Did you know that 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the original Violence Against Women Act? Throughout the year, we look forward to commemorating the groundbreaking legislation as well as the outstanding champions who helped make it happen in 1994.

In December, Esta Soler had the privilege of delivering a TEDTalk about the tactics and technologies that helped fuel our social movement and the passage of the Violence Against Women Act twenty years ago. She says it was daunting to condense a lifetime into 11 minutes, but that’s the fun of a TEDTalk!  Have a look.

We’d also like to hear from you about your own memories and experiences in the movement to end violence against women and children. Who inspired you? What are some of your most memorable moments?

Help us celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act by contributing your own photos, videos, and recollections that illustrate the impact we have had. We'll be compiling them to share on our website and social media!

Futures Partners With Blue Shield to Bridge Health and Domestic Violence

Futures Partners With Blue Shield to Bridge Health and Domestic Violence

Today, Blue Shield of California Foundation (BSCF) announced a new funding initiative to integrate healthcare and domestic violence systems in California. Futures Without Violence is proud to be teamed with BSCF to create a new learning network and develop greater collaboration between safety net providers and DV service organizations.

Fifteen different domestic violence organizations and health care facilities throughout the state will partner on this initiative at a time when, according to a recent statewide survey, Californians strongly support a greater role for doctors and nurses in addressing domestic violence. The effort launches with fortuitous timing, given new guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and federal policy changes under the Affordable Care Act, which now covers domestic violence screenings as part of women’s preventive health visits

“Given new opportunities created by the Affordable Care Act, there is more incentive than ever to expand the way in which we address and prevent domestic violence," said Peter Long, Ph.D., president and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation.

To support initial cross-sector partnerships, the Foundation is working with Futures Without Violence through a grant to facilitate a peer-learning learning network, provide technical assistance to grantees, and evaluate the impact of integrated service-delivery models.

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Winners of the 2014 Avon Communications Awards Announced

Winners of the 2014 Avon Communications Awards Announced

We’re thrilled to announce the grantees of the 2014 Avon Communications Awards! The awards recognize organizations worldwide whose strategic communications tools are changing our communities, institutions, policies, and behaviors to prevent and eliminate violence against women and children. View the full list of grantees and finalists here!

This year’s grantees and finalists all submitted material to the Communications X-Change, a searchable database of material—from posters to iPhone apps—geared toward ending gender-based violence throughout the world.

The X-Change’s growing library underlines the unshakable belief that through targeted communications we can change behaviors, attitudes and laws and, together, end violence against women and children. This year together we've grown the X-Change to more than 870 materials, from 303 organizations, representing 79 countries.

The Communications X-Change is developed and managed by Futures, and funded by the Avon Foundation for Women. Watch the 2014 Avon Communications Award video announcement by the multi-talented singer, songwriter, actress—Avon Foundation Global Ambassador Fergie.

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