Public Policy and Advocacy

Senate Holds Hearing on Intersection of Domestic Violence and Gun Violence

The United States has higher a homicide rate of women than all other westernized countries and among the highest rate in the world. This disparity is particularly pronounced for homicides of women committed with guns, in which the country’s rate exceeds by 11 times the average rate in other comparable countries (Hemenway, Shinoda-Tagawa & Miller, 2002; Stockl et al, 2013).

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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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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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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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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...]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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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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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]