July 25, 2014
NNEDV joins friends and colleagues across the nations in honoring and celebrating the life of Tillie Black Bear. Over the span of three decades, Tillie's foresight and determination gave birth to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center and the White Buffalo Calf Woman Society in South Dakota. Like her commitment to end violence against all women, the scope of Tillie's advocacy was broad. Whether building strong organizations, working to ensure that US laws addressed the needs of Tribal women and governments, or guiding the United Nations' analysis of domestic and sexual assault of Tribal women, Tillie taught us all to employ every option to advance women's safety.
As we honor Tillie Black Bear, we reflect upon the recognition that others have rightly bestowed upon her—including being named a Point of Light Awardee by President Bush in 1989 and receiving the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights from President Clinton in 2000. Those who had the privilege of knowing Tillie personally recall her boundless courage, expansive heart, incredible grace and inordinate wisdom. Those of us who simply had the opportunity to meet her, recall the amazing kindness of her spirit. All of us, throughout the generations, will know of the depth of her commitment and the firmness of her incredible legacy.
July 22, 2014
NNEDV is excited to join with The Allstate Foundation to host 168 participants from across the country, including advocates, allies and Allstate agents, in Washington DC this week for the annual Financial Empowerment Symposium and to celebrate 10 years of this unique partnership providing trainings and grants that support economic justice and empowerment programs for survivors of abuse.
Economic abuse is not often widely discussed, but it is one of the most powerful tactics abusers use to trap victims in the relationship. It is so powerful that many victims of abuse describe it as the one of the most significant reasons that they stayed in or returned to an abusive relationship. Financial abuse can involve a range of behaviors, including controlling the victim's access to money, destroying their credit, hiding assets, interfering with their employment, and more.
The Financial Empowerment Symposium is an opportunity for NNEDV and the Allstate Foundation to bring advocates together to learn about emerging economic justice issues so that they can return to their communities and better assist survivors of domestic violence move from short-term safety to long-term security, and to an economically sustainable independent life.
"These advocates are transforming the way the world looks at intimate partner violence," said Kim Gandy, President & CEO of NNEDV, "We are honored to work with them to lead the way in better serving survivors through economic opportunity and stability."
Since the partnership between NNEDV and The Allstate Foundation began 10 years ago, well over 7,000 domestic violence victim advocates have been trained to teach survivors financial skills using the Moving Ahead Through Financial Management Curriculum, and nearly 400,000 survivors have used this vital resource.
"We are grateful to The Allstate Foundation for taking on this issue and making extraordinary strides in ending violence against women by investing in the lives of survivors," said Gandy.
July 17, 2014
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) believes in the power of a voice. Now through August 7th, if you use your voice to share a Message of Hope tagged with #VoicesHavePower, Verizon Wireless HopeLine will donate $3 to end domestic & dating violence.
July 3, 2014
Independence Day is a day of celebration - a day to fire up the grill, lounge by the pool, eat watermelon, and watch the firework display. It is also a time to remember and honor our nation’s belief that every individual has a right to be free. To feel safe and protected.
July 2, 2014
NNEDV is proud to join with over 300 national, state, and local organizations committed to ending domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking to urge the US House of Representatives to move forward with passage of an immigration reform bill. Congress has an opportunity, through immigration reform, to fix a broken system that leaves millions of undocumented women and children extremely vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, both at home and in the workplace, and isolated from seeking help. It has been a year since the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill (S. 744), which includes a pathway to legal status and work authorization for millions of individuals, an increase in the U visa cap for victims of crime, better oversight of foreign labor recruiters, and many other significant improvements in protections for immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. We are deeply concerned that without House leadership and support, this term of Congress will come to an end without much needed immigration reform.
The commitment to improve prevention and intervention efforts on behalf of all survivors was affirmed and enhanced by Congress with the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in 2013. When VAWA was first enacted in 1994, Congress recognized that immigration status can often be used as a tool of abuse. Abusive partners and opportunistic predators often exploit a victim's lack of immigration status, or dependent immigration status, as a way to maintain power and control, increase fear, and keep victims silent. For this reason,
every version of VAWA has included and enhanced limited special remedies targeted to helping immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and trafficking.
While the VAWA immigration remedies are important, they reach a limited number of individuals and are only available after the abuse has occurred, only if the survivor is able to access services and support to pursue these remedies, and only if the survivor meets the narrow criteria. Immigration reform that provides a pathway to legal status and work authorization will significantly enhance prevention and intervention efforts, by providing an opportunity for millions of immigrants to pursue a pathway to safety, stability, and economic self-sufficiency for themselves and their children.
Additionally, efforts to repair the immigration system should not drive victims further into the shadows. Numerous law enforcement leaders and associations, including the Major Cities Chiefs Association, have spoken out against any congressional action that would require state and local law enforcement agencies to engage in federal immigration enforcement. Both law enforcement and victim-advocates have repeatedly raised serious concerns about any such engagement, including among other things, that it would result in fear and distrust of local police, undermine community policing, drive victims further into the shadows, and divert scarce and critical resources away from their core mission.
As our nation seeks to improve efforts to prevent and end domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, it is important to make sure that our policies do not have the unintended consequence of increasing danger for victims and decreasing their access to justice. It is imperative for Congress to work in a bipartisan manner to pass immigration reform that can help strengthen our nation's commitment to improve prevention efforts and help all survivors.
See the full list of organizations that signed on to the letter via Casa de Esperanza: The National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities.
July 2, 2014
Today, Target announced a new policy requesting that customers not carry firearms into any Target stores.