April 11, 2013
Yesterday, President Obama released his fiscal year 2014 budget proposal, which includes desperately needed investments in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) shelter funding. The President's budget would release $800 million from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) fund dedicated to direct services for victims of crime, including survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The budget proposal would also restore funding for the recently renewed Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Resources for domestic violence shelters, funded by the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), would be restored and increased by $6 million in this budget. "At a time when fiscal decisions are tough, we are reassured by the continued support of President Obama and Vice President Biden for lifesaving programs that address violence against women," said Kim Gandy, NNEDV's President and CEO.
April 9, 2013
Today, NNEDV joins in the national observance of Equal Pay Day, a day that, since 1996, serves to recognize the wage gap between working women and men, and offer remedies to address pay inequity. According to statistics released in 2012 by the United States Census Bureau, women are paid, on average, 77 cents for every dollar their male counterparts are paid -- a gap of 23 cents. The date of observance is selected to represent how far into 2013 women must work to earn what men earned in 2012. "Too often victims must choose between staying in an abusive relationship and facing poverty or even homelessness for themselves and their children," said Kim Gandy, President and CEO of NNEDV. "Policies that address wage discrimination and other workplace inequalities are essential in helping survivors of domestic violence move from short-term safety to long-term security, and to an economically sustainable independent life."
April 8, 2013
Domestic violence victims often describe feeling like prisoners in their own homes. For immigrant victims, this sense of imprisonment is even more pronounced, because their abusers have additional weapons to use against them – their dependent immigration status or lack of legal status. They threaten victims with deportation and with having their children taken away, a powerful deterrent. The isolation of immigrant victims of domestic violence is compounded by language and cultural barriers, as well as the fear of potential consequences from seeking help. Through comprehensive immigration reform legislation (CIR), Congress has the opportunity to unleash the true potential of the VAWA protections and address the persistent barriers to justice and freedom that victims face.
March 13, 2013
NNEDV has joined with major domestic violence and sexual assault prevention organizations across the U.S., corporate leaders, branding experts, celebrities, athletes and advocates nationwide to launch the first unifying symbol (like the pink breast cancer ribbon and the red AIDS ribbon) for ending domestic violence and sexual assault, called NO MORE. "NNEDV works every day to create a social, political and economic environment in which violence against women no longer exists," said Cindy Southworth, NNEDV's Vice President of Development and Innovation and a member of the NO MORE Steering Committee. "We are excited to unite behind NO MORE to strengthen advocacy for this important issue at every level and change the way society responds to domestic violence and sexual assault."
March 10, 2013
Today, NNEDV recognizes National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Sexual violence is a common tactic abusers use to control their partners. In fact, research has found that women who are beaten or dominated by their partners are at increased risk of HIV infection. Through a partnership with the MAC AIDS Fund, NNEDV is working to end both of these epidemics.