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Money: A Critical Component of Domestic Abuse

November 30th, 2017 by Lucy Snow, Contributor, Futures Without Violence
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I’m new to America. Eight weeks ago, I left my job at a domestic violence charity in London and moved to San Francisco with my husband.

I feel very fortunate to have landed in such an amazing city. But one adjustment has taken some getting used to: for the first time in our lives together, I am solely reliant on my husband’s income and position. I have a visa because he does. I have health coverage because he does. I can buy a bus ticket and a coffee because his wages go into our joint account.

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Another Step Back for the U.S. in Standing Up for Women Worldwide

November 28th, 2017 by Leila Milani, FUTURES' Senior International Policy Advocate
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In Washington D.C. on November 22, 2017, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a press release declaring November 25th the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

He maintained that this observance, along with the 16 Days of Activism to follow, reaffirms the U.S.’s commitment to defending the rights of women and girls to live free from violence.

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5 Things Domestic Violence Advocates Can Do to Support Survivor Access to Health Care

November 15th, 2017 by Kate Vander Tuig, FUTURES Senior Program Specialist, Health
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Open enrollment for health coverage is happening now!

Despite all of the confusion of the past few months, the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land and, through Dec. 15, individuals are able to enroll in health coverage through healthcare.gov and cuidadodesalud.gov/es/.

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The Top 10 Things Employers Can Do Right Now to Address Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

November 2nd, 2017 by Linda A. Seabrook, FUTURES’ General Counsel
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1) Exhibit leadership on this issue. The first step in addressing sexual harassment in the workplace is changing the workplace culture to one that promotes respect, equity, and civility, and to make this change from the top.

    Any sexual jokes, innuendo, sexually inappropriate comments, or touching should not be tolerated and everyone in the workplace should hold each other accountable. The workplace culture should reflect civility and respect and promote support instead of encouraging silence.
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From #MeToo to #HowIWillChange, Men Can Prevent Abuse

October 26th, 2017 by Aaron Polkey, FUTURES' Staff Attorney, Outreach and Engagement
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If someone asked me #HowIWillChange when I first joined FUTURES and the movement to end gender-based violence, I would have responded “I don’t need to change. I’m a black and gay civil rights attorney. I know something about oppression and violence.”

It didn’t take long for me to realize how little I knew about the dynamics of sexual violence, and how abusive and harassing conduct is primarily motivated by a need to gain power and control.

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