This week, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), along with their partners Avenir Health, Johns Hopkins University, and Victoria University, published a report predicting a 20 percent rise in the rate of domestic and gender-based violence around the world due to the COVID-19 lockdowns. According to the report, “For every 3 months the lockdown continues, […]
Four Women Are Killed Everyday in Brazil
Since the beginning of 2019, on average, four women per day have been killed in Brazil and 126 women have been killed so far this year, causing increased pressure on the government to crack down on femicide cases. There have been an additional 64 attempted murders recorded. The high rate of women being killed is […]
Oregon Legislature Passes Strict Gun Law
Just one week after the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Oregon lawmakers passed a new gun control bill that bans domestic abusers from purchasing or owning firearms.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month: LGBTQ Access to Shelters
A new report released this week by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs found that nearly half of LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence have been turned away from a shelter, usually because of their gender identity.
Major League Baseball Begins Mandatory Domestic Violence Prevention Training
Advocates and legislators agree that although these actions are promising, much more will be necessary for sustainable change in the culture of violence that seems to enshrine professional sports institutions.
Violence Against Women Came to the Forefront at Last Nights’ Grammy Awards
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards set a new precedent last night with a speech from a domestic violence survivor and activist and the airing of a PSA from President Obama about violence against women.
Supreme Court to Decide if Online Threats are Protected Speech
In November of 2010, a Pennsylvania court granted the wife of Anthony Elonis a protective order after he wrote a violent Facebook stating, in graphic terms, that he would kill her.
The NFL Has Officially Reinstated Ray Rice
In September, Rice was given a two-game ban, then an indefinite ban, by the NFL when a video was released of him punching his fiancee unconscious in an elevator then dragging her out.
Marissa Alexander Has Accepted a Plea Deal
As of Monday, Alexander must serve another 65 days in Duval County Jail. After that time, Alexander must spend another two years on house arrest.
Prosecutors Claim South Carolina’s Stand Your Ground Law Doesn’t Apply to Domestic Violence Survivors
According to South Carolina prosecutors, the state’s Stand Your Ground law is an unfit defense for domestic violence victims who live with their attackers.
INFOGRAPHIC: The Facts on Domestic Violence
It’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month. do you know the numbers behind the issue?
Russell Wilson Wants Us All to #PassThePeace to Survivors of Domestic Violence
“The idea behind Pass the Peace is simple. It’s a promise. I’m sharing my love for you. I want to take care of you. I am here for you.”
A Dangerous Intersection: Guns Make Domestic Violence Even Deadlier
It is not possible to discuss domestic violence and violence against women without talking about reforming our gun control laws here in the United States.
The NFL Missed an Opportunity for Diversity in Forming Its Violence Against Women Advisory Board
These appointments create a deep pool of expertise for the NFL to draw from as the League attempts to recover from its mishandling of the Ray Rice investigation – but included no African-American women.
If The NFL Isn’t Afraid of Losing Women, They Should Be
I’m really glad the NFL screwed this up, because the impact of this moment really could change that intangible, unwieldy beast called “culture” for the better.
Domestic Violence Victims May Now Qualify For Asylum in the US
The Justice Department’s Board of Immigration Appeals ruled for the first time on Tuesday that a victim of domestic violence fit a specific criterion for asylum: persecution for membership in a particular social group.
Domestic Violence Program Survey Demonstrates Need For More Resources
“Every day in this country, victims of domestic violence are bravely reaching out for help, and it’s essential that they have somewhere safe to go.”