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Every Minute We Discuss Ray Rice, 24 Americans Are Victims of Domestic Violence -- What Are We Doing for Them?

Christine Pelosi | Posted 09.14.2014 | Women
Christine Pelosi

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.

Why Congress Matters: Lessons from Ray Rice and the VAWA Anniversary

Kelly Ward | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Kelly Ward

More and more, women know that this midterm election matters in their lives, whether it's responding forcefully to unconscionable domestic violence or finally eliminating the inequality of paying women less than men.

Why Joe Biden Is Exactly Right About the Ray Rice Case

Anne Stevenson | Posted 09.11.2014 | Crime
Anne Stevenson

Maybe what victims really need is support and understanding from the media and the public, and some accountability and transparency from the legal system.

Samantha Lachman

GOP Rep Says He Voted To Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act, Leaves Out Key Detail

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) isn't the only congressional Republican up for re-election who is touting his support for t...

VAWA Reauthorization

Lisa Chau | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Lisa Chau

Why does the U.S. government not respect native american tribal sovereignty yet argue the sovereignty of nation-states, such as Ukraine in the current geopolitical situation, must not be violated?

A Year After VAWA, Still More Work to Be Done

Mark Kirschenbaum | Posted 05.25.2014 | College
Mark Kirschenbaum

On the night of her 20th birthday more than seven years ago, my niece Carol Kestenbaum, along with her best friend Nicole Schiffman, were shot and killed outside Carol's apartment.

Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform to Help Immigrant Victims of Violence

Rep. Gwen Moore | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Rep. Gwen Moore

Comprehensive immigration reform would lift millions of immigrants out of the shadows, reducing women's vulnerability to abuse and exploitation and eliminating one of the major barriers to seeking assistance. Further, many women would no longer have to make the heart-wrenching decision to stay in an abusive situation out of fear of being torn apart from their families.

On a Random Day in the U.S. There Are More Than 66,000 Requests for Help Escaping Domestic Violence

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 05.06.2014 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

The dynamics of domestic violence are complex and changing them requires not just one thing to change, but many things simultaneously.

GOP Rep: Dems Trying To 'Pivot' To Violence Against Women To Avoid Obamacare

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics

Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) is miffed that congressional Democrats are trying to change the subject from the Affordable Care Act to other policy issues...

Shining a Super Bowl Spotlight on Human Trafficking

Christine Pelosi | Posted 03.29.2014 | Sports
Christine Pelosi

Though human trafficking is endemic 365 days a year, it is especially rampant on Super Bowl Sunday. This week is the time for us to urge everyone -- in the shadows of the Super Bowl or the streets of your hometown -- to do your part in helping stop the scourge of human trafficking.

Jennifer Bendery

Joe Biden Donates $50,000 To Pennsylvania Anti-Domestic Violence Groups

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.23.2014 | Good News

WASHINGTON -- A Pennsylvania nonprofit awarded Vice President Joe Biden $50,000 last month to honor his contributions to the state. This week, he gave...

Reasons to Be Grateful in 2013: The Women in Politics Edition

Barbara Lee | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Barbara Lee

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the things for which we're grateful. I try to remember this gratitude all year long, but this week is an especially important time to express it. Here, a handful of the many political women and events most deserving of a hearty "thank you."

Biden: Shelter Brings 'Hope' To Abused Women

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics

Vice President Joe Biden helped celebrate the groundbreaking of a domestic violence shelter in Chicago on Monday -- the city's first new shelter for a...

Protections for LGBT Survivors of Violence

Sharon Stapel | Posted 12.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Sharon Stapel

This October, the Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women will implement the reauthorized Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which is our nation's main response to domestic and sexual violence. This law explicitly addresses LGBT survivors of violence.

"His Bruises Are Like Kisses" & Other Domestic Violence Myths

Christine Pelosi | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

Every single minute 24 people in America are victims of domestic violence. Almost every other second, somewhere in America, one of our neighbors is abused by the person they love.

Biden Blames 'Neanderthal Crowd' For Slowing VAWA Renewal

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics

Vice President Joe Biden touted the success of the reauthorized Violence Against Women Act -- and slammed those who slowed the renewal process -- at a...

Giving Girls a Chance at a Real Future With Real Choices

Jennifer Redner | Posted 07.20.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Redner

As a key player in shaping global development priorities -- priorities that include education, health care, food security, economic empowerment and ending violence against women and girls -- the United States has an important role in ending early and forced marriage worldwide.

What U Need to Know About U-Visas

Amy Spies | Posted 07.15.2013 | Impact
Amy Spies

We need to hold the Senate to its courageous promise. More U-visas for the criminally abused will mean more liberty, equality, and freedom from injustice for all.

Feminists Must Advance Immigrants' Rights as Women's Rights

Christine Pelosi | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

Americans of all backgrounds have a chance to work together in solidarity, and women must take the lead, not follow the naysayers or incrementalists.

Joe Biden Invokes Questionable Use Of 'Rape' At Fundraiser

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden says many women who are raped or physically abused don't report it because they don't want, in his words, "to g...

Time to Talk About Misogynist Bullying

Nina Burleigh | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Nina Burleigh

It's very popular right now to talk about bullying. But it is way past time to start talking about misogynist bullying as a separate category of abuse aimed at young girls, and as something that requires a separate cure.

The Illuminator: Helen Benedict and the Journalistic Investigation That Inspired The Invisible War

R. Clifton Spargo | Posted 06.03.2013 | Fifty
R. Clifton Spargo

We're never going to get rid of all sexual assault in the military any more than we can get rid of it in civilian life. As long as it's out here, it's going to be in there. But the military is a controlled environment and your behavior is watched and dictated.

GOP Congressman Apologizes For Testy Exchange

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics

Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) apologized Thursday for a testy exchange with Native American victim assistance leaders. The discussion took place Tuesday ...

Rural Alaska: Rape capital of the US

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 05.26.2013 | Crime
Alaska Dispatch News

Steubenville is a small Ohio town with a high-profile sex crime that's spawned a scandal and nationwide discussion. Two boys -- local football stars -...

Steubenville Reminder: Rape Is Rape

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.18.2013 | Media
Christine Pelosi

Remember 2012 when America was awash in "legitimate rape" stories? Seems some of the networks forgot that rape is rape and that all survivors deserve justice. So to our friends in the media right and left, here is a refresher course: Rape is rape.