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November 24, 2009

unitetoendvawposterWashington, D.C. – The National Network to End Domestic Violence today recognized Wednesday, November 25th as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, a day designated by the United Nations and known worldwide.  November 25th also marks the launch of the 19th international “16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence,” a campaign that runs from the 25th through International Human Rights Day. 

“Women around the world are the very linchpin keeping families, communities, and nations together,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. “In every country, women and girls continue to be plagued by violence, causing tremendous suffering. Such violence undermines development, generates instability, and makes peace that much harder to achieve.” 

“I urge members of the public to take action to end violence against women today and every day,” said Sue Else, president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence.  “Domestic and sexual violence affects us all – women, men and children – and we all must be part of the solution.” 

According to the National Institute of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 2.3 million Americans are raped or physically assault by a current or former intimate partner each year.  One in four women will experience intimate partner abuse at some point in their lives.  The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that, on average, more than three women are murdered every day by their current or former husbands or boyfriends.   

The National Network to End Domestic Violence found that domestic violence programs served nearly 61,000 survivors in one day alone.  In the same 24-hour period, nearly 9,000 requests for help went unmet largely due to lack of funding.   

“Domestic violence runs rampant in America and throughout the world,” said Else. “Let us renew our efforts to serve survivors of abuse and hold perpetrators accountable.  Everyone can do something to help during this critical time,” Else said.   

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November 19, 2009

The National Network to End Domestic Violence today applauded Congresswoman Gwen Moore, joined by Representatives Judy Biggert, Aaron Schock and Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, for introducing a bill to reauthorize the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA).FVPSA is the only federal program dedicated to supporting local domestic violence shelters and programs across the country.



September 3, 2009

Sue Else, President of NNEDV, today issued the following statement in response to Chris Brown’s first media interview since the brutal attack on Rihanna.  Brown appeared last night on CNN’s Larry King Live.   “Chris Brown missed an opportunity to fully educate young people about dating violence.  Though he rightfully took responsibility for and spoke out against his criminal actions, he neglected to discuss his choice to beat up someone he claims to love.  Rather, Brown cowered in forgetfulness about the night he violently assaulted Rihanna. Brown recognized that there isn’t enough education about what healthy relationships look like.  Last night, he could have done something about that and didn't. Teen dating violence is skyrocketing, and we urge Brown to be part of the solution after being part of the problem.”


August 26, 2009

Sue Else, President of NNEDV, today issued the following statement mourning the loss of Sen. Ted Kennedy and extending sympathy to his family.  “Senator Ted Kennedy was truly an ally in the movement to end domestic violence.  For decades, he was a passionate champion for civil rights and equality.  He was instrumental in the passage of landmark legislation that criminalized gender-based violence and funded services for victims of domestic abuse. His leadership and vision have helped countless victims across the country.  Senator Kennedy’s death is a loss to all Americans and especially to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse.  The National Network to End Domestic Violence joins the nation in mourning and extends its sincerest condolences to Senator Kennedy’s family.”


June 26, 2009

L to R: Sue Else, Donna Edwards, Lynn RosenthalThe National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) today applauded President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for naming Lynn Rosenthal as White House Advisor on Violence Against Women.  A champion in the movement against domestic and sexual violence for three decades, Rosenthal led NNEDV from 2000 to 2006.