January 15, 2015
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) echoes President Barack Obama’s message today that calls on Congress to pass the Healthy Families Act, championed by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), which would allow millions of working people to earn up to seven days per year of paid sick time. Workers could use this time to care for themselves or a sick family member, obtain preventive care, or address the impacts of domestic violence.
January 9, 2015
What do you think of when you hear the term “stalking?” Is it Glenn Close’s character in Fatal Attraction? Is it the “love” demonstrated in the song “Every Breath You Take” by The Police? Through characters and songs like these, we absorb cultural notions and views about what a stalker is and what they do.
December 23, 2014
In the past few months, the media has been in full swing over the hacking of many female celebrity intimate photos. Despite the vigorous discussions, very few have touched on the pervasiveness of online harassment for women and specifically for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.
Online harassment isn’t new. For years, perpetrators have misused online spaces to harass, blackmail, control and bully victims in various ways, including accessing victims’ accounts to monitor their activities; spreading harmful lies about survivors through social media; posting sexually explicit images of survivors without their consent; and making violent threats or harassing survivors through anonymous accounts.
December 22, 2014
How many times have you heard or asked this question in relation to domestic violence: “Why doesn’t the victim just leave?” This question assumes that there is a “somewhere-else-to-be.” Sadly, the barriers survivors face when leaving often mean this mythical “place-to-go” is non-existent, thus forcing survivors to choose between continued abuse and homelessness.
Survivors and their children flee their homes – often in the middle of the night with nothing more than a few belongings – and need a safe place to find refuge and then permanent housing where they can raise their children free from violence. Yet, when survivors do summon the courage to leave, they are not always met with open doors. Domestic violence shelters are often full – on just one day in 2013, 5,778 requests for shelter and housing were denied due to a lack of resources – and many other resources unavailable or out of survivors’ reach.
December 18, 2014
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December 16, 2014
Washington, DC -- Last night, President Obama signed the Fiscal Year 2015 Funding bill (called the Cromnibus) which includes vital investments in programs that address domestic and sexual violence, including the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) fund, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA).
Specifically, the legislation releases an amount from the VOCA Crime Victims Fund which closely mirrors the fines and forfeitures deposited into the fund on an annual basis. This significantly increases the funding released and will begin to address the unconscionable gap between desperate need and available resources. NNEDV and allied advocacy organizations have been calling for this method of release and applaud Congressional leadership for aligning the funds released from VOCA with the funds deposited into the account.