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June 3, 2016

On June 1st devastation, again, struck this country when Mainak Sarkar murdered a UCLA professor, and police later found that Sarkar had also murdered his partner, Ashley Hasti, in her Minnesota home. Earlier this week, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) President and CEO, Kim Gandy shared, “gun violence and domestic violence are co-conspirators,” and this latest tragedy is no exception.

Tragically, it is not a surprise that this act of violence was linked to domestic violence, yet it’s devastating that these crimes have become so commonplace. Domestic violence is often a precursor to other acts of violence. Thirty-one percent of all mass shooting deaths in 2015 were related to domestic violence incidents. [3] Oftentimes when you see tragic or deadly violence, the offender is a perpetrator of domestic violence.

“It’s devastating that domestic violence murders are so commonplace that the public hardly blinks; they’ve become white noise,” said Kim Gandy, NNEDV President & CEO. “We know that many of the mass murders are connected to domestic violence, and yet some people still think it’s a ‘private family matter.’ We should all be outraged and demanding change.”

Understanding the role that guns play in domestic violence cases is central to offering protections for victims. More than half of all women killed with guns in America are murdered by their partners [1]. Through our partnership with Everytown for Gun Safety, we actively work to put an end to gun violence and came together to turn the country orange with the #WearOrange campaign on June 2nd.

“Three women are murdered every day by their partners, so the fact that these murders occurred the day before National Gun Violence Awareness Day, while certainly tragic, is no surprise,” says Ron LeGrand, NNEDV Vice President of Public Policy. “Our members of Congress must act now to strengthen firearms legislation that protects victims and ensures dangerous people cannot access firearms. Every day delayed results in the loss of more lives and countless injuries!”

NNEDV has a history of staunch advocacy for common sense gun legislation. We have been key advocates for legislation that would reduce perpetrators’ access to firearms including requiring firearm removal at the time temporary orders of protection are granted; expanding the law to prohibit abusive dating partners and non-intimate partner stalkers from possessing firearms; improvements to the criminal background check system, and other legislation that centralizes survivor safety. Additionally, NNEDV urges lawmakers to increase funding for domestic violence programs to ensure that survivors have the resources they need to live lives free from abuse.

It is time to recognize and take action against the violence happening every day in this country. We stand with victims and their families as we strive to create a world free from domestic violence.

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1447915/

[2] http://www.apa.org/topics/violence/partner.aspx?item=2

[3] http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/23/us/americas-overlooked-gun-violence.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=photo-spot-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0 

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June 1, 2016

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is proud to partner with the Wear Orange campaign for the second annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 2, 2016. NNEDV joins the more than 300 influencers, corporations, mayors, partner organizations, and a series of iconic landmarks across the country to Wear Orange on June 2.

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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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