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Proposed Title IX Rule Would Make Our Schools and Universities Less Safe

Proposed Title IX Rule Would Make Our Schools and Universities

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What the Kavanaugh Confirmation Process Meant for Survivors

The past several weeks have been painful and traumatic for …

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

This week marks the 22nd anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, landmark legislation that has drastically changed how society views domestic, sexual, and family violence. Previous to this shift in culture, most legislators thought of the issue of …

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How Pets are Caught in the Crossfire of Domestic Violence

For the last 3 months, I have been on an …

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Reflections On the United State of Women Summit

FUTURES’ Program Specialist for Policy and Communications, Wendy Gutierrez reflects on the first United State of Women Summit, convened by The White House.
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Did You Know That Pakistan’s Islamic Council Wants To Legalize Domestic Violence?

The global community was recently outraged by legislation passed in …

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An Alarm Bell is Ringing

When I last checked the Internet, the now-famous letter from

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Guest Blogger: The Trek for Water: How Scarcity Impacts Girls in Impoverished Regions

Elizabeth, many girls and women often travel in darkness to water sources so they can return before sunrise. During this time, they are more susceptible to violence and sexual assault. In Zambia and other countries, girls know there is a risk of rape every time they leave their homes to fetch water. But neglecting their water collecting duties, or waiting until a safer hour of the day, are not choices these women are allowed to make.
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Labor Trafficking and the Intersection with Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Labor Trafficking and the Intersection with Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Date: May 17th, 2016, 11:00-12:30pm PST

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This webinar provides an introductory overview of labor trafficking, explores the intersection with domestic violence and …

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Secretary of State John Kerry Announces Launch of U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls

On Tuesday, March 16th 2016 Secretary of State John Kerry announced the launch of the U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls (Strategy) at the Department of State, demonstrating the Administration’s commitment to place gender equality and the advancement of women and girls at the forefront of U.S. foreign policy.
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FUTURES Hosts Congressional Briefing on Gender-based Violence in Humanitarian Settings

On March 24, 2016, FUTURES hosted a congressional briefing in Washington, D.C. on gender-based violence in humanitarian settings with special guest Representative Mike Honda.
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Why we need to empower every girl across the globe

FUTURES' Senior International Policy Advocate Leila Milani explains why the the newly-released U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls is so critical to ending gender-based violence worldwide.
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President Obama Issues International Women’s Day Statement

President Obama issues statement on International Women's Day, highlighting the White House's commitment to helping women and girls across the globe reach their full potential.
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What International Women’s Day Means to Me

Guest blogger and McCain Institute Fellow Francine Nabintu from the Democratic Republic of the Congo writes about what International Women's Day means to her.
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Global Gender-Based Violence and the Workplace Congressional Briefing

Learn more about the gender-based violence and the workplace congressional briefing featuring Congresswoman Royal-Allard.
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Oscars Shed Light on Sexual Abuse and Violence

FUTURES Director of Communications Marsha Robertson says her favorite moments from the 88th Academy Awards are also the ones that shine a light on gender-based violence.
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Safe, Healthy and Ready to Learn (Executive Summary & Full Report)

Safe, Healthy and Ready to Learn is a consensus report on children exposed to violence, and explores policy solutions to help children, families, and communities heal and thrive.
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How the $1.8 Trillion Budget Package Will Help Prevent Violence Against Women

Learn more about how the $1.8 trillion budget passed by Congress will help prevent and end violence against women.
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16 Days of Activism is Ending, But Our Commitment to Education Isn’t

While 16 Days of Activism is coming to a close, FUTURES will continue our commitment to helping women and girls across the globe reach their full political, social, and economic potential.
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New Sustainable Development Goals Announced

Wendy Gutierrez from our policy and advocacy team explains the new Sustainable Development Goals and how they address global gender-based violence.
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Policy Recommendation Release of Safe, Healthy and Ready to Learn

On May 19, FUTURES, in partnership with more than a dozen leading education, health, and justice organizations, will release its consensus report on children exposed to violence and trauma.
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FUTURES Supports Proposed Increase to New York State’s Tipped Minimum Wage

National nonprofit Futures Without Violence applauds Governor Cuomo for his call this week to increase the tipped minimum wage and review the current two-tiered wage system. These proposed changes present an opportunity to significantly reduce sexual harassment and abuse among tipped employees in the restaurant industry—a predominately female workforce.
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FUTURES’ Response to IRS Tax Exceptions for Domestic Violence Survivors

FUTURES' response and recommendations regarding the IRS and Department of Treasury provisions outlining tax credits for health insurance for domestic violence survivors.
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30th Anniversary of FVPSA

30 Year of the Family Violence Prevention & Services Act. Learn More
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Children and Domestic Violence Public Policy

Domestic violence rarely has only one victim. Children are often present when their mothers are beaten by husbands or boyfriends–slightly more than half of female victims of domestic violence live in households with children under age twelve. In fact, studies

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20 Year Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act

Celebrating the 20 year anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, the first piece of legislation to address domestic violence at a federal level.
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Women Under the Gun

As the 20th anniversary of The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) approaches this September, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing entitled “VAWA Next Steps: Protecting Women from Gun Violence."
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The Facts on the Violence Against Women Act

Domestic and sexual violence is a health care problem and one of the most significant social determinants of health for women and girls.
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The Facts on Guns and Domestic Violence

Guns and domestic violence are a lethal combination - injuring and killing women every day in the U.S. A gun is the weapon most commonly used in domestic homicides.
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Supreme Court: No Guns for Abusers

In 2009 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the federal ban on gun possession by people convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors.
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Senate Holds Hearing on Intersection of Domestic Violence and Gun Violence

Testimony of Futures Without Violence Board member Jacqueline Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Anna D. Wolf Chair and Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing before Senate Judiciary Committee hearing July 30, 2014
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U.S. Government Allocates $150 Million to Prevent Global Gender-Based Violence

For the first time, U.S. government has allocated $150 million specifically for ending gender-based violence globally.
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IRS Issues New Policy to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence

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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President Signs Act to Prevent Sexual Violence in Military

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

The Invisible War 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.
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Futures Celebrates International Day of the Girl (10/11)

We applaud the United Nations for recognizing the value of girls and declaring October 11th the International Day of the Girl. Every girl deserves to live an empowered life free of discrimination, abuse, economic disparities, and violence.
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What Domestic Violence Advocates Need to Know About How New Health Policy Changes Can Help Survivors of Domestic Violence

This webinar will provide a basic overview of the new health policy changes that support screening and response to domestic violence (DV) by health care providers.
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The Facts on Domestic, Dating, and Sexual Violence

Information and statistics on prevalence in the United States, risk factors, violence and teens and children, consequences of violence, emerging issues, and the prevalence globally.
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Congressional Briefing On “Violence and Abuse: How Health Systems can Help Prevent and Respond”

Remarks on the American Medical Association (AMA)'s commitment to assessing, treating, and preventing domestic violence and some of our recent activities in this arena.
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The Facts on Women, Children and Gun Violence

Information and statistics on women, children, and gun violence.
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Intimate Partner Violence in the United States: 2010 Study

Findings in this report are based on data from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS).
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Compendium of State Statutes and Policies on Domestic Violence and Health Care

The Compendium is an at-a glance summary of state and U.S. territory laws, regulations and other activities relevant to addressing domestic violence in health care settings.
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(Un)Heard Voices: Domestic Violence In The Asian American Community

(Un) Heard Voices is based on the results of a focus group with Asian immigrant women and Asian American women from different backgrounds.
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