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May 19, 2016

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) recognizes today, May 19, as Asian Pacific Islander (API) HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Within the API population, the rate of new HIV cases increased 15 percent in three years between 2002 and 2005. [1] In many Asian communities, discussion of disease and sexuality are considered unacceptable, making safe space to talk about HIV and other STIs few and far between. Societal barriers, such as the interpretation of using condoms as a marker of infidelity, can create obstacles for those trying to build an environment of open communication about safe HIV practices. [1]

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May 17, 2016

May 17th is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia day and the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) joins other anti-violence groups in supporting the safety of the LGBTQ community and opposing initiatives and policies that place members of the LGBTQ community in danger. 

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May 11, 2016

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) recently joined crucial conversations about how women and girls of color in the United States are disproportionately impacted by institutional racism. Two events were held on Thursday, April 29 to address the extent of these issues and how to empower women and girls of color.

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May 9, 2016

Hair Cuttery and the National Network to End Domestic Violence Bring Awareness and Smiles to Thousands

Vienna, Va., May 9, 2016 – Hair Cuttery, the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, today announced the donation of 55,000 haircuts to benefit survivors of domestic violence. Partnering for the past three iterations of the May Share-A-Haircut program, Hair Cuttery and the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) have donated 166,000 free haircuts valued at $3.65 million since 2014.

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May 2, 2016

This Sunday May 8, 2016, we celebrate Mother’s Day. Moms have an incredible impact on our lives. To honor the amazing women who have helped shape and impact each of our lives, we have a challenge for you: describe your mom in just one word and share it with us on social media using #MyMom1Word and #MiMamá1Palabra.

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April 28, 2016

As Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) draws to a close, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) would like to thank our colleagues who advocate for survivors of sexual violence, and address the myth that sexual assault and domestic violence are completely separate issues.

Although the majority of rape victims are assaulted by someone who is not a current or former intimate partner, victims of domestic or dating violence are often sexually violated by their abusive partner as a tactic of abuse. “Forced sex, even by a spouse or intimate partner, is an act of aggression and violence. Furthermore, people whose partners abuse them physically and sexually are at a higher risk of being seriously injured or killed.” [1] Unfortunately victims of domestic or dating violence who are raped by their abusers face biases and barriers when they talk about or report the crime; they often resist even acknowledging forced sex as the crime that it is.

This dynamic is even more pronounced for survivors who face multiple forms of oppression. Members of the LGBTQ community may fear heterosexist backlash in reporting sexual violence, especially if the perpetrator is a current or former partner. Communities of color, in which boys and men have disproportionate rates of law enforcement contact and incarceration, may not support women reporting a man from the community to police, even if she is a member of the same community. If assaulted by a current or former partner, she faces betrayal by her partner as well as pressure not to report the crime.

There exists a natural intersection between the work of domestic violence advocates and sexual assault advocates, with many serving victims of both. There are layers of social attitudes that impact the tolerance of physical and sexual violence. Together, advocates can address a system of cultural beliefs that perpetrators may not be to blame for their actions and that survivors could have somehow prevented the violence that was done to them. Standing together, we can better support all survivors.

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[1] Melinda Smith, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D, Domestic Violence and Abuse, available at http://www.helpguide.org/articles/abuse/domestic-violence-and-abuse.htm