September 24, 2014
Last week, as #WhyIStayed was trending on Twitter, we were reminded of the barriers that millions of domestic violence victims face every year. This social media trend and recent events with high profile perpetrators tells us that the threat of domestic violence is real, life-threatening and insidious. In fact, every day in this country, an average of three women are killed by a current or former intimate partner. The answer to “#WhyIStayed” is often “I was afraid and I didn’t have anywhere to go.”
For over a million victims, the federal government’s response to domestic violence has been part of the reason “WhyILeft.”
The challenge is that for too many women and children, #WhyIStayed is only a moment in popular culture. What happens when that moment passes?
September 19, 2014
Washington, DC – In a press conference today, Commissioner Roger Goodell reiterated the need for the NFL to “get it right” and work to shift how society responds to domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. In response to media inquiries about the National Football League’s (NFL’s) plans to do this, Commissioner Goodell announced that NFL funds will be donated to the National Domestic Violence Hotline to aid in responding to the increased call volume.
September 18, 2014
Last week, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), the Women's Bureau, and the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) convened a webinar to address intimate partner violence at work. The webinar, Domestic Violence: Supporting Survivors in the Workplace, provided information and resources for both employers and workforce development professionals so that they could better support survivors of domestic violence as they search for and obtain employment and in their general performance on-the-job.
September 11, 2014
By: Victor Rivas Rivers
Behind closed doors. Even elevator doors. That’s where domestic violence usually occurs. We are disturbed by its aftermath—the bruising, black eyes, broken bones—but not enough to take real action as a team, a league, or even a nation.
September 10, 2014
Today, NNEDV is working in partnership with all 56 state and territory coalitions to conduct an unduplicated count of adults and children who seek services from U.S. domestic violence shelter programs during a single 24-hour survey period. Conducted annually by NNEDV since 2006, this Census takes into account the dangerous nature of domestic violence by using a survey designed to protect the confidentiality and safety of victims.
September 9, 2014
Today, September 9, 2014, marks the 20th anniversary of the first passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).