News Briefs Fall 2007, Volume 7, Number 2

Safe Return Initiative DVD receives Telly Award and is now available



DVAAC is pleased to announce that its Safe Return Initiative DVD received a bronze (second place) 2006 Telly Award, an international award with more than 12,000 submissions from around the world. The Telly Awards recognize exceptional programming commercials presented on local, regional, and cable television as well as film and video.

Safe Return DVD

The Safe Return Initiative examines the issue of domestic violence when men are released from prison, re-enter their communities, and return to their families. Each year, 650,000 men are released from prison; one and four African-American men have been in prison. Many incarcerated men experienced violence themselves, whether as a child, a peer, a community member, or a prison inmate.

In addition to being a victim of violence, many formerly incarcerated men re-enter the community angry, which puts them at risk for being violent toward their families.

The video promotes “safe returns” that allow men to return to their communities without continuing the cycle of violence, while keeping the safety of families paramount. Our toll-free number is 1-877- 643-8222; locally call 612-624-5357. And our IDVAAC e-mail:


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IDVAAC domestic violence reports on several U.S. cities now available

IDVAAC latest reports, “Community Insights on Domestic Violence among African Americans,” assess how domestic violence and other issues impact Minneapolis, Minn.; Memphis, Tenn.; Birmingham, Ala.; Seattle, Wash.; Greenville, N.C.; San Francisco, Calif.; Detroit, Mich.; and Philadelphia, Penn.

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Joyce Thomas to be inducted into prestigious American Academy of Nursing

IDVAAC Steering Committee Member Joyce Thomas will be inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) on November 11th, 2007.

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Radhia Jaaber Memorial

Long legacy of human rights activist, advocate against domestic violence and IDVAAC Wellstone Humanitarian Award winner