Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives

  • We are pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition, Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives on December 21, 2015 – January 30, 2016 brought to you by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

    This exhibition tells the story of nurses who changed the medical profession and dramatically improved services to victims of domestic violence in the late 20th century. Up until the late 1970s, medicine as a whole largely dismissed or completely failed to acknowledge domestic violence as a significant health issue. Nurses were in the vanguard through their work to persistently and passionately convince the larger medical community to learn how to identify victims of battering, to adequately respond to their needs, and to work toward the prevention of domestic violence. Drawing on materials in the History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine, this exhibition tells how nurses and their allies reformed medical practice and ultimately improved the lives of millions of women nationwide.

    We would like to invite you to view the exhibition and to attend a community education program held at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Hanley Library. 

    The community education program will increase awareness and facilitate prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault issues.  The program will examine the definition and dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as the many ways it impacts the lives of survivors and the community.  Further, it will touch on how confronting (and drawing awareness to) violence improves women's lives.  Facts and statistics will be included as well as resources for support and services at the local, state, and national levels.  Heather E. Schultz-Piché, Program Director, YWCA Victims' Resource Center and advocates will be available during the program.  Their contact information is as follows:

    YWCA Bradford www.ywcabradford.org/

    McKean County Victims' Resource Center

    Hotline: 24-hour hotline is accessible 7 days a week, 365 days a year by calling 1-888-822-6325.  All services are free and confidential. 

    Please join us for one of the opening events:

    Thursday January 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm Osborne Room (Hanley Library) for the community education program.  Viewing of Exhibit and Reception to follow in the Hanley Library Gallery.

    OR

    Friday January 8, 2016 at 11:30 am Osborne Room (Hanley Library) for the community education program.  Viewing of Exhibit and Reception to follow in the Hanley Library Gallery.

    In addition, Jean Luciano, Interlibrary Loan Specialist/Cataloging, Hanley Library, created a display of library materials in the lobby display case that focuses on the subject of violence in women’s lives to complement this important story.

    Additional information and resources can be found at https://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/confrontingviolence/index.html

    We hope you can join us as we introduce this informative exhibition to our community.