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February 8, 2015
by Kristin
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Statistics on Domestic Violence


The Huffington Post reported on 30 domestic violence statistics that reminds us it is an epidemic. The following two statistics remind us of the importance of preventing childhood exposure to domestic violence as a primary prevention strategy. 

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/23/domestic-violence-statistics_n_5959776.html


The number of children exposed to
domestic violence every year.

Source: http://www.thecenteronline.org/learn-more/did-you-know

Men Exposed to DV

Source: http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/violence/global_campaign/16_days/en/index7.html

May 22, 2013
by Kristin
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A Systematic Review of Trauma-Focused Interventions for Domestic Violence Survivors

From the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a form of trauma that can result in significant mental health distress for victims. Rates of clinical depression and posttraumatic stress disorder are higher among abused versus non-abused women, particularly if victims have experienced other lifetime trauma. While there are numerous interventions designed to reduce trauma- induced mental health symptoms, most were originally developed to address events that have occurred in the past (e.g., combat, childhood sexual abuse). Many IPV survivors are still under threat of ongoing abuse or stalking, which not only directly impacts their physical and psychological safety but impacts treatment options, as well. Little is known about the extent to which existing evidence-based trauma treatment modalities are applicable to, or require modification for, IPV survivors. This paper, then, reviews the trauma-based treatments that have been designed or modified specifically for IPV survivors and provides cautions and recommendations for moving forward.

Download here – http://www.nationalcenterdvtraumamh.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/NCDVTMH_EBPLitReview2013.pdf

May 20, 2013
by Kristin
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The Truth About ACEs

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is part of a growing network of leaders working to increase awareness and understanding of the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the need to develop effective innovative interventions. Learn more about ACEs and share the infographic below with others. Find out more at http://www.rwjf.org/en/about-rwjf/newsroom/newsroom-content/2013/05/Infographic-The-Truth-About-ACEs.html?cid=xsh_rwjf_tw

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May 8, 2013
by Kristin
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So Much Trauma, So Many Interventions: How Do We Choose?

CEBC Hosted Webinar: So Much Trauma, So Many Interventions: How Do We Choose? Presented by Benjamin Saunders, Ph.D. Thursday, May 16, 2013 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM PST/1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

This presentation will first review many of the trauma interventions ranked highly for their effectiveness in the CEBC as well as several important promising practices. Characteristics such as the target populations, target problems, length of treatment, intervention components and quality of supporting research will be discussed. Second, guiding principles for developing an evidence-based treatment plan grounded in assessment findings, selecting the most appropriate interventions, avoiding intervention overload, and staging interventions over time will be discussed. Finally, advantages and disadvantages of tailored components-based intervention systems vs. treatment models will be discussed.

Please visit the CEBC event homepage to learn more about this webinar.

May 7, 2013
by admin
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What substances in a mattress can cause allergies?

Ever thought that one of your most prized possessions could be the one thing causing you to have sleepless nights?-literally! Our mattresses are supposed to help us catch up on much needed rest, but the contents of our mattresses could be more harmful to some than we realize. It could seem that the back pain and sore bodies caused by some of the mattresses we buy daily, could no longer be the main cause of " moody Trudy's" or those waking up "on the wrong side of the bed", but stuffy noses and red, itchy eyes.

What in our caresses could possibly be a cause allergies?

A mattress is constructed using many different element to build up the layers of heaven we need to rest. These contents may be building up layers of hell, draining your flame.


It is known that one of the substances used in the making of a mattress, is hair. Whether it be animal or human hair, allergic reactions may form. An allergic reaction to hair, may bring forward itchy skin, rashes and a stuffy nose. So, if hair gives you an irritated skin, refrain from laying your precious body on a king sized mattress full of hairy-goodness!


In some mattresses, latex is used in many forms. Usually the latex is used in the comfort layers of the bed. Latex is a soft rubber that could be deadly. More and more we are hearing about doctors and nurses, not being able to use latex gloves whilst working, because of the pain and irritation it can cause to those allergic. Reactions to the latex, may vary. With skin reactions, hives and generalized itching could be likely to appear. Respiratory reactions may develop a shortness of breath, followed by coughing, sneezing and even a runny nose.


Just like our friend, latex, vinyl is used in the multiple comfort chambers of a mattress. An antioxidant in PVC,called Biphenyl A, has been

recognized as one of the main troublemakers used when manufacturing vinyl. Contact with vinyl may cause it's poor victims skin irritations, as well as respiratory problems when in contact.


To protect a mattress, polyester yarn is used to make the ticking with which the protective layer is made. Polyester is one material that is known to cause most allergic reactions which shows mostly on the surface of the skin. The symptoms observed can vary from being mild to dangerous. They may also manifest either almost instantly or within a delayed period of time. These reactions include itching, the tenderness of skin, hives around the upper body and skin abrasions. So when you realize Mrs. Poly Ester has laid her nasty self next to you whilst sleeping, make sure to cover her with some nice cotton sheets.

Whether we like it or not, we need sleep. But in order to get that good night's rest you've been fantasizing about, be sure that you have the right mattress, not only to prevent an aching body and grinding bed sores, but to prevent allergies getting the better of you and stealing your well deserved rest. You've earned it…

May 7, 2013
by admin
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Swissgear Backpacks Your Best Buying Choice

What is a backpack-it also called bookbag,kitbag,knapsack,rucksack,pack or sackpack-in its simplest form it’s a cloth carried by someone’s back secured with two straps which go over the shoulder. There are variety of this backpacks but on this article will look on swissgear backpack.


When we come to buying best backpack http://classybackpacks.com its very easy but getting the right one is very difficult but don’t worry since swissgear is available for you.Swissgear it’s a storage hero it fit in everything like travelling almost every time and numerous business and trips for leisure, journeys to the supermarkets.it has a good padded area for laptop and a plenty storage space for magazines,tablets,books,jumpers,tin of beans and much more.

This extra pockets makes it very unique since zips can be unzipped all the way round to be opened on the table or on the ground. Also if you are carrying a laptop it can be seen through a mesh window which can make strict airport security comftable,also it has side opening for whipping out the laptop quickly.

It has a Velcro adjustable top pad in each rucksack for laptop compartment whatever the height of laptop it is

It also caters other stuffs by having various little zipped areas at the sides and the top, Also has sided pockets which can be used to put chargers,cables,extra batteries and so on. If you are having a music player or smartphone there is exit holes to feed a headphone cord through.

Looks on this backpack are very fairly cool and neutral in either red or black, it provide comfort due free flow of air and back padding for extra comfort, it’s an ideal travel companions backpack since its smaller in size for carrying on a luggage especially in an airline.

While wearing the bag the shoulder straps are easy to adjust, this makes easy to tighten up while carrying and loosen to pull the rucksack off.


Swiss Gear Travel Gear Scan Smart 1900


It’s a full featured backpack made from 1200D ballistic polyester fabric Specifications

  • Large opening main compartment § Adjustable side straps which compress
  • Heavily padded back panel having airflow ventilation technology
  • Padded shoulder straps with mesh fabric built in suspension and scansmart lay-flat technology SwissGear SA9769 black laptop backpack


Audio pocket Computer sleeve

Shoulder strap which are padded Swiss Gear SA1908 black ScanSmart


  • Openviewing -has a quick recognition window which can accommodates most 17"laptops § Airflow systems at the back- provides extra comfort and maximum back support § Interior organizer pocket-provides storage for pencils,pens,cellphone and also CD’s
  •  Adjustable padded straps in order to fit different sizes of laptops Swiss Gear SA9769 black laptop backpack


  • Audio pocket
  • Computer sleeve