Recognizing healthcare impacts on domestic violence survivors

3 Things at Stake for Domestic Violence Survivors if Obamacare is Repealed

January 10th, 2017 by Lisa James, FUTURES' Director of Health
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Let’s face facts. The incoming administration has said that repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), will be its “first order of business” once President-elect Donald Trump is sworn into office on Jan. 20.

Repealing the law, or even key provisions of it, would seriously affect the millions Americans insured under it. And of those millions who are survivors of domestic violence, the impact could be harrowing.

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Beyond Ailes: What Locker Room Talk Tells Us About Sexual Harassment in the TV Industry

December 8th, 2016 by Aaron Polkey

I would be rightfully fired if I encouraged, permitted, or participated in the crass sexual harassment of a co-worker or any woman at the workplace in the same manner as Billy Bush’s recently revealed mistreatment of Nancy O’Dell and Arianne Zucker in 2005. And if I knew of any co-worker speaking of women in that manner or permitting talk approving of sexual assault, I would report them and would expect their swift termination. Nearly every workplace has a sexual harassment policy; but as we saw with the recent revelations at Fox News, sometimes written policies are not enough to combat a workplace culture that fosters the sexual objectification and harassment of women.


For nearly 16 years, Zucker has portrayed a character on Days of Our Lives. Zucker was at her workplace when Bush permitted and joined in on crude sexual harassment of both Zucker and O’Dell, his former …

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Thankful for the Heroines Who Are Gone but Not Forgotten

December 8th, 2016 by Wendy Gutierrez, FUTURES’ Policy and Communications Specialist

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women was started in 1999 to commemorate the Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic who were assassinated in 1960 for opposing dictator Rafael Trujillo. It was a tragic but fitting beginning to an important day that marks the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, and aims to raise public awareness and mobilize people everywhere to bring about change.

It’s estimated that around the world at least one woman in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Women activists continue to be targeted and killed for simply daring to speak up against injustice and for what they believe in. This must stop.

Yesterday, most of us in the U.S celebrated Thanksgiving– a holiday that inspires families coming together, eating a meal, and giving thanks for all that we …

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FUTURES Has a New Resource That May Work For You!

December 6th, 2016 by Amanda Garren, Digital Communications

When I first met Ari, we were freshman in college- bright eyed and ready for a big adventure. We were excited about our first tastes of adult life- whatever we thought that meant.

Ari was excited to move away from her hometown to the San Francisco bay area, where she thought she could finally connect with a community, and maybe even meet a cute girl. She was so inspired to do this that she created a Pride club on our campus.

But by the end of our freshman year we had both changed tremendously, and much of the light inside Ari had been extinguished. So much of that change can be attributed to the cute girl she did end up meeting, Kate*.

Kate was not in a good place in her life. She was suffering from an untreated mental health concern and a drinking problem. Unfortunately, Ari was the type …

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Celebrate VAWA’s 22 Years of Empowering Women with Esta Soler’s Inspiring TED Talk

December 6th, 2016 by

This week marks the 22nd anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, landmark legislation that has drastically changed how society views domestic, sexual, and family violence. Previous to this shift in culture, most legislators thought of the issue of domestic violence as a private family matter. In fact, in 1984, one congressman referred to similar legislation as the “Take the Fun out of Marriage Act”. It took years of unrelenting effort, but the Violence Against Women Act finally became law in 1994.

In her popular TEDTalk,” How We Turned the Tide of Domestic Violence,.” FUTURES Founder and President Esta Soler speaks to the role that she and fellow activists played in pushing the Violence Against Women Act from an idea to game-changing legislation.

Esta’s talk has been seen all over the world – and has attracted almost ONE MILLION viewers!  Watch her talk below and you can help us …

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