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A (Not So Brief) History of NCADV: A Timeline

Next year marks the 40th anniversary of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. As we prepare our celebrations for this historic event, we wanted to share with you some of our history. Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, March 30, 2017

Show your Support for Programs and Services Vital to the Safety and Well-Being of Victim and Survivors

Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI-04) is circulating her annual Dear Colleague letter requesting funding for Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and Family Violence Prevention & Services Act (FVPSA), which funds programs and services vital to the safety and well-being of victims and survivors of intimate partner violence and other forms of gender-based violence. Ask Your Representatives to Sign the VAWA/FVPSA Dear Colleague Letter! Contact your Representative now and ask him/her... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, March 27, 2017

NCADV Welcomes Three New Members to Board of Directors

Later this month, three new faces will be present at NCADV's March Board of Directors meeting. We are thrilled to announce Kristi Hall-Jiran of the Community Violence Intervention Center, Lynne Medley Long of Iris Domestic Violence Center, and Lt. Mark Wynn of Wynn Consulting are joining NCADV's board. New Board Member: Kristi Hall-Jiran Kristi Hall-Joran, Executive Director of the Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC) in Grand Forks, is a leader who has actively engaged... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, February 27, 2017

NCADV Announces New Project to Address Teen Dating Violence

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is developing a new project that addresses teen dating violence. In partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital education content for K-12 classrooms, and with funding from Verizon, NCADV is creating resources that will engage youth ages 12-18 on the subjects of healthy relationships and teen dating violence and support school educators in their delivery of the content. Available at no cost, these resources will... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Friday, February 24, 2017

NCADV Concerned About ICE Arresting Domestic Violence Victim

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is very concerned about the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) arrest of a victim of domestic violence in El Paso, Texas last week. In what should have been a place of refuge from abuse, the victim was the subject of yet another assault, this time on her freedom.As Ms. Gonzalez was seeking a protection order, she was detained in the courthouse by ICE agents in preparation for deportation. Her abuser assaulted her yet again,... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, February 16, 2017

Ask Your Senators to Oppose Andrew Puzder's Nomination

Andrew Puzder, President Trumps' nominee for Secretary of Labor, is unfit to serve in that position. The Secretary of Labor's role is "to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights." Mr.Puzder's performance as Chief Executive of CKE Restaurants (the parent corporation of Hardee's and Carl's Junior) and his... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, February 13, 2017

NCADV Remains Concerned About AG Sessions

This week, Congress confirmed Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) to be Attorney General (AG) of the United States. NCADV remains concerned about AG Sessions becoming the top legal advocate for victims based on his confirmation testimony, voting record, and history of comments and statements, as noted below. Senator Sessions voted against the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013, claiming it was a politically motivated bill designed to make Republicans look bad. ... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Friday, February 10, 2017

Quick Guide: Teen Dating Violence

The domestic violence field is learning new things all the time. One area that’s increased in awareness is dating violence, especially among high school and college students. February has been designated as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month to help boost that effort. So, how serious is dating violence for high schoolers? Nearly 21% of female high school students and 13.4% of male high school students report being physically or sexually abused by a dating partner . ... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Best YouTube Videos of Domestic Violence Survivors

NCADV is the voice of victims and survivors of domestic violence in the United States, and we are always brainstorming new ways to share their voices. This blog is one way we share them. Another is through our newest addition to our YouTube channel: the #SurvivorSpeaks playlist , a curated collection of videos that feature a domestic violence survivor speaking about abuse. When survivors speak, it's a powerful message. We want to keep adding to this playlist, and we want to hear from you.... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, February 2, 2017

Quick Guide to Stalking: 16 Important Statistics, and What You Can Do About It

January kicks off the new calendar year along with an important reminder as it’s recognized as National Stalking Awareness Month . Stalking is something many victims and survivors of domestic violence must contend with as part of their abuser’s pattern of control and power, as former and current intimate partners often use stalking to terrorize their victims. What Is Stalking? Stalking is defined by the federal government as a course of conduct directed at an individual that “places... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, January 30, 2017

Lobbying for Domestic Violence Victims and Survivors

Lobbying and legislative activism is something that anyone can do as way to make their voice heard to the people who represent them in government. For NCADV and our supporters, raising awareness of domestic violence and ensuring the safety of victims and survivors are a critical part of this conversation. So far in our “Lobbying for Change” blog series, we’ve examined how Congress passes laws and how to contact your members of Congress to share your opinions. We’ve also reviewed... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, January 26, 2017

Tell Congress to Protect VAWA!

The Hill is reporting  that President-elect Trump's transition team wants to eliminate Violence Against Women Grants, Legal Services funding, and reduce funding for civil rights enforcement, including Title IX. While the President-elect's budget does not have the force of law - Congress makes all funding decisions - if Congress chooses to follow his lead, the consequences could be disastrous for victims and survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, January 19, 2017

NCADV Participates in Women's March on Washington

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence is participating as an official supporter of the National Women’s March on Washington. The Women’s March on Washington is significant in mission and message.   NCADV is proud to partner with the Women’s March and we stand in solidarity with those advocating for all women’s rights. Women’s rights are human rights and we as NCADV march to  to reiterate our unyielding commitment to holding our nation’s leaders accountable to doing everything... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, January 19, 2017

Your Members of Congress Need to Hear from You on Jeff Sessions' Confirmation as Attorney General

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), President-elect Trump's nominee for Attorney General, had the opportunity last week to appear in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee to convince the Committee and the American people that he can be trusted to serve as the nation's chief law enforcement officer. He failed. Senator Sessions failed to convince us that he will enforce the law for all victims, he failed to convince us that he will defend ALL of VAWA, and he failed to... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Why Increasing Federal Funding to Domestic Violence Programs Matters

A common thing we hear at NCADV is, “We need better laws to protect domestic violence victims.” And we couldn’t agree more. That’s why NCADV has a public policy office to influence legislators when they are considering bills and laws that impact the lives of domestic violence survivors. Many voices are better than one, especially when it comes to lobbying for change with our Nation’s leaders. So, how do you lobby to create the change you want to see in the world? In a series of blog... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Domestic Violence and Firearms

A common thing we hear at NCADV is, “We need better laws to protect domestic violence victims.” And we couldn’t agree more. That’s why NCADV has a public policy office to influence legislators when they are considering bills and laws that impact the lives of domestic violence survivors. Many voices are better than one, especially when it comes to lobbying for change with our Nation’s leaders. So, how do you lobby to create the change you want to see in the world? In a series of blog... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Lobbying for Change: The Art of Lobbying

A common thing we hear at NCADV is, “We need better laws to protect domestic violence victims.” And we couldn’t agree more. That’s why NCADV has a public policy office to influence legislators when they are considering bills and laws that impact the lives of domestic violence survivors. Many voices are better than one, especially when it comes to lobbying for change with our Nation’s leaders. So, how do you lobby to create the change you want to see in the world? In a series of blog... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Lobbying for Change: Lobbying 101

A common thing we hear at NCADV is, “We need better laws to protect domestic violence victims.” And we couldn’t agree more. That’s why NCADV has a public policy office to influence legislators when they are considering bills and laws that impact the lives of domestic violence survivors. Many voices are better than one, especially when it comes to lobbying for change with our Nation’s leaders. So, how do you lobby to create the change you want to see in the world? In a series of blog... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Preventing Teen Dating Violence

Domestic violence occurs in dating relationships as well as marriages. Almost 21% of female high school students and 13% of male high school students reported being physically or sexually abused by a dating partner. With as many as 1.5 million U.S. high school students being physically abused each year , domestic violence is something that needs to be discussed in communities nationwide. One community in North Carolina has been working on just that and is the focus of NCADV's December... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, November 28, 2016

NCADV Calls on President-elect Trump to Remove Steve Bannon and Continue to Reject Frank Gaffney From White House Appointments

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) exhorts President-Elect Trump to prove there is no room in the White House for hatred and bigotry by removing Steve Bannon from any role in the Trump Administration. In addition to his well-known embrace of white nationalism, misogyny, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism and other forms of bigotry, Mr. Bannon is an accused domestic abuser. Police photographs which have been made public appear to support his then-wife's claim that he... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Friday, November 18, 2016

We Will Continue to Speak

Every four years, we as a nation are faced with change.   At NCADV , we work to ensure that no matter who sits in the Oval Office, we never change our mission .  We continue to work toward a society that has no tolerance for domestic violence.  We give the same energy and passion to the voices and concerns of victims and survivors and the intersecting issues, no matter who the President-elect. As we grasp what has occurred this week, we want to let you know: we are not changing. Our... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, November 10, 2016

7 NCADV Conference Quotes That Will Inspire You

NCADV's national conference on domestic violence was held last week in Chandler, Arizona. Over the course of four days, 100+ speakers, advocates, and survivors came together for 55 workshops, intensives, plenaries, and keynotes. There was a lot of discussions about critical topics, which we'll talk about later this week in another post. But until then, enjoy these seven quotes from the 2016 NCADV conference that are guaranteed to inspire you. "When women come together united in vision,... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, November 3, 2016

Philanthropy Isn’t Always Sexy

This post originally appeared on Women You Should Know and has been republished with the permission of the author. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and we need to discuss some numbers. From September 11, 2001  to June 6, 2012, more American women were killed by intimate partners than all of the victims of 9/11 plus all of the American military fatalities due to the ensuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, combined. The numbers aren’t even close. According to... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Saturday, October 15, 2016

Remember My Name: A Brief History

Last week, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence released its 2015 edition of the Remember My Name poster. The poster lists the names, ages, and states of 323 women, children, and men who lost their lives due to domestic violence from the previous year. The poster’s release is timed for release in October to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, giving organizations and individuals a way to honor and remember those who died because of domestic violence. While the... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, October 13, 2016

Poem: A Daughter’s Perspective

A Daughter’s Perspective The door shuts Like the eyes of the giant That torment her sleep. She listens anxiously as his steps Fade down the tenement hallway. Never before has she felt This exhausted. Never again will she feel this relieved. Mama don’t you worry, she says, as she barges into her mother’s bedroom, He’s gone for good this time. Yeah, I know, Mama says, As the tears run down her face Into the tenement hallway. Tre Wharton is a 28-year-old poet from Southern... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Friday, October 7, 2016

Quick Guide: What Is Domestic Violence?

Two words, one big concept – domestic violence. Formerly known as “wife beating”, sometimes used interchangeably with intimate partner violence, and including a number of individual abuses, domestic violence is a problem that impacts individuals but must be addressed as a nation. Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. Understanding what domestic violence is and... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Voices: The NCADV Blog

Dear Readers, Welcome to the NCADV  blog!  We are very excited to use this space to discuss and inform, listen and hear, and share as much as possible with our allies and readers.  We feel this blog will be a great addition to the other resources and tools that we provide to you, our constituents. As we move forward with this and our other projects , we also hope that you will participate and inform NCADV, formally and informally, as well as reflect upon your hard work and the work of... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, September 26, 2016