Nov 012013
 

Posted on date: 11/1/2013

Eligibility

  • Adult, aged 18 or over
  • have ever been in a Leather/BDSM/kink relationship in which you experienced intimate partner abuse, and
  • sought help from publicly available domestic violence/intimate partner abuse services, or
  • wanted to seek help from publicly available domestic violence/intimate partner abuse services, but did not do so.

The interview will take no more than 2 hours to complete.

Please respond no later than January 10, 2014.

Your participation is voluntary. All responses are confidential. However, there is potential risk of loss of confidentiality in all email, downloading and internet transactions. The final results of this study will be used for research and may also be published in a summary format in a peer-reviewed journal.

The purpose of this interview is to gather information regarding the quality of experiences had by those who sought help from domestic violence/intimate partner abuse service providers, or those who wanted to seek help, but did not do so. The overall goal is to help service providers and outreach educators improve the quality of information, responses and interventions regarding the unique needs and experiences of individuals who live a BDSM, Leather or kinky lifestyle.

Would you be interested in participating in an in-depth face-to-face or telephone interview (to last no more than 2 hours) about your experiences? If so, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Fawcett at efawcett@mail.twu.edu or call 972-742-7717 to set up an interview.

If you have any questions about the interview, please contact Elizabeth Fawcett, Ph.D., M.P.H., at efawcett@mail.twu.edu. This study has been reviewed according to accepted Institutional Review Board (IRB) procedures for research involving human subjects, and approved. If you have questions about the rights of research participants or the way this study is being conducted, you may contact Texas Woman’s University Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at 940-898-3378 or via email at IRB@twu.edu.

There is potential risk of loss of confidentiality in all email, downloading and internet transactions.

Sep 242013
 

The DVP Team is putting the finishing touches on our training module for the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Administers and supervisors from the Hotline will be meeting with the Team here in Dallas on Friday, 10-18-13 for a first run through of the Training that the Team has developed. Any changes or additions that may be suggested by the Hotline staff will be done in November and December with the first actual training of Hotline staff at their offices in Austin to be done in January of 2014.

The NLA Dallas DVP Team; Lex, Artemis, Beth, Jim R., Hardy, and Rob have worked very hard on this project for the past year and have developed an excellent training module! They have been outstanding ambassadors of good will from our community. I hope that each of you will take the time to thank them personally the next time that you see them at a meeting, event, or out and about in the community.

New educational, outreach, and advocacy materials have been printed and distributed at the Pride Parade and will be in the run packets at Beyond Vanilla.

Respectfully submitted,
Dennis C Hartzog, M.Ed., LPC
Chairperson, NLA Dallas DVP Team

Aug 262013
 

The NLA Dallas Domestic Violence Project Team: Lex, Beth, Artemis, Rob, Hardy, Jim R. and I are on schedule with the development of our training module for The National Domestic Violence Hotline staff in Austin. Team members work well together and have a good balance of knowledge of the Kink/Leather/BDSM community, training experience, knowledge of data-resources available for our work, and clinical mental health experience.

New “NLA Dallas Domestic Violence Project” marketing outreach cards have been printed and will be at various locations in Dallas for the Dallas Gay Pride Parade, “Fall Frollic”, and “BV.”

The “Survey on Intimate Partner Abuse Among Practitioners of BDSM/Leather/Kink Lifestyles” is on three national websites: “NCFS”, “The Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance”, and the “NLA Dallas” website. Information about the Survey has been e-mailed to Kink/Leather/BDSM organizations in NYC, Chicago, Atlanta, and San Francisco. Flyers will be available at Folsom Street Fair in SF (09-29-13), and at Beyond Vanilia (09-21 to23-13).
the National Domestic Violence Hotline (a federally chartered project), the National Dating Abuse Helpline, and the Texas Domestic Violence Hotline are all co-located in Austin. that the National

Invitation to Participate in a “Needs Assessment Survey on Intimate Partner Abuse Among Practitioners of BDSM/Leather/Kink Lifestyles”

All interested individuals who are involved in BDSM/Leather/Kink lifestyles are invited to participate in a survey about intimate partner abuse. The purpose of this survey is to gather information regarding the quality of experiences had by those who sought help from domestic violence service providers, or those who wanted to seek help, but did not do so. The overall goal is to help service providers and outreach educators improve the quality of information, responses and interventions regarding the unique needs and experiences of individuals who live a BDSM, Leather or kinky lifestyle.

You are invited to take the survey whether or not you have been involved in an abusive relationship because the survey will collect basic demographic information about those who engage in BDSM, Leather and/or kink, as well.

The survey link is available here: https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=155554

The survey will take approximately 25-35 minutes to complete.

Please respond no later than January 31, 2014.

Your participation is voluntary. All responses are anonymous. However, there is potential risk of loss of confidentiality in all email, downloading and internet transactions. The final results of this study will be used for research and may also be published in a summary format in a peer-reviewed journal.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Elizabeth Fawcett, Ph.D., M.P.H., at efawcett@mail.twu.edu. This study has been reviewed according to accepted Institutional Review Board (IRB) procedures for research involving human subjects, and approved. If you have questions about the rights of research participants or the way this study is being conducted, you may contact Texas Woman’s University Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at 940-898-3378 or via email at IRB@twu.edu.
Domestic Violence Hotline (a federally chartered project), the National Dating Abuse Helpline, and the Texas Domestic Violence Hotline are all co-located in Austin.

Respectfully submitted,

Dennis C. Hartzog, M.Ed., LPC
NLA Dallas DVP Chairperson

Aug 012013
 

I have received feedback several times in the past few months that there is a lot of talk about what NLA Dallas DV Project is planning/about/going to do.  Well, that is fair and very true.  Things in the mental health field don’t just happen quickly….there is much discussion, exploration of various options, establishing mutually agreed up goals planning, and implementation.  This may seem like a rather lengthy and rather long time consuming process, and it is.  In my field we make decisions about the lives, well being, and safety of individuals experiencing trauma. We take that very responsibility seriously and make every effort to ensure that our interventions are based in their best interests and above all else, “do no harm.”

Lex, Artemis, Beth, Rob, Hardy, Jim and I have begun the actual work on developing the training program requested by the National DV Hotline administrators.  Work meetings will continue every two weeks from now until October, our model will be presented to the Hotline Administrators in November, and training will begin in Jan. 2014.  This will mark completion of the first stage of a training project that in total will take two years.

New NLA Domestic Violence Project education/out-reach/referral materials are ready to be sent to the printer with the goal of have over 2000 handouts ready for Pride.

And as a major part of NLA Dallas Domestic Violence, the national survey on DV within the BDSM/Kink/leather community that I discussed at an NLA meeting last spring as something that as Chairperson of this project I thought was critical in our future efforts to establish an effective advocacy and working relationship with local, regional, and national DV service providers and agencies concerning needs and barriers to our members who are victims of DV in seeking and receiving adequate treatment.

Up to that night, such a survey had never been done, and it was a personal and professional dream of mine as a psychotherapist working with DV victims from our community.  Some of my peers called a “pipe dream” that no one would be interested in.”  I of course disagreed.  At the end of that meeting Beth approached me, introduced herself, and said “I’d like to do that as a research project.”

After that meeting, in my office she and I had come up with the majority of the survey questions, based on my knowledge and experience and what data/information mental health DV service providers and agencies would want to have.  Over the next few weeks, Beth modified, enhances, added, subtracted, we discussed, questioned, and with her research expertise, the draft version was done.

Well, the survey is now reality!  It’s up on a web-site, and will also be on the NLA Dallas, Woodhull, and NCSF web sites by the end of today!  The National DV Hotline and the National Dating Abuse Hotline will also refer callers to this survey site!

Later this afternoon I will be e-mailing out the following announcement-invitation to personal and professional folks I know who are leaders and officers in our community in NYC, Washington DC, the CDC in Atlanta, officers in the 15 Assoc in SF, Hell Fire in Chicago, LA, Phil Darby owner of the SF Citadel, and my peers who advised me the my idea of this kind of survey was a “pipe dream.”

Some damned “pipe dream” indeed!

Aug 012013
 

All interested individuals who are involved in BDSM/Leather/Kink lifestyles are invited to participate in a survey about intimate partner abuse. The purpose of this survey is to gather information regarding the quality of experiences had by those who sought help from domestic violence service providers, or those who wanted to seek help, but did not do so. The overall goal is to help service providers and outreach educators improve the quality of information, responses and interventions regarding the unique needs and experiences of individuals who live a BDSM, Leather or kinky lifestyle.

You are invited to take the survey whether or not you have been involved in an abusive relationship because the survey will collect basic demographic information about those who engage in BDSM, Leather and/or kink, as well.

The survey link is available here: https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=155554

The survey will take approximately 25-35 minutes to complete.

Please respond no later than January 31, 2014.

Your participation is voluntary. All responses are anonymous. However, there is potential risk of loss of confidentiality in all email, downloading and internet transactions. The final results of this study will be used for research and may also be published in a summary format in a peer-reviewed journal.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Elizabeth Fawcett, Ph.D., M.P.H., at efawcett@mail.twu.edu. This study has been reviewed according to accepted Institutional Review Board (IRB) procedures for research involving human subjects, and approved. If you have questions about the rights of research participants or the way this study is being conducted, you may contact Texas Woman’s University Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at 940-898-3378 or via email at IRB@twu.edu.

Jul 032013
 

On June 27, the NLA Dallas Domestic Violence Team: Lex, Beth, Artemis, Rob, Hardy, and I (Jim R. had an emergency and was unable to attend) met here in Dallas with three administrators from The National Domestic Violence Hotline staff from Austin. We discussed the in-service training needs of hotline supervisors, and hotline phone operators. The team will be working on that for the rest of the summer and early fall. In early November we will be presenting the training tot he Hotline Administrators for their approval and recommendations for modifications. The final version will be presented to Hotline staff in early January 2014. This training will include a basic BDSM glossary, and listing of Kink/Leather/BDSM mental health counselors/psychotherapists for their staff to use as a referral guide for hotline callers. I have contacted the NCSF and asked the KAP listing coordinator for assistance in modifying the KAP listing for this purpose.

Beth is proceeding with getting final approval from her University for the “Survey on Intimate partner Abuse Among Practitioners of BDSM/Leather/Kink Lifestyles.” The target date for having the Survey up and running as a link on several national websites is the end of August.

Respectfully submitted,

Dennis C. Hartzog, M.Ed., LPC

NLA Dallas DVP Chairperson

Jun 052013
 

Authored by: Dennis C. Hartzog, M.Ed., LPC

I am pleased to announce that I am no longer the NLA Dallas Representative to the NLA-I DVP. The EC voted last Tuesday to have the NLA Dallas Domestic Violence Project continue as an autonomous project of NLA Dallas with me as the appointed Chairperson. All references to NLA-I DVP will be immediately deleted from all activities, presentations, and printed materials of the work being done by the NLA Dallas Domestic Violence Project Team. Malcolm has set aside a dedicated portion of the new NLA Dallas web site just for this important program.

Beth, Rob, and I traveled to Austin on Friday, May 17 and met with the administrative staff of the National Domestic Violence Hotline (a federally chartered project), the National Dating Abuse Helpline, and the Texas Domestic Violence Hotline are all co-located in Austin. It was a fantastic meeting resulting in significant team building and a solid foundation for continuing collaboration. Hotline administrators and supervisors will be coming up to Dallas for a meeting with the NLA Dallas DV Team on Thursday, June 27, from 2PM to 5PM. At that meeting we will be working on development of in-service training for the Hotline supervisory staff.

Beth has been doing a wonderful job on the “Survey on Intimate Partner Abuse Among Practitioners of BDSM/Leather/Kink Lifestyles.” She and I had come up with preliminary survey questions and she has finalized them. She has also asked that the following organizations partner with us on the survey and have a link to it on their websites:

Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom

NLA Dallas

Respectfully submitted,

Dennis C. Hartzog, M.Ed., LPC

NLA Dallas DVP Chairperson

May 232013
 

Authored By: Robin

On May 19, a remarkable thing happened: members of the Leather/BDSM/Kink community: Beth, Dennis, and I, met with senior managers of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Dating Abuse Helpline — and we were welcomed with open arms! A partnership was formed with potentially national impact. Given the historic lack of communication and trust between the social services community and ours, it’s hard to overestimate the significance of this accomplishment!

Some background: we learned that the National Domestic Violence Hotline (a federally chartered project), the National Dating Abuse Helpline, and the Texas Domestic Violence Hotline are all co-located in Austin. The DV Hotline has been operating for 17 years. The DV hotline alone handles over 211,000 calls per year, resulting in 136,000 referrals. They operate 24/7/365, but another 50,000 calls can’t be handled due to inadequate resources. All calls are anonymous. They have a three-fold mission: triage, assuring safety, and referral to local services in their nationwide data base, by direct connection or by referral to other resources. 96% of their cases are emotional/verbal abuse, 72% include physical abuse, and 7% include sexual abuse.

The reason for their interest: they have noted an upsurge in calls with BDSM-related content in the past two years. They can’t speculate on whether this represents a national trend, or whether people (especially younger callers) are simply more willing to talk about it. Either way, they feel the need to train their staff so that these calls are handled effectively.

After meeting the Hotline senior managers, we were given a tour of the facility; were able to watch Hotline operators taking actual calls; and were able to ask them questions about their work, the callers, and procedural questions.  After that we (Beth, Dennis and I) spent the majority of our three hour meeting understanding their needs. These include:
— general familiarity with the terminology and concepts of our lifestyle, so staff can understand what callers mean
— questions to ask, that will allow their staff to tell the difference between consensual play and non-consensual abuse
— a national data base for referrals to lifestyle-friendly local shelters and other resources, as well as online resources (remember that they get everyone, including many people whose only knowledge of our lifestyle comes from reading popular fiction, such as “50 Shades of Grey.”)
— If no lifestyle-friendly local service is available, coaching on how to use local services effectively: what to say to whom, etc.

Our next step will be a meeting next month in Dallas with their management team, to collaborate and plan training for all supervisors. We will work with them to develop the training for delivery this fall, face-to-face in Austin. Out of this will come further collaboration to plan and train all call center staff. The first training will be done face-to-face in Austin, in spring 2014. Then both training systems will be “packaged” for use on demand. At that point, they will also begin distribution of information (and possibly training) to their national network of call centers and service providers. In the long run, the biggest challenge may well be to assemble and maintain the data base of information and service referrals that they need. There will be PLENTY for everyone interested to do!

Meanwhile, the Hotline is interested in the groundbreaking survey of our community, now being designed by Beth. They even offered to explore the feasibility of offering their callers an invitation to participate in the research!

We could not be more excited by the enthusiastic reception we received! It is practically unprecedented for our community to “have a seat at the table” in the social services community on a national level. Thanks to Dennis for approaching them in a professional manner, and for persisting to make this meeting happen! We’re under way!

May 092013
 

I have been in contact with Ms. Jones, Director of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, whose administrative office is in Austin Texas as a part of the Texas Council on Family Violence. Lex, Beth, Rob, and i will be going to Austin on Friday, May 17th to discuss  in-service training to the National Hotline staff on issues facing DC victims from the Kink/Leather/BDSM community. After getting a better idea of what they are looking for, Lex, Beth, Artemis, Jim, hardy, Rob, and I will be developing the training this summer for the Hotline staff training in the fall.

Plans are progressing with Beth and a local university on the development and implementation of a “National Survey on intimate Partner Violence in the Kink/Leather/BDSM Community.”

Recent feedback that I have received indicates that nLA-I is not in a position to offer any support or financial assistance in the DV work NLA Dallas has taken on in their name. That presents a significant challenge to me both personally and professionally. How does one responsibly carry out the duties of one’s position representing a program that is a part of an organization, NLA-I, whose typical operating mode appears to be chaos?

Our local efforts no matter how important and ground breaking in nature are still under the umbrella of the NLA-I DVP… which when googled, appears dead in the water. I understand credibility… how it is earned, and more importantly how it is lost. NLA-I’s present problems, and lack of any type of plan to correct them, can at some point cause a serious barrier to the effectiveness of our local DV efforts.

NLA Dallas is on the verge of doing something really important for DV victims from our community. Our trip to the National DV Hotline office next week is a wonderful accomplishment. I am so grateful and appreciative to those working on this with me, but this optimism is tempered by a total lack of confidence in support for our efforts by the very organization, NLA-I, who owns this project and therefore, the fruits of our labors. I find this disturbing to say the least.

Respectfully submitted,

Dennis C. Hartzog, M.Ed., LPC

NLA-I DVP Representative