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Information and social networking material for the launch of HonorOurVoices.org

Hi, I'm Alex. When I was 13, my mom married my step-dad Brian and we moved to Chicago. The first year was good, but Brian was controlling sometimes. After my mom gave birth to my little brother, Brian became even more controlling and violent. When I was 15, we left Brian's house and moved into a shelter. This is my story about that time in my life.

So starts the diary of Alex, one of three stories told from the perspective of a child exposed to domestic violence in the new interactive website, HonorOurVoices.org.

Honor our Voices is a free, online training module revolving around the diaries of three children. The contents of the diaries are composites of real life stories and events of children exposed to domestic violence. Users will be able to page through each of the three diaries at their own pace while exploring interactive audio and visual highlights and learning how to respond to children of different ages.

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This learning experience is informed by some of the best practitioners and researchers in the field. It provides a unique focus on the needs of children from the children’s perspectives.
-Jeffrey Edleson, Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse

Honor Our Voices is freely available for those professionals working on the front lines to complete at their own pace while sitting at their desk or at home. With information gained from this site, professionals will be able to better respond to the needs of these children.
-Jeffrey Edleson, Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse

Honor Our Voices will enable children’s voices to be heard when they speak out about the domestic violence they have experienced, which is the goal of the Avon Foundation’s Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. We are so pleased that our funding has enabled MINCAVA to create such an innovative and essential tool.
-Carol Kurzig, Avon Foundation for Women

The voices and experiences of children are critical in our understanding of domestic violence and in the processes that inform our interventions with children and families. In the field of child welfare we see many families and children who experience domestic violence and this free online training module affords child welfare professionals and their colleagues to share a mutual understanding of the impacts domestic violence has in the lives of children.
-Traci LaLiberte, Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

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Statistics:

  • Over half of the residents of battered women’s shelters in the United States are children (National Network to End Domestic Violence, 2010).
  • Exposure to domestic violence can have similar effects on children as being a victim of direct child physical or sexual abuse (Kitzmann et al., 2003).
  • A recent national survey of American youth found that more than one in four reported witnessing domestic violence between adults in their homes (Finkelhor et al., 2009).
  • Studies show that children report more exposure to domestic violence than their parents acknowledge (Johnson et al., 2002).

About the site:

  • The goal of Honor Our Voices is to highlight the experiences of children who witness domestic violence so that service providers may better understand and respond to their unique needs.
  • The website is interactive and provides text, audio, and visual material as well as resources for additional study.
  • The stories of the children you will read about during the training are composites of real life stories and events that were told to us.
  • 2.0 Continuing Education Credits are available for a nominal fee upon successful completion of the training and quiz.
  • The project was created by the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse and the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work, with generous support from the Avon Foundation for Women.

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Sponsored by: MINCAVA, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, Avon Foundation for Women University of Minnesota logo