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  1. Dr. Denese Shervington from the School of Medicine and the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies testified before the Congressional Committee on Oversight and Reform at the first ever hearing on childhood trauma. Dr. Shervington stressed how the impact of natural disasters and climate change must be factored into how the government addresses childhood trauma. She said, “Children need two things: caretakers to make them feel safe and to know their environment is safe. When Katrina happened, all of that was shattered. Children don’t have the language to talk about how they’re feeling and adults are often dependent on that while they themselves are trying to cope”.
  2. On Tuesday, Jan. 22, USG unanimously passed a resolution to submit a comment on behalf of the organization to the U.S. Department of Education on the proposed Title IX regulations. The comment, according to the resolution, would allow USG to voice its concerns about the new regulations’ affect on Tulane students as well as students at other universities.
  3. In the wake of another mass school shooting, discussion about gun laws and how we think about and treat mental illness are brought back to the forefront of national conversations.
  4. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which represents 64,000 pediatricians, released an updated policy statement that “corporal punishment and harsh verbal abuse may cause a child to be fearful in the short term but does not improve behavior over the long term.” Dr. Cathy Taylor supports this policy and adds, “The goal of discipline is to teach, guide, educate, and reinforce good behavior.” Even further, Dr. Taylor conducted a recent study that found that even indirect exposure to violence during childhood can play a key role in the child developing anti-social and aggressive behavior. Positive parenting strategies can be found on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.
  5. The VPI has won a grant from the Pincus Family Foundation to create a Violence Prevention Scholarship which connects graduate students with VPI faculty and community partners! This interdisciplinary program will be based in the Master's of Public Health program, but will integrate faculty from across all schools at Tulane, particularly the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the School of Medicine and the School of Social Work. Scholars will be immersed in an innovative new training initiative focused on building skills to effectively integrate with community organizations and co-develop programs designed to mitigate the effects of violence and, in the long-term, prevent the intergenerational transmission of violence and its health impacts. The initiative will focus on the lives of children throughout New Orleans, with an emphasis on Central City, and places throughout the city where children are most affected by violence.
  6. “Opposition to domestic violence is not controversial, but it’s usually not a front burner issue. It has potential, however, to cut across partisan lines because it invokes family values and ending violent crime. Helena was very good at finding way to appeal to common values,” said Tania Tetlow, a Tulane University law professor and expert in domestic violence laws.
  7. There are many good health, caregiving, and economic security reasons to endorse the current proposal for paid family leave insurance in Louisiana–Senate Bill 186–as it could greatly benefit women, men, children, families and employers. One important reason is to promote maternal health. About 80% of American women have at least one child, and after giving birth, it is clear that mothers need time for physical recovery, bonding with newborns and emotional health. Since most mothers are employed, it is important for maternity leave to exist — and be paid.
  8. Barry Williams walked out of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola on Thursday free, 41 years after he was convicted at the age of 17 of second-degree murder in a botched robbery that left an elderly woman dead. His attorney of six years, Tulane Criminal Justice Clinic Director Katherine Mattes and student attorneys, had been for years arguing that changes in constitutional law should entitle Williams to be considered for parole.
  9. March for Our Lives – a student-led organization responding to the Parkland mass shooting – held a panel at Tulane as New Orleans was the group's last stop on the Southern leg of its Road to Change tour, which brought together survivors of the Parkland shooting and local activists and organizers to discuss topics including school-based gun violence prevention strategies and how to push politically for more restrictions on guns. Being conscious of their location, the panelists also turned to the issue of violence in urban environments, especially that which affects young people.


  1. Law/Policy
    1. Hamel, J., Ferreira, R. J., & Buttell, F. (2017). Gender and batterer intervention: Implications of a program evaluation for policy and treatment. Research on Social Work Practice, 27(4), 405-412.   
    1. Babcock, J., Armenti, N., Cannon, C., Lauve-Moon, K., Buttell, F., Ferreira, R., ... & Lehmann, P. (2016). Domestic violence perpetrator programs: A proposal for evidence-based standards in the United States. Partner abuse, 7(4), 355-460.    
    2. Cannon, C., & Buttell, F. (2016). Policy Discussions on LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence in North America. In An Analysis of Contemporary Social Welfare Issues. InTech.
    3. Tetlow, T. (2016). Criminalizing "Private" Torture. Wm. & Mary L. Rev., 58, 183.  
    1. Boudreaux, J. M., & Thompson Jr, J. W. (2015). Maternal-Fetal Rights and Substance Abuse: Gestation Without Representation. The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 43(2), 137. 
    1. Tetlow, T. (2014). Solving Batson. Wm. & Mary L. Rev., 56, 1859.   
    1. Kenney, S. J. (2013). Gender and justice: Why women in the judiciary really matter. Routledge.
    2. Miron, D., Bisaillon, C., Jordan, B., Bryce, G., Gauthier, Y., St‐Andre, M., & Minnis, H. (2013). Whose rights count? Negotiating practice, policy, and legal dilemmas regarding infant–parent contact when infants are in out‐of‐home care. Infant Mental Health Journal, 34(2), 177-188.