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Violence Against Women Act

Continuing the Fight for Women's Rights With Paycheck Fairness

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings

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.

A Year After VAWA, Still More Work to Be Done

Mark Kirschenbaum | Posted 03.25.2014 | 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.

A Purim Call to Support the International Violence Against Women Act

Rabbi Toba Spitzer | Posted 03.12.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Toba Spitzer

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.

Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform to Help Immigrant Victims of Violence

Rep. Gwen Moore | Posted 03.06.2014 | 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.

The State of the Union Is the State of America's Women

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

Inequality threatens the state of our union. Tackling it requires a multi-issue agenda that takes into account the factors that work against equality for women and others disproportionately affected.

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...

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...

Putting Problem Solving Before Politics: A Lesson for the GOP

Rep. Louise Slaughter | Posted 12.31.2013 | Politics
Rep. Louise Slaughter

Even when it comes to non-partisan issues such as preventing domestic violence and helping Americans whose lives have been devastated by a natural disaster, House Republicans have repeatedly voted 'NO.'

"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...

The Republican Empathy Gap

Sean McElwee | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics
Sean McElwee

We live in a skybox nation, where the rich and the poor very rarely meet and therefore understand little about each other. For Fox News anchors, a minimum wage job is a fun thing you do over the summer to get out of the house; for most people, it's their livelihood.

Women's Rights and Inequality in America

Jabril Faraj | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Jabril Faraj

There's the woman whose co-worker had to make a sign designating her as "Engineer" because, in meetings, people would assume she was a secretary. Another woman pipes up to say: "Even if I introduce myself as 'doctor,' male (particularly older male) parents of patients still refer to me as the nurse."

The Republican War on Women: A Red Herring

Jabril Faraj | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics
Jabril Faraj

We will be better off as a country the more equal we are and the more opportunity we provide for the best and brightest to rise to the top, regardless of the economic station people are born into. Unfortunately, we've gotten away from this conviction over the last few decades.

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.

Keeping Up the Fight Against Child Sex Trafficking

Valerie Jarrett | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Valerie Jarrett

As the girls described the atrocities they had suffered -- in many cases, for years -- my blood boiled. How on earth could this happen time and time again, right here in our community? How could the internet be used so blatantly as a tool to sell our children into slavery?

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...

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.

Sexual Assault Rates May Be Declining, But Much Work Is Left to Be Done to Help Victims

Janine Zweig | Posted 05.15.2013 | Crime
Janine Zweig

Looking at the big picture, when only 1 in 3 victims of rape and sexual assault report their assault to law enforcement, we have a long way to go. And when less than 1 in 4 victims get the help, advocacy, and services they need and deserve to restore wholeness in their lives, there's more work to be done.

Violence Against Women Act: A Divorce Lawyer's Perspective

Nancy Van Tine | Posted 05.15.2013 | Crime
Nancy Van Tine

Domestic Violence breeds more domestic violence. It is quite clearly defined that daughters of violence grow up to be victimized, and sons of violence grow up to be batterers in higher percentages than children who have not been exposed.

NO MORE: Putting An End To Domestic Violence Once And For All

Ariel Zwang | Posted 05.15.2013 | Impact
Ariel Zwang

The perception that these are private affairs -- most incidents of domestic and sexual violence take place in the home or between intimate partners -- and therefore "none of our business" is perhaps the biggest deterrent to progress. These are attitudes that need to -- and can -- change.

VAWA Not a Victory for Alaskan Native Women

Shannyn Moore | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Shannyn Moore

Native American and Alaska Native women are 2.5 times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than other American women. American women are better protected from coast to coast -- but all the way up north? Left out in the cold.

Anti-Violence Measure Includes Key Provisions For Scarred Communities

Al Jazeera English | Kavitha Chekuru | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics

This article originally appeared on Al Jazeera English. It seems like an idyllic memory at first - hiding under a table as a small child, watching ...

Jennifer Bendery

John Cornyn Applauds Violence Against Women Act Becoming Law, Even Though He Voted Against It

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) was among those celebrating President Barack Obama signing the Violence Against Women Act into law on Thursda...

Domestic Violence, Housing, and a Human Rights Win for U.S. Women

Maria Foscarinis | Posted 05.08.2013 | Impact
Maria Foscarinis

March 8 is International Women's Day, and it's especially timely for us in the U.S. this year. The recent enactment of legislation reauthorizing and strengthening the Violence Against Women Act is a landmark event for women, and especially low-income women, in the U.S.

Key Bishops Oppose Violence Against Women Act

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 03.07.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Five key Catholic bishops are opposing the newly authorized Violence Against Women Act for fear it will subvert traditional views of marriage an...