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How Can We Help Survivors of Domestic Violence Struggling with Homelessness?

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October 14, 2016

It is an unfortunate reality that many women and children who are able to escape their abuser end up homeless. A recent survey found that 17 percent of cities cited domestic violence as the primary cause of family homelessness (U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2014). This prevalent issue is something that many people do not realize is happening.

Postpartum Depression and Race: What We All Should Know

Up to 1 in 7 women experience postpartum depression, a very real and serious mood disorder. Studies show that new mothers of color have rates of postpartum depression soaring close to 38% compared with the 13 – 19% rate for all new mothers.

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Why Does HIV Impact African American Women Harder Than Everyone Else and What Can You Do to Help?

By Leo Rennie, MPA (Senior Legislative & Federal Affairs Officer, APA Public Interest)   February 7th marked the annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The day is an opportunity to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS and to promote HIV testing in the Black community.  Sadly, 35 years into the HIV epidemic the… Read More ›

Depression Screening Works and Now It Can Work for Pregnant and Postpartum Women

By Amalia Corby-Edwards, MS (Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer, APA Public Interest Directorate) You may not have heard much about this, but something just happened that could positively impact millions of women and their families. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) just included pregnant and postpartum women in the new depression screening guidelines. … Read More ›

Shackling Pregnant Women Poses Risks to Mother and Fetus

By Danielle Dallaire, PhD (Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the College of William and Mary) and Rebecca Shlafer, PhD (Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics (Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health) at the University of Minnesota) Since 1990, the number of women incarcerated in the United States has more than doubled. Although much has… Read More ›

Title X Matters

By Amalia Corby-Edwards (Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer, APA Public Interest Government Relations Office) Over the past few months, reproductive health services funded by Title X of the Public Health Service Act have come under intense fire. This spring, House Republicans presented a budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year which included a not… Read More ›

Sexual Assault Prevention Advocacy at George Washington University: The Future is Now

This article is cross-posted from the May 2015 issue of the APA newsletter “In the Public Interest”. By Victoria Kontor (Class of 2015, George Washington University) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines the act of sexual assault as encompassing a broad spectrum of behaviors, such as physical force, verbal abuse, drug-facilitated assault, and any… Read More ›

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How Psychologists Are Working to Eradicate Human Trafficking

By Michelle Contreras, PsyD (Member, APA Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls) January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month – an important time to shed light on a crime that affects hundreds of thousands of people globally. While some groups, such as women and young girls, are certainly more vulnerable to this crime, overall human… Read More ›

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Halloween Costumes: All in Good Fun?

By Efua Andoh and Leslie Cameron (APA Public Interest Directorate Communications Staff) Halloween is meant to be a fun-filled, family friendly event for people of all ages and backgrounds. We all get to dress up in a funny or scary costume, go out trick-or-treating, have a few good laughs, and overindulge on candy. Sadly, every… Read More ›

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Intimate Partner Violence and the Bottom Line

By Ramani Durvasula, PhD (Member, APA Committee on Socioeconomic Status) Our memories are short, and the Ray Rice domestic violence situation has been eclipsed by the news du jour as well as other revelations of domestic violence from other NFL players. The Ray Rice story was unfortunate, because we witnessed a woman be abused by… Read More ›

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