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!

2015 National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence

2015 National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence

FUTURES is issuing a call for submissions for the 7th Biennial National Conference on Domestic Violence (Conference)! To submit an abstract click here. The deadline for submissions is June 27, 2014.

The Conference will be held March 19-21, 2015 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. The Conference aims to advance the health care system's response to domestic violence. The Conference attracts the nation's leading medical, public health and family violence experts from across the U.S. with increased international participation.

Workshops, scientific posters, and plenary sessions highlight the latest research and most innovative clinical responses to domestic violence, with a focus on the work being done by physicians, physician assistants, nurses, mental and behavioral health providers, social workers, domestic violence experts, researchers and others.

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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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