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Senators Gather to Testify about Gender-Based Violence

After re-introducing the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) with bipartisan support last month, the Senate held a Standing-Room-Only hearing on global gender-based violence yesterday to draw attention to the biggest human rights challenge of our time. [more...]

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.

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Share Your Work With Health Professionals Across the Nation

Share Your Work With Health Professionals Across the Nation

Apply to present your work at the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence (Conference)! The seventh biennial Conference will explore the role that violence prevention and intervention can play in decreasing health issues among children and adults. Submit your abstract by Friday, June 27th! [more...]

Top Leaders Convene at our Childhood Trauma Summit

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

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Announcing the Winners of the Break The Silence Awards!

During the recent Speak Up To Take Rape Culture Down Summit at Harvard University, Futures Without Violence announced the Betsy McCandless Break The Silence Awards, which supports college campaigns and activities that encourage survivors, allies, and bystanders to take action or speak out against gender-based violence on campus [more...]

Let's Pass I-VAWA!

FUTURES applauds the U.S. Senate's bi-partisan re-introduction of the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) lead by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). IVAWA represents a huge step forward in the U.S government's commitment to ending this global scourge so that every woman and girl can live a life free from violence and fulfill her basic human rights.

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Recommendations Released on Campus Sexual Assault

This week marks an important step in our nation’s progress toward addressing violence against women on college campuses. FUTURES staff Casey Corcoran and Maya Raghu were at the White House when Vice President Biden released a report from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault that addresses the dramatic changes that must take place if students are to be safe during their college years.

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2015 National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence

2015 National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence

Online abstract submission is now open! The 7th Biennial National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence will be held March 19-21, 2015 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. [more...]

Campus Leadership Program

Campus Leadership Program

Futures Without Violence has launched the new Campus Leadership Program to spur creative, student-led action to change university policy, enhance curriculum, raise awareness and shift campus culture around dating violence, domestic violence and sexual assault. [more...]

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.

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Winners of the 2014 Avon Communications Awards Announced

We’re thrilled to announce the grantees of the 2014 Avon Communications Awards! The awards recognize organizations worldwide whose strategic communications tools are changing our communities, institutions, policies, and behaviors to prevent and eliminate violence against women and children. View the  full list of grantees and finalists here!

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IRS Issues New Policy to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence

Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued important guidance to address a serious problem that has prevented domestic abuse victims from accessing health insurance through the federal insurance marketplaces.

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Don't miss Esta Soler's TEDTalk!

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.

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President Launches Task Force to Prevent Sexual Assault on Campus

Launching an initiative to combat sexual assault on college campuses, President Obama today signed a presidential memorandum creating a task force to protect students from sexual assault. He also delivered a report compiled by the White House Council on Women and Girls that confirms nearly 22 million American women and 1.6 million men have been raped in their lifetimes.

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Government Allots $150 Milliion to Prevent Global Gender-Based Violence

It’s been a good week here at Futures and we hope the momentum continues throughout 2014!

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Women, Peace, and Security Act Introduced in the Senate

The Women, Peace, and Security Act was introduced this week in the Senate by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL). We applaud Congress’s bipartisan support of legislation, which would:

Promote the active participation of women in all aspects of conflict prevention and resolution,

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Betsy McCandless Break The Silence Awards

Betsy McCandless Break The Silence Awards

Futures Without Violence would like to announce the Betsy McCandless Break The Silence Awards, which will support college campaigns and activities that encourage survivors, allies and bystanders to take action or speak out against gender-based violence on campus.

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International Violence Against Women Act Re-introduced in House!

Representative Jan Schakowsky (IL) has re-introduced the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) in the House, with bipartisan support from Reps. Nita Lowey (D-NY), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Richard Hanna (R-NY), and Chris Gibson (R-NY).

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Day 16: Avon Foundation for Women

Avon Foundation for Women is dedicated to programs, services, and education that helps prevent violence against women. To date, they have donated almost $60 million to support programs and efforts across the world to address the widespread issue of gender-based violence.

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Day 15: Mpanzi

Mpanzi is a nonprofit organization in Kenya dedicated to promoting development and peace in rural communities. The term Mpanzi is derived from the Kiswahili language and is used to mean planting seeds of hopes and nurturing empowerment. Their strategies for change include community mobilization and organizing, storytelling, public outreach, advocacy, and partnership development.

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Day 14: Gender Danger

Today we salute a campaign that is designed to eliminate a shocking and relatively hidden practice in Cameroon: breast ironing. It is the focus of a very passionate Cameroon activist and journalist named Chi Yvonne Leina. As the founder and coordinator of Gender Danger, a grassroots women`s organization, she is fighting to end a traditional practice that is still happening to over three million girls in West Africa.

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Day 13: Strong Women, Strong Voices

Combining education with entertainment for the sake of attitude, behavior and social change has been the goal of PCI Media Impact for 25 years.

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Day 11: Stop The Violence

An innovative collaboration between the Ukrainian government, UNICEF, and the International Women’s Rights Center ‘La Srada’ produced the Red Card campaign to end violence against women. Leveraging the commonly known soccer symbol, the campaign launched during the 2012 Euro Football Cup – reaching thousands of soccer fans across the country.

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Day 10: Maman Shujaa

For the past 16 years, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been called the most dangerous place in the world for women. But there is a vital movement for women's empowerment underway and today we salute the work of Maman Shujaa.

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Day 9: Champion Project

A global women’s health organization, EngenderHealth works in 20 countries throughout Africa, Asia and the Americas to train health professionals and partner with communities and governments to support the availability of high-quality family planning health services.

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Day 8: Take Back The Tech

Bytes for All is a human rights organization based in Pakistan that works to help activists use information and communication technologies to build their capacity, raise awareness and advocate for policies that strengthen human rights movements throughout the country.

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Day 7: Sonke Gender Justice Network

Sonke Gender Justice Network is a nonprofit organization that works facilitate happy and healthy relationships that contribute to the development of just and democratic societies.

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Day 6: MADRE

MADRE is an international women’s human rights organization that works in partnership with community-based women's organizations worldwide to address issues of health and reproductive rights, economic development, education, and other human rights.

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Day 5: FAIR Girls

FAIR Girls is a US-based nonprofit that prevents the exploitation of girls worldwide through prevention education, compassionate care, and survivor advocacy. The organization seeks to create opportunities for girls to become confident, happy, and healthy young women.

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Day 4: Haldimand & Norfolk Women’s Services

Haldimand & Norfolk Women’s Services works with women and children who have experienced and witnessed abuse. The Canadian organization educates the public about domestic violence and advocates for social, cultural, and political change for women’s equality and human rights.

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Day 3: Equal Access

Equal Access is an international social change organization that combines the power of media with community mobilization. From interview and game shows to provocative radio dramas and issue related magazine shows, Equal Access programming creates tools to empower people and their communities.

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Day 2: Puntos de Encuentro

Puntos de Encuentro is an organization in Nicaragua that works with women to promote gender equity, respect for diversity, and healthy relations based on mutual respect.

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Day 1: Not Your Baby App

Not Your Baby is a free app for iPhones and Android devices, designed to give you ideas about how you can respond to situations of sexual harassment at home, work, school and on the street and public transit. A project of the Toronto-based Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children, it was designed in partnership with TAKE ACTION games.

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Speak Up to Take Rape Culture Down Summit

Speak Up to Take Rape Culture Down Summit

On Saturday, November 2, FUTURES, with generous support from Avon Foundation for Women, hosted Speak Up to Take Rape Culture Down, a one-day Summit at Harvard University. The event brought together student leaders, administrators, and anti-violence advocates in the Boston area to share strategies in order to raise visibility and demand action to prevent rape and sexual assault on college campuses.

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New Online Resource to Prevent Teen Dating Violence

We’re pleased to announce the launch of a new online toolkit, a practical and interactive resource for anyone engaged in teen dating violence prevention. The site shares the lessons we learned while working on Wallstreet, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with Blue Shield of California Foundation.

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Macy's Raises $1 Million for FUTURES

Macy’s Thanks for Sharing campaign has reached its goal of raising $15 million for a select group of national nonprofit organizations. Thanks to Macy’s shoppers across the country, FUTURES will receive a $1 million donation as a result of this year’s campaign!

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2013 Open Square Summit

Last week, we held our first Open Square Summit in Washington, D.C! The theme of the Summit, Communications for Change, explored how communications strategies and new technologies can help prevent and end gender-based violence globally. For a full recap of the event, check out the press release.

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15th Annual Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day

Today is Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day (HCADV Day)—a national public awareness day organized by FUTURES to promote routine health screening of patients for abuse. For the past 15 years, our partners across the nation have helped support the day and its mission.

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Help Support the RESPECT! Challenge

The RESPECT! Challenge is made possible with generous support from Macy's. Their Thanks For Sharing initiative has raised over $100 million for programs like the RESPECT! Challenge since 2002.

Enroll in the program now for $25 to earn 10 percent rewards on most of your Macy's card purchases. Macy's will donate $10 from each enrollment to organizations like Futures, up to $15 million.  For more information visit www.macys.com/thanks.

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Futures and Mudderella Partner Up

Futures and Mudderella Partner Up

We’re proud to announce that we’ve been selected to be the official national charity partner for Mudderella, a new obstacle course challenge that motivates women to own their strength, work together as a team to overcome challenges and have fun at the same time.

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Enter the 2013 RESPECT! Challenge

Who would you like to thank for teaching you Respect?

Tell us by entering the 2013 RESPECT! Challange for a chance to win $10,000 for the school or nonprofit organization of their choice, a $500 gift certificate, and a VIP trip to New York City for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. [more...]

House Reintroduces Women, Peace and Security Act

Representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), Mike Honda (CA-17), and Niki Tsongas (MA-03) reintroduced H.R. 2874 the Women, Peace, and Security Act

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Hearing on Sexual Assault in the Military

Earlier this week, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) spoke at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing about sexual assault in the military, urging leaders to take sexual assault cases out of the military’s chain of command.

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Futures Launches #WhereIAmMe Social Media Campaign

As part of our That’s Not Cool initiative, we just launched a social media campaign that asks teens across the country to tell us about the places where they can be themselves! The teenage years can be a tumultuous and isolating time for many, and it’s important to foster safe and healthy communities where teens can thrive.

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Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Recently, Carie Charlesworth was fired from her teaching job in San Diego simply because she is a victim of domestic violence. Earlier this year Ms. Charlesworth’s abusive ex-husband appeared in the school parking lot to confront Ms. Charlesworth.

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The Legalities of Sexting

The Legalities of Sexting

This month in Decatur, Illinois, 5 teenagers who shared nude photos of themselves via cell phone were arrested and now face felony child pornography charges. They range in age from 13 to 16. Though this story may seem shocking, the truth is teen sexting is happening in every state and county in America.

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Military Justice Now!

Military Justice Now!

In light of the recent chain of events that illustrates the epidemic of sexual assault in the U.S. military, we’re standing up on behalf of a bipartisan Senate-House bill that can create transformational reform in decision-making, and sexual assault prosecution. We hope you’ll join us. [more...]

Together We Are Not Invisible

This week's news that Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski,the head of the Air Force’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program, was arrested for…sexual assault…leaves us speechless. [more...]

Coaching Boys into Men a Proven Strategy to Prevent Violence

With all the disturbing news surrounding the prevalence of rape culture in the United States, we are pleased to see some good news about a proven strategy to help young people build healthy, respectful, and non-violent relationships. A study published online yesterday in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that our program Coaching Boys into Men (CBIM) is proven effective to reduce abusive behaviors among male athletes who have participated in the program.

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Macy's Thank-a-Mom Challenge a Success!

You helped us raise thousands of dollars sending thousands of Mother’s Day e-cards, and for that we say THANK YOU! We set a goal of sending 50,000 Mother’s Day e-cards to the special women in our lives, and because of your contributions, we not only reached, but exceeded it! We thanked our moms, sisters, aunts and grandmothers – and all for a great cause!

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Macy's Thank-a-Mom Challenge Begins!

In the United States, nearly one in four women will experience some form of domestic or sexual violence in her lifetime.

Starting Today, Macy’s will hold their third annual Thank-a-Mom Facebook challenge to celebrate everyday heroes and support nonprofit organizations like FUTURES.

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Mayor Recognizes Coaching Boys into Men Program

Earlier this month, Mayor Mike Brown of Grand Forks, North Dakota recognized Futures’ program Coaching Boys into Men (CBIM) in an Op-Ed in the Grand Forks Herald.

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Futures Holds Briefing on Capitol Hill

In light of national events that have turned public attention to the epidemic of violence in the U.S, now is the time talk about the health consequences of exposure to violence and abuse.

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Curbing Violence on Campus

To mark the start of Sexual Assault Awareness month, The Daily Tar Heel, the student newspaper at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, devoted its entire front page to addressing the epidemic of rape and sexual assault on university campuses. The editorial called for the school’s rules to stop treating rape like a minor infraction and instead reflect the reality of what it is: a violent crime.

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Now More Than Ever

Last week, two Steubenville high school football players accused of raping a 16-year-old girl in a semi-conscious state were found guilty by an Ohio Judge. But this isn’t the end of the story. In fact, now that a verdict has been reached , it’s more important than ever to speak out against sexual violence. [more...]

Teen Dating Violence Event at the White House

Several of our Start Strong Leaders and That’s Not Cool Ambassadors were lucky enough to attend a recent teen dating violence awareness event hosted at the White House! In addition to our program ambassadors, other invitees included school association representatives, organizations and non-profits, and family members of teens who were killed as a result of dating violence.

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Engaging Men Program Grantees Come Together in D.C.

Futures Without Violence is continuing our partnership with the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) as the lead technical assistance provider for the Engaging Men Grant Program – an exciting federal program focusing on engaging men to prevent violence against women and girls. [more...]

Avon Communications Award Winners Announced

Announcing the Winners of the Avon Communications Awards Here at Futures, we love recognizing the groundbreaking work that others do to combat gender-based violence. And when we get to recognize five organizations at the same time, we are overjoyed!

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Congress Passes Violence Against Women Act

We are pleased to announce that the House of Representatives has passed the reauthorization of a comprehensive Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)! This is tremendous news, and a very happy day here at Futures.

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MAKERS Premieres on PBS

Last night, we celebrated the world premiere of MAKERS, a documentary that showcases trailblazing women who are changing the world we live in. From women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem to Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, the groundbreaking PBS film highlights compelling stories from today and tomorrow.

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National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence

National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence

The National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence is the nation’s clearinghouse for information on the health care response to domestic violence and provides free technical assistance and materials to thousands of people each year. The Center is one of five specialized domestic violence resource centers in the country funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. [more...]

UPDATED: Compendium of State and U.S. Territory Statutes and Policies on Domestic Violence and Health Care

UPDATED: Compendium of State and U.S. Territory Statutes and Policies on Domestic Violence and Health Care

This third edition of the Compendium updates laws and regulations; offers new public health content; provides summaries for U.S. territories; and includes a new chapter: Tribal Codes on Domestic Violence and Promising Programs in Indian Country. [more...]

Health E-Bulletin

Health E-Bulletin

The Health E-Bulletin, a semi-annual online publication, replaced Futures Without Violence’s Family Violence Prevention and Health Practice E-journal. This new format reflects a paradigm shift in our vision for an e-publication that highlights innovative and emerging practices in addition to well-documented and rigorously evaluated interventions. [more...]

IPV Screening and Counseling Toolkit

IPV Screening and Counseling Toolkit

The IPV Screening and Counseling Toolkit was developed to provide practitioners, health plan administrators, domestic violence advocates and others with the best resources to meet the new domestic and interpersonal violence provision and support patients facing abuse. [more...]

Violence Against Women Act Reintroduced

Today in Washington, a bipartisan group of Senators announced the re-introduction of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization. Led by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the senators spoke of how violence against women had touched them and their states personally.

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Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day

Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and October 9, 2013 marks the 15th anniversary of Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day (HCADV Day). We invite you to participate and become involved in whatever way you and your organization can. [more...]

The High Price of Teen Sexting

When racy photos of celebrities or politicians turn up online, it becomes national news. But sexting – the transmission of sexually-explicit images and text via mobile phone – is not just a quirk of public figures with outsized egos. It is alarmingly common among the lay population – especially teens.

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Pushing VAWA Forward in 2013

While we are deeply disappointed that the 112th Congress was unable to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), we’ll continue our efforts to ensure the passage of this essential legislation in 2013. VAWA serves as the guiding infrastructure and national commitment to addressing violence against women in the United States and we must see it continue and adapt to the needs of victims. With your support, we can keep the momentum going and pass a new VAWA soon.

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Healthcare-Based Domestic Violence Programs

Healthcare-Based Domestic Violence Programs

Healthcare providers are an essential link in the coordinated effort to break the cycle of violence and build a healthy community. Identifying and responding to domestic violence (DV) in health care settings can make a tremendous difference for patients’ physical health, mental health, safety, and quality of life. [more...]

Avon Comm Awards: Call for Entries

The Communications X-Change, sponsored by Avon Foundation for Women, is an innovative digital library that enables people across the globe to share communications materials and campaigns to end violence against women and children.

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President Signs Act to Prevent Sexual Violence in Military

Last week, President Obama signed the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law, which included amendments to significantly reform the Department of Defense’s sexual assault and sexual harassment policies. NDAA is a robust bill that specifies the budget and expenditures of the Department of Defense, and contains sections that deal with military issues ranging from retiree benefits to programs protecting military personnel from sexual violence.

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On the Passing of Michael Cronan

Futures mourns the passing of Michael Cronan. Michael was a friend, a colleague, and a committed Founding Father who contributed his artistic talents to further our mission of ending violence against women and children. He helped guide us over a ten year span, not only offering strategic direction, but in using his artistic and branding talents on our behalf.

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How the Deal on Fiscal Cliff Impacts Programs Addressing Violence Against Women and Children

On January 2, President Obama signed a measure to maintain the tax cuts for middle-income Americans and allow tax cuts for the wealthiest passed under George Bush to expire.

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Thank You For Standing With Us

2012 was a productive year for FUTURES, and we thank the advocates, partners, survivors, and supporters who share our goal to end violence against women and children around the world. But it was also a year distinguished by gun violence with devastating repercussions, politicians who fueled political campaigns with ignorant remarks about ‘legitimate rape,’ and shocking stories about girls and women who are beaten or killed for wanting to pursue an education. [more...]

Building Collaborative Responses to Trafficked Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Building Collaborative Responses to Trafficked Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Date: March 14, 15 & 16, 2013 Application Deadline: February 4th, 2013 Location: San Francisco, California Presented by: U. S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, in partnership with Futures Without Violence. [more...]

DOJ Announces Report Findings

Of the 76 million children currently residing in the U.S, an estimated 46 million can expect to have their lives touched by violence, crime, abuse, and psychological trauma this year. In response to starting statistics like this one, Attorney General Eric Holder’s Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence compiled an extensive report that addresses this national crisis.

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Day 16: The Center for Women's Global Leadership, United States

Founded in 1989, The Center for Women’s Global Leadership’s(CWGL) mission is to develop and facilitate leadership for women’s human rights and social justice worldwide. Through their work to end violence against women, CWGL aims to strengthen the capacity of the global women’s movement and its leaders by coordinating global campaigns for the elimination of gender-based violence, supporting regional and local campaigns, and contributing new and timely analyses about the intersections between violence against women and militarism.

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Day 15: Rwanda Women Network, Rwanda

Rwanda Women Network(RWN) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that works to empower Rwandan women economically and socially. In its belief that the legal, health, and socio-economic issues facing Rwandan women are intertwined, RWN has adopted a multi-faceted approach to achieve its goal. The organization offers a variety of programs to reduce gender-based violence and maximize opportunities for Rwandan women—from establishing saving and credit cooperatives to encourage entrepreneurship to providing healthcare to those affected by HIV/AIDS and abuse.

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Day 14: MenCare, International

Approximately four out of five men worldwide will be fathers at some point in their lives. Overwhelming global evidence suggests that when men are engaged and responsive fathers, it has a positive effect on women, children, and men themselves.

MenCare is a global fatherhood campaign whose mission is to promote men’s involvement as equitable, responsive, and non-violent fathers and caregivers in order to promote children’s, women’s and men’s well-being, and gender equality.

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Day 13: YMCA Rose Campaign, Canada

Violence against women is a $4 billion problem in Canada. Each year, violence and abuse drive over 100,000 women and children out of their homes and into shelters.

YWCA Canada’s annual Rose Campaign seeks to address this issue and ultimately end violence against women and girls. Inspired by the Rose button created after 14 young women were murdered on December 6, 1989, it also commemorates December 6th as Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

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Day 12: Mary Ellsberg, Global Women’s Institute, United States

Mary Ellsberg is an anti-violence activist and the director of The George Washington University’s Global Women’s Institute, which aims to support and improve the situation of women and girls worldwide through research, teaching, and engaged service. Mary has more than 30 years of experience in international research and program work, and has played a key role in preventing violence against women and children across the globe. She has seen firsthand the crucial role that communications plays in changing behaviors and challenging social norms.

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Introducing the Communications X-Change

In honor of 16 Days of Activism, we’re saluting organizations and activists throughout the world who are finding innovative ways to prevent violence against women and children. This year, we’re focusing on the groundbreaking ways that organizations are harnessing the power of communications to educate the public, challenge stereotypes and beliefs, and ultimately facilitate social norm change.

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Day 11: Women’s Aid, United Kingdom

Women’s Aid is a domestic violence charity that helps up to 250,000 women and children each year through their advocacy efforts, prevention programs, and direct services to support women and children experiencing domestic violence.

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Futures Responds to Jovan Belcher Tragedy

Kansas City Chiefs’ Jovan Belcher may never have heard about Coaching Boys into Men, our signature program that teaches high-school athletes the importance of respect for women and girls and skills to build healthy relationships. But, we wish he had. Working with high school coaches around the country for 10 years, we know they have the power to profoundly influence young athletes. Could it have made a difference for his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins and their 3 month old daughter?

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Day 10: Raising Voices, Uganda

Raising Voices is a non-profit organization working toward the prevention of violence against women and children by catalyzing social change in communities. The organization works to prevent violence by addressing its root causes, such as traditional gender roles and the imbalance of power between women and men. According to Raising Voices Co-Founder and Co-Director Lori Michau, the organization, “envisions relationships, families, and communities where women and children’s voices are heard, their rights are respected, and they can live free of violence.”

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Day 9: Breakthrough, United States/India

Breakthrough is a global human rights organization that seeks to inspire a new generation of human rights leaders. Breakthrough believes that we all have a role to play in making a difference and protecting human rights throughout the world. Violence against women is a global pandemic that touches every part of our lives.

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Day 8: The Line Campaign, Australia

The Line Campaign connects with teenagers across Australia through interactive videos, posters, music, and more to communicate healthy relationship advice. The four-year multimedia campaign is run by the Primary Prevention Safety Task Force of the Australian Government, and addresses healthy relationship behaviors, gender stereotypes, online safety, and conflict resolution.

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Day 7: Say NO – UNiTE, Worldwide

Violence occurs in many forms and settings, impacting up to seven in ten women and girls around the world. The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) works to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls and promotes the empowerment and equity of women across the globe.

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Futures Receives Sheila Wellstone Advocacy Award

We’re proud to announce that Kiersten Stewart, director of our Washington, D.C. office, along with Futures Without Violence, has been awarded the Sheila Wellstone Advocacy Award in recognition of our work to end violence against women and children both in the United States and internationally.

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Day 6: Circle of 6, United States

The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that one in five college women will be the victim of rape or sexual assault. In response to this staggering statistic, a small team of innovative activists created Circle of 6, a free smartphone app that enables users to reach a group of six trusted friends for help with the touch of a button.

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Day 5: SOS Hotline for Women and Children Victims of Violence Niksic, Montenegro

Since its founding by women activists in 1998, SOS Hotline for Women and Children Victims of Violence Niksic (SOSNK) has been providing essential services to survivors of domestic violence and preparing them for a new future without violence through education and training.

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Day 4: The Center for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender, Vietnam

The Center for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender – Family - Women and Adolescents (CSAGA) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to protecting the rights of women and children who are affected by violence and discrimination in Vietnam.

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Day 3: Avon Foundation for Women, United States

One in three women globally will be a victim of domestic abuse and violence in her lifetime. In response to this worldwide problem, the Avon Foundation for Women launched their Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program in 2004 in an effort to prevent domestic and gender-based violence. The program funds direct services, education and prevention initiatives, and awareness campaigns aimed at reducing domestic and gender violence.

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Day 2: Half the Sky, United States

Based on New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s best-selling book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide uses the power of film to tell the stories of women struggling for equal rights around the world. Through a four-hour documentary television series, Half the Sky highlights women and girls in ten countries who are living under extremely difficult circumstances – and fighting to change them.

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Day 1: Coaching Boys into Men, Futures Without Violence, United States

Futures’ most successful messages to engage men in preventing violence against women were those that invited men to take positive action in their communities, rather than indicting them.

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Debbie Lee Selected for NoVo Program

Congratulations to our Senior Vice President Debbie Lee, who has been named by the NoVo Foundation as one of 20 new leaders selected to join its Move to End Violence program. The 10-year, $80 million program was designed to strengthen leaders and organizations, and build a breakthrough movement to end violence against girls and women in the United States.

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RESPECT! Challenge Winners

After much deliberation, we are proud to announce the two grand prize winners of the RESPECT! Challenge:

Dear Office of Management and Budget: Fund Gender-based Violence Programs

Futures Without Violence is proud to report that the past year has shown exciting commitments by the U.S. government to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls internationally

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Gender-based Violence is Key Element of USAID Youth Policy

Futures Without Violence applauds the inclusion of gender-based violence prevention and response in the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) first-ever Policy on Youth in Development

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Promising Futures Launches

Consider this staggering statistic for a moment: over 18 million children have been exposed to family violence in our country. That’s one in four children who experience violence between their parents or caregivers.

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Futures Launches New Website for Domestic Violence Programs

Futures Launches New Website for Domestic Violence Programs

Recently welaunched a new website called Promising Futures: Best Practices for Serving Children, Youth, and Parents Experiencing Domestic Violence, to help advocates and organizations support children and parents facing domestic violence. The website includes a variety of resources—including best practices, evaluation tools, research-informed strategies, and more—to strengthen the mother-child relationship and mitigate the negative effects of domestic abuse on the child. [more...]

Supporting Children Who Live With Violence

Supporting Children Who Live With Violence

Supporting children who live with violence ensures a better tomorrow for all of us. Many children are resilient and can thrive if we put our knowledge into action. Futures Without Violence is undertaking a number of initiatives and programs to better address the needs of children, families, and communities experiencing violence. [more...]

Sexual Assault at Amherst College

Last week, a brave former Amherst student named Angie Epifano recounted the circumstances of a sexual assault that took place her freshman year in an article published in the college’s newspaper The Amherst Student.

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The Waiting Room Debuts Nationally

The Waiting Room, a documentary produced by our very own board member Bill Hirsh, has received rave reviews from critics across the country. The thought-provoking film weaves the stories of several patients, as well as the hospital staff at Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA, as they cope with the complexity of the nation’s public health care system.

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On the Passing of Senator Arlen Specter:

On the Passing of Senator Arlen Specter:

It is with sadness that we mourn Senator Arlen Specter, a champion of the Violence Against Women Act and supporter of programs that helped women and children trying to escape and heal from violence.

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Gender-based Violence - A Critical Human Rights Challenge for the Next President

Futures Without Violence joined twenty one other human rights organizations in urging the next President of the United States to make combating gender-based violence a U.S. policy priority. The group, led by Freedom House, drafted Ten Critical Human Rights Challenges for the Next American President.

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Futures Celebrates International Day of the Girl

Futures Celebrates International Day of the Girl

We applaud the United Nations for recognizing the value of girls and declaring October 11th the first-ever International Day of the Girl. [more...]

SF Supervisors Vote to Reinstate Ross Mirkarimi

SF Supervisors Vote to Reinstate Ross Mirkarimi

In a disturbing end to a nine month ordeal, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 7-4 to reinstate Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. [more...]

Futures Talks to Producer Mikaela Beardsley

Futures Talks to Producer Mikaela Beardsley

We're proud to announce that Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity aried this past week on PBS. The four-hour broadcast event based on New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s best-selling book profiles courageous women throughout the world who are confronting oppression in extraordinary ways.

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President Obama Addresses Human Trafficking

President Obama Addresses Human Trafficking

President Obama delivered a moving speech before the Global Clinton Initiative in New York, vowing to crack down on the widespread practice of human trafficking and calling it, “one of the greatest human rights causes of our time.” While the President’s remarks and initiatives have helped shed light on human trafficking, we have been working to combat this deplorable form of gender-based violence for decades. Futures Without Violence advocated for the passage of both the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and the International Violence Against Women Act—two crucial pieces of legislation that protect victims of human trafficking.

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Announcing the RESPECT! Challenge

We’re proud to announce The RESPECT! Challenge, a national public action campaign and contest that we hope will spark a conversation about the critical role that parents, teachers, coaches, family, and mentors play in shaping young lives and promoting a respectful society. We’ll be honoring the everyday heroes who encouraged us to value those who are different, or urged us to believe in ourselves. In fact, we’re asking the public to answer a very simple question: Who would you like to thank for teaching you Respect?

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Working With Abusive Men & Fathers

Working With Abusive Men & Fathers

Fatherhood can be a strong motivator for some abusive fathers to renounce their violence. Some men choose to change their violent behavior when they realize the damage they are doing to their children. [more...]

Dating Violence Featured on Katie Couric's Show

This week, Dr. Jacqueline Campbell was featured as a guest on the new Katie Couric Show for a powerful episode on dating abuse. Dr. Campbell, our board president and a national leader in research and advocacy in the field of domestic violence, spoke with host Katie Couric about the impact of dating violence on victims and their families.

The program reminded viewers that teen dating abuse is an issue affecting thousands of young Americans each year. In fact, approximately one in three adolescent girls in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner.

To continue the conversation after the cameras stopped rolling, Futures participated in a post-show Google+ Hangout to discuss the issue of teen dating violence in more depth. Futures’ Brian O’Connor facilitated a discussion with Dr. Campbell and Whitney Lass, an advocate at the National Dating Abuse Helpline.

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Futures Celebrates Half the Sky Movement

In 2009, journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn set out to write about what they call the central moral challenge of our time – the oppression of women and girls around the globe. The resulting best-selling book, Half the Sky, highlights efforts of activists and advocates around the world who are working to promote gender equality and justice. [more...]

18th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act

Eighteen years ago, the landmark Violence Against Women Act was signed into law. Today we celebrate and thank all the policy makers who have stood with us to support this critical legislation. [more...]

Updated: International Campaign Accomplishments

On August 10, 2012, the Obama Administration unveiled a United States Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally (Strategy), the first of its kind in U.S. history and a monumental victory for women and girls around the world. The White House also released an Executive Order to accompany the Strategy, putting the force of law behind its implementation. The Strategy was an integral part of Futures Without Violence’s Five-Part Action Plan to End Violence Against Women and Girls Globally. To learn more about our action plan and see how far we have come in our goal to one day end gender-based violence, take a look at our action plan.

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Alaska Governor Sean Parnell Addresses CBIM Champions

"In travelling around Alaska, I've seen firsthand how critical it is for men to be part of the solution to prevent violence against women and children," said Alaska Governor Sean Parnell in a video address that greeted about forty Coaching Boys into Men (CBIM) champions in Anchorage last week. The audience comprised of coaches, advocates, and educators from around the state met as a part of the Governor's "Choose Respect" initiative. [more...]

Reflections from the Field

Several weeks ago, I had an opportunity to attend the memorable 50th anniversary Celebration and Pow Wow on Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation in north central Montana. The Chippewa Cree Tribe, one of two tribes participating in the Department of Justice’s Defending Childhood Initiative, welcomed faculty and funders from the Defending Childhood Initiative. [more...]

White House Order: Global Violence Against Women & Girls is Big News

White House Order: Global Violence Against Women & Girls is Big News

Futures Without Violence President Esta Soler today welcomed The White House Executive Order on Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Women and Girls Globally.

“This is a historic moment. The United States is making a commitment at the highest level of our government to launch a strategic, multi-agency effort to end violence against women and girls globally. The White House today made clear that violence against women and girls is not only an immoral and repugnant scourge, but also an obstacle to fulfilling our nation’s top international priorities for fostering greater security, democracy, and economic development globally. It recognizes that ending violence against women and girls is an achievable goal and requires a concerted, multi-sectoral approach.”

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Rape is Rape: Facts Not Fiction

If this week's misinformation about rape has taught us anything, it's that facts are taking a backseat to conservative hype on the campaign trail. For over 30 years, we’ve been deeply immersed in supporting and developing programs, studies, policies, and legislation intended to prevent and stop rape and sexual violence. [more...]

CBIM Tips Off the New School Year

CBIM Tips Off the New School Year

The end of summer marks a significant time for us. As millions of young people sharpen their pencils and dust off their book bags in preparation for the new school year, football two-a-days (i.e., double practice sessions), cross country milers, soccer drills, and other fall sport practices are already in full swing.

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Start Strong Teens Talk Dating: A Virtual Conference

On Tuesday, July 31st, Start Strong teens from eleven sites across the country will come together to promote healthy relationships during an innovative online event, “Start Strong Teens Talk Dating: A Virtual Conference.” [more...]

Enhancing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases (EJS)

The Enhancing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases (EJS) Workshop is a four-day, hands-on, highly interactive workshop that will provide an essential foundation for new and experienced judges to enhance their skills in handling civil and criminal domestic violence cases. Participation in this workshop is limited to 50 judges. All state and tribal court judges nationwide are eligible to attend. [more...]

Countdown to Coverage

Wednesday, August 1 will mark an important milestone in women’s healthcare across the U.S.! That's the day that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision ensuring that critical women's preventive services will be available with no co-pay will take effect. [more...]

That’s Not Cool Launches Ambassadors Program

That’s Not Cool Launches Ambassadors Program

We’re looking for a few good teens to join us as official That’s Not Cool Ambassadors. This is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on an issue that affects friends, family, and the community at large while having some fun in the process.

That’s Not Cool uses examples of pressure and control that occur in the digital world (online and via cell phone) to encourage young people to draw their own lines about what’s okay, or not okay, in relationships. Members of the That’s Not Cool Ambassadors team will gain valuable experience, national exposure, and meaningfully contribute to this award-winning initiative. Ambassador posts are open to boys and girls, age 13-19. To learn how to apply,

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Coaching Boys into Men Adapted in India

Coaching Boys into Men Adapted in India

Four years ago, Futures Without Violence launched a pilot of a culturally-specific adaptation of its program Coaching Boys into Men (CBIM), for cricket leagues in Mumbai, India. Parivartan, or “change” in Hindi, is fashioned after the CBIM coaches leadership program here in the United States. [more...]

US Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act

Today, we applaud the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which will protect and advance quality health services for all Americans. The shift and investment in prevention by the ACA allows women to access annual preventive health screenings, programs, and counseling for domestic violence. It also affirms a commitment to innovative domestic and sexual violence prevention initiatives in home visitation and teen pregnancy programs that will keep families safe and healthy. [more...]

Futures’ Work Featured in CDC’s Grand Rounds

Debbie Lee, Senior Vice President and Deputy Director of the Start Strong Initiative, presented last week to the Centers for Disease Control’s Public Health Grand Rounds – a monthly podcast highlighting promising practices in public health. [more...]

Insist that Violence Against Women Act Can't Wait

With Congress about to adjourn for the July 4th holiday and gridlock having stalled VAWA, we need your help! Please join Futures without Violence and a coalition of partners in every state to call for the reauthorization of the REAL Violence Against Women Act that protects ALL victims. [more...]

New Video on Dating Violence from the White House

Vice President Joe Biden has released a new public service announcement (PSA) that will air on ESPN, MLB Network and Fox Sports this summer. The PSA features the President, Vice President, and several professional athletes – role models who deliver the message that dating violence is unacceptable and that respectful and healthy relationships are essential. [more...]

‘That’s Not Cool’ Wins Communicator Award

That’s Not Cool, a Futures Without Violence public education campaign, has been recognized with an Award of Excellence by the International Academy of Visual Arts for outstanding educational website. The annual Communicator Awards honors innovative communications initiatives that make a lasting impact in their field.

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Project Connect

Project Connect

Since 2010, Futures Without Violence (“Futures”) and the US Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health (“OWH”) have worked in partnership on Project Connect: A Coordinated Public Health Initiative to Prevent and Respond to Violence Against Women (Project Connect), a national initiative to build collaborations between the public health and domestic violence fields to improve the public health response to domestic and sexual violence. [more...]

2012 Founding Fathers Salute

We are grateful to the men who have stood with us over the last ten years in support of the Founding Fathers initiative. Through either financial investments or dedication to the work, these men have helped bring Futures Without Violence to the forefront of innovative solutions that focus on the active engagement of men and boys as partners and allies in violence prevention. [more...]

Invisible War - In Theaters Today

The Invisible War, a groundbreaking investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military is now in select theaters across the country. Futures Without Violence is proud to partner with the film’s Director Kirby Dick, Producer Amy Ziering, and the many women and men in uniform who are determined to bring an end to the epidemic of sexual assault. [more...]

International VAWA (I-VAWA) Reintroduced

International VAWA (I-VAWA) Reintroduced

The International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA), legislation that would establish a comprehensive, five-year strategy to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls around the world, was introduced today. The bill, H.R. 5905, first championed in 2007 by then-Senator Joe Biden, was re-introduced by Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Howard Berman (D-CA), and Nita Lowey (D-NY) in the U.S. House of Representatives. [more...]

Defending Childhood Initiative Leaders Convene in Washington, DC

Futures Without Violence recently convened more than 75 leaders in Washington, DC who are working to prevent children’s exposure to violence as part of the Department of Justice’s Defending Childhood Initiative. [more...]

Mentors in Violence Prevention Convene in Boston

Mentors in Violence Prevention Convene in Boston

Last week, more than two hundred people – educators, experts, advocates, and others – convened in Boston to attend the first-ever conference dedicated solely to boosting efforts that motivate people to be “positive bystanders” in preventing domestic violence, sexual assault, and bullying. "Bystander Intervention: From its roots to the road ahead,” featured keynote speakers from the social justice, education, government, and sports fields. [more...]

Announcing New Judicial Institute on Adolescent Relationship Abuse

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, in partnership with Futures Without Violence, and with the support of the Office for Victims of Crimes (OVC), will offer a new three-day, highly interactive workshop that will help state court and tribal court judges enhance their skills and ability to respond to cases involving adolescents and relationship abuse. [more...]

Senate Supports Funding to Prevent Gender-Based Violence Globally

In a victory for women and girls around the world, the Senate included for the first time this month designated funding to support comprehensive programs to prevent and respond to gender-based violence on a global scale. At least $150 million is allocated in the Senate appropriations bill that funds the State Department and US Agency for International Development to implement the first ever comprehensive gender-based violence strategy. [more...]

Hanging Out or Hooking Up

Hanging Out or Hooking Up

For one in five U.S. teen girls, the most vivid memories of high school will not be their junior prom or a favorite history teacher. Instead,20% of teen girls will remember the physical abuse inflicted by someone they were dating. New guidelines for health care providers help them to better prevent and address adolescent relationship abuse. [more...]

Futures’ Work to Engage Men Highlighted During Capitol Hill Briefing

If you’ve been following the bipartisan battle over the Violence Against Women Act this week, here’s a completely different approach: On Monday, May 14, Futures Without Violence teamed up with Congressmen Mike Quigley, Dave Reichert and John Lewis to host a panel that emphasized the importance of incorporating men into strategies to prevent violence against women. [more...]

Let's Move Forward!

On April 26, 2012, the US Senate reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act with a 68-31 bipartisan vote. But now the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a revised bill that excludes key improvements that were passed by the Senate. [more...]

Mentors in Violence Prevention Conference

Whether you’re a student, a teacher, a parent, or a friend, everyone has an opportunity to be a role model for respect. In a world where abuse too often goes unreported, where young students are being bullied and harassed at school every day, and young women risk being sexually assaulted on college campuses across the country, it’s critical that we stand up and not stand by in the face of violence. [more...]

Preventing Violence Against Women on College Campuses

Preventing Violence Against Women on College Campuses

With support from the Avon Foundation for Women, Futures Without Violence, launched a groundbreaking campaign to address dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault on college campuses. [more...]

Announcing New Publication on Batterer Intervention Programs

We are excited to announce that Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, is soliciting recommendations for batterer intervention programs to include in a publication about promising approaches for working with men who batter. The publication is currently funded by “The Woods” Charitable Foundation and the Office on Violence Against Women. [more...]

Violence Against Women Act Has Been Reauthorized By Senate!

Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the Senators who have reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act, but also to friends, advocates and supporters who made their opinions and priorities known in Senate and congressional offices all over the country. [more...]

Obama Issues Workplace DV Order

President Obama today took a major step today to protect the lives of women and men who are federal employees when he issued an order directing all federal agencies to develop a policy to prevent and respond to domestic violence experienced by employees that affects the workplace. [more...]

First Ever Y Factor Summit: Men Leading by Example

Our first-ever national summit, called the Y Factor: Men Leading By Example, launched on Thursday, April 12, and was a day filled with all-American heroes, unconventional advocates, committed public figures and journalists who helped us probe topics ranging from social media to the rise of sexual assault on college campuses. [more...]

Celebrate Mom and Help Us Raise Critical Funds!

Starting TODAY through May 13, every time you send a Mother’s Day e-card from the Macy’s Facebook page and select Futures Without Violence, Macy’s will donate $3.00 to our critical violence prevention programs - up to $100,000. [more...]

SOS INSTITUTE: Supporting Organizational Sustainability to Address Violence Against Women Institute

Futures Without Violence's Supporting Organizational Sustainability to Address Violence Against Women Institute (SOS Institute) offers an interactive training and technical assistance to assist US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) grantees to enhance their organizational infrastructure.

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President Obama Addresses White House Forum on Women and the Economy

Our thanks to President Obama, who included the importance of domestic violence screenings in his April 6 remarks at the White House Forum on Women and the Economy. Here's an excerpt:

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Willie Mays, Joe Torre and Sergio Martinez join our National Summit

On April 12, 2012, The Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention and Futures Without Violence will host an all-day national summit in San Francisco called The Y Factor: Men Leading By Example. The summit will draw men from all across the country who are leading gender-based violence prevention and education programs in their communities, along with leaders and activists who work in business, sports, entertainment, new media, and international affairs. [more...]

Know More Say More

Know More Say More

The reproductive health consequences of sexual coercion and violence are the focus of an initiative launched by Futures Without Violence, Formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund Fund – kNOwMORE.

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SF Sheriff Removed and Charged with Misconduct

San Francisco’s Mayor Ed Lee showed good judgment in filing official misconduct charges, temporarily suspending Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi from office, and starting the process to permanently remove him from the post. Once again, Mirkarimi has declined an opportunity to complete the process of accountability by stepping down gracefully. It is now up to the ethics committee to hold a hearing and refer the matter to the Board of Supervisors. The supervisors will then determine what standards of conduct the city and county expects of its public officials. [more...]

Countdown to the Conference

Futures Without Violence is gearing up to host the biennial National Conference on Health & Domestic Violence in San Francisco March 29 – 31. This year’s Conference will kick-off with notable advocate and teen dating violence survivor Johanna Orozco presenting a keynote address on the importance of educating young people to prevent intimate partner violence (IPV). [more...]

Battle to Pass Violence Against Women Act in U.S. Senate

The US Senate is expected to vote on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act mid-April but Republican leaders are urging Republican senators to oppose the bill’s reauthorization. So every vote is critical. [more...]

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Yesterday, Futures Without Violence celebrated International Women’s Day by attending the 2012 International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony. First Lady Michelle Obama joined Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer to present the honor to ten inspirational women from around the world. Special guests included Ms. Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Ms. Tawakkol Karman of Libya, two of the three women 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates who advocated for women’s equality and empowerment. [more...]

Gender-based Violence Key Outcome of USAID Gender Policy

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released a new policy on gender equality and female empowerment this week. Futures Without Violence is thrilled to report that the reduction of gender-based violence is one of three key outcomes outlined in the policy, along with reduction in gender disparity and enhancement of women’s capacity. [more...]

Teaming up with Avon Foundation for The Communications X-Change

Futures Without Violence will work with the Avon Foundation for Women to create The Communications X-Change, the first interactive global hub for international communications materials that will promote efforts to end domestic and gender-based violence around the world, it was announced this week by Avon Chairman and CEO Andrea Jung. [more...]

The Week in Washington

Futures Without Violence has been busy in Washington, DC, with three major events and accomplishments in the last week. [more...]

Celebrating Our First Global Impact Awards

Many thanks to all the friends and colleagues who joined us for a reception on February 23 in Washington DC to honor Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer. [more...]

Anna Deavere Smith to Perform at National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence - Register Today!

Award winning actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith will perform part of her one-woman show on healthcare, Let Me Down Easy, during the biennial National Conference on Health & Domestic Violence to be held in San Francisco March 29 – 31, 2012. [more...]

New Policy to Combat Trafficking in Persons

The Obama Administration today announced the release of a new comprehensive policy to combat trafficking in persons, the buying and selling of women, children and men for forced labor or prostitution. Exact numbers are difficult to know, but more than a million women and girls are currently in sex slavery throughout the world, often kidnapped or sold by desperately poor families, when they are only 10 or 11. [more...]

Standing Up for Yeardley Love

Standing Up for Yeardley Love

The trial of George Huguely for the alleged murder of his ex-girlfriend Yeardley Love began this week, bringing the nation’s attention once again to the tragic consequences of intimate partner violence (IPV). Love, a University of Virginia lacrosse player, was murdered in May 2010 shortly after breaking up with her boyfriend, George Huguely. While this case may seem like an anomaly, abuse can occur among the well-educated and well-off, and the devastating truth is that forms of dating or intimate partner violence are actually quite common amongst college students. [more...]

Pressure to Share Passwords...Cool or Not Cool?

How would you feel about getting pressured to share your online passwords with someone you’re dating? This question is posed in the latest video to be released by the That’s Not Cool campaign as part of their speaking avatar application. Launched in July 2011, the speaking avatar tool encourages teens to have their say when it comes to pressure and control in their relationships. After watching an animated prompt video addressing digital dating abuse on the homepage, users create a personalized character and voice to respond to the question posed in the video. Each unique video entry can be posted and shared on www.thatsnotcool.com. [more...]

President Obama's New Budget

President Obama has unveiled his new budget for 2013 and demonstrated his commitment to ending violence against women by proposing $599 million for programs and solutions related to the issue. If Congress were to follow this budget proposal, they would authorize $6.5 million more than last year’s funding. [more...]

February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention & Awareness Month

Marcus McTear and Ortralla Mosely were once among the most popular kids at Reagan High School in Austin, Texas. He was a football star and she was a beautiful cheerleader with straight ‘A’s. From the outside, It looked like an ideal teenage romance, but inside the relationship, Marcus was an emotional wreck who demanded complete control over his 15-year-old girlfriend. After several violent outbursts with her, he pulled an 8 inch kitchen knife out of his backpack in the school hallway and stabbed her to death.

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Violence Against Women Act Needs More Senate Sponsors

Violence Against Women Act Needs More Senate Sponsors

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), first enacted in 1994, gives law enforcement, prosecutors and judges the resources they need to hold offenders accountable and keep communities safe while supporting victims. VAWA programs now also address the need to prevent violence and abuse, and engage more stakeholders in the work to prevent and respond, such as health care providers and employers. Now that it’s time for reauthorization, we need your help to ensure the continuation of these vital, lifesaving programs and laws. [more...]

Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Update

The Senate Judiciary Committee today passed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. This is the first major step in renewing this landmark piece of legislation known by many as VAWA. The bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration and will be taken up in the House of Representatives later this year.

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Esta Soler Testifies Before Attorney General Eric Holder’'s Task Force

Yesterday Futures Without Violence Founder and President Esta Soler testified before Attorney General Eric Holder’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence. The public hearing stemmed from Attorney General Holder’s Defending Childhood initiative, which was launched in 2011 to harness resources from across the Department of Justice to prevent, mitigate the negative impact of, and develop knowledge about children's exposure to violence. [more...]

Military Rape Victims Speak Up in New Documentary: The Invisible War

Military Rape Victims Speak Up in New Documentary: The Invisible War

Among the most talked about documentaries at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival is The Invisible War, a disturbing film that examines the epidemic of rape within the US military. Today, a female soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. Directed by Kirby Dick and executive produced by a line-up of activists including Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Geralyn Dreyfous, Abigail Disney, Nicole Boxer Keegan and Maria Cuomo Cole, the film features hard-hitting interviews with rape survivors, high-ranking military officials, and members of Congress. [more...]

Twitter Town Hall a Success

In case you missed it, check out the highlights from yesterday's #CoachesCount Twitter Town Hall on what makes a great coach. With former Boston Celtics great M.L. Carr weighing in, the conversation ranged from positive coaching techniques to the impact of the Sandusky case on coaching. We hope this will be the first of many important conversations facilitated by @WithoutViolence on Twitter. If you haven't already, find us on Twitter and Facebook today. [more...]

Sheriff Mirkarimi Pleads 'Not Guilty' in Court

Sheriff Mirkarimi Pleads 'Not Guilty' in Court

San Francisco's newly elected sheriff Ross Mirkarimi pleaded "not guilty" to 3 misdemeanors: domestic violence battery, child endangerment and dissuading a witness in court on Thursday, January 19.

The charges stemmed from a New Year's Eve incident between Mr. Mirkarimi and his wife, Eliana Lopez. Police were called by a neighbor and with a search warrant seized evidence consisting of text messages with Ms. Lopez and a photograph of a bruise on her arm.

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Sandusky and the Media: Our Take

Sandusky and the Media: Our Take

This morning, CNN contributor Sara Ganim reported that former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's autobiography "Touched" helped investigators identify his sex abuse victims, and that police may have evidence of hundreds of criminal charges that will not be prosecuted against him. Yesterday, the Ms. Foundation for Women and the Berkeley Media Studies Group issued a major report praising the national media's coverage of the events involving Sandusky for these revelations, but still holding a critical eye to journalists' failure to address more solutions for preventing future crimes from happening. [more...]

Happy New Year!

2011 has marked several major milestones for our organization, including a new name, a new headquarters, and several policy and programmatic accomplishments that are already making the world a safer, healthier and more equitable place for women, children, and families everywhere. [more...]

Sportswriters Are Standing Up, Not Standing By

As the facts continue to unfold in the Penn State and Syracuse abuse cases, the only good news may be that the country has reached a tipping point on the subject of child sexual abuse. Thousands of voices have denounced the silence that prevailed for years inside two of the country's top sports franchises. And do you know who we think is doing a great job fueling the public conversation? Sportswriters. [more...]

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Calls for Action on Women, Peace, and Security

We commend President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for creating the first ever U.S. National Action Plan to help reduce violence against women and girls and expand women's roles in peace-keeping, peace-building and reducing conflict. [more...]

Sexual Violence is Alarmingly High

In a nationwide study released this week, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 1 in 5 American women have been a victim of sexual assault in their lifetime and 1 in 4 have experienced domestic violence. [more...]

Violence Against Women Act Reintroduced

Violence Against Women Act Reintroduced

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-Vermont) and Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) have introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), first championed in 1994 by then-Senator Biden. [more...]

CDC to Release Largest Study on Sexual Violence

This week, the Centers for Disease Control will release the largest survey on sexual and intimate partner violence in a decade. [more...]

Thank You Macy's!

Thank You Macy's!

Macy’s Thanks for Sharing campaign has reached its goal of $15 million for a select group of national nonprofit organizations. Thanks to Macy’s shoppers across the country, Futures Without Violence will receive a $1.5 million donation from Macy’s as a result of this years campaign!! [more...]

Live from New York

Live from New York

With a new name and a new international conference and education center in the Presidio of San Francisco, we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to reach the 1.5 million people that are said to pass through New York City’s Times Square daily. [more...]

LA Unified School District Resolves to Prevent Teen Dating Violence

LA Unified School District Resolves to Prevent Teen Dating Violence

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has unanimously approved a resolution that will call on schools to actively prevent teen dating violence – and kudos to Peace Over Violence's Start Strong program for leading the charge. [more...]

President Obama Marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month

President Obama Marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month

President Obama released a statement today to mark the beginning of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2011. In it, he affirmed his administration’s commitment to preventing and ending domestic violence in the United States. [more...]

Start Strong Releases Model School Policy

Start Strong Releases Model School Policy

Many schools are responding to state laws and developing policies to prevent teen dating violence. Start Strong has developed a model policy with tools and resources for schools. [more...]

Engaging Men Program Orientation a Success

Futures Without Violence is partnering with the Office on Violence Against Women, Men Stopping Violence, A CALL TO MEN, and The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault as the lead technical assistance provider for the Engaging Men Program - an exciting new federal program focusing on engaging men to prevent violence against women. [more...]

Coaching Boys into Men Launches New Kit

Coaching Boys into Men Launches New Kit

How do you teach boys to respect the women and girls in their lives? Coaching Boys into Men, a Futures Without Violence public education initiative, engages athletic coaches to provide an answer to that question. [more...]

No Means No: VP Biden Calls Students to Action

Vice President Joe Biden is calling on high school and college students to share their ideas for how to prevent dating violence and sexual assault at their schools and on their college campuses. Over the next two weeks, young men and women are invited to join this important conversation by submitting their ideas via the new whitehouse.gov/1is2many page or by using the hashtag #1is2many on Twitter. [more...]

Home Visitation Programs Can Help More Families if They Address Domestic Violence

Home Visitation Programs Can Help More Families if They Address Domestic Violence

The Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010, included new benchmark requirements for maternal infant and early childhood home visitation programs. One such benchmark requires home visitation programs to measure a reduction in "crime or domestic violence". [more...]

Groundbreaking Bill Integrates Teen Pregnancy & Violence Prevention

Groundbreaking Bill Integrates Teen Pregnancy & Violence Prevention

Recognizing the role coercion and violence plays in unintended pregnancy, legislators today introduced a bill to help young people of color get information and skills they need to build healthy relationships. [more...]

Teens "Talk Back" with New Avatar

Teens

Pressuring someone for nude pics…cool or not cool? Teens can now create personalized talking avatar videos to answer that important question. That’s Not Cool, a Futures Without Violence public education initiative, has launched this new tool that allows teens to “Have Your Say” when it comes to relationship abuse. [more...]

Legislation To Reduce Teen Dating Violence

In the wake of a growing number of teenagers killed from dating violence, Democratic and Republican legislators have joined together to introduce legislation to help schools address the problem of teen dating violence. [more...]

'That's Not Cool' Wins Youth Award

'That's Not Cool' Wins Youth Award

That’s Not Cool, a Futures Without Violence public education campaign, has been recognized as a Y-Pulse GennY Award Finalist. The GennY Award honors initiatives that use new and innovative techniques to connect with teens and tweens. [more...]

New Film Asks All to Give RESPECT!

A new three-minute documentary featuring the RESPECT! Campaign highlights Coaching Boys into Men and the critical role men are playing in the lives of young people from Massachusetts to Mumbai. [more...]

We’ve Moved!

We’ve Moved!

This week, Futures Without Violence relocated its headquarters, moving into a historic building located in The Presidio of San Francisco. This move is a milestone for our organization, representing years of planning, partnership, and donor support. We look forward to opening the public area of this new facility in 2012. Futures Without Violence at the Presidio will include an international conference center, classrooms, and a public exhibit space. [more...]

Creating Futures Without Violence Worldwide

Ending violence against women is essential if we are to live peacefully together and bring development, health, and prosperity to nations and communities around the globe. Learn more about the ways Futures Without Violence is working to end and prevent violence against women and children worldwide. [more...]

Parivartan: Adapting CBIM for India

Parivartan: Adapting CBIM for India

Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, is currently conducting the most extensive international adaptation of CBIM. Taking place in Mumbai, India this CBIM adaptation is called “Parivartan”, or “Change” in Hindi. [more...]

Our Vision is Now Our Name

Our Vision is Now Our Name

On May 1, 2011, the Family Violence Prevention Fund officially became Futures Without Violence. Our mission remains to prevent and end violence against women and children around the world. [more...]

National Institute on Fatherhood and Domestic Violence

National Institute on Fatherhood and Domestic Violence

Fatherhood can be a strong motivator for some abusive fathers to renounce their violence. Some men choose to change their violent behavior when they realize the damage they are doing to their children. [more...]

I-LED: Institute for Leadership in Education Development

Futures Without Violence’s Institute for Leadership in Education Development (I-LED) offers hands-on workshops and technical assistance to help US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) grantees to improve the organization, quality, and consistency of education and training programs. [more...]

Enhancing Judicial Skills in Elder Abuse Cases Workshop Program Overview

The National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence (NJIDV), a partnership of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), and Futures Without Violence (formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund), offers a four-day, hands-on, highly interactive workshop that will help new and experienced state court judges and judicial officers to improve their skills and ability to respond to cases involving violence against the elderly. [more...]

Continuing Judicial Skills (CJS) in Domestic Violence Cases

The Continuing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases (CJS) Program is designed specifically for judges and judicial officers who have successfully completed the Enhancing Judicial Skills (EJS) in Domestic Violence Cases Workshop or a similar intensive, foundational program. The CJS program addresses judges’ specific court assignments at a more advanced level and introduces new topics of special interest. [more...]

Engaging Men to Prevent Violence Against Women

Engaging Men to Prevent Violence Against Women

What are ordinary men willing to do to end violence against women and girls? Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, has been asking this question for more than a decade. The good news is that many men are willing to get involved and act as influencers of children, other men and institutions [more...]

Advocates Turn Horrific Events Into Successful Call for Action

Advocates Turn Horrific Events Into Successful Call for Action

Activists are calling on the Obama Administration to appoint a USAID Senior Gender Advisor to oversee and coordinate the agency’s gender-based violence and women’s empowerment activities. [more...]

New Effort to Address Sexual Violence in Schools

New Effort to Address Sexual Violence in Schools

For the first time, the U.S. government has specifically advised schools, colleges and universities that it is their responsibility to protect students from sexual violence. [more...]

Justice for All: Ending Elder Abuse, Neglect and Financial Exploitation

The Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing entitled, Justice for All: Ending Elder Abuse, Neglect and Financial Exploitation, on March 2. Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, President and Founder Esta Soler submitted testimony for the record. Soler’s testimony emphasizes that part of the solution to ending elder abuse lies in training judges and law enforcement personnel to better recognize and respond to it. [more...]

Middle School – A Key Time to Intervene To Prevent Dating Violence

Middle School – A Key Time to Intervene To Prevent Dating Violence

United States Representatives John Lewis (D-GA) and Gwen Moore (D-WI) joined leaders from the Department of Education, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Office on Violence Against Women on Capitol Hill on February 10 to discuss promising initiatives that communities, schools and parents can use to address teen dating violence during the middle school years. [more...]

1 in 4 Hotline Callers Report Birth Control Sabotage, Pregnancy Coercion

1 in 4 Hotline Callers Report Birth Control Sabotage, Pregnancy Coercion

What may be the first national survey to determine the extent of “reproductive coercion” was released on February 15 by the National Domestic Violence Hotline and Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund. The survey found that 25 percent of callers to the National Domestic Violence Hotline reported that they had experienced this form of domestic and dating violence. [more...]

Key Senate Committee Passes I-VAWA

Key Senate Committee Passes <i>I-VAWA</i>

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the International Violence Against Women Act on on December 14. This bipartisan legislation will establish a comprehensive, five-year strategy to stop violence against women and girls around the world. [more...]

Employers Address Domestic & Sexual Violence

Employers Address Domestic & Sexual Violence

As part of a series of initiatives to prevent violence and help victims, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden launched Workplaces Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence: A National Resource Center. [more...]

New Resources for California Advocates and Providers

New Resources for California Advocates and Providers

Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, has received funding from the California Endowment to increase awareness among health care providers, nonprofit organizations, shelters, and domestic violence advocacy agencies in Los Angeles. [more...]

Partner Violence Intervention Reduces Pregnancy Coercion, New Study Finds

Partner Violence Intervention Reduces Pregnancy Coercion, New Study Finds

Asking young women during family planning clinic visits if they experienced reproductive coercion dramatically reduced the odds of their male partners attempting to force them to become pregnant, a new pilot study by researchers at the UC Davis School of Medicine has found. A brief intervention was associated with a 70 percent reduction in the odds of male partner pregnancy coercion among women who recently had experienced intimate partner violence. [more...]

Batterer Intervention: Doing the Work and Measuring the Progress

Batterer Intervention: Doing the Work and Measuring the Progress

Batterer intervention programs have become the preferred way for responding to perpetrators in the domestic violence field. However, the research on their efficacy is highly contradictory. The Family Violence Prevention Fund and the National Institute of Justice organized an expert roundtable to explore how the systems that work with offenders could be improved and how research could be more helpful to the field. [more...]

Using Music, Movies, Video Games & School Curricula, Start Strong Is Promoting Healthy Relationships

Using Music, Movies, Video Games & School Curricula, <i>Start Strong</i> Is Promoting Healthy Relationships

The middle school years offer key moments to educate young people and their parents about healthy relationships and teen dating violence prevention. Programs that are doing this work should meet youth where they spend time, such as in schools, and engage a range of community partners. [more...]

Passionate Human Rights Advocate Passes

Passionate Human Rights Advocate Passes

Rhonda Copelon, a human rights attorney and City University of New York School of Law professor who helped convince United States federal courts and key international tribunals to recognize gender-based violence and international human rights violations as illegal forms of torture, has died of ovarian cancer. During her 40-year career, Copelon worked on a range of legal cases involving gender-based violence, racial discrimination, government wiretapping, employment discrimination, and women’s reproductive rights. [more...]

Futures Without Violence Shapes New National Prevention Strategy

Last month, the United States Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin released the first ever National Prevention Strategy, a provision of last year’s health care reform legislation dedicated to improving American’s health and well-being and containing health care costs, influenced by Futures Without Violence. [more...]

Reproductive Health Initiative

Reproductive Health Initiative

Pregnancy is an important experience in a woman’s life and violence should not be a part of it. With nearly one in three women at risk for abuse in her lifetime, domestic violence is more common than pre-eclamplsia and hypertension -- both commonly addressed during pregnancy. Yet women are rarely asked about abuse or given information about the links between violence and their health. [more...]

Launch of Coaching Boys into Men in Asia

Launch of Coaching Boys into Men in Asia

Well-known cricket coaches and players in Mumbai, India are beginning to educate boys to treat girls with respect and recognize that violence is wrong, thanks to a new program that is based on lessons learned through the Family Violence Prevention Fund's Coaching Boys into Men initiative. The new Parivartan pilot program launched in India on March 8 - International Women's Day. [more...]

Support I-VAWA:Go to the Movies Tonight!

Support <i>I-VAWA:</i>Go to the Movies Tonight!

Get ready for International Women’s Day and support the International Violence Against Women Act by attending a special one-night-only event in movie theatres around the country today, Thursday, March 4. “Half the Sky Live” will be shown at 450 theaters in the United States and Canada this evening at 7:30 PM. It was inspired by stories from the critically-acclaimed book, Half the Sky, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. [more...]

Pelosi, Kidman, Torre Help FVPF Break Ground on New International Center

Pelosi, Kidman, Torre Help FVPF Break Ground on New International Center

Demonstrating a powerful commitment to end violence, leaders from government, entertainment and sports joined experts and survivors when the Family Violence Prevention Fund broke ground on its new international conference center and exhibition hall on January 8. The star-studded ceremony featured House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, actress Nicole Kidman appearing on behalf of UNIFEM, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre, and actress Joan Chen, among others. [more...]

New International Center for Family Violence Prevention Fund

New International Center for Family Violence Prevention Fund

FVPF's new international center will function as a vibrant base for global action through groundbreaking programs that engage the public, facilitate dialogue and collaboration, and train the leaders who will help build safer, healthier, and more civil societies everywhere. Here, on the Main Post of San Francisco’s historic Presidio, we are transforming Building 100, a barracks where military bands once practiced songs that rallied troops on their way to war, into a center for generating peaceful alternatives to violence. [more...]

Half of 14- to 24-Year Olds Have Experienced Digitally Abusive Behavior, Survey Finds

Half of 14- to 24-Year Olds Have Experienced Digitally Abusive Behavior, Survey Finds

MTV has unveiled a new multi-year initiative that will use shows, contests and online tools to try to stop the spread of sexting and cyberbullying. To coincide with the initiative’s launch, MTV and the Associated Press released a new online survey which finds that 50 percent of 14- to 24-year-olds have been the target of some form of digital abuse, and nearly one in three have sent or received nude photos of other young people on their cell phones or online. [more...]

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Events

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and across the country, advocates are joining health care providers, business leaders, policy makers, faith-based groups, college students and others at events and activities designed to educate the public about domestic and sexual violence. Activities include national campaigns, events like the Family Violence Prevention Fund’s National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence on October 8 to 10 in New Orleans, and state and local activities of all kinds. [more...]

Young Women at Highest Risk for Rape, Sexual Assault

Young Women at Highest Risk for Rape, Sexual Assault

Rape and sexual assault remain serious problems in the United States and the vast majority of victims are women, with those ages 16 to 24 experiencing the highest rates of this violence, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. Released this week, Criminal Victimization, 2008 finds, “The greatest disparity between violent crimes committed against males and females in 2008 was in the percentage committed by intimate partners.” [more...]

Some States Avoid Deep Cuts, But CA Lawmakers Put Domestic, Sexual Violence Victims in Peril

When Linda Healy got word last month that the Illinois legislature planned to slash funding for the domestic violence program she oversees, she decided to protest with a powerful but simple symbol: shoes. The executive director of Mutual Ground, Inc., a non-profit organization in Aurora, Illinois, that provides shelter, counseling and legal services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, Healy and her staff rounded up more than 400 pairs of shoes and placed them along the wrought-iron fence surrounding the organization. [more...]

Door Opens for Battered Immigrant Women Seeking Asylum

In a case involving a Mexican woman seeking to escape brutal domestic violence in her home country, Obama Administration officials have taken a position that may open a door to asylum in the United States for some victims of severe abuse. The Family Violence Prevention Fund, Center for Gender and Refugees Studies, and other advocates for victims of violence have long advocated this kind of move. [more...]

Key Senate Committee Considers VAWA

Key Senate Committee Considers VAWA

The Violence Against Women Act has been highly effective in helping stop domestic violence and other violent crimes against women, expert witnesses - including Ann Burke and Gabrielle Union (with Chris Burke) - told the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 10. But challenges remain, including better services for rural women, women of color and children exposed to violence, and homicide prevention. [more...]

Parents Say They Are Talking About Dating Violence, But Teens Aren't Getting the Message

Parents Say They Are Talking About Dating Violence, But Teens Aren't Getting the Message

Teens across the United States are experiencing high levels of abuse in their dating relationships, and not confiding in parents when abuse occurs. The new poll, conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited for the Family Violence Prevention Fund and Liz Claiborne Inc., finds that nearly one in three teens report threats of violence, or sexual or physical abuse. Nearly one in four report being victimized through technology, and nearly one in two who are in relationships report being controlled, threatened, and pressured to do things they did not want to do. [more...]

RESPECT! CampaignSM

RESPECT! Campaign<sup>SM</sup>

In honor of Mother’s Day this year, the RESPECT! Campaign is proud to share a very special FREE e-card that you can send to a special woman in your life to let her know how much you respect her for the positive role she plays in shaping a world that is free from relationship violence. The card is available at www.GiveRespect.org, which also features unique ways to celebrate mom by giving back. This Mother’s Day, consider making a gift in her honor and we will send a special acknowledgment on your behalf. Or, give her the gift of RESPECT with the official RESPECT! bracelet for only $5, available exclusively at Macy’s and on macys.com. Half the proceeds of each bracelet sold benefit the Family Violence Prevention Fund. [more...]

An Emerging Issue

An Emerging Issue

In Vermont and Nebraska, lawmakers are considering measures that would disallow felony prosecutions. In Pennsylvania, a federal judge issued a restraining order to stop a zealous prosecutor from filing criminal charges. But in jurisdictions around the country, teens are being prosecuted for child pornography. It’s all because of sexting – a relatively new phenomenon made possible by ubiquitous new technologies that allow teenagers to send nude or semi-nude photos, usually of themselves, to someone else’s cell phone. [more...]

Native Health Initiative

Native Health Initiative

Intimate partner violence poses a significant health threat across Indian Country. Increasingly, health care professionals recognize that it is a major public health problem that causes grave and lasting harm to individuals, families and communities. In the largest-ever survey of its kind, a 2008 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report on health and violence found that 39 percent of Native women reported that they were victims of intimate partner violence some time in their lives – a rate higher than any other race or ethnicity surveyed. [more...]

That's Not Cool

That's Not Cool

Developed by Futures Without Violence (formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund) in partnership with the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women and the Advertising Council, That’s Not Cool is a national public education campaign to prevent teen dating abuse. [more...]

Lessons from Literature

Lessons from Literature

Developed by Futures Without Violence and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Lessons from Literature is a free online resource that gives English teachers a framework to use the novels, poems, plays and stories they are already teaching to help their students build healthy, non-violent relationships. [more...]

New Developments in the Rihanna/Chris Brown Case

"Sadly, the alleged violent assault of Rihanna by Chris Brown is not unique -- women and girls in every community experience violence every day," said Family Violence Prevention Fund President Esta Soler. "While there are many unanswered questions, the police report seems to suggest that this was an extremely violent and sustained assault. It is deeply disturbing. [more...]

Helping Teens Draw Their ‘Digital Line’

Helping Teens Draw Their ‘Digital Line’

With digital communication a central part of teens’ lives, the Family Violence Prevention Fund is launching a new PSA campaign to help teens recognize digital dating abuse and take steps to prevent it. At a congressional briefing on February 4, during National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week, the FVPF launched ThatsNotCool.com.It is designed to start a conversation among teens about how controlling behavior and harassment from a boyfriend or girlfriend, online or via cell phone, can turn into abuse.
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Violence, Coercion Affect Women's Reproductive Health

Violence, Coercion Affect Women's Reproductive Health

With Congress and state legislatures in session, analysts expect hundreds of bills to be introduced that would in some way restrict women’s access to reproductive health information and services. The need for action is urgent. In the next few months, legislatures are likely to consider laws and regulations that would, among other things: make it harder for women to access emergency contraception; allow pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control; and require school-based sex education programs to teach abstinence-only and prohibit them from providing contraceptive information or services. [more...]

More Than 3 Million Stalked Each Year

More Than 3 Million Stalked Each Year

Stalking is more prevalent than previous studies have shown. The U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that some 3.4 million persons said they were victims of stalking during a 12-month period in 2005 and 2006. About half these victims experienced at least one unwanted contact per week, 11 percent had been stalked for five or more years, and one in seven moved as a result of the stalking. [more...]

Clinton: Women's Rights Are Human Rights

At her confirmation hearing, Secretary of State nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke powerfully about improving the lives and strengthening the rights of women and children worldwide. [more...]

Give Respect and Geoffrey Beene Gives $5 to FVPF

Give Respect and Geoffrey Beene Gives $5 to FVPF

Everytime you visit GiveRespect.org Geoffrey Beene Gives BackTM will donate $5 to FVPF on your behalf. That’s right. With just one click of your mouse, you can help generate a $5 donation to FVPF, up to $500,000. It’s that easy. It costs you nothing. And, it raises critical funds for the FVPF’s programs to end and prevent violence against women and children. To start giving respect and raising money for FVPF, click here. [more...]

New Violent Crime Report

New Violent Crime Report

A new study from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics finds that the violent crime rate in the United States was largely unchanged from 2005 to 2007, but that there was a 25 percent increase in rape and sexual assault over those two years. However, because the methodology for the survey changed in 2006, and because the overall number of rapes and sexual assaults is low compared to other crimes such as burglary, theft and assault, statisticians at the Bureau caution that the increase is not statistically significant. [more...]

Lessons from Literature

Lessons from Literature

Developed by Futures Without Violence and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Lessons from Literature is a free online resource that gives English teachers a framework to use the novels, poems, plays and stories they are already teaching to help their students build healthy, non-violent relationships. [more...]

Honor a Man you Respect

Honor a Man you Respect

Honor a man you Respect and Win a $500 holiday shopping spree for him!Just in time for the holidays, you can win and give a gift that will mean so much more to that special man in your life this year! Tell us about a man that you respect by entering him into the Geoffrey Beene Dress Up The Man You Respect contest and he could win a $500 shopping spree at Macy's for Geoffrey Beene clothing. [more...]

FVPF Has a New Look!

FVPF Has a New Look!

Dec 5, 2008 - Today, a new and improved endabuse.org was born. The goal of our redesign is to create a more interactive and empowering experience for you. The quality information and resources you’re looking for are easier to find and there are more opportunities to take action to end abuse. Over the next few weeks, your help in ensuring that everything is functioning properly would be great. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with your suggestions and any problems you encounter. [more...]

16 Days Against Gender Violence


Today is the beginning of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, which each year sends a powerful worldwide message that gender-based violence violates basic human rights. [more...]

Coaching Boys into Men

Coaching Boys into Men

The boys in your life need your time and energy. Your son, grandson, nephew, younger brother. The boys you teach, coach and mentor. All need you to help them grow into healthy young men. [more...]

Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships

Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships

Preventing intimate partner violence begins with ensuring that young people's first relationships are healthy ones. Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships, is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation administered by Futures Without Violence to support the creation of community-based models of prevention that aim to prevent relationship violence among 11 to 14-year-olds. [more...]

Seven Reasons Employers Should Address Domestic Violence

Seven Reasons Employers Should Address Domestic Violence

Employers face numerous human resource concerns, with limited time and money. Often a decision to focus on a specific problem is not made until the problem becomes significant and costly. [more...]

Coaching Boys into Men Goes Global

Coaching Boys into Men Goes Global

FVPF and UNICEF joined forces in 2007 to enlist international celebrity soccer coaches and players as “teachers” of violence prevention. Development of a new International Coaches Manual based on concepts from the original Coaching Boys into Men Playbook was completed and includes quotes and endorsement from stars such as David Beckham, Emmanuel Adebayor, and Thierry Henry. The manual is available in English, French, and Spanish with other languages to follow. [more...]

RESPECT! Campaign SM

RESPECT!  Campaign <sup>SM</sup>

The RESPECT! CampaignSM is a social action campaign to promote respect in relationships and increase awareness about the positive role everyone can play to help end and prevent relationship violence and abuse. It starts with something everyone can do: Give Respect to others. [more...]

Immigrant Women and Domestic Violence

Immigrant Women and Domestic Violence

Immigrant women are a diverse group and include women who have lived in the United States for one month, as well as women who have lived here for forty years. The immigrant woman who contacts you for help may be a refugee fleeing persecution, a student, a tourist, or a worker seeking better economic conditions. Get the tools to help you meet the needs of immigrant women who are victims of domestic violence. [more...]

Human Trafficking: A Hidden Shame

Human Trafficking: A Hidden Shame

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery involving people being bought, sold, and forced into slave labor and/or sexual exploitation. The United Nations recently reported that four million people are traded each year against their will to work in servitude in their own country or around the globe. Thousands are trafficked into the United States. Get the facts on human trafficking. [more...]

Leadership Development for Immigrant Survivors of Violence

Leadership Development for Immigrant Survivors of Violence

Helping immigrant women become their own advocates and become community leaders may be the best and only sustainable way to address the needs of immigrant women survivors of abuse. As emerging leaders, they can play a critical role in supporting other women, informing institutions on their needs, demanding accessible services and teaching their peers how to address domestic violence and sexual assault in their communities. [more...]

National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence

National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence

Formed in 1998, the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence is a dynamic partnership among the US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, Futures Without Violence and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. The NJIDV has provided highly interactive, skills-based domestic violence workshops for judges and judicial officers nationwide since 1999. [more...]

A Week of Events Honoring Women

A Week of Events Honoring Women

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, events were held throughout that week around the globe to shine a spotlight on challenges facing women and girls. In the United States, President Barack Obama established a White House Council on Women and Girls, Afghani women briefed congressional leaders about the plight of women in their country, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton bestowed the 2009 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Awards, and more. [more...]

CA Court: Domestic Violence Programs Must Serve Men, But Not with Identical Services

In mid-October, California’s 3rd District Court of Appeals ruled in Woods vs. Shewry that state-funded domestic violence programs must provide services to male as well as female victims. While “men’s rights” groups hailed the ruling, a closer look shows that it supports the practices that most shelters and domestic violence agencies use today, because the Court explicitly recognized that most victims of domestic violence are women, and that women tend to suffer more serious injuries. [more...]

Mixed Messages on Asylum

Attorney General Michael Mukasey recently took action in two cases involving women who are seeking asylum in the United States. One is positive, and the other deeply concerns advocates for women asylum-seekers who are fleeing gender-based violence in their home countries. Mukasey sent the cases of Alima Traore from Mali, and Rody Alvarado Peña from Guatemala, to the Board of Immigration Appeals to reconsider. [more...]

Join National Respect! Day

Join National Respect! Day

Today the Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) and Macy’s ask the nation to join in marking the first annual National RESPECT! DaySM. A newly designated observance, National RESPECT! DaySM, will launch a multi-year movement designed to raise awareness of domestic and dating violence and to encourage positive discourse about prevention by teaching respect. [more...]

Charges Filed Against Iowa Meat-Packing Plant

Iowa’s Attorney General filed 9,311 criminal charges against the managers and owners of the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant on September 9 for violations of the state’s child labor law. The Postville plant has been a focal point of public concern about the raids carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the human rights violations that often accompany them. [more...]

Political Parties Address Violence Prevention

Issues relating to domestic and sexual violence took center stage at the Democratic National Convention in late August, highlighted by the selection of United States Senator Joseph Biden (DE) as his party’s vice presidential candidate. A longtime champion of measures to prevent violence against women, Senator Biden is an author of the bi-partisan Violence Against Women Act and a co-sponsor of the bi-partisan International Violence Against Women Act. [more...]

A Beloved Pioneer Passes

Del Martin, a courageous and visionary leader who helped shape the movement to end domestic violence in the United States, died in late August. Martin wrote one of the first books ever published on the issue, helped frame it in the human rights context, and was instrumental in creating the Family Violence Prevention Fund and providing crucial support and guidance in the organization’s early years. [more...]

Macy's Shop For A Cause

Macy's and Family Violence Prevention Fund are teaming up to support
local efforts to prevent domestic and sexual violence and raise public awareness! [more...]

Sexual Assault in the Military Underreported

Women serving in the military today “are more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than to be killed by enemy fire in Iraq,” Representative Jane Harman (D-CA) charged at a contentious House hearing in late July at which the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that rape and sexual assault in the military may be under-reported by as much as half. [more...]

Violence Common Among Youth

Three studies released in July find high rates of dating, sexual and other forms of violence among youth in the United States. The researchers who conducted the studies all recommend more education, detection and interventions that begin early in life. [more...]

High Court Rules in Cases Affecting Victims of Violence

On June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court decided two cases affecting victims of domestic and sexual violence. In Giles v. California, the Court ordered a new trial for Dwayne Giles, who had been convicted of the brutal murder of Brenda Avie after a lower court allowed a police officer to testify about the domestic violence charges Avie had filed against Giles a few weeks before she was killed. In Patrick Kennedy v. State of Louisiana, the Supreme Court ruled that states cannot use the death penalty to punish child rapists. [more...]

UN Debates Women, Peace and Security

Following an emotional debate, the United Nations Security Council on Thursday June 19 adopted a resolution that declares rape and sexual violence to be weapons of war, and demands an end to sexual violence against civilians in armed conflicts around the world. [more...]

Senators Biden and Lugar Urge Passage of I-VAWA

In a powerful guest editorial in today’s edition of The Hill, United States Senators Joseph Biden (D-DE) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) urge their colleagues to support the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA). [more...]

A Father's Day Message Against Violence

On Father’s Day 2008, a group of visionary leaders urged other men to join them in teaching our sons what it means to be a real man -- that women deserve honor and respect, and that violence never equals strength. [more...]

Abuse of Children by Aid Workers Common & Under-Reported, Study Finds

Too many children living in countries affected by conflicts and natural disasters are being sexually exploited and abused by the humanitarian aid workers and peacekeepers hired to help them, and many of these children are afraid to report the violence. [more...]

International Violence Against Women Act Introduced in House of Representatives

Groundbreaking legislation to address the global crisis of violence against women and girls was introduced in the House of Representatives late Wednesday by Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA). The International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA – HR 5927) would apply the force of U.S. diplomacy and foreign aid over five years toward preventing abuse and exploitation, which is estimated to affect one in three women worldwide. [more...]

New Studies Examine Violent Deaths, Child Maltreatment

Two studies released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in April find that many people who die violently experience intimate partner violence and/or relationship problems beforehand, and tens of thousand of newborns and infants experience abuse or neglect. [more...]

Two Supreme Court Cases Could Affect Victims of Violence

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases with implications for victims of domestic and sexual violence: Patrick Kennedy v. State of Louisiana; and Plains Commerce Bank v. Long Family Land & Cattle Co. Rulings are expected in both cases later this year. [more...]

Mixed News on Sexual Violence in the Military

Reports of sexual assault are beginning to drop in the military, following sharp increases in 2005 and 2006 – but more military women say they experienced sexual harassment in 2007 than in the recent past. Those are the conclusions of two studies released by the U.S. Department of Defense in March. [more...]

Survey Finds Health Problems More Common for Victims of Violence

Domestic and sexual violence are pervasive and costly, and can create health problems that last a lifetime, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. It finds 1,200 deaths and two million injuries to women from intimate partner violence each year, and nearly 600,000 injuries to men. Nearly one in four women reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend some time in her life. [more...]

Bush Budget Threatens Violence Prevention Programs

Advocates are deeply concerned about President Bush’s FY09 budget proposal, in which he asks Congress to slash funding by more than $100 million for U.S. Department of Justice programs to address and prevent violence against women. The President also would turn all funding for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) into a block grant. [more...]

Stopping Gender-Based Violence Key to Preventing HIV

Last week, experts from some of the world’s leading women’s health and violence prevention organizations told more than 100 congressional leaders and advocates that highly effective programs, from Kenya to Hong Kong, Fiji to Papua New Guinea, and Nicaragua to South Africa, are helping to stop gender-based violence and HIV infection. [more...]

Justice Department Releases '05 Intimate Partner Violence Data

New data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics show that partner violence and domestic homicide remain costly and devastating problems in this country. Although the overall decline in partner violence in the last decade is encouraging, "it is clear that our nation is not yet doing nearly enough to keep women and children safe," said Family Violence Prevention Fund President Esta Soler. [more...]

Dating Violence Up in NYC Schools

Dating violence and forced sex increased among students in New York City public schools from 2003 to 2005 even as overall school violence, including fights and students carrying weapons, declined. [more...]

International Violence Against Women Act

Groundbreaking legislation to combat the global crisis of violence against women and girls was introduced in the Senate on October 31st by Joseph Biden (D-DE) and Richard Lugar (R-IN). The International Violence Against Women Act would, for the first time, systematically apply the force of U.S. diplomacy and foreign aid totaling $1 billion over five years to prevent the abuse and exploitation that affects up to one in three women worldwide. [more...]

UN Finds 'Hideous' Violence Follows Conflicts

“Violence against women has reached hideous and pandemic proportions in some societies attempting to recover from conflict,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in opening remarks at an October 23 meeting on women, peace and security. [more...]

Where There is Violence Against Women, There is AIDS

Given the disproportionate impact of HIV and AIDS on women and girls, it is imperative that gender-based violence be given a high priority when Congress reauthorizes the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in early 2008. A new fact sheet from the Family Violence Prevention Fund, Global AIDS Alliance and International Center for Research on Women outlines changes needed in the legislation, including increased funding to stop gender-based violence, legal reforms, and enhanced technical assistance to indigenous women’s organizations in PEPFAR countries. [more...]

Partner Violence, Teen Pregnancy Linked

A groundbreaking new study finds a significant connection between abusive relationships and teen pregnancy. Published in the journal Ambulatory Pediatrics and released last week, the study finds that one quarter of adolescents with histories of abusive relationships said that their abusive partners had actively tried to get them pregnant by manipulating condom use, sabotaging birth control, and making explicit statements about wanting them to become pregnant. [more...]

State Legislation

The hard work of advocates across the nation paid off this summer as state lawmakers passed and governors signed several new laws that protect domestic violence victims, their families and, in some states, their pets. These new laws will help make domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking victims safer at work and at home. [more...]

Traumatized Soldiers Need Better Care

With the military’s health care system badly overtaxed and extended tours of duty putting soldiers and military families under great stress, experts are looking at whether mental health services available to veterans are adequate. A new report from the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors underscores the need for better mental health care and interventions. Because domestic violence and sexual assault have long been serious problems in the military, violence prevention experts are paying attention. [more...]

WHO Says World Must Step Up Violence Prevention

Countries around the world need to scale-up domestic violence prevention and make a concerted effort to measure violence-related deaths, injuries and health conditions, according to the World Health Organization. In Third Milestones of a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention Report 2007, the agency reviews progress since the 2002 creation of the Global Campaign for Violence Prevention, assessing how far the world has come and where more work is needed. [more...]

More Nations Cited for Trafficking

Approximately 800,000 people are trafficked across borders around the world each year, with 14,500 to 17,500 trafficked across the U.S. border. Worldwide, four in five trafficking victims are women and girls, and up to half are minors, the U.S. State Department’s 2007 Trafficking in Persons Report finds. This year’s report adds seven countries, including four Arab nations that are allies to the United States, to its list of worst offenders. [more...]

On Father’s Day, A Special Group of Men Say: No More Violence

While many dads receive ties and gadgets on Father's Day, a dynamic group of more than 1,800 men -- including major business leaders, politicians, professional athletes, coaches and others -- are giving back to their families and communities by sending a powerful message about what it means to be a father and a positive role model. [more...]

Violence on Congress' Agenda

Congress is addressing a number of issues that relate to violence against women and children. A Senate subcommittee recently held a hearing on domestic violence, the House passed the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007, and Senators Biden (DE), Boxer (CA) and Feinstein (CA) introduced the Violence Against Children Act of 2007. Senator Biden also introduced a bill that would recruit volunteer lawyers to represent domestic violence victims. In addition, the appropriations process is well underway and advocates are pressing hard for full funding for the Violence Against Women Act. [more...]

‘No Private Matter’ Winners from India, Kenya, U.S.

The violence prevention community has selected winners in the “No Private Matter! Ending Abuse in Intimate and Family Relations” collaborative competition, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in partnership with Changemakers. A panel of experts chose 15 finalists with the most innovative strategies to stop domestic violence. Online voters then chose the top three: Men Can Stop Rape in Washington, DC; Kenyan Men for Gender Equality Now; and Action India's Mahila Panchayat Network. [more...]

The Murders at Virginia Tech

"There are still many unanswered questions about the horrific violence at Virginia Tech," Family Violence Prevention Fund President Esta Soler said, "and troubling indications that the shooter had stalked women. The police are still investigating his relationship to the first victim. We aren't doing nearly enough to stop violence against women, which frequently escalates to homicide and involves bystanders and children." [more...]

Advocates Urge Full Funding for VAWA

Congress is working right now on the Fiscal Year 2008 appropriations bills that fund critical programs in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). As early as next week, members of the House of Representatives will send the appropriations subcommittees their budget priorities. Senators will do the same very soon. [more...]

PBS Airs ‘Beyond Beats & Rhymes’

Filmmaker Byron Hurt addresses misogyny, sexual violence, masculinity, homophobia and racial stereotypes in hip-hop culture in his new documentary, “Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes.” PBS broadcast the hour-long program on its Emmy Award-winning Independent Lens series on Tuesday, February 20. [more...]

Showcasing Innovative Prevention Programs

A new competition aims to find innovative solutions to domestic violence. “No Private Matter! Ending Abuse in Intimate and Family Relations” is designed to connect promising solutions with key decision makers, investors and health and social service providers. [more...]

Government Reports Drop in Domestic Violence

"The new report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics is positive, encouraging news," Family Violence Prevention Fund President Esta Soler said. "Still, it is clear that violence against women remains a costly and devastating problem. In 2004, there were more than 625,000 intimate partner victimizations and, on average, more than three women a day were murdered by their husbands or boyfriends. We have a lot more work to do to keep families safe." [more...]

New System Tracks Homicides, Suicides

Studies on data collected through the new National Violent Death Reporting System find that women are victims in most incidents of homicide/suicide, and many more women than men are killed in homicides involving intimate partner violence. [more...]

Advocates Alarmed About Immigration Raids

Leading domestic and sexual violence experts are raising serious concerns about potential violations of human rights in the aftermath of raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on meatpacking plants in six states on Tuesday. Advocates for victims of domestic and sexual violence are reporting inhumane treatment of those who have been detained, with some parents being separated from newborns and not being allowed to relay information about children with serious medical conditions. [more...]

UN Report Finds Violence Against Children Pervasive

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Study on Violence Against Children finds that much of this violence remains hidden, and it is often socially approved. [more...]

Fox “Acted Responsibly” by Cancelling Simpson Special, Soler Says

"Fox Entertainment acted responsibly by cancelling its planned O.J. Simpson special, sparing the nation the spectacle of a violent batterer discussing or recreating two murders he claims he did not commit," Family Violence Prevention Fund President Esta Soler said today. "It is very good news that millions of outraged viewers and Fox’s own affiliates prevailed." [more...]

New Studies Document Prevalence, Cost of Violence, Inadequate Response

Several studies and surveys released in recent months underscore the grave impact of domestic violence and other forms of violence against women and children. [more...]

Violence Against Women Pervasive Problem Worldwide, Says New UN Report

Painting a grim picture of violence against women in all parts of the world, a new United Nations report classifies violence against women – whether it happens in the home or elsewhere – as a human rights violation and argues that states are obliged by international human rights standards to hold perpetrators accountable. [more...]

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Activities

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, when experts and service providers around the nation raise awareness about domestic, sexual and dating violence, and stalking, with policymakers, community and business leaders, students, faith-based agencies, and the public. This year, there are powerful and educational events planned at the national level and all across the country. [more...]

Violence Threatens Health of Pregnant Women & Newborns, Study Finds

A new Harvard School of Public Health study demonstrates conclusively that physical abuse by husbands and boyfriends compromises a woman’s health during pregnancy, her likelihood of carrying a child to term and the health of her newborn. [more...]

Women a Focus at XVI International AIDS Conference

Some 20,000 experts from science, medicine and government, and community organizers from around the world attended the XVI International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2006) in Toronto in August to share lessons and identify next steps. The Conference has long been a place where key scientific developments are released and discussed, and this year there was a major focus on women. [more...]

12 Nations Cited for Human Trafficking

The U.S. State Department’s 2006 annual Trafficking in Persons Report estimates that 800,000 people, most of them women and children, are victims of human trafficking. This year’s report looks at slave labor as well as sex trafficking, noting that a child trafficked into one form of labor may be further abused in another. “The brutal reality of the modern-day slave trade is that its victims are frequently bought and sold many times over,” it says. [more...]

Founding Fathers 2006: Thousands of Men Are Re-defining Father’s Day

On Father's Day, June 18th, 2006, thousands of men across America came together to declare their support for an end to violence against women and children. [more...]

A Call To Action: New Legislation Will Address Findings From WHO Study

In a critically important study released late last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) found that domestic and sexual violence are serious public health problems worldwide. Based on interviews with 24,000 women around the world, it found that one-fifth to three-quarters of women had experienced physical or sexual violence since age 15, with most of it inflicted by male partners. [more...]

“Becoming Myself” Book Tour

The Family Violence Prevention Fund and retailer Marshalls are bringing the newly released book, Becoming Myself by Willa Shalit, to life for high school students in New York, Chicago and Boston. [more...]

Echoes of Trauma

There is a strong correlation between childhood trauma and serious adult health problems including tobacco use, substance abuse, obesity, cancer, heart disease, depression and a higher risk for unintended pregnancy. Those are key findings from the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, presented at a congressional briefing in April. [more...]

Stop Violence Against Women Week

Sexual and domestic violence experts from around the country came to Washington, D.C. the week of April 3rd to advocate for full funding of the Violence Against Women Act of 2005. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence sponsored a series of events, held in conjunction with Lifetime Television’s annual Stop Violence Against Women Week. [more...]

PSAs Urge Dads, Role Models to Teach Boys that Violence is Wrong

Men teach boys how to hit a baseball, hit the net, hit the receiver, and much more. But are men taking the time to teach boys that violence against women and girls is wrong? The Family Violence Prevention Fund, the Waitt Institute and the Advertising Council recently released a new 30-second public service advertisement for television that invites men to do so. It is the newest component of the Coaching Boys Into Men campaign, launched in 2002. [more...]

Teen Dating Violence Week

Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Representative Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-CA) kicked off National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week at a news conference last month at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School in Washington, D.C. [more...]

Supreme Court Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week in two cases that could affect domestic violence prosecutions. At issue in Davis v. Washington and Hammon v. Indiana is whether statements made by victims to 9-1-1 operators and transcripts of police interviews can be considered at trial, if the caller or complainant is unavailable or unwilling to testify. [more...]

Supreme Court to Hear Domestic Violence Case

To the surprise of most legal observers, the U.S. Supreme Court announced in January that it will hear the case of a Dallas woman who contends that pressure from her violent boyfriend caused her to purchase guns illegally. [more...]

Bush Signs Violence Against Women Act Into Law

At a private ceremony in the Oval Office on Thursday, January 5 that included congressional champions, President Bush signed the Violence Against Women Act of 2005 into law. "Our homes and communities will be safer and healthier as a result," Family Violence Prevention Fund President Esta Soler said. [more...]

Congress Completes Work on Violence Against Women Act

The House of Representatives passed the Violence Against Women Act of 2005 on Saturday, December 17, just one day after the Senate passed the identical bill. "We have repeatedly asked Congress to make our homes safer before heading to their homes for the holidays," said Family Violence Prevention Fund President Esta Soler, "and we are very pleased that they did. Now, we ask President Bush to quickly sign this bill into law." [more...]

Domestic Violence Widespread, Harms Health of Millions of Women Worldwide

Intimate partner violence is the most common form of violence experienced by women around the world; it is even more prevalent than rape or assault committed by strangers or acquaintances. Even though one in six women has been a victim of domestic violence, the problem remains largely hidden. Yet, physical and sexual violence take a terrible toll on women’s health and well-being. [more...]

FVPF Partners in North Country National Premiere

The Family Violence Prevention Fund is proud to join in one of the first-ever action campaigns developed by Participant Productions in conjunction with the premiere of North Country starring Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, and Woody Harrelson. [more...]

FVPF Joins DreamWorks and Others in Movie Premiere

FVPF sponsored the Northern California opening of DreamWorks' and Revolution Picture's new movie, The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, starring Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, and Laura Dern. [more...]

Senate Passes Violence Against Women Act

By unanimous consent, the United States Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act of 2005 on October 4. "Today's action means our nation is on its way to improving its response to domestic, sexual and dating violence, and stalking," said Family Violence Prevention Fund President Esta Soler. "Coupled with House passage of the Violence Against Women Act last week, this is very good news." [more...]

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Activities

The following list includes some of the many national Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities planned for this October. Domestic violence experts and service providers are encouraged to contact the sponsoring organizations to find out more about each event and explore how local communities can get involved. [more...]

Donate to the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund

Donate to the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund and help victims of family violence and sexual assault affected by the disaster in the Gulf Coast. [more...]

House Judiciary Committee Passes Violence Against Women Act

The House Judiciary Committee passed the Violence Against Women Act on July 27. The action came a week after experts on violence testified in favor of the bill before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Former NBA champion M.L. Carr, President and CEO of Warm2Kids and a Family Violence Prevention Fund board member, joined actress Salma Hayek in urging Congress to reauthorize the law. [more...]

Sports Leaders Help Unveil New Playbook at “Founding Fathers” Event

Aggression may win you points on the field or on the court, but outside of sports that behavior is not tolerated. Now, coaches from every level and every major sport are coming off the sidelines to play a pro-active role in preventing violence and sexual assault in dating relationships. [more...]

Gonzales Ruling a “Serious Blow” to Victims of Violence Who Need Police Protection

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 27th that Jessica Gonzales cannot sue the town of Castle Rock for failing to enforce a restraining order against her violent ex-husband. Family Violence Prevention Fund President Esta Soler called it, "a sad day for a nation that had been making progress in stopping domestic violence and helping victims." [more...]

Violence Against Women Act of 2005 Introduced in House & Senate

The Violence Against Women Act of 2005 was introduced in the United States Senate on Wednesday, June 8, and in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 14. The bill, which was first enacted in 1994 and re-authorized in 2000, will expire in September unless Congress acts. [more...]

New Family Violence Study

A study released by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics on June 12th finds that declines in family violence continue, along with overall declines in violent crime. Family Violence Prevention Fund President Esta Soler called the new study a “ray of hope that we are finally on the right track in addressing the violence that devastates so many families, but our work in not nearly done.” [more...]

Coaching Boys Into Men Is Transforming Attitudes

New public opinion research finds that the Family Violence Prevention Fund/Advertising Council/Waitt Family Foundation public education campaign, Coaching Boys into Men, is building awareness, transforming attitudes, and prompting men to teach the next generation that violence is wrong. [more...]

Sexual Assault Reports Rise Sharply in Armed Forces

In 2004, military criminal investigators received 1,700 allegations of sexual assault involving members of the armed forces worldwide. These allegations included 1,275 incidents in which a service member was the victim, and 1,305 incidents in which a service member was allegedly the perpetrator. [more...]

Exposure to Violence Harms Children's Health

Being abused, exposed to domestic violence and having a mother who abuses substances are associated with a high number of health problems for low-income pre-school children. [more...]

The World Health Report 2005

The World Health Organization’s 2005 Report, Make Every Mother and Child Count, examines why eleven million children under age five will die this year, and why 529,000 mothers will die during pregnancy, childbirth, or soon thereafter. One strategy that can make pregnancy safer is to reduce gender-based violence, it says. [more...]

Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Gonzales Case

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Town of Castle Rock, Colorado v. Jessica Gonzales in March. At issue is whether victims of domestic violence have the right to sue if their local governments fail to protect them and their children from batterers. [more...]

Homicide Is One Of The Leading Causes Of Pregnancy-Associated Injury Deaths, Study Concludes

Homicide is the second leading cause of traumatic death for pregnant and postpartum women. From 1991 to 1999, for every 100,000 live births in the U.S., at least two women died as a result of homicide during pregnancy or within one year of pregnancy. [more...]

A Champion Passes

The violence prevention movement lost a true friend and powerful ally on March 7 when Dr. Linda E. Saltzman of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) died in her sleep. [more...]

CBS Airs Domestic Violence PSAs

Many viewers have been alarmed that CBS’ Emmy Award winning reality show, The Amazing Race, featured a contestant who persistently abused his wife, on the air, this year. Jonathan Baker and Victoria Fuller were eliminated a few weeks ago, but only after viewers witnessed weeks of verbal abuse that turned physical when Baker shoved and nearly knocked Fuller to the ground in January. [more...]

Domestic Violence & The Super Bowl: The Myth

On February 6, millions of people will tune in to watch Super Bowl XXXIX. In the past, Super Bowl Sunday has been a time of public debate over the prevalence of domestic violence in our communities. At times, domestic violence experts and those working to help victims have been criticized, in part because of decade-old claims that abuse increases on game day. [more...]

Children in Peril

Our hearts go out to all the victims of the recent tsunami, Family Violence Prevention Fund President Esta Soler said, and reports that the youngest victims are being kidnapped and sold into slavery are a profoundly disturbing reminder that child trafficking and sexual slavery are pervasive and unsolved problems in our world. [more...]

Ashcroft Delays Decision in Key Asylum Case

After taking the asylum request of Rody Adali Alvarado Peña, a domestic violence survivor, under advisement and delaying a decision for years, Attorney General John Ashcroft will leave office without deciding the case, he announced Friday. [more...]

Pelosi Provides $1.5 Million To Stop Abuse

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the House Democratic leader, included $1.5 million for the Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) in the Fiscal Year 2005 federal budget to support the FVPF’s International Center to End Violence. [more...]

Violence Contributing To Vast Growth in HIV/AIDS Among Women Worldwide, Report Finds

A major new report released jointly by the United Nations and the World Health Organization finds that the number of women living with HIV has risen in most regions of the world over the past two years. [more...]

Peterson Guilty

Jurors found Scott Peterson guilty of two homicides in the death of his wife, Laci, and their son, who was to be named Conner. [more...]

Ruling May Help New York’s Battered Mothers Keep Their Children

The New York State Court of Appeals ruled unanimously on Tuesday that the child welfare system cannot remove children from non-abusive parents simply because there is domestic violence in the home. [more...]

Criminal Case Against Bryant Dropped

In a move that was widely anticipated by experts and those close to the case, the judge in the sexual assault trial against Kobe Bryant yesterday dropped criminal charges against the basketball star. The move came after prosecutors filed for dismissal, saying that Bryant’s accuser was unwilling to continue because she feared her rights would be further violated during trial. The civil lawsuit she has brought against Bryant will proceed. [more...]

Next Act: Board of Supervisors

The San Francisco Ethics Commission has found that Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi engaged in official misconduct by inflicting physical violence on his wife during an argument, and pleading guilty to false imprisonment. Next, the Board of Supervisors must vote whether or not to remove Mirkarimi from office. A failure of the supervisors to act within 30 days would result in the Sheriff's automatic reinstatement. [more...]