What is it that leads some men to conclude that women are chattel, obligated to obey them? It's an important question. If we can answer it, with some reasonable degree of science, we just might find a path toward the eventual elimination of this insidious yet pervasive form of violence.
To prevent fatal violence against women, we need to ensure communities have the resources to help women who are the potential victims of domestic violence. Moreover, we should do everything we can at both the state and federal levels to ensure abusers do not have access to guns.
For many viewers, this is the first time that they have witnessed domestic violence. For too many others, this video is a painful reminder of what millions of women face each day. In the United States, one in every three women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
As a domestic violence and sexual assault prosecutor in the 1990s, I served in the immediate aftermath of the Violence Against Women Act, and California's Nicole Brown laws allowing previous uncharged acts of family violence or sexual assault as evidence in court, so I saw the VAWA effect up close.
The rich owners of the NFL teams and the NFL itself can do more than make statements. Firing Ray Rice is fine but the violent incident against his wife is only the tip of the iceberg of what is happening to women across the spectrum, without regard to race or economic status.
The American public's cynicism about Washington can diminish when bipartisanship prevails and bills become law. The most recent example of this was the signing into law of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act by President Obama yesterday, July 22.
It is crucial for everyone to exercise their constitutional right to cast a ballot... even in midterm elections like the one coming up in November. After all the ballots are counted, someone is going to win whether you take part or not.
It is long past time that we end wage discrimination in our country once and for all, and it is in all of our best interests that women's issues be kept at the forefront of the struggle for equality here at home and across the globe.
Congress needs to hear from us, to know that as American citizens we support our government's efforts to halt violence against women. It is imperative that we write, email, tweet, call or visit our members of Congress and urge them to sign on.