and Photographer
Emily F. Rothman, Sc.D.
Professor of Community Health
Founder, Futures Without Violence
Robert Anda, M.D.
Senior Researcher of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology
Host and Senior Reporter, WBUR
Janice C. Humphreys
Associate Professor, UCSF
Executive Director, Man Up Campaign
Metro Reporter, The Plain Dealer
Executive Director, NYC Anti-Violence Project
Staff Writer, Center for Public Integrity
Associate Professor, Pace University
Rita Henley Jensen
Editor in Chief, Women's eNews
Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Associate Professor, University of Michigan
Executive Director, Day One
Malcolm L. Astley, Ed.D.
Educator, Father of Lauren Astley
New York Times Staff Writer