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Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day (2013)
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Wednesday, October 9th is Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day – a day to promote awareness about the health impact of violence and abuse including intimate partner violence (IPV).   Seven to 15.5 million children live in homes where IPV occurred at least once in the past year.  A study found that children of mothers who disclosed IPV are less likely to have 5 well-child visits within the first year of life and less likely to be fully immunized at age 2.  Furthermore, chronic exposure to IPV and other adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s) is associated with physical changes in the brain and can lead to problems that interfere with a child’s ability to focus and learn. Pediatricians are in a unique position to help those exposed to violence. Simply by educating families about the impact ACE’s can have on their health and providing them with information and referrals, pediatricians can make an enormous difference for families.

To get involved and learn more about new resource for providers the health care setting, please visit http://www.healthcaresaboutipv.org/specific-settings/pediatric-health/  or call the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence at 1-888-Rx-ABUSE, TTY: 1-800-595-4889 or e-mail: health@futureswithoutviolence.org.

AAP Clinical Report on the Evaluation of Sexual Abuse in Children (2013)
The Evaluation of Children in the Primary Care Setting When Sexual Abuse Is Suspected
(August 2013) updates a 2005 report on the evaluation of sexual abuse in children.

Child Abuse and Abusive Head Trauma Media Kit (2013)
The AAP has assembled key reports, studies and other resources to assist reporters in their research on child abuse and abusive head trauma. The media kit is available here.

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: Addressing Personal Space and Privacy in Pediatric Practice (2013)
Click here to read Dr. Martin Finkel's article from the winter 2013 SCAN newsletter.

CDC Releases Data on Interpersonal and Sexual Violence by Sexual Orientation (2013)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released the first of its kind report on the national prevalence of intimate partner violence, sexual violence and stalking victimization by respondents' sexual orientation. This report highlights the prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV), sexual violence (SV), and stalking of respondents who self-identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual at the time of the survey and describe violence experienced with both same-sex and opposite-sex partners, using 2010 data from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS).

National Conferences on Child Abuse & Neglect Virtual Participation Webcast Series (2013)
The Children’s Bureau’s Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (CB-OCAN) is sponsoring a series of four free webcasts to provide active learning opportunities between the 18th and the 19th National Conferences on Child Abuse and Neglect. The Virtual Participation Webcast Series will begin on February 13, 2013 and a new topic will be featured quarterly. For more information and to register, visit here.  

AAP National Conference and Exhibition (NCE) Presentations (2012)
NCE presentations
from this year's Joint Council on Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship Care, Section on Child Abuse and Neglect and Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Program are now available for member's only (member log-in required ).

Identifying and Caring for Victims of Child Abuse (2012)
Recent headlines have documented several horrible cases of child abuse. The AAP provides guidance and resources to help pediatricians better support children victimized by abuse and prevent it from happening at all. Guidance on various topics related to child abuse can be found on the Section's Web site. Specific guidance on counseling to prevent sexual violence is available in the Preventing Sexual Violence Toolkit. Finally, the AAP has received funds from the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crimes, to develop resources to equip and train pediatricians to enhance their care of children who are victims of abuse. A preliminary list of resources has been developed.

Child Maltreatment Prevention: Past, Present, and Future (2011)
This issue brief, published by the Child Welfare Information Gateway, discusses the importance of prevention as a critical component of the nation's child protection system. It outlines programs and strategies that are proving beneficial in reducing the likelihood of child maltreatment, such as public awareness efforts, parent education, home visitation, and community prevention efforts. Key challenges and opportunities for the future of child maltreatment prevention are addressed.

Connected Kids for Continuity Clinics: Changing Practice, Changing Lives (2011)
Connected Kids: Safe, Strong, Secure (www.aap.org/connectedkids) is a violence prevention program which provides guidance and materials for each health supervision visit from birth to age 21. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) invites continuity clinic directors to utilize the Connected Kids program with residents in their continuity clinic settings. Continuity clinics responding to this invitation will receive free access to the Connected Kids materials and other resources. Those Interested should contact Heather Fitzpatrick (hfitzpatrick@aap.org or 800/433-9016, ext. 7642)

AAP Executive Committee endorses the Academy on Violence and Abuse Competencies (2011)
The AAP Executive Committee recently endorsed the Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA) Competencies Needed by Health Professionals for Addressing Exposure to Violence and Abuse in Patient Care.  A full copy of the document is available on the AVA Web site by clicking here.

PREP:CAP Course Audio Recordings (2011)
Did you wish you could have attended the PREP:CAP course but missed it?  Well, you can download the audio recordings!  Visit http://www.dcprovidersonline.com/aap/ to download individual sessions or the entire course.

ATSA Publishes New Report (2011)
The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) has published a new report, A Reasoned Approach: Reshaping Sex Offender Policy to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse. The report "offers insights into current research about those who sexually abuse, an analysis of policy trends related to sex offenders, information about innovations in legislative and community responses to those who sexually abuse, and recommendations for policy change to facilitate the prevention of child sexual abuse.

AAP Response to Recent News Items (2011)
The letter to the New York Times is in response to an article on shaken-baby syndrome that appeared in the Sunday magazine.

The second letter is to HomeAway Inc., a company that produced an offensive ad that appeared during the Super Bowl (the company has since removed the ad following public outcry). Here is the revised commercial and the press release describing the company's response.