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NCADV Mourns SCOTUS Decisions, Praises Congress for Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence mourns the catastrophic Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) rulings issued in the cases of NYSRPA v. Bruen (yesterday, undermining gun safety laws) and Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization (today, overturning Roe v. Wade). While we mourn, we also praise Congress for passing the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.   Says Ruth M. Glenn, NCADV’s President & CEO, “These two court rulings show how deeply ent... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Friday, June 24, 2022

NCADV Commends Senate Negotiators for Partially Closing Dating Loophole in Legislative GVP Package

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) commends the bipartisan Senate negotiators for including a provision to partially close the dating loophole in the just-released legislative package to address gun violence in the United States. Most women murdered annually in the U.S. are killed by domestic abusers, most of these are killed using firearms, and most are murdered by dating partners rather than spouses. “The provisions pertaining to dating partners in this bill are... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, June 23, 2022

NCADV Applauds Senators Negotiating Gun Violence Prevention Framework for Including Firearm Access by Adjudicated Abusers

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) applauds the bipartisan group of Senators negotiating the gun violence prevention framework for including provisions relating to firearm access by adjudicated abusers. Most women murdered in the United States are killed by intimate partners and most women murdered by intimate partners are killed with firearms. Although most intimate partner homicides are committed by dating partners, federal laws restricting access to firearms by adjudi... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, June 13, 2022

Including Domestic Violence in #ShowUsYourLeave

#ShowUsYourLeave is shining a needed light on how companies support their employees outside of work. TheSkimm started this empowering and inspiring movement, and it has been amazing to see the LinkedIn feed fill up with companies sharing comprehensive, thoughtful, and generous plans to support parenting, caregiving, and well-being.  However, there is one glaring omission from each of these #ShowUsYourLeave memes and the important policies behind them: Support for employees experi... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, June 6, 2022

NCADV Appalled by Depp/Heard Verdict, Concerned for Future of #MeToo and #SurvivorSpeaks

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is appalled by the outcome of the Depp/Heard defamation trial and has serious concerns for victims and survivors ability to speak out about their experiences.   History of High-Profile Domestic Violence Cases High-profile cases that shine a light on domestic violence have been a wrongful source of entertainment in this nation for decades now. In 1993, people were making jokes at Lorena (Bobbitt) Gallo’s expense. In 1995, h... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, June 2, 2022

NCADV Celebrates Nomination of Rosie Hidalgo to Lead Office on Violence Against Women

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) celebrates the nomination of Rosie Hidalgo to lead the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) at the Department of Justice. Ms. Hidalgo is a longtime colleague of NCADV and was the 2018 recipient of NCADV’s Voices Rising Policy Change Award. She currently serves on the White House Gender Policy Council as the Senior Advisor on Gender-Based Violence and Special Assistant to the President. Says NCADV’s President/CEO, Ruth M. ... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, May 12, 2022

NCADV Disturbed by Leaked Draft of SCOTUS Majority Opinion Overturning Roe v. Wade

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is gravely disturbed by the leaked draft of Justice Alito’s United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) majority opinion overturning Roe v. Wade. While we recognize that this draft is not a final opinion and we hope that the final ruling upholds Roe v. Wade, hope is insufficient - it is time for action. Says Ruth M. Glenn, NCADV’s President/CEO, “All human beings should have the right to decide what happens to their body, in... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, May 9, 2022

No Ordinary Love

I walk calmly toward the door to the garage. My heart pounding in my chest. Just a few more steps. In my car, out the driveway. As I drive away, my whole body sighs deeply. Am I safe? I glance in the rearview mirror to see if he’s following me. My mind is racing. I call my lawyer, then the locksmith. Just a few minutes before, I was standing in my backyard talking to a repairman about the septic tank. My husband shows up and starts talking to the guy as if he still lives there. I&rsquo... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, May 9, 2022

Action Alert: Organizations, Sign Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations Request Letter

Your advocacy helped secure the 2022 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Now we must urge Congress to fully fund VAWA and related programs in the 2023 federal Fiscal Year (FY23). Tens of millions of people in the United States experience domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking annually. The organizations dedicated to helping these victims and survivors find safety, justice, and healing rely on federal grants to provide critical services. Congress ... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, April 20, 2022

NCADV Celebrates Bipartisan Confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is overjoyed by the Senate’s bipartisan confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to be the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Justice-designate Jackson will be sworn in to replace Justice Stephen Breyer upon his retirement at the end of this term. Says NCADV’s President/CEO, Ruth M. Glenn, “Today, the Senate made history by confirming the first Black woman Supreme Court justice. Justice-designate Jackson is a b... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, April 7, 2022

Forgiveness

As I sit in the hospital waiting to be seen, I try to figure out the events that led me here. The blood rushes down my face and my nose and head throb. I am lucky to be alive, and I pray that I will be okay. I am grateful that I left my house when I did. The nurse walks in and asks if I can hear her. When I look up, I can see the outline of her body, but the details are blurry.  She tells me to follow her back to triage. She pauses, turns back, and looks at me, "Don’t worry yo... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, March 21, 2022

NTF, NCADV Celebrate Passage and Signing of Reauthorized VAWA

The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF), including the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), celebrates the passage and signing into law of S.3623, the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2022, as part of the omnibus appropriations bill. S.3623 reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) up to 2027, includes a number of enhancements to increase access to VAWA-funded programs and improves VAWA’s responsiveness to the needs of... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Tuesday, March 15, 2022

NCADV Rejoices VAWA's Inclusion in Omnibus Bill, Urges Congress to Swiftly Pass Bill

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) rejoices in the inclusion of S.3623, the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2022, in the omnibus appropriations bill. The inclusion of S.3623 in this must-pass package is an important recognition by Congress that the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is critical to the safety of millions of survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Says NCADV’s President/CEO, Ruth M. Glenn, &ldq... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Rebekah’s Last Gift to the World: A Grieving Mother’s Story

This is the story that took place on 333 E Willis St in Monticello, Arkansas on June 24th, 2021. Rebekah, my nineteen-year-old daughter, and I text and talk daily, and on Wednesday, June 23rd, she texts she needs to talk. As soon as I was able, I called to see what was up.  She told me she wanted to move in with me. She wanted to get a job and start saving to get her and Harley, her fiance, a place to stay. Harley was about to go into the National Guard. They were getting their lives tog... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, March 7, 2022

NTF Announces Release of Letter in Support of VAWA Reauthorization

The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF) is pleased to announce the release of a letter in support of S.3623, the Violence Against Women Act of 2022, signed by 740 local, state, territorial, tribal, and national organizations dedicated to ending domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. As the letter states, “S.3623 builds upon the House companion bill H.R.1620 and maintains existing protections, as well as expands VAWA to address persist... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, March 2, 2022

NCADV Endorses SCOTUS Nominee Jackson, Urges Senate to Act Quickly on Confirmation and VAWA Reauthorization

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) celebrates the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. Judge Jackson, described by retiring Justice Breyer as “great, brilliant, decent, with a mix of common sense and thoughtfulness” is one of America’s brightest  legal minds. Judge Jackson is a respected jurist with broad legal experience, including as a public defender, a private-practice lawyer, a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commissio... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Friday, February 25, 2022

NCADV Congratulates Senators for Introducing VAWA Reauthorization Act of 2022

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) congratulates Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) on introducing the Senate’s Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2022 (highlights can be found here). This bill is a bipartisan consensus bill that reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with key enhancements to respond to the needs identified by victims, survivors and domestic violence programs. The... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Action Alert: Day of Action for VAWA with Lead Senators and Angelina Jolie

On January 19, join the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, Angelina Jolie, and Senate sponsors of the upcoming Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization for a policy day of action to ask Senators to co-sponsor and pass the bipartisan consensus bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. On December 16, 2021, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced they had reached a deal on a framewo... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The 5 Most-Read Guest Blog Posts of 2021

As 2021 comes to a close, NCADV is looking back the the guest posts published to our blog this year. We want to share with you the guest blog posts published in 2021. The countdown can be found below. #5 Mad Love "It was a warm September afternoon in 1992 when the world was first introduced to the Maiden of Mischief, the Cupid of Crime, or as most know her as, Harley Quinn. These early years of Harley Quinn’s character development had her by the Jokers side, encour... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, December 30, 2021

NCADV Commends Congress for Including Important Improvements for Survivors in the NDAA

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) commends Congress for including important provisions in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to improve survivor access to safety and justice. These critical changes are responsive to the recommendations made by the Independent Commission on Sexual Assault, led by former White House Advisor on Gender-Based Violence, Lynn Rosenthal, and supported by President Joe Biden and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. They ha... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Domestic Violence Agencies Must Interrogate Violence Against Black Women So Real Healing Can Begin

“Loving blackness is often undervalued, woefully misunderstood, and yet absolutely necessary; it is quintessential counterstory in a white supremist democracy where the devaluation of Black lives has historically been and in many ways still second nature."--- Denise Taliaferro Baszile   I formally worked at a domestic violence and sexual assault agency, requiring all new volunteers and new employees to complete a 40-hour training before working with victims/survivors of thes... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, November 29, 2021

ACTION ALERT: DV/SA Orgs, Join Amicus Brief to Protect Transgender Students!

We are putting out a call for anti-sexual and domestic violence organizations to support a transgender high school student by signing onto an amicus brief in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Drew Adams v. School Board of St. Johns County, Florida. Some of you joined a previous amicus brief filed in this case.  As a reminder, the case was filed by Lambda Legal, and involves Drew Adams, a high school student in Florida who has been denied access to the boys’ rest... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, November 11, 2021

Unknown Battle Scar: The Hidden Wounds

As a senior leader in the Army Reserve, I am trained to be a warrior and to be strong. I am trained to be able to deploy at all times and lead my troops to the Army Standard. I am trained to not show weakness and if I do show any sign of weakness or emotion, I am told to suck it up or get over it. So, when I hear these words constantly, it is ingrained in me that I cannot cry or have a weak moment because I do not want my soldiers, peers, or leaders to think I am not capable of doing my job;... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, November 8, 2021

NCADV Applauds Release of Build Back Better Act Framework, Concerned Critical Support to DV Survivors Stripped from Plan

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) applauds the release of a framework for the Build Back Better Act (BBB), but we are also disappointed that critical support to survivors of domestic violence were stripped from the framework of the plan. The BBB makes historic investments in education, housing, healthcare, food security, climate change prevention and mitigation, and community violence intervention. It also includes critical provisions to provide documented status to mil... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, October 28, 2021

How You Can Help NCADV and Our Work

So far in this blog post series, we’ve covered who NCADV is, what we do, and what we don’t do. To close out the series, we are taking a look at how anyone working to end domestic violence can help NCADV and the work we’re doing to educate, advocate, and raise awareness.   Action Alerts When it comes to NCADV’s policy work at the federal level to support victims, survivors, and advocates, the best way to get the information needed to take action is to sign up fo... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, October 28, 2021

NCADV Applauds House Passage of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act of 2021

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence applauds the House of Representatives for passing H.R.2119, the Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act of 2021. H.R.2119, introduced by Representatives McBath, Young, Moore, and Katko, is a bipartisan, bicameral bill that reauthorizes the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), which has been unauthorized since 2015. H.R.2119 increases the funding authorization, to ensure more programs are able to receive FVPSA fun... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, October 27, 2021

NCADV Releases 2020 Remember My Name

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) released its 2020 "Remember My Name" today, marking the 27th addition to the collection. The poster's release coincides with Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) in October. This year's image was designed by NCADV and can be downloaded from the NCADV website. The 2020 Remember My Name includes the names, ages, and states of 226 victims killed by domestic violence abusers last year as well as an additional 36 victi... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Tuesday, October 26, 2021

NCADV Applauds Biden-Harris Administration for National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) applauds the Biden-Harris Administration for developing and publishing the United States’ first whole-of-government National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality. This strategy is a bold and ambitious roadmap that leads to the fulfillment of NCADV’s vision: a national culture in which all are safe, empowered and free from domestic violence. Says NCADV’s President/CEO, Ruth M. Glenn, “The United States has lagg... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, October 25, 2021

Action Alert: Senate Day of Action on Wednesday

More than six months ago, the House passed H.R.1620, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021, with strong bipartisan support. The Senate is currently negotiating their own bipartisan reauthorization bill. We appreciate Senators Feinstein’s, Ernst’s, and Durbin’s leadership in developing a strong bipartisan bill that meets the needs of survivors and that does not include any rollbacks. In order to ensure VAWA is able to pass both Chambers of Congress and be si... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, October 18, 2021

Debunking 7 Myths about NCADV

Having just celebrated our 43rd year, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is the oldest national grassroots organization working to end domestic violence and advocate for survivors. Since our beginning, evolutions in NCADV’s mission and leadership along with the formation of other critical national organizations working to eliminate domestic violence has led to advancements in our focus. This blog post is the third in a series exploring more in depth NCADV and our w... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Friday, October 15, 2021

SAVE THE DATE: VAWA Senate Day of Action on October 20

SAVE THE DATE! WHAT: VAWA Senate Day of Action WHEN: All day on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 with a 2:00 pm EDT Twitter storm WHY: The House of Representatives passed H.R.1620 more than six months ago, but the Senate has yet to introduce a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that builds on H.R.1620 and includes all survivors. Please use the hashtags #VAWA4All and #VAWA21 for the 2pm EDT Twitterstorm and in all social media activity. ADDITIONAL ACTIONS: Spr... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, October 13, 2021

NCADV’s Work and What We Do

Over the past forty-three years, NCADV’s work has centered the most pressing needs of domestic violence victims and the advocates who serve them. Since our beginning, evolutions in NCADV’s mission and leadership along with the formation of other critical national organizations working to eliminate domestic violence has led to advancements in our focus. This blog post, which is the second in a series, will take a closer look at NCADV’s work and what we do currently. By the ti... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, October 6, 2021

NTF Responds to Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on the Violence Against Women Act

Today’s United States Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, “Renewing and Strengthening the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA),” underscored survivors’ urgent needs. Chair Durbin and Senator Ernst confirmed their commitment to working together to secure a bipartisan bill to reauthorize, modernize, and strengthen VAWA.  The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF) appreciates the Senators’ support for reauthorizing VAWA, and we also apprecia... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, October 6, 2021

NCADV Statement on 2021 Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) released a statement this week acknowledging Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), which is recognized during the month of October. NCADV’s theme for 2021’s DVAM is #WeAreResilient, a reminder of survivor’s resiliency as well as the collective resiliency of the domestic violence movement. “We chose this theme, this year in recognition of the particular challenges we have all faced and moved through, but espe... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Tuesday, October 5, 2021

ALERT: Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Hearing

Tomorrow, October 5, 2021, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on VAWA! Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco will be testifying before the Committee about VAWA’s successes and the importance of reauthorizing this critical legislation. VAWA is one of the main pillars of the Federal government’s response to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. First passed in 1994, it has been reauthorized three times since then, each time with critical e... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, October 4, 2021

Understanding Who NCADV Is

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) was established in 1978 as the first national organization representing the voices and concerns of victims and survivors of domestic violence at the federal policy level. Over the past forty-three years, NCADV’s work centered the most pressing needs of domestic violence victims and the advocates who serve them. Since our beginning, evolutions in NCADV’s mission and leadership along with the formation of other critical nation... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Friday, September 24, 2021

ACTION ALERT: Contact Your Representative and Tell Them to Vote YES on Reauthorize and Strengthen FVPSA

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) is one of the three pillars of the Federal response to domestic violence. It provides core funding for more than 1,500 domestic violence programs nationwide and supports more than 240 tribes and tribal organizations as well funding state domestic violence coalitions and funding a network of training and technical assistance resource centers. It also funds the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the StrongHearts Native Helpline. FVPSA ... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Friday, September 24, 2021

NCADV Denounces Law Restricting Abortion in Texas, Applauds President Biden and AG Garland for Taking Action

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) denounces the United States Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) refusal to block the unprecedented restrictions on abortion after S.B.8 was allowed to take effect in the state of Texas on September 1st, 2021. NCADV also applauds President Biden for his swift response in calling for a launch of a “whole-of-government effort” to ensure pregnant people in Texas keep their constitutional right to abortion, including Attorney General ... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, September 15, 2021

NCADV Announces 2021 Award Winners

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) announced today six (6) 2021 Recognizing (Y)Our Resilience: Revive, Renew, Restore award recipients, who will be honored for their commitment to a national culture where we are all safe, empowered and free from domestic violence at NCADV's conference. Awardees include Jessica Woolbright (Lifetime Impact Award), Judith Naraine (Survivor Activist Award), Kiahnna Patterson (Media Award), Alice Miles (Media Award), and Global Rights for... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, July 29, 2021

ACTION ALERT: Contact Senators about VOCA THIS WEEK!

Senator Schumer is planning to ask the Senate to allow a vote on the VOCA fix this week. We need every Senator to support their plan to pass the bill! Background As, you know, on March 17, the House of Representatives passed the VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021 (“the VOCA Fix Act”) with overwhelming bipartisan support. This critical legislation will prevent devastating cuts to federal funding for victim service programs through the Victims of Crime Act (&ld... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Tuesday, July 13, 2021

The Aftermath of Domestic Violence

"I don't give a shit about your stupid little teen soap opera." A seemingly simple statement, albeit a bit nasty. But it was said with such vitriol that it stopped me in my tracks for a second. It was the first time he had ever spoken to me like that, and I was caught off guard by the gruff in his voice. All I wanted to do was watch a show that comforted me, and I was super confused as to why he was reacting this way. I ultimately shrugged it off. It was only years later as I w... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, July 12, 2021

NCADV Statement on VOCA Fix's Failure to Pass in Senate by Unanimous Consent

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) applauds Senator Durbin for his commitment to enacting the VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021 (VOCA fix), as well as Senators Murkowski, Shaheen, and Leahy, all of whom have spoken on the Senate floor and/or in a committee hearing in support of “the VOCA fix.” We appreciate Senator Durbin’s two attempts to pass the VOCA fix by unanimous consent, a process that allows a bill to pass without a floor v... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, July 1, 2021

ACTION ALERT: VOCA Lunch and Lobby on June 21st

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is joining Newtown Action Alliance’s weekly Lunch and Lobby to encourage the Senate to vote on the House-passed VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021. This critical legislation will prevent devastating cuts to federal funding for victim service programs through the Victims of Crime Act. However, we have yet to see movement on the Senate companion bill, S.611. The situation is dire! Federal grants to victim servi... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Action Alert: VOCA Day of Action on June 8th

ACTION ALERT! Contact Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Senate Minority Leader McConnell, and tell them to bring VOCA to the floor for a vote! On March 17, the House of Representatives passed the VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021 (“the VOCA Fix Act”) with overwhelming bipartisan support. This critical legislation will prevent devastating cuts to federal funding for victim service programs through the Victims of Crime Act (“VOCA”). However, we ha... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, June 7, 2021

What Will My Job Think?

In 2018, I was fired for becoming a mother. Until that point, I had a long and prestigious marketing career and high hopes for my future. But that future quickly escaped me. While job hunting, every interviewer asked about the end date on my resume. I was forced to disclose that I was a new mom and that’s where most conversations ended.  I found myself pushed out of the labor force and into being a stay-at-home mom completely dependent on my husband. The experience shocked me to m... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, May 3, 2021

Mad Love

            It was a warm September afternoon in 1992 when the world was first introduced to the Maiden of Mischief, the Cupid of Crime, or as most know her as, Harley Quinn. First appearing in Batman: The Animated Series, the episode “Joker’s Favor” opens to Harley Quinn, dressed in her red and black jester suit, cheering on the narcissistic Joker as he parades around and shares his latest crime scheme. Harley Quinn was... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, April 26, 2021

ACTION ALERT: NTF Applauds the House Passage of VAWA, Urges Senate to Pass Immediately

The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence applauds the House of Representatives for passing H.R.1620, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021, with strong bipartisan support. H.R.1620 is a modest bill with targeted enhancements that increase access to services and prevention for all survivors, including survivors of color whose needs have been not been addressed in previous Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) bills. H.R.1620: Supports Communities of Color; I... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, March 17, 2021

NCADV Commends Recent Survivor-Centric Federal Actions

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) commends the 117th Congress and the Biden Administration for their leadership in pursuing survivor-centric action at the federal level of government. Three recent news items signaled a shift in prioritizing survivors of gender-based violence.   On January 19th, then President-elect Biden announced the formation of a White House Gender Policy Council with the intention of “advancing the country towards gender equality.&rdquo... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, March 15, 2021

The Apartment Game After the Divorce

I don’t get why we have to move and Stan can stay in the house. But he’s the one that owns it. My dad always gives my mom money each week. He’s in charge of everything because he owns everything and makes all the money. I’m nervous about switching schools again. I’m in fifth grade now and new schools are getting old. Two weeks later, my mother and sister and I move out of our three- bedroom house and into a dingy two-bedroom apartment across town. Our new apart... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, March 15, 2021

ACTION ALERT: NTF Applauds the Introduction of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021 and Urges Action

The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF) applauds House Judiciary Crime Subcommitte Chairwoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18) and Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1) for introducing H.R.1620, the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021. H.R.1620 is a slightly updated reintroduction of last session’s Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019, which passed the House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support. The NTF is a... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, March 8, 2021
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