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Violence Against Women Act House Briefing, January 31, 2012

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Uploaded on Jan 31, 2012

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, rates for sexual violence, stalking, and domestic violence were alarming. 1 in 4 women have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner and nearly 1 in 5 women have been raped in their lifetime. Please join the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women (NTF) for a timely briefing to learn about the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the largest policy effort aimed at responding to and preventing these crimes. First passed in 1994, VAWA supports comprehensive, cost-saving responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and must be reauthorized to ensure a continued federal government response. Since its passage in 1994, more victims report domestic violence to the police and the rate of non-fatal intimate partner violence against women has decreased by 53 percent. In this briefing, national policy experts will highlight the impact of VAWA's lifesaving programs and services and discuss current legislative efforts in Congress to reauthorize and improve VAWA's critical programs for five more years.

FEATURED PANELISTS:
Debi Cain, Executive Director, Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board
Grace Huang, Policy Director, Washington Coalition Against Domestic Violence; and Steering Committee Member, Asian Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence
Kiersten Stewart, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Futures Without Violence
Judge Patricia M. Martin, President, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Monika Johnson Hostler, Executive Director, North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Rev. Dr. Anne Marie Hunter, Director, Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence

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