on the screen: women, learning and violence
This site was developed in 1999 and has been updated regularly since then, although it doesn't claim to be comprehensive. As of July 2, 2020, links have been verified or removed as needed. There are numerous resources that can be added, I hope this is a useful resource for people interested in the intersections of violence, learning, trauma and healing.
101 Great Sources for Domestic Violence Prevention
Managing Stress to Improve
– Lenore Balliro et al have embarked on this compelling project;
read this beautifully written
and designed resource, online at: http://nelrc.org/expertise/persist.html#stress
The Rhode Island Coalition
Domestic Violence - 422 Post Road, Suite 104 Warwich, RI 02888
Tel:(401) 467-9940; FAX: (401) 467-9943
Elizabeth Buffum Chace House, Inc. Serving domestic violence victims in Kent County. 24 hour hotline, shelter, support, advocacy, education, transitional housing. Committed to providing safety/support to women and children. (401) 738-1700
Day One - Sexual Assault and
of Rhode Island - If you are the victim of sexual assault and
to talk to someone immediately, please call the Helpline at 1-800-494-8100.
is also the phone number for the victims of crime helpline, available
to victims of any crime. Help is available 24 hours a day.
Soujourner House - "Sojourner House embraces respect, compassion, fairness, and equality in carrying out our mission to end domestic violence. It is our conviction that every woman, man, and child has a right to live in an environment free from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. In the belief that individual empowerment and social change go hand-in-hand, we work toward both. We value strengths inherent in diversity of cultures, lifestyles, and ideas." Serving victims of domestic violence in Rhode Island.
Town of Warren - women's resource center
Women's Center of Rhode Island Runs 24 hour hotline, shelter and support services for battered and homeless women and their children; provides multilingual public information and workshops on domestic violence. (401) 861.2760
The Women's Resource Center of South County - provides emergency shelter and a comprehensive network of support services to victims of domestic abuse and their children. Services include 24 hour hotline, legal advocacy, children's therapy, support groups, counseling, referrals, and community education. (401) 782.3995
Women's Resource Center of
Newport & Bristol Counties 24 hour crisis
emergency shelter, legal advocacy, individual and group counseling for
battered women and their children, teen dating violence program.
1-800-799-7233 help line for immigrant women
24 hours a day. Answered in English and Spanish; can connect to AT&T language line; provides crisis counselling, tries to assist women in finding safe places
A call to the National Domestic Violence Hotline summons immediate
in English or Spanish, 24 hours a day, seven days each week.
are available to translate an additional 139 languages. The Hotline may
be reached toll-free by phone from all 50 states, the District of
Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Crisis intervention helping the caller identify problem and possible solutions, including making plans for safety in an emergency; Information about sources of assistance for individuals and their friends, families, and employers wanting to learn more about domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, intervention programs for batterers, working through the criminal justice system, and related issues; and Referrals to battered womenís shelters and programs, social service agencies, legal programs, and other groups and organizations willing to help.
April 7, 2003: Study
of Domestic Violence by Race, Income in R.I. -
black and Hispanic women comprised 6 percent of Rhode Island's 1990
population, they represented more than 17 percent of victims in police reports
domestic violence and sexual assault, according to a
Brown study published in the journal Public Health Reports.
please be advised that many of these writings are emotionally difficult, as they should be
Sherman Alexie, Black Cat, an imprint of Grove / Atlantic, 2007
Bastard out of Carolina a novel by Dorothy Allison, Dutton (New York) Edition 1992.
[Salon magazine interview
with Dorothy Allison]
The Farming of Bones Edwidge Danticat (1998). Historical fiction about the oppression of Haitian immigrants working in the Dominican Republic during the 1930's.
Things they Carried, by Tim O'Brien, Broadway Books, NY, 1990
Cited in Judith Herman's (and other) work connecting personal,
domestic and war-incuced trauma; an account of Vietnam, also described at Writing
The Things they Carried, by Tim O'Brien, Broadway Books, NY, 1990
Cited in Judith Herman's (and other) work connecting personal, domestic and war-incuced trauma; an account of Vietnam, also described at Writing Vietnam.
Oprah's book club- I know. But still: Edwidge Danticat, White Oleander by Janet Fitch, and other Oprah favorites are sometimes also well-written books; and, if not, compelling for reading, writing and discussion around issues of violence, abuse, and healing.
Fay (1989). Listen to Me: talking survival. Manchester, England: The Gatehouse Project. available through Peppercorn Books & Press, Inc. One woman's account of abuse and healing. Published as part of a community writing project, language is direct and accessible.
just lately I realise - stories from West Indian Lives, 1985 Gatehouse Books, available through Peppercorn Books and Press, Inc.
Doiron, Rose. (1987), My name is Rose - New Start Reading Series from East End Literacy Press in Toronto. Adult learner's story of escaping abuse; basic text, illustrated with photos. Available on line and to order in hard copy.
Hoffman, Richard (1997). Half the House: A memoir. Harcourt Brace
Minow, Martha (1999). Between Vengeance and Forgiveness:Facing History after Genocide and Mass Violence (Foreword by Judge Richard Goldstone). Read about it here.
Weldon, Michele I Closed my Eyes : Revelations of A Battered Woman Hazelden
Memoir of a woman who leaves an abusive marriage, and the difficult process of leaving, raising her children, dealing with courts and other bureaucracies.
Where do we go from here? Adult lives without literacy, 1983, Gatehouse Books, available through Peppercorn Books and Press, Inc.
Mark A. Wynn,
Metropolitan Police Department, Nashville, speaks eloquently of his own history and of the work the Nashville
Police in addressing issues of domestic violence in their
print / non-fiction
Inger Agger, Mary Bille (Translator) (1992). The Blue Room : Trauma and Testimony Among Refugee Women: A Psycho-Social Exploration - narrative accounts and insightful analysis of refugee women's experiences.
A quote from the National Council of Teachers of English website
is the book's publisher), by its editors: "Children who survive . . .
overt and covert traumas become young adults, and many find their way into
our classes, where the writing they do about what they have experienced
challenges our practical, political, and theoretical assumptions about the power,
purposes of writing."
Pauline B. Bart and Eillen Geil Morgan, Editors. (1993). Violence against women: the bloody footprint Sage Publications
particularly (quickly annotated 11/8):
account of a community college women's studies course taught in rural Minnesota, during which a significant number of students disclosed their own status as survivors/victims of violence, and their response to the course, and
The Politics of Research and Activism by Michelle Fine
Ruth A. Brandwein, Editor. (1999). Battered Women, Children, and Welfare Reform : The Ties That Bind (Sage Series on Violence Against Women), V. 11
Stats, overview of the issues affecting women and their children in economic and emotional stress.
Raoul Felder and Barbara Victor. (1997). Getting away with murder: Weapons for the war against domestic violence. (Touchstone Books). Argues, among other things, for systemic collaboration in protecting victims, including advocating for mandatory reporting and recording of injuries by medical personnel and also arguing for mandatory arrest of perpetrators of domestic violence. Contrasts penalities for 'stranger' violence and those for domestic abuse. Not unproblematic, but worth consideration.
Carpe Diem: The Arts and School Restructuring by Maxine Greene, from Teachers College Record, (summer 1994) in which Greene speaks to the way in which encounters with works of art or aesthetic enactments release the imagination; how being present to engagement with art opens possibilities and "opens us to vision of the possible rather than the predictable.." Greene's use of the concepts of presence and engagement in the context of arts education are also worth considering in terms of abuse, learning and healing. [please note - if you receive a not found message, register at the TCR site (it's free) and view journals from 1994 to access this article].
Isolating the barriers and strategies for prevention: A Kit about Violence and Women's Education for Adult Education and Adult Learners
Teaching as Possibility: A Light in Dark Times by Maxine Greene (with thanks to Matthew Jerzyk for the citation) ".... I view our times as shadowed by violations and erosions taking place around us: the harm being done to children; the eating away of social support systems; the "savage inequalities" in our schools; the spread of violence; the intergroup hatreds; the power of media; the undermining of arts in the lives of the young. And then I think of the "light that some men and women will kindle under almost all circumstances," and that makes me ponder (and sometimes wonder at) the work that is and might be done by teachers at this problematic moment in our history." [from Teaching as Possibility, in Journal of Pedagogy, Pluralism & Practice Issue 1 vol.1: Spring 1997 A Publication of Lesley College, Cambridge, Massachusetts]
Ethel Klein, Jacquelyn Campbell, Esta Soler, Marissa Ghez. (1997). Ending Domestic Violence: Changing public perceptions: halting the epidemic. Sage Publications
Herman, Judith Trauma and Recovery , Basic Books
Herman, Judith Father Daughter Incest, Harvard University Press
Horsman, Jenny Too Scared to Learn: Women, Violence, and Education (1999: McGilligan Books). To order, call Toronto Women's Book Store at 416-922-8744, contact McGilligan Books in Canada at 416-538-0945, or view ordering information directly here. U.S edition:published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 10 Industrial Avenue, Mahwah New Jersey 07430-2262; e-mail email@example.com Toll Free Phone: 1-800-926-6579; Fax: 201-236-0072; http://www.erlbaum.com.
Jenny Horsman has a website through which she hopes to: create discussion about trauma and learning; make materials on trauma and learning available, and introduce material on women and literacy, and research and practice.
Lamb, Sharon, (ed) (1999: NYU Press). New Versions of Victims Feminists Struggle with the Concept (with thanks to Ross Cheit for the citation)
It is increasingly difficult to use the word "victim" these days without facing either ridicule for "crying victim" or criticism for supposed harshness toward those traumatized. Some deny the possibility of "recovering" repressed memories of abuse, or consider date rape an invention of whining college students. At the opposite extreme, others contend that women who experience abuse are "survivors" likely destined to be psychically wounded for life. While the debates rage between victims' rights advocates and "backlash" authors, the contributors to New Versions of Victims collectively argue that we must move beyond these polarizations to examine the "victim" as a socially constructed term and to explore, in nuanced terms, why we see victims the way we do. Resisting the reductive oversimplifications of the polemicists, the contributors critique exaggerated claims by victim advocates aboutthe harm of victimization while simultaneously taking on the reactionary boilerplate of writers such as Katie Roiphe and Camille Paglia and offering further strategies for countering the backlash. Written in clear, accessible language, New Versions of Victims offers a critical analysis of popular debates about victimization that will be applicable to both practice and theory.
Luttrell, Wendy . (1997). School-smart and Mother wise: Working-class Women's Identity and Schooling. New York: Routledge. Social analysis of what class and other systemic forms of oppression do to girls' and women's learning in and out of school, interwoven with specific histories of women participating in adult education.
This resource, for educators and activists interested in
work, provides an analysis of the effects of violence and a
collection of ideas and activities, with examples from teachers working
in GED, native language literacy, ABE, ESOL, welfare-to-work,
and shelter settings. Educators successfully changed their curriculum
learning environment to address impacts of violence on learning. Based
on the foundation of Jenny Horsman’s research, practitioners focused on
well-being and incorporated counseling and creative arts into the
Each chapter includes a general introduction, tools for programs, and
writing about the changes they made.
International Conference on women and literacy, Atlanta, 1999: tapes of Jenny Horsman's keynote speech, a panel and a workshop with Anson Green and Janet Isserlis. on loan from LR/RI
Repetition Compulsion - a film by Ellie Lee; animated silent short film, graphically raising issues inherent in violence, particularly that perpetrated against homeless women. on loan from LR/RI, or to order through First Run/Icarus Films.
Together we Bloom: a documentary video on domestic violence produced by Judy Hofer and women in her Literacy Project class in western Massachusetts. On loan from LR/RI, along with sourcebook, and article in Bright Ideas, Volume 8, Number 4: Together we Bloom: A video project on domestic violence, by Judy Hofer.
from Civic Participation and Community Action Sourcebook Saying What is True: Women Speak Out Against Domestic Violence by Judy Hofer
Vision Quest -
proactive film that addresses the missing / murdered women, those
currently working on the streets, and those in the homeless community
both aboriginal and non aboriginal alike in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Women Make Movies - catalogue of films to buy or rent, including many that address issues of violence, power and control.
music and poetry
Octaves Beyond Silence - a non-profit organization working to support women survivors of violence, including political and public violence. CD purchases benefit groups working with survivors.
Poems from the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan
Songs related to abuse and sexual assualt - An annotated list of recorded sources, from traditional ballads to punk, compiled by Gerri Gribi. Part of a larger section of resources online at the open directory's project and its listing of violence and abuse resources.
Silence Speaks - digital storytelling in support of recovery and violence prevention; "brings voices of women and girls of color to the forefront of violence prevention and social justice efforts, offers violence survivors, witnesses, and prevention advocates the support, skills, and equipment they need to create original multimedia pieces of courage and survival. Through community screenings, we then use these stories to mobilize local residents and groups to get involved in prevention."
Bright Ideas Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Issues in Adult Education [Volume 9, Number 3 Winter 2000]
sex abuse common among women on welfare - NY Times article
28/99] that some in the fellowship project find overly simplifies
of violence and poverty, but others find reasonably useful for a
publication in terms of increasing public awareness about violence and
A License To Abuse: The Impact of
Status on Female Immigrants by Michelle J. Anderson; part of the Mail
Order Brides and Abuse of Immigrant Women site; examining impacts
battering on immigrant women and their status under US law. This
article was written in 1993, so the law may need to be considered more
closely, but the impact of battering hasn't changed. Other links
on the site and on the Family Violence Prevention site, above, as well
as those listed on the dv resources list
be of use in considering referrals for battered immigrant women.
Forced Bonding or Community Collaboration? : Partnerships between science and practice in research on woman battering by Jeffrey L. Edleson, Ph.D.and Andrea L. Bible, M.S.W. - paper exploring "factors contributing to successful collaborations between practitioners and researchers studying the impact of adult domestic violence and the effectiveness of services aimed at stopping it. The paper identifies potential challenges to research partnerships and, through interviews with the researchers and practitioners from four successful collaborations, highlights strategies for effectively navigating these challenges. It concludes by arguing that collaborative partnerships between science and practice communities strengthen the process of scientific inquiry and program development."
the Zero - The Hatred of Innocence by Richard Hoffman
as indicated above, rich resource and information site from Jenny
author of numerous articles on trauma and learning, including the most
recent, Too Scared to Learn: Women, Violence and Education.
see also Dr, Horsman's comments in I
Cannot Read, a Parade article (February 12, 2006) by Mitch Albom.
work focused on violence
focussing on women, youth and violence at Wellesley College. "The Center will
to the prevention of all types of violence against women by fostering
and interdisciplinary collaboration. This collaboration and the work of
the Center is designed to improve the capacity of the field to conduct
research that is (1) relevant to the prevention of violence against
(2) interdisciplinary, (3) builds on prior research and practice, (4)
and methodologically sound, and (5) designed to address issues of
violence against women over the life-course and to consider the impact of
racial and cultural differences in risk factors."
Guia en Linea para Trabajadores, Consejeras, Maestros/as, y Otras
- Sugerencias para Ayudar a las Victimas de Violacion, Violencia
Abuso Infantil -- both from Women's Justice Center, Santa Rosa, CA 95407
Especial para Victimas de Violacion, una guia para victimas de violacion y las personas que desean ayudarlas.
The Recovered Memory Project - an Internet-based research project, directed by Professor Ross E. Cheit of the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions at Brown University. This project began as a letter to PBS objecting to false statements and shoddy research by Ofra Bikel, producer of the program "Divided Memories." The page was launched in conjunction with a presentation at the American Psychological Association meetings in Chicago, August 18, 1997.
Responding to Domestic Violence: Where federal employees can find help - US Office of Personnel Management. A look at how workplace policy can affect awareness; as well as very specific suggestions for federal workers coping with domestic violence.
Rethinking Violence and Learning: Moving Research into Practice by Susan Heald and Jenny Horsman
Paper presented at the Adult Education Research Conference,
Horizon (formerly Victim Services) in New York,
information about responses to violence, links to local and national
resources and services, some in Spanish
Survivors of Human Trafficking in Scotland, including ESOL teaching resources, as well as local and international information, resources and educational materials
Addressing the Needs of Domestic Violence Victims within the TANF
The Experience of Seven Counties (PDF) - Final Report by
Burt, Janine M. Zweig and Kathryn Schlichter, June 30, 2000
Action against Violence - (from The Change Agent
September 1996) by Students in the Intermediate Class Dorcas Place
Literacy Center and their teacher, Rebecca Garland
and Adult Learning - ERIC Digest No. 239 by Sandra Kerka,
The Trauma Center - a program of Justice Resource Institute (JR1),
V-Day - Stop Violence Against Women - a site documenting what you can do to help stop the violence in your own community and around the world, including anti-violence resources.
VFST Foundation for the Survivors of Torture - established to meet the needs of people in Victoria (Australia) tortured or traumatised in their countries of origin, in other countries, or whilst fleeing those country's. It is non-denominational, politically neutral and non-aligned, and non-profit. Contains references to refugee mental health and trauma.
Violence Against Women Grants Office - including state by state grant activities and Deparment of Justice publications and products
Volcano Press Catalogue - domestic violence titles
The White Ribbon Campaign : Men Working To End Men's Violence Against Women - Canadian site focussed on men's responses to violence, particularly in light of the December 6, 1989 Montréal massacre. Of interest are educational activities designed for Canadian teens, but adaptable to other North American contexts.
[more about the Montréal massacre and its impact over time, from CBC news online]
Domestic Violence and Adult Learners - Possible Adverse Consequences Education is Power and the Gateway to Independence Marsha Wise, Director of Community Services, the Women's Center of Rhode Island, from a discussion held on November 19, 1998
messages that help/that hurt - suggestions for taking on violence in classroom contexts.
paper presented at TESOL 2000 - work in progress
Final report - draft in PDF,
to receive a copy of the report as a Word file, please contact Janet Isserlis
project proposal and quarterly reports
September 11, 2001: resources, reflections on trauma, war and peace
number of resources below address post
stress, immigrant experiences of violence and how experiences of trauma
affect adult learning. Many comment on the ways in which domestic
violence is part of a larger community, global set of violences.
National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Office for Victims of Crime Handbook for Coping After Terrorism A Guide to Healing and Recovery September 2001
Coping after Terrorism - Spanish language manual: "Manual de la OVC para Ayudarlo a Superar el Impacto Emocional de Actos Terroristas" (13 pp.) (NCJ 193144) serves as the Spanish language translation of the "OVC Handbook for Coping After Terrorism: A Guide to Healing and Recovery," providing victims of terrorism or mass violence with information about common reactions to a traumatic disaster and practical ideas for coping. (OVC)
for Teachers in Times of Trauma (PDF document) from the Spring
PTSD and its potential impact on survivors of and witnesses to the events of September 11: Stress From Attacks Will Chase Some Into the Depths of Their Minds, and Stay [NY Times, September 18/01]
Google.com provides links to resources and information concerning events of September 11 and their aftermath.
Waging Peace connects women addressing conflicts worldwide. The
recognizes the essential role and contribution of women in preventing
violent conflict, stopping war, and sustaining peace in fragile areas around
beginning level readers
in process - a site designed for beginning level readers. feedback? contact Janet Isserlis
page created November 19, 1999
last updated February 22, 2021
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