February 25, 2017
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) recognizes February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. One in three teens in the United States has experienced some form of abuse by a dating partner. This month, we asked: “What would you say to your teenage self about what you wish you knew then about healthy relationships, advocacy, and empowerment?” Here is one such response.
February 24, 2017
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) thanks Senator Cornyn (R-TX) for his leadership on the HEALS Act (Helping End Abusive Living Situations), a critical bill that will expand access and flexibility of transitional housing for survivors.
Today in Austin, Senator Cornyn announced his intention to introduce the HEALS Act which would ensure that federal resources from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are distributed to meet the unique needs of domestic violence victims.
"The HEALS legislation would ensure that transitional housing funding for domestic violence victims remains a priority, and that the length of assistance can be tailored to respond to a survivor’s specific safety and housing needs," said Kim Gandy, NNEDV President and CEO.
Domestic violence is consistently identified as a significant factor in homelessness. A staggering 92 percent of homeless women report having experienced severe physical or sexual violence at some point in their lives, and upwards of 50 percent of all homeless women report that domestic violence was the immediate and direct cause of their homelessness. Domestic violence specific transitional housing is designed to support victims and is an effective way to help survivors leave emergency shelter, build resources, develop a plan for the next steps in their lives, and address the many complex issues they face. It offers victims time for safety planning, decision-making, and stabilization.
"Victims often need time to determine where it is safe to live, time to heal from injury and trauma, time to develop an education or employment plan, time to address civil and criminal legal matters, time to reconnect with their children, and so much more. We are grateful for Senator Cornyn's advocacy for victims whose lives will be stronger because of these opportunities," said Gandy.
Over the last several years, HUD resources for domestic violence transitional housing have been significantly reduced, reducing the capacity of communities to address survivors’ housing needs. The funding shifts are a result of changing priorities and a misalignment of performance measures. The HEALS Act would direct HUD to evaluate domestic violence programs on their ability to safely house survivors.
The legislation also directs HUD to conduct research into housing options for survivors and to report on funding trends.
“We are grateful for Senator Cornyn for hearing the need for domestic violence housing and developing a solution,” said Monica McLaughlin, NNEDV Deputy Director of Public Policy. “Housing is a critical component of safety. Survivors need a place to go where they can feel safe in order to rebuild their lives,” said McLaughlin.
Advocates and survivors consistently identify housing as a primary need. NNEDV works to increase awareness of survivors’ housing needs and to help improve system-wide access for victims and survivors.
February 23, 2017
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) recognizes February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. One in three teens in the United States has experienced some form of abuse by a dating partner. This month, we asked “What would you say to your teenage self about what you wish you knew then about healthy relationships, advocacy, and empowerment?” Here is one such response.
February 20, 2017
Today the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) celebrates Presidents’ Day by honoring Shirley Chisholm, former Congresswoman and the first Black woman to run for a major political party’s Presidential nomination.
February 16, 2017
In El Paso, TX, a victim of domestic violence was seeking an order of protection from her abusive boyfriend when she was arrested in court by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, acting on a tip regarding her whereabouts. The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) condemns ICE’s actions, and warns that the implications could be deadly for victims of domestic violence who are undocumented and fear reporting abuse.
February 14, 2017
While February 14 is recognized as Valentine’s Day in the United States, around the world it is recognized as V-Day: a global day to address and end violence against women and girls. Violence against women and girls takes many forms, including reproductive abuse and reproductive coercion. Within the context of domestic violence, this occurs when an abuser uses intimidation, threats, and/or physical violence to control their partner’s reproductive choices. This can include not allowing someone to control their own birth control methods, forcing someone to either end or continue a pregnancy, pressuring a partner to get pregnant, or sabotaging birth control. . Due to these abusive tactics, women experiencing domestic violence are less likely to use birth control and are at greater risk for reproductive health issues.  While reproductive abuse and coercion is an everyday reality for many survivors of domestic violence, it is also part of a long history of systemic oppression.