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FREE training on how to reduce & prevent domestic violence

Jerin

Two different opportunities: Saturday 5/21 & Tuesday 5/31.  We will provide lunch.

In less than 2 months, there were 12 domestic-violence-related murders in NYC.  Help bring the number down to zero.

Project Speak Out is a new initiative in which four Asian-American domestic-violence agencies in NYC (New York Asian Women’s Center, Sakhi for South Asian Women, Korean American Family Service Center, and Garden of Hope) are working on a unique project to reduce and PREVENT domestic violence in NY’s Asian-American communities.  http://nynp.biz/breaking-news/5707-project-speak-out-creates-pan-asian-voice-against-domestic-violence-

Instead of organizations going into communities to talk about domestic violence, volunteers themselves will interact with their fellow neighbors, friends, and families to change individual & community attitudes & behaviors toward domestic violence.  As Project Speak Out volunteers, these community members, who might speak the language or share the culture of their audience, will make sure that three core messages are passed on:
1.    Domestic violence DOES EXIST in our communities
2.    Women are not to be blamed for the violence perpetrated against them
3.    YOU as an individual/group CAN TAKE ACTION! (and suggest ways to take that action)

We will train you on what domestic violence is and how to engage and mobilize individuals and groups in communities to take action!

We will go over the following topics during the training:
•    Bringing in the Bystander: A Prevention Workshop for Establishing a Community of Responsibility
•    Domestic violence
•    Asian-Americans & domestic violence
•    Project Speak Out
•    Outreach & Activities: Role of Volunteer, Resources

You do NOT need to speak an Asian language to volunteer
**Please note: quite a few of the New York Asian Women’s Center employees started as volunteers.

Contact: Project Speak Out Manager, Tel: (212) 732-0054 ext 163, Email: projectspeakout@nyawc.org

Facebook Page: ProjectSpeakOut        
Twitter: @ProjectSpeakOut  
Blog: projectspeakout.blogspot.com

International Violence Against Women Act Actions Steps & Upcoming Events

Jerin


V-Day V-Mail


TAKE ACTION! The International Violence Against Women Act NEEDS YOUR HELP!
V-Day joins Amnesty International USA, Women Thrive Worldwide and Family Violence Prevention Fund in strong support of the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA). This is the first comprehensive piece of legislation in the United States aimed at ending violence against women and girls around the world and would consistently incorporate solutions for reducing violence against women into U.S. foreign assistance.
ATTEND: Congo Documentary Pushing The Elephant Screenings in NYC and LA
V-Day is pleased to announce that Pushing the Elephant, an important feature-length documentary film dealing with gender-based violence, women's and refugee rights, and peace and reconciliation, will be screening in New York August 6th-12th and Los Angeles August 13th-19th as part of the Independent Documentary Association's DocuWeeks Theatrical Showcase.
The LA Times calls the film "heart-wrenching but ultimately uplifting," and Variety says "[t]he strength of Pushing the Elephant lies in the way it brings this larger-than-life inspirational figure into the everyday domestic realm, where activism becomes a function less of heroic destiny than of conscious choice, open to anyone."
ON SALE NOW: Tickets Starting at $25 for SWIMMING UPSTREAM In New Orleans & NYC!
Join us for very special one night only performances of Swimming Upstream at Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans and the Apollo Theater in New York, September 10th and 13th respectively.
Written by 16 New Orleans' women and directed by Eve Ensler, this two-night only production features performances by Troi Bechet, Asali Njeri DeVan, Anne-Liese Juge Fox, Karen-kaia Livers and singers Michaela A. Harrison, Leslie Blackshear Smith and featuring Shirley Knight.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
NEW ORLEANS - MAHALIA JACKSON THEATER
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
NEW YORK - THE APOLLO THEATER, HARLEM
Tickets starting at $25
BUY TICKETS & LEARN MORE at www.vday.org/sus
With generous support from the Rockefeller Foundation and The Culture Project.

Action Alert: Help Keep Shelters Open and Expand Services to Survivors of Domestic Abuse

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NOW Action Alert
Help Keep Shelters Open and Expand Services to Survivors of Domestic Abuse
After taking action, please support our work!
The Family Violence Protection Services Act (FVPSA), a vital source of funding for programs that aid survivors of domestic abuse, expired in 2008 and desperately needs to be reauthorized this year. The Senate HELP committee, led by Senator Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) is currently drafting its version but there is a House bill (H.R. 4116), sponsored by Gwen Moore, (D-Wis.), that needs your support. There are currently 103 sponsors, and we need many more to get the attention of the House leadership.
Contact your representative today, and insist that they sponsor this vital bill that will reauthorize and improve the Family Violence Protection and Services Act (H.R. 4116). You can also thank your representative if they are already co-sponsors and ask them to encourage their colleagues to join them in this effort.
Take action NOW!
Background:
FVPSA is a federal grant program that funds domestic violence shelters and supports services such as counseling, crisis hotlines, basic needs and legal advocacy for survivors of domestic abuse. Unless Congress reauthorizes FVPSA, over 2,000 shelters in the U.S. and millions of women and children could be left without funding or assistance. With the economic recession contributing to mounting frustration and abusive behavior, support of these shelters and services is more important than ever.
FVPSA was first passed in 1984 as part of the Child Abuse Amendment. It was included in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in 1994 and approved again in 2003 as part of the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act. If reauthorized in 2010, FVPSA will approve $250 million per year to shelters and other outreach organizations that aid survivors of domestic violence. It will also include new programs to help prevent children in abusive homes from continuing the cycle of violence in adulthood and fund intervention, employment training for survivors of domestic violence, school-based prevention projects, and parenting skills development. It will also update the National Domestic Violence Hotline to keep up with changing technology.
For decades, NOW has worked to prevent and reduce domestic violence in the U.S., describing it as an "epidemic" that primarily harms women and teenage girls. Millions of women are physically, emotionally and economically abused by someone they know, love or trust. Every year, more than 1,000 women die from physical abuse inflicted by an intimate partner.
Children also are seriously affected by domestic violence. About three to four million children witness domestic violence in their homes, which causes severe emotional trauma and makes them twice as likely to become abusers when they reach adulthood. Children who live in homes in which their mothers are abused are also more likely to experience abuse.
With domestic violence affecting so many women and children, NOW activists must demand that Congress pass the FVPSA reauthorization (H.R. 4116) in order to provide support to survivors of abuse and also to prevent domestic violence from continuing.
Take action NOW!

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Action Alert: 3 Pieces of Legislation. Urge the Governor to sign 2, but veto the 3rd

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We are asking you to take a minute out of your day to take action on 3 pieces of legislation.   Please do it today! 
The two bills below are intended to mitigate the negative consequences of No Fault Divorce. In state, after state, reports show that No Fault Divorce has been devastating to the lives of women and children.   

S8390/A10984B  and must be signed into law.  A study should be performed as to how these new laws truly work in the real world.  We all know that what looks good on paper, does not always work in the real world.  If, over time, these two laws are helpful to women and children, then No Fault Divorce could be considered.  
Urge the Governor to sign S4532A and S8390 into law. 

S4532A (Sampson)/A7569A(Weinstein)
Counsel Fee and Expert Fee Legislation
Provides for the payment of all counsel and expert fees in matrimonial actions by the more moneyed party to such action; adds actions to obtain maintenance or distribution of property after a foreign judgment of divorce to the actions for which such fees shall be awarded; directs the court to assure that each party is adequately represented; such actions shall also include actions to enforce a court order.


S8390 (Hassell-Thompson) /A10984B (Paulin)
Post Marital Income
It is an act to amend the domestic relations law, in relation to providing for temporary maintenance awards, and revising the factors for final maintenance awards; and directing the law revision commission to study the economic consequences of divorce and maintenance actions. PURPOSE OF BILL:  To take steps toward reforming the state's spousal maintenance awards by providing consistency and predictability in calculating temporary spousal maintenance awards, revising the state's laws on final maintenance awards by incorporating factors that reflect the experiences of divorcing couples, and directing a review of our maintenance laws and the economic consequences of divorce to enable the legislature to improve the effectiveness of these laws. 
To Write To The Governor:
David A. Paterson
State Capitol, Albany, NY 12224
518-474-8390
To email the Governor, click on this link.
http://www.state.ny.us/governor/contact/GovernorContactForm.php
 
But don't stop there!  Tell the Governor to VETO the following legislation:
S3890A (Hassell-Thompson/A09753 (Bing) No Fault Divorce
This bill says that one party can start divorce proceedings over the objection of the other party.  We must look at the socio-economic standing of women in our society.Women clearly continue to be the non or lesser moneyed spouse, as women continue to give up careers and financial independence for the role of housewife and mother. For this reason alone we must look closely at how divorce affects the lives of women and children and the role that the state should play to ensure that homemakers and children not be left destitute after divorce.

To Write To The Governor:
David A. Paterson
State Capitol, Albany, NY 12224
518-474-8390
To email the Governor, click on this link.
http://www.state.ny.us/governor/contact/GovernorContactForm.php

Sexual Assault and Violence Against Native American Women & Girls

Jerin

Please find below the link to a documentary on sexual assault and violence against Native American women and girls.  It was recommended by Kathy Sloan, who wears multiple hats within NOW as a NOW Board member, a member of the NOW Global Feminst Strategies and Issues Committee, and a NOW UN Representative.  


Kathy writes:
"As the U.S. Attorney in South Dakota states, Native American women are the most victimized group in the United States.  It is such a damning indictment to hear a young Native American man say that he learned from his father "Be a man, hit somebody."  Women on Indian reservations are completely powerless and there is near total impunity for the men who commit violence and sexual assault against women, as this documentary so starkly demonstrates.  The most heartbreaking statement of all from another young Native American man is:  "The government has put us into auto-pilot for self-destruction."
It is particularly important for those of us who work on behalf of dv and sexual assault victims to see this to be aware of just how horrendous the reality is for our Native American sisters."

Contact NYS Assembly to follow NYS Senate and Pass Strangulation Prevention Act

YoungFeminists


Good News! The NYS Senate has passed the Strangulation Prevention Act of 2010. It is now time to urge the NYS Assembly to follow. Please take a few minutes to call and email key people. We are in the final stretch and with your help we can make it happen this year. There are only a few short days left in the legislative session. Take Action NOW!

The Strangulation Prevention Act of 2010 (S6987/A10161) has Passed the NYS Senate!

Take Action!

Help us pass it in the NYS Assembly so it can be signed into law NOW!
 
Help us Pass the "Strangulation Prevention Act of 2010" A-10161/S-6987 
 
 
Two key people that need to hear from  you:    
Assemblymember Helene Weinstein(Chair of Assembly Judicary Committee)  at 518-455-5462 or 718-648-4700
Assemblymember Joseph Lentol (Chair of Assembly Codes Committee) at 518-455-4477 or 718-383-7474 
 

After you have made a call to the three key people above, please contact your NYS Senator and tell her/him that we must penalize those criminals who would choke or strangle another individual.   
or use this link
 

Did you know choking/strangulation is not  necessarily a crime in New York State?  
 
1. Choking is often more dangerous than punching, shoving and other kinds of abuse.    
 
2. If an attacker applies 11 pounds of pressure for just 10 seconds, the victim can become unconscious. With greater pressure, death can occur within minutes. And even after the attacker lets up, a victim can collapse and die hours or even days later because of underlying damage to the neck, or to the brain due to lack of oxygen.
 

3. Ten percent of violent deaths in the United States are strangulations.
 

4. With no visible signs, strangulations is not charged as a crime.
 

5. A 2008 study of 310 homicides in 11 American cities, published in The Journal of Emergency Medicine, found that 43 percent of women who were murdered by intimate partners had experienced at least one episode of choking before their killing.
 
Join the National Organization for Women-New York State push to for much needed legislation that will address this problem. New York State Eric Schneiderman has introduced legislation that would criminalize choking and suffocation in our state. The law would provide for severe penalties: intentional choking and suffocation into unconsciousness would be considered a violent felony. The bill number is A-10161/S-6987 known as the "Strangulation Prevention act of 2010."  

Help pass the Strangulation Prevention Act of 2010. Legislative session is almost over

YoungFeminists


Help the National Organization for Women-New York State pass the Strangulation Prevention Act of 2010. Legislative session is almost over. Take a few minutes to call or email key people in the NYS Legislature. With your help, we can do it!
Help NOW-New York State Pass the Strangulation Prevention Act of 2010
Take Action!
A01061/S6987
Help us Pass the "Strangulation Prevention Act of 2010" A-10161/S-6987 
or use this link

Did you know choking/strangulation is not  necessarily a crime in New York State?  
1. Choking is often more dangerous than punching, shoving and other kinds of abuse.    
2. If an attacker applies 11 pounds of pressure for just 10 seconds, the victim can become unconscious. With greater pressure, death can occur within minutes. And even after the attacker lets up, a victim can collapse and die hours or even days later because of underlying damage to the neck, or to the brain due to lack of oxygen.

3. Ten percent of violent deaths in the United States are strangulations.

4. With no visible signs, strangulations is not charged as a crime.

5. A 2008 study of 310 homicides in 11 American cities, published in The Journal of Emergency Medicine, found that 43 percent of women who were murdered by intimate partners had experienced at least one episode of choking before their killing.
Join the National Organization for Women-New York State push to for much needed legislation that will address this problem. New York State Eric Schneiderman has introduced legislation that would criminalize chocking and suffocation in our state. The law would provide for severe penalties: intentional chocking and suffocation into unconsciousness would be considered a violent felony. The bill number is A-10161/S-6987 known as the "Strangulation Prevention act of 2010."  
Three key people that need to hear from  you:
Assemblymember Helene Weinstein(Chair of Assembly Judicary Committee)  at 518-455-5462 or 718-648-4700
Assemblymember Joseph Lentol (Chair of Assembly Codes Committee) at 518-455-4477 or 718-383-7474
State Senator Eric Schneiderman (Chair of Senate Judiciary Committee)  at 518-455-2041 or 212-544-0173

After you have made a call to the three key people above, please contact your NYS Senator and tell her/him that we must penalize those criminals who would choke or strangle another individual. Take Action NOW!

Urgent Action: Help Pass Anti-Strangulation Bill NOW! | Program on Men & Domestic Violence - This Thursday

YoungFeminists




TAKE ACTION!
Support Harsher Penalties for Abusers That Strangle 
Leaders on This Bill Need to Hear From You 

NOW-NYC LogoIncredibly, in New York, choking or strangling someone by compressing her neck is not considered an assault.  Although this is a terrifying form of abuse that could be deadly, the bar for evidence of physical injury under current law is set far too high to make an arrest.  That's because choking someone often leaves little physical evidence of abuse, letting batterers get away without penalty.

NOW-NYC is poised to change this, but we need your help to make it happen!  We worked directly with our allies in the Senate and Assembly to get a strong anti-strangulation bill introduced (S-6987A/A-10161A) that would make it a crime to choke or suffocate someone, whether or not the victim sustains a visible physical injury.  With all the bills competing for attention, it will make a big difference for our leaders to hear that this issue is a priority.
 
Here's How to Take Action: Please take five minutes to call the three key sponsors TODAY and tell them: 

"Thank you so much for sponsoring the anti-strangulation bill (S-6987A /
A-10161A ).  As a New Yorker who cares about ending domestic violence, I commend your leadership on this issue.  I urge you to make sure this gets passed quickly in the Senate and Assembly."

Thank the Anti-Strangulation Bill Sponsors:
      State Senator Eric Schneiderman at 518-455-2041 or 212-544-0173

      Assembly Member Helene Weinstein at 518-455-5462 or 718-648-4700

      Assembly Member Joseph Lentol at 518-455-4477 or 718-383-7474

NOW-NYC thanks you for your support on this issue.  It will be a five minutes well spent!  Learn more at right.



MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM THIS WEEK
Violence Unmasked: The Men Behind the Abuse & The Culture That Fuels It
This Thursday, May 27th, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Violence Against Women ImageWe have been deluged by news of high profile domestic violence cases: the Patterson cover-up, White Plains mayor Adam Bradley, ex-Senator Hiram Monserrate, and singer Chris Brown. Join us for an inside look on the men who abuse, how to prevent the violence, and how we're working to strengthen our domestic violence laws.
Panelists: 
 - Phyllis B. Frank, Director, VCS Domestic Violence Program for Men
 - Dan Goodman, Program Coordinator, Choices, Fordham & Tremont
 - Stephanie Nilva, Esq., Executive Director, Day One
 - Sonia Ossorio, Moderator, Executive Director, NOW-NYC

Please RSVP:  212.627.9895 | contact@nownyc.org |  Learn More
Event Location: NOW-NYC, 150 W. 28th St. #304 @ 7th Avenue, NYC
Subway: 1, R, W, 6 to 28th St. | B, D, F, V, Q, N, A, C, 2, 3 to 34th St.


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Mother's Day: Stand up for mothers abused by fathers & the system

Jerin


This Mother's Day, fellow NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force members Micah Bochart and Esty Stein will join me in DC to stand up for mothers abused by both their partners and our so-called justice system, that willingly and knowingly give custody of the kids to the physically and or sexually abusive partners.  I do not want to leave my wonderful feminist mom on Mother's Day, but feel compelled to stand up for moms who are unable to give their children the love my mom gave me growing up and continues to provide.  Please join us on a bus from Albany, NJ or downstate NY.

In Solidarity,

Jerin Alam
Co-Chair
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force
NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force 
National Organization for Women (NOW)


IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND, PLEASE E-MAIL, FAX OR SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE OR SENATOR A LETTER OF SUPPORT for the Silent Vigil & Proclomation, and telling your story:
https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

To petition Congress, go to http://www.petition2congress.com/2/2386/stop-court-ordered-child-abuse

Information on the Vigil:
Peaceful silent vigil at the White House in Washington DC
Sunday May 9, 2010, from 11:00 am until at least 3:00 pm.

Mothers of Lost Children and our supporters are gathering at Lafayette Park, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington DC in front of the White House at 11:00 am for a silent vigil to protest the grotesque human rights abuses against children by family courts. We will have a Proclamation asking the President to help stop the systematic removal and oppression of our children by family court.

A few suggestions for posterboard signs to bring with you to hold:

  • Children are taken from safe mothers and forced to live with abusers. Why?
  • I gave birth to a beloved daughter: Her batterer has custody.
  • I gave birth to a cherished son: His identified molester has custody.
  • I gave birth to three precious children: Our violator has custody.
  • I fear judicial retaliation: What country IS this? (if a scarf is over your face)
  • Mr. President, please stop the children’s suffering.

Battered Women Take Custody Battles to White House

YoungFeminists

Fellow NOW - NY State Young Feminist Task Force members Micah Bochart and Esty Stein will join me at the following rally.

In Solidarity,
Jerin Alam


Womens eNews
Covering Women's Issues -
Changing Women's Lives

Friday, May 7, 2010

TODAY'S UPDATE

Battered mothers often shy away from publicity. But this year, in a sign of their growing organization, some plan to spend Mother's Day in Washington in a White House vigil to draw attention to a court system that often gives custody to abusers, Mary Darcy reports today.

 

Battered Women Take Custody Battles to White House

By Mary Darcy
WeNews correspondent
Friday, May 7, 2010
Battered mothers often shy away from publicity. But this year, in a sign of their growing organization, some plan to spend Mother's Day in Washington in a White House vigil to draw attention to a court system that often gives custody to abusers.
A quilt made by protective parents. Each panel represents a child or family lost to or being fought for in the court system.(WOMENSENEWS)--On Mother's Day, busloads of battered moms and advocates for abused children will roll into Washington, D.C.
They'll hold a vigil outside the White House in an effort to persuade President Obama to take up their cause of reforming a family court system that they say all too often puts children into the hands of abusive parents.
For some it marks a new and somewhat frightening degree of public exposure. Some of the protesters will be shrouded in scarves, hiding from their abusers or a court system they fear will punish them for speaking out.
"They're whistleblowers," said vigil organizer Connie Valentine, policy director for The California Protective Custody Association, based in Sacramento. "The system doesn't look kindly on whistleblowers. It's a difficult situation because we have seen enormous judicial retaliation against mothers who step up in front of the problem."
Efforts to quantify the problem are just beginning but protective parents claim it is widespread. A study done by the Williamsburg, Va.-based American Judges Foundation in the early 1990s showed that in 70 percent of challenged cases, battering parents involved in custody battles persuaded authorities the victimized parent was unfit for sole custody, according to a spokesperson from the foundation.
Valentine and other advocates for protective parents call the family courts broken and corrupt and say the system not only puts children into the hands of abusive parents, it also bankrupts and punishes the protective parents who fight for them. At the same time, they say it's hard to reform the system because the people it hurts are hiding from abusers and anxious to avoid publicity.

Shifting Ground

But Valentine feels the ground shifting. "I think we're in the early stages of a civil rights movement for protecting children from physical and sexual abuse."
She said the Internet is helping battered mothers come together. "E-mail has helped. It's a good part of the reason for all of the advocacy," Valentine said. "Women are beginning to see that it's not their fault and that they are just pawns in the game."
Mo Hannah, psychology professor at Siena College, near Albany, N.Y., used the Internet to organize the first annual conference for battered women seeking custody in 2004, after her own difficult custody battle.
This past January marked the seventh gathering, which meets annually in Albany and is the major organizing and networking event of the year for protective parents.
"The first conference was about getting people to talk and validate their experiences," Hannah said. "But as the conferences continued it became very clear that we needed a national movement. Now the conference is just sort of an umbrella or structure that encourages people to share with each other."
Over the seven years, women have met at the conference and formed smaller groups, such as the Massachusetts Protective Mothers for Custodial Justice.
"Mass Moms," as it has come to be known, brings together women who have gone through custody battles with those currently in the throes. Volunteers accompany women to court and on lawyer visits and play a general shepherding role.
"We stand next to a woman who is fighting for her children while she pleads and receives orders," one Mass Mom told Women's eNews at January's Battered Mothers Custody Conference.
These volunteers have all been through their own custody battles and declined to be named for fear of retribution from their ex-husbands or the court system. Many have gag orders associated with their own cases. It is this type of fear of retribution that has helped keep the protective parents movement under the radar.

Fear Stands in the Way

The California Protective Custody Association's Valentine understands the fear that keeps women from protesting and fighting the bigger battles.
"I waited until my own children were grown so we weren't affected by the family court system," she said.
Valentine says advocates and organizers need to study and replicate the successful civil rights campaigns of the past.
"Slavery was ended with a good law but slavery wasn't ended because a good law happened to come about. The law happened because huge masses of people put their lives on the line and fought for it," Valentine said.
This year "Mass Moms" is preparing to add some more public activism to their advocacy with a demonstration taking place in Boston on a date to be announced soon. In what they're planning to call "Confetti," the moms will symbolically shred court-appointed guardian reports--which they feel are particularly unfair to protective parents--into little bits and toss them at the statehouse to call attention to the plight of protective mothers fighting for custody of their children.
In New York City, a group called V.O.W., or Voices of Women, has been working within the court system to try to provide legal counsel and one-on-one help for women. On a wider scale its mission is to "promote long-term systemic change by documenting institutional failures, testifying at hearings, creating position papers and meeting with local and state officials."
Both Valentine and Hannah say this is the right time to take the movement to the next level.
"The new president is a fatherless man with a good wife and they will hear us," said Valentine. "And if they don't hear us, Vice President Joe Biden worked on the violence against women act and he will hear us. And if they don't hear us we will keep going until they do hear us."
Mary Darcy is a multimedia producer/host and documentary filmmaker. She's a two time Gracie Award winner for her work with Kate Mulgrew on Herstory and The Sounds of Progress, public radio series about great women in science. Darcy is a co-owner in Uptown/Downtown Media, producers of Alloveralbany.com.

For more information:

Battered Mothers Custody Conference
http://www.batteredmotherscustodyconference.org/
Battered Mothers Custody Conference California Protective Parents Association http://www.protectiveparents.com/research.html