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Honor Our Voices website gives kids' perspectives on domestic violence

Honor Our Voices, a website developed under the leadership of Jeffrey Edleson, professor of social work, provides children of domestic violence a new voice. An online training program, the site presents information on child exposure to domestic violence by engaging participants with the voices and stories of children who have experienced domestic violence firsthand.

1hearourvoicesWORDS.pngThe site's unique approach allows service providers to hear children's stories as composites of real life experiences, told through a combination of diary entries, pictures, and audio clips. Alongside each diary entry, the current research and effective practices related to the content of the diary are laid out with headings that detail an area of effective practice.

Over half of the residents of battered women's shelters in the United States are children, according to the National Network to End Domestic Violence. That's why this training program is so important, says Edleson, director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA).

Edleson.gif"This learning experience is informed by some of the best practitioners and researchers in the field," says Edleson, one of the world's leading authorities on children exposed to domestic violence. "It provides a unique focus on the needs of children from the children's perspectives.

"With information gained from this site, professionals will be able to better respond to the needs of these children," he continues. "And it 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."

The project was created by MINCAVA and the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the School of Social Work, with support from the Avon Foundation for Women.

For more information, see the UMNews press release.

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