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Health After Trauma Newsletter An eZine for survivors of trauma and those who support them
September 2008

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In This Issue:
  • From Dr T and Creekside Communications
  • A New Paper Regarding Strangulation
  • Writing for Wellness--Story by Story: A Workshop Success
  • Upcoming Events
  • Are You Looking for a Speaker?
  • Wait: Don't Leave Yet

  • A New Paper Regarding Strangulation

    Past research1 finds that 23% of 218 women seen in a busy trauma center for injuries from a domestic violence physical assault had been strangled as part of the physical assault.

    Now a new publication finds that non-fatal strangulation is an important risk factor for homicide of women. Glass, etc. all found that "prior non-fatal strangulation was associated with greater than six-fold odds of becoming an attempted homicide."

    If you would like to have a copy of the entire article, please email DrT for a copy.

    1 Berrios DC, Grady D:Domestic violence: risk factors and outcomes. The Western Journal of Medicine, August 1991 v155 n2 p133(3)

    Writing for Wellness--Story by Story: A Workshop Success

    This past week we had an inspirational and fun day-long WellWriting® workshop exploring how to use expressive writing to create stories of healing and helping. Our group and faculty bonded early in the morning, enjoyed lunch at Cameron's Pub and Inn, and then topped off the day with more writing exercises.

    In response to the question, "What did you like best about this workshop?" attendees wrote:

    • I loved connecting with kind, compassionate women and learning how to let go and have fun with writing.
    • The graciousness of Ellen and Adora as well as the timely tips in writing
    • The amount of learning and sharing with other women. I got a place/point to "start" journaling.
    • The freedom to share personal things and trust the group.
    • This workshop met my expectations and more.

    If you would be interested in hosting such a workshop for your group or community, please contact DrT. We can bring the workshop to you and also help you fashion the offering as a fund-raising event for your group.

    Upcoming Events

    9th Annual Justice and Hope Domestic Violence Conference

    Join us for the 9th annual Justice and Hope Domestic Violence conference on Thursday, March 12, 2009 at the Cowlitz Expo Center in Longview, Washington. Keynote speaker: Dr. Donald Smith, Jr., Child Trauma fellow and co-founder, President and Executive Director for Generations Center, a non-profit center in Dallas, TX, for the prevention of youth and family violence.

    Workshops will include: Impact on Children and Teens Witnessing Violence, Compassion Fatigue, The Healing Power of Humor for People Helpers, In Her Shoes-Why She Stays, and Challenges of D.V. Intervention in Rural Communities.

    Cost for coffee, snacks, lunch and materials: $100. For more information, call conference coordinator, Chere Weiss at (360) 414-7533 or email:

    Colorado Regional Conference on the Health Care Response to Domestic Violence

    When and where: December 7-9 in Denver, Colorado.

    This three-day conference will educate health care providers on optimal ways to intervene, identify, and screen for domestic violence among patients. A practical approach to helping victims of domestic violence will be emphasized, along with best practices and the introduction of new initiatives from Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region.

    To view the brochure, click here.

    End Violence Against Women (EVAW) 2009 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence & Stalking

    Time and Place: May 18-20, 2009, in Anaheim, CA

    Join fellow law enforcement professionals, prosecutors, victim advocates, judges, parole and probation officers, rape crisis workers, medical personnel, faith community members, educators, and others in a 2.5 day conference highlighting promising practices and emerging issues in sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking.

    To learn more about this conference click here.

    Do you have a conference that you want featured in this eZine?

    If so, let Dr T know about your upcoming event by clicking here.

    For additional exposure for your event, sign up for a free membership to the Saving Cinderella network and post your event on that website as well.

    Are You Looking for a Speaker?

    Finding a speaker for your upcoming events can be a daunting task. Solutions to finding the just-right speaker range from word of mouth to using professional bureaus.

    If you are looking for a speaker or have a last-minute cancellation for your upcoming event, contact DrT for help. Let her know about your needs, location, etc., by clicking here.

    Wait: Don't Leave Yet

    Time for a little chuckle or smile


    Here's Joooooohnny!

    Here's a short video clip to brighten your day--all about the Tonight Show "going to the birds."

    From Dr T and Creekside Communications

    Please Join Us in the Saving Cinderella Network

    Our new social network, Saving Cinderella, is blooming into an active and supportive group.

    Drop by and sign up for a free membership which will give you these benefits:

    • The opportunity to start and join groups and forums
    • A place to post your upcoming events
    • The ability to upload photos and videos
    • Your own blog
    • And more...

    The membership of the group consists of family, friends, and professionals in the healing and helping professions who want to serve as the strong helping hands for women trapped in an abusive relationship.

    This project will benefit from the contributions, questions, and thoughts of not a few, but the many. I hope you will become active in the Saving Cinderella network and contribute to the project of growing this network of concerned members. All input is welcome.

    Visit the Saving Cinderella community...