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How to Improve the Health of Survivors of Domestic Violence

October 29th, 2018 by
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Our preliminary findings from a recent project are clear: partnerships between health care providers and domestic violence advocates can lead to better access to health care for survivors.

In recent years, health and domestic violence (DV) advocacy programs have increasingly partnered together to improve the health and safety of survivors, yet there is little data on the impact that these partnerships have on survivor health access and health outcomes.…

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Unable to Leave: Economic Sabotage and Exploitation in Abusive Relationships

October 25th, 2018 by Sarah Gonzalez Bocinski, Program Manager, Economic Justice and Workforce Initiatives
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Inevitably, when I share with an acquaintance that I work to end domestic violence, I am met with the response, “Well, why doesn’t she just leave?”

In my experience, the answer to this question is: “Because she can’t afford to.”…

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Bracelets That Link Us

October 22nd, 2018 by Leila Milani, FUTURES' Senior International Policy Advocate
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Last month, Futures Without Violence put out a call for people to make bracelets in celebration of the International Day of the Girl (Oct. 11), to be sent to our office in Washington, DC as a way to connect the local to the global, create a space where groups of young people would speak about the obstacles and challenges girls face daily, and to nurture civic engagement.…

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A Call for Empathy

September 25th, 2018 by Aaron Polkey, FUTURES' Staff Attorney, Outreach and Engagement
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As the #MeToo movement coincides with allegations of sexual violence against a Supreme Court nominee, I am charging men with a key first step: just listen.…

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Addressing Gender-Based Violence Through the Lens of Intersectionality

August 7th, 2018 by Raisa Shah, Legal Programs Intern
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When I first looked at the Futures Without Violence website, I was fascinated by all the different areas in which this organization was involved. Often, the broad concept of gender-based violence (GBV) is reduced to just a few things that make media headlines, while many other aspects of this issue are overlooked. My internship at FUTURES in Washington, DC this summer has not only taught me to combat this oversimplification of what constitutes GBV, but further delve into the many insidious ways in which it can take form. As someone who identifies as a Bengali, Asian American, Muslim, first generation, low income, immigrant, woman of color; intersectionality has always naturally been a key component of my vision of the world. Through this internship experience, I learned the importance of looking at GBV through an intersectional lens that recognizes the diversity within this massive category of violence.

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