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HERvotes Blog Carnival – Violence Against Women

Posted by YWM on January 31, 2012

For the eighth #HERvotes blog carnival, our coalition of women’s groups is joining forces for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, rates for sexual violence, stalking, and domestic violence occurred at alarming rates.  One in four women have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner and nearly one in five women have been raped in their lifetime. This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider legislation that to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the largest policy effort aimed at responding to and preventing these crimes. First passed in 1994, VAWA supports comprehensive, cost-saving responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and must be reauthorized to ensure a continued federal government response.  Since its passage in 1994, more victims report domestic violence to the police and the rate of non-fatal intimate partner violence against women has decreased by 53 percent.  Through the HERvotes Blog Carnival we hope to remind voters of the importance of protecting women from violence and highlight VAWA’s lifesaving programs and services.  Reauthorizing VAWA  will ensure that its important programs will continue for five more years.  We urge the Senate to remember and protect women.

Join us by sharing the posts below on Facebook, Twitter (using the hashtag #HERvotes), and other social media

The Trenches, Remembered – Joan Grey, Business and Professional Women’s Foundation

Tell Your Senator to Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act Now- Elizabeth Owens, AAUW

Why VAWA is a Queer Issue- Terra Slavin, L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center and Sharon Stapel, New York City Anti-Violence Project

Universities Should Support VAWA- Melissa Siegel,  National Youth Advisory Board

Students Against Dating/Domestic Abuse– Sara Skavroneck,  National Youth Advisory Board

Loveisrespect.org- National Youth Advisory Board Against Dating ViolenceKevin Mauro,  National Youth Advisory Board

Teenage Dating Violence and VAWA– Nikki Desario,  National Youth Advisory Board

Violence Against Women Act up for Reauthorization– National Association of Social Workers

Wake up, People! Domestic Violence is an Epidemic!– Donna Pantry, Elf Lady’s Chronicles

Recession and Women: How Economic Insecurity Enables Abuse– Donna Addkison’s, Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW)

More Bipartisan Support Needed for Violence Against Women Act– Terry O’Neill,  NOW

Combating Domestic Violence – Mallon Urso, NWCP

Speak Up and Support the Violence Against Women Act, Jewish Women International

Taking the Violence Against Women Act a Higher Ground – Emily Alfano, National Council of Jewish Women

It’s a Good Time To Be a Black Woman? Well,  Not So Good When It Comes To Violence – Black Woman’s Health Imperative

Teen Dating Violence -Christine Bork, YMCA Metropolitan Chicago

 


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