While the statistics on suicide rates in the U.S. are quite grim (as many as 1 in 5 victims of intimate partner violence have attempted or threatened to commit suicide), there are several efforts in place to help us prevent and reduce the incidence of suicide among abuse survivors.
Below, we list a few of the many efforts. If you know of any other initiatives, please reply with your suggestions! And, of course, please share these initiatives with others, so that we can integrate our efforts against abuse! #actionagainstabuse
Education / Information
- VetoViolence Educational Tools: The United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has createdfree online training courses to focus on preventing different forms of violence, including:
- Suicide.org: U.S. non-profit organization that has compiled multiple sources of information on suicide prevention, awareness and support, including for survivors of abuse
- International Association for Suicide Prevention: NGO in official relations with the WHO concerned with suicide prevention. It strives to provide a forum for academics, mental health professionals, crisis workers, volunteers and suicide survivors.
- National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC): Strives to further advance the knowledge base related to implementation of trauma-informed approaches. Among its services, the NCTIC offers training to domestic violence organizations, homeless and HIV service providers, etc.
- Development of Domestic Violence Fatality Review Teams (DVFRTs) in the U.S.: These are community-based, interprofessional initiatives developed to improve community services and coordination for Intimate Partner Violence to reduce the high incidence of IPV-related fatalities in the US. In the U.S., the number of DVFRTs has grown from 18 teams in 1995 to 144 teams in 2010
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in the U.S. in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Please call 1-800-273-TALK.
- World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10, 2014 (Global): As part of this global campaign, sponsored by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), you can also join in on a“Cycle Around the Globe” event
- Active Minds Suicide Prevention Month, September 10-October 6, 2014 (National)
What other strategies do you know of?