Women Under the Gun

 

As the 20th anniversary of The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) approaches this September, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing entitled “VAWA Next Steps: Protecting Women from Gun Violence." Also this week, Everytown for Gun Safety released a compelling 30-second TV spot.

Jacquelyn Campbell, a FUTURES board member, and renowned expert on domestic violence homicides, testified that according to her research, “gun access/ownership increased the risk of homicide over and above prior domestic violence by 5.4 times. In fact, gun access was the strongest risk factor for an abused woman to be killed by her partner or ex-partner.”

To mark the occasion of the Senate hearing, former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Katie Ray Jones, president and acting CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, wrote an Opinion piece for CNN: “The numbers should shock you: Women in America are 11 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than women in other democratic countries with developed economies. In domestic abuse situations, if the abuser has access to a gun, it increases the chance that a woman will die by 500 percent.

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Increased Vigilance on Campus Sexual Assaults

Increased Vigilance on Campus Sexual Assaults

If one in five women were robbed at gunpoint in college, their parents, lawyers, doctors and insurance companies would storm the campus. Yet studies show that nearly one in five women in college nationwide will be victims of attempted or actual sexual assault in the course of their undergraduate careers. Fortunately, the Obama administration is requesting that colleges make public a tally of reports of dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.

A federal law known as the Jeanne Clery Act mandates that colleges and universities must report information on crime on and around campuses, and provide victims with select rights and resources. When President Barack Obama signed a bill reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act last March, the bill included the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act. That law amends the Clery Act and gives additional rights to victims of sexual violence on campus. A final version of the regulations is expected on November 1. Learn more about the new rules.

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Top Leaders Convene at our Childhood Trauma Summit

Top Leaders Convene at our Childhood Trauma Summit

“Child trauma is the number one public health problem facing our country today.”

That’s how Dr. Robert Ross, a pediatrician, and president of The California Endowment, started our day-long Summit in Los Angeles last week called SOMEBODY STOOD UP FOR ME: Changing the Future for Children Experiencing Bullying, Trauma, and Violence. Produced by our talented team here at FUTURES, the program gathered many of the country’s most creative thinkers and doers who are addressing the impact of childhood trauma and toxic stress on our next generation.

With two out of three children in the U.S. exposed to, or experiencing violence, childhood trauma remains a hidden epidemic—which is exactly why we invited 100 national leaders to spend a day sharing successful strategies and solutions that can meet the resulting mental and physical challenges faced by millions of kids today. We asked them to step out of their individual fields—including justice, health, education, and community action—and consider innovative ways to collaborate.

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