October 2010

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Show your solidarity with victims of domestic violence and help end abuse.

NCFY recommends the following ways to observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month:

Stock Up on Green Light Bulbs for National Runaway Prevention Month

From the Empire State Building to the streets of Chicago and green light bulbacross the country, buildings and front porches will glow green this November as part of the National Runaway Switchboard’s Green Light Project.  

Bright Idea: A Chicago Project Gives Youth the Reins in Domestic Violence Prevention

Jenna Musselman-Palles and her colleagues at Chicago’s Alliance for Local Service Organizations, known as ALSO, knew that teen dating violence had become an epidemic in the city. But they didn’t have anyone on staff who knew how to talk to youth about the tricky and personal subject of relationship abuse.

Primary Sources: Childhood Abuse and Relationship Violence – A Troubling Link

Photograph of a young woman in counseling.For survivors of childhood abuse, injury often adds itself to injury. Researchers have found that young people from abusive families may be more likely than their peers to have unhealthy romantic and sexual relationships as teens and adults.

Right on the Money: Building and Funding a New Youth Facility

When Synergy Services, a youth- and family-serving organization in Kansas City, MO,  began planning to build their new Youth Resiliency Center four years ago, they weren’t expecting a collapse in the economy.

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