A Blueprint for Equality: A Federal Agenda for Transgender People (2015)
National Center for Transgender Equality
Washington D.C. - It’s hard to believe how much has been accomplished in twelve years. When the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) was founded in 2003, transgender people barely had a voice in the Washington offices where major federal policy decisions take place. Now we’re at every relevant meeting, and our impact is felt at almost every table where our issues are discussed. Working in collaboration with our many allies, leveraging our power by working in coalitions on every issue, NCTE has been able to advance an incredibly full agenda despite our small size. This updated Blueprint for Equality represents a new stage in our movement for transgender equality through federal policy change. We present here another ambitious agenda for the next two years, using strategies we’ve shown to be effective and relationships we’ve built with many advocates and federal agencies.”
To read the full introduction, or link to the pdf of the Blueprint for Equality, follow this link.
ACT 60 Mandated Reporting for Child Abuse
The Vermont legislature recently enacted Act 60. This new law, which came into effect July 1, 2015, changed mandated reporting procedures, some child abuse definitions, and information sharing across the system.
This memo from the Department for Children and Families (DCF) provides updated information and guidance for mandated reporters. Please review it carefully.
DCF will be launching new web-based mandated reporter training in the fall of 2015. Sign up for email updates from DCF, and you will be notified as soon as the training is available. In the meantime, you can visit http://mandatedreporters.vt.gov for the latest information.
Do Protective Orders Work In Rural Areas?
Domestic Shelters.org July 24, 2015
Study examines effectiveness of protective orders in urban and rural settings
Domestic violence happens everywhere—in single-family homes and apartments, in the north and south, in urban and rural areas. And that means victims also are seeking personal protection orders (PPOs) in all of these settings. But, do urban dwellers view PPOs the same as people who live in rural areas? Are they as effective? One study, lead by a researcher at the University of Kentucky, aimed to find out.
Researchers started by interviewing 213 women who had PPOs across five urban and rural jurisdictions. The first finding was that women in rural areas reported higher levels of fear of future violence at the time the PPO was issued than women in urban areas. Researchers suggested some reasons for this might be: rural women are more likely to be geographically and socially isolated than urban women, rural women have less access to social services than urban women, and rural women are more likely than urban women to be married to their abuser and have children with their abuser.
To read the full article, follow this link.