(Note: The term partner violence is used to describe a pattern of coercive control by one current or former intimate/romantic partner against the other, involving physically, psychologically, sexually and/or financially abusive behaviors.)
It's like I am on a small boat waiting on a monster to come up from the water below.
Victim of Partner Violence.
The intention of all forms of terrorism is to control through fear. In the context of partner violence, however, the terrorism is very specifically focused and personal. Perpetrators know and have often been involved in every intimate detail of their victims' lives and the lives of their children, family members and friends. They know the victims' work, exercise, and shopping routines. They know the victims' health issues, account numbers and financial dealings. Perpetrators not only use this personal information to terrorize their victims; they use it to navigate and manipulate the criminal justice system as well.
People who experience partner violence, directly or through someone they care about, are often outraged by the perpetrators' ability to avoid consequences for their actions and to continue terrorizing victims for extended periods of time. Victims become frustrated and discouraged by the barriers and safety gaps they encounter when they seek help. They often feel that even the professionals whose job it is to protect them don't take threats against them seriously.
What is OutrageUs?
OutrageUs was born out of the desire to channel the concern, frustration and outrage that many victims and helping professionals feel into social action and effective strategies to address one of the most prevalent and lethal violations of basic human rights, partner violence. It was established as a non-profit organization in 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens to bridge the divide between the experiences of partner violence victims and how others view, understand, and respond to those experiences.
OutrageUs utilizes the power of education and media to focus attention and initiate dialogue on areas of personal terrorism that are often ignored. Many individuals and communities want to do a better job of preventing partner violence – they just don't know how. Through unique collaborations with institutions, communities, and survivors, OutrageUs is developing multimedia resources, services, tools and research informed strategies to help communities build on their strengths and effectively address partner violence. A variety of media, including original personal narrative pieces and short documentary films, are being created to attract and engage a wide and diverse audience.
OutrageUs intends to complement and build on the considerable advances made by many other committed individuals and groups to address partner violence. We engage in this work with full acknowledgement of the many extraordinary victims, survivors and professionals who paved the way for our efforts.
Who is OutrageUs?
OutrageUs Board of Directors:
Teri Faragher, M.S.W., is the President and Treasurer of OutrageUs. She has worked as a victim and community advocate to end interpersonal and family violence for over 30 years. She is the Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Prevention Board, a local coordinating council on family violence in Lexington, Kentucky. Ms. Faragher has spearheaded a variety of collaborative community projects aimed at protecting and supporting victims and holding offenders accountable. These projects include efforts to: increase arrests and enforce protective orders, develop supervised visitation services, identify and address high risk cases, provide frontline advocacy services to victims and conduct fatality and near fatality reviews. She has conducted hundreds of trainings on partner violence, children exposed to partner violence, the maltreatment of vulnerable adults, and developing a coordinated community response (CCR) to partner violence. She was the primary author of a model protocol for the development of CCRs and a co-author of the 2009 Kentucky Civil Protective Order Study.
TK Logan, Ph.D., is the Vice Chair of OutrageUs. She is a nationally known expert on violence against women, has served as professor in the Department of Behavioral Science, College of Medicine, and the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research at the University of Kentucky for the last 16 years. She also has joint appointments in Psychology, Psychiatry, and Social Work. Her research and writings most recently have focused on protective order effectiveness, partner stalking, human trafficking, health disparities of rural women with partner violence experiences, and sexual assault. Dr. Logan has just completed the most comprehensive study in the nation of the effectiveness of civil protective orders and the costs and cost-benefit of protective orders. Dr. Logan's books include: Women and Victimization: Contributing Factors, Interventions, and Implications (American Psychological Association Press) and Partner Stalking: How Women Respond, Cope, and Survive (Springer Publisher). Dr. Logan has also conducted about 15 different studies on partner stalking and has some of the most extensive information about partner stalking in the nation. Dr. Logan is an author on over 100 research articles and serves on the editorial board of three international journals. Dr. Logan is also involved with a several community boards and national organizations in Kentucky and across the nation working to prevent violence against women.
Anita Capillo, R.N., B.S.N., is the Secretary of OutrageUs. She has worked in the fields of partner violence and sexual assault for over 26 years. She has been the SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) Program Manager with the Lexington Division of Police for eight years and previously was the Coordinator of the Domestic Violence Victims' Advocate Program in the Fayette County Attorney's office. She has presented numerous training on partner violence and sexual assault for a variety of disciplines. Her nursing experience includes the areas of labor and delivery, emergency/triage, pediatric and adult medicine. Ms. Capillo is a member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses, the Emergency Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Nu, the International Honor Society of Nursing, and the Kentucky Nurses Association. She currently serves on the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) Advisory Committee and as Secretary of the Fayette County Domestic Violence Prevention Board. She co-authored several articles on sexual assault and the SANE program published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence and the Journal of Forensic Nursing.
Survivors of Stalking OutrageUs acknowledges the brave survivors who anonymously shared their stories and relived the most painful events of their lives in the hope that it will help and inspire others who have or are still experiencing the personal terrorism of partner violence.
Doug Boyd received a Ph.D. in Folklore from Indiana University and serves as the Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries. Previously he managed the Digital Program for the University of Alabama Libraries, served as the Director of the Kentucky Oral History Commission and prior to that as the Senior Archivist for the oral history and folklife collections at the Kentucky Historical Society. Boyd serves as the co-general editor for the Kentucky Remembered series for the University Press of Kentucky, the digital initiatives editor for the Oral History Review, serves on the executive council of the Oral History Association, and as chair of the Oral History Section for the Society of American Archivists. Doug Boyd received his undergraduate degree in history from Denison University in Granville, OH. His most recent book, published in 2011, is Crawfish Bottom: Recovering A Lost Kentucky Community.
Walter Brock Walter Brock Productions, is a critically acclaimed documentary producer/director whose work has been screened and broadcast all over the world. His most recent film LAND (And How It Gets That Way) about preservation, property rights, people and the land, was broadcast nationally on PBS in the spring of 2005. If I Can't Do It (1998) received numerous awards and recognition, including an Emmy Nomination, a Dupont-Columbia Award and was screened on the prestigious PBS/POV Documentary series. An earlier film, A Season in Hell, about a young Kentucky woman's struggle with eating disorders, was featured in POV's 1992 season, won Best Documentary at the USA and Atlanta film festivals, and was screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and The Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, France.
What's Next for OutrageUs?
OutrageUs chose to focus on intimate partner stalking for its first project because of its devastating and lethal impact on victims. Once the stalking project is underway, OutrageUs will focus on another area of partner violence that is often misunderstood and rarely discussed, yet has profound implications for victims - sexual assault in the context of partner violence. OutrageUs is committed to continue providing the information and support individuals and communities need to achieve safety and justice, and end partner violence. The founders of OutrageUs believe that when people understand the realities of partner violence and have the appropriate tools to address it, they are inspired to act with humanity, determination and unity to stop it.
OutrageUs Mission and Purposes:
To increase public understanding, outrage and activism related to partner violence, which denies people's basic human rights to freedom and self-fulfillment, and to empower individuals and groups to create meaningful and positive change in communities, governments and criminal justice systems to restore these rights.
The purposes of OutrageUs are to:
(1) Promote system accountability by (a) increasing the visibility of survivors of partner violence who are willing to share their experiences of victimization and their efforts to seek justice; and (b) creating meaningful dialogue and innovative working collaborations between survivors, institutions, and local communities.
(2) Increase public awareness of partner violence and public activism to address the injustice of partner violence through education, training, media, and the creative use of technology;
(3) Develop a more useful and comprehensive array of resources for prosecutors, attorneys, police, advocates, and others interested in addressing partner violence with a specific emphasis on issues that are often misunderstood and unaddressed, such as stalking and intimate partner sexual assault.