June 27, 2016
Today is National HIV Testing Day. And while NNEDV stands with HIV organizations and promotes testing, we also recognize that for some individuals getting an HIV test can be impossible or dangerous. Women living with HIV face domestic violence at a rate higher than the general population, at more than 55 percent.  And women experiencing domestic violence have an increased risk for acquiring HIV because they may not be able to negotiate condom usage, may be forced to use drugs or have sex with other partners, or because their partner has sex with others. For some survivors, they may intentionally be infected as a way for their partner to maintain control, even if the survivor doesn’t know they are positive.
June 23, 2016
Every year, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) conducts the Domestic Violence Counts Census – a one-day, unduplicated count of the domestic violence services provided and requested on a single day. Through this year’s #DVcounts Census, we learned that while nearly 72,000 victims were served, there were also 12,197 unmet requests for services. Here are some additional key findings from this report:
June 21, 2016
Online safety is a major concern for many Americans. According to a recent study, this concern is so prevalent that many refrain from engaging in online activities altogether. As technology continues to evolve, there is a call for increased awareness about privacy – particularly for survivors of domestic violence. Abusers often misuse technology in order to maintain power and control over victims, creating many security concerns. Though there are concerns over privacy and security, technology can also have a positive impact for survivors of domestic violence. Technology can increase the ability for victims to access information and resources, communicate with family and friends, and receive services:
June 19, 2016
This Sunday, June 19th, we celebrate Father’s Day. Much like Mother’s Day, this day of observation can stir up emotions ranging from joy to anger to celebration to sorrow.
For me, Father’s Day is a time of remembrance. My dad passed away when I was 12 years old, so the past fourteen Father’s Days have been rather difficult. However, I still have memories, and through memories I have gratitude. My gratitude is that, though imperfectly, my dad was the one who first shaped my views of feminism.
June 16, 2016
For years, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community has shown the world that love is stronger than the violence and hatred which has long sought to destroy it. In the wake of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) stands in solidarity with the LGBTQ community.