“We cannot silence victims by using courts and lawsuits as a way to retraumatize them, because this is what’s happening” ~ Christian F. Nunes
Outside of enshrining laws that provide survivors with the ultimate protections, we must increase funding and institute community-based resources to support and implement the laws we put into place. We must work to close the systemic gaps that influence domestic violence and IVP.
NOW Recognizes October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month Congress Must Renew VAWA and Acknowledge Intimate Partner Violence as a Public Health Issue WASHINGTON, D.C. — This October, as NOW recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we must also spotlight the crisis of intimate partner violence (IPV). This has become a serious public health issue, especially during the pandemic, where rates of domestic violence during lockdown increased by 8.1%, according Read more …
Society has long failed survivors of sexual violence, especially Black women and girls who experience sexual violence at disproportionate rates.
The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA or H.R. 1620) is urgently needed legislation that protects abuse survivors and allocates funding for survivor support services. Reauthorization of VAWA is now three years overdue – owing to Republican senators who would rather see VAWA expire. We’ve had it with their neglect of battered, raped, and murdered women.