On February 28, the U.S. House of Representatives took up the Senate-passed bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and passed this vital legislation by a bipartisan vote of 286-138, including 87 republicans voting in favor. The Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence (NNADV) applauds the Members of Congress who led the fight and voted for VAWA’s passage.
“Advocates and survivors have been working on this bill for years and are both elated and relieved to see it reauthorized, says Sue Meuschke, executive director, NNADV. “We thank the Nevada Congressional delegation for their unanimous support of this bill.”
Snapshot of Nevada:
Earlier this month, both Nevada senators voted “Yea” on the VAWA Reauthorization:
Today, the following Nevada representatives voted “Yea” on the VAWA Reauthorization:
The legislation that passed today is a strong reauthorization that includes landmark protections for women on Tribal lands, improves protections for immigrant victims, ensures services for LGBT survivors as well as people with disabilities and the elderly, and adds important housing protections for victims. The bill also preserves and maintains core funding for life-saving victim services.
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) enacted in 1994, recognizes domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking as serious, devastating, and life-threatening crimes. VAWA programs have greatly enhanced systematic changes that give law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges the tools they need to hold offenders accountable and keep communities safe while supporting victims. VAWA supports comprehensive, effective and cost saving responses to these crimes while meeting the needs of victims and will continue to save countless lives through the community-based services it provides. For more information on VAWA including fact sheets on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, visit 4vawa.org. You can view the entire bill (S.47) here.
A Global Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls
Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence (NNADV) is encouraging individuals, schools, organizations, and businesses in Nevada to join with activists around the world for One Billion Rising, the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.
One Billion Rising began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls violated – one billion daughters, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, lovers, and friends. Yet, most of the world remains silent and indifferent. The time has come to put a stop to the violence, and to the silence that surrounds it.
On February 14, 2013, V-Day’s 15th anniversary, your school, organization, or business can join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and women and men across the world as they express their outrage, demand change, strike, dance and rise in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding at last an end to violence against women. V-Day wants the world to see the collective strength, the numbers, and the solidarity across borders to say NO to violence against women and girls.
Already thousands of activists and organization around the globe have signed on and events are being planned in 182 countries. Women’s, human rights, labor, economic justice, environmental, faith-based, and LGBTQ groups, as well as artists and high profile lawmakers are coming together. Some organizations have adopted the movement’s dance anthem, BREAK THE CHAIN! and are organizing flash mobs in high profile locations across the world.
“This revolutionary event provides an excellent opportunity to draw attention upon the epidemic of gender-based violence,” says Sue Meuschke, NNADV’s executive director, by creating your own community-wide event or join other events being organized across the country to emphasize the injustice facing survivors of abuse.”
To express your concern, build awareness, and demand change, sign-up at www.onebillionrising.org. For a listing of events in Nevada, you can search by state, organization sponsor, date scheduled, or zip code.
What can one person do to make a difference and increase awareness about ending violence? Invite your friends to participate in a “day of action” event that demands an end to violence by:
In 2012, over 5,800 V-Day events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls. To learn more about the V-Day organization, visit www.vday.org.
The Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence (NNADV) endorses many of the recommendations outlined by President Obama and Vice President Biden in response to the devastating impact of gun violence. This initiative represents a significant step in making our country a safer place by supporting targeted, effective policies that respond to gun violence.
Nationally, more than three women a day, on average, are killed by an intimate partner, and guns play a large role in the level of lethality. Access to firearms dramatically increases the risk of intimate partner homicide, compared to instances where there are no weapons, and that abusers who possess guns tend to inflict the most severe abuse on their partners. According to a study released by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) on September 19, 2012, Nevada ranked first in the nation in the rate of women killed by men for the third year in a row with a rate of 2.62 per 100,000. This rate was more than double the national average. Nevada has held the top position for five of the last six years.
Snapshot of Nevada, according to the annual VPC report, When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2010 Homicide Data:
“The protections and restrictions on guns announced this week will reduce the risks for victims of domestic violence,” states Sue Meuschke, executive director of the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence. “The President’s Plan addresses key safety concerns. Of particular concern is universal screening. Currently individuals convicted of domestic violence or who have an active Extended Order for Protection against domestic violence are prohibited from possessing firearms – in fact one study shows this restriction to be the second most common reason for denial of handgun purchase applications. Yet many of those individuals have been able to access guns through private sale, on the Internet, or at gun shows, where background checks are not required, and concern also extends to the implementation of these laws. There are limited resources currently available on the local, state and national levels that have hampered the impact of legislation. More must be done to insure effective implementation.”
“Reducing domestic violence homicide is the responsibility of all Nevada’s communities. As the VPC report points out, women in Nevada are at a higher risk of being victims of homicide perpetrated by people they know and love. Common sense gun laws are a step in the right direction to change this outcome,” concludes Meuschke.
STATISTICS ON GUNS, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND HOMICIDE
Compiled by National Network to End Domestic Violence
Nearly one-third of all women murdered in the United States in recent years were murdered by a current or former intimate partner. In 2010, 1,017 women, more than three a day, were killed by their intimate partners.
Reno NV—January is National Stalking Awareness Month, a time to focus on a crime that affects 6.6 million victims in one year. The theme—“Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It.”—challenges the nation to fight this dangerous crime by learning more about it.
Stalking is a crime in all 50 states, the U.S. Territories and the District of Columbia, yet many victims and criminal justice professionals underestimate its seriousness and impact. In one of five cases, stalkers use weapons to harm or threaten victims, and stalking is one of the significant risk factors for femicide (homicide of women) in abusive relationships. Victims suffer anxiety, social dysfunction, and severe depression at much higher rates than the general population, and many lose time from work or have to move as a result of their victimization.
Stalking is difficult to recognize, investigate, and prosecute. Unlike other crimes, stalking is not a single, easily identifiable crime but a series of acts, a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause that person fear. Stalking may take many forms, such as assaults, threats, vandalism, burglary, or animal abuse, as well as unwanted cards, calls, gifts, or visits. One in four victims reports that the stalker uses technology, such as computers, global positioning system devices, or hidden cameras, to track the victim’s daily activities. Stalkers fit no standard psychological profile, and many stalkers follow their victims from one jurisdiction to another, making it difficult for authorities to investigate and prosecute their crimes. Communities that understand stalking, however, can support victims and combat the crime.
“If more people learn to recognize stalking,” said Sue Meuschke, Executive Director, NNADV, “we have a better chance to protect victims and prevent tragedies.”
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