Press Release - Media Misses Frighteningly Common Connection Mass Killings have to Domestic Violence Perpetration

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) welcomes the data released today on mass killings – a frightful scourge in our nation. The research indicates that in the majority of cases, the perpetrators knew the victim or victims. Analysis of mass shootings reveals that the majority of these known perpetrators are abusers.

The USA Today article, Beyond Bloodshed, fails to make this connection. Identifying "breakups, estrangements, and family arguments" as the trigger in these cases hints at domestic violence but obfuscates the perpetrator's agency in patterns and threats leading up to the murders.

"In order to work towards preventing these mass murders, we need to first name the underlying reality of domestic violence,” said Monica McLaughlin, Deputy Director of Public Policy at NNEDV. “Perpetrators haven’t snapped from a specific ‘family dispute’ – they are continuing their reign of terror and control. They are carrying out their plans, often clearly stated, to kill their partners and families.”

The report notes that there are failures in the response systems that could have helped prevent these murders. Advocates know that domestic violence homicides are predictable and preventable. To that end, NNEDV is working in partnership with our national allies to enact targeted legislation to keep firearms out of the hands of abusers. We work to strengthen the law enforcement response to domestic violence, including issuance and enforcement of protective orders. We advocate for training across the spectrum of responders to ensure that domestic violence is recognized and that threats are taken seriously. We work to improve survivors’ access to pathways to safety, including shelter, housing, legal assistance, and economic opportunities.

NNEDV calls on the media to name and acknowledge both domestic violence and the pernicious, calculated role that perpetrators play in committing interpersonal and mass violence.

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The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the leading national voice for domestic violence victims and their allies. NNEDV’s membership includes all 56 state and territorial coalitions against domestic violence, including over 2,000 local programs. NNEDV has been advancing the movement against domestic violence for 25 years, having led efforts among domestic violence advocates and survivors in urging Congress to pass the landmark Violence Against Women Act of 1994. To learn more about NNEDV, please visit www.nnedv.org.

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Press Release - Announcing the 9th Annual #DVcounts Census

Report reveals gaps in domestic violence service provision, highlights successes

For Immediate Release: June 8, 2015 – For the ninth consecutive year, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) conducted its annual National Census of Domestic Violence Services on September 10, 2014 and today released their analysis of that data in the report: Domestic Violence Counts: A 24-hour Census of Domestic Violence Shelters and Services.

“According to the CDC, 10,773 babies are born each day in America,” said Kim Gandy, NNEDV President and CEO. “Contrasting this heartwarming number is the devastating 10,871 unmet requests for help, shelter, counseling, and services from victims in just one day across the United States. We can and must fund these local shelters and hotlines so they are not turning even one survivor away.”

In just one 24-hour period, local domestic violence programs across the country provided help and safety to 67,646 adults and children who were victims of domestic violence. Thanks to the tireless work of resourceful local programs, survivors were given a safe place to stay and resources and tools to escape violence and abuse.

Yet on the very same day, there were 10,871 requests for services that could not be met due to a lack of funding. The 2014 census report revealed that reduced funding for domestic violence services means that programs are unable to help survivors with shelter, attain legal help, or leave abusive partners.

The census was held on September 10, 2014, and collected information from almost 90 percent of the domestic violence programs from across the United States. Using data collected from these programs, the 2014 census report identifies needs that were met and unmet on September 10th and provides a snapshot of how budget cuts are affecting the staffing and resources of these organizations.

“This landmark report would not be possible without the support of local and state level-victim advocates, the Avon Foundation for Women, Google, Facebook, Verizon, and the Allstate Foundation,” said Gandy.

The report also chronicles harrowing stories of resilience and recovery from individual survivors. An advocate in Michigan shared this survivor’s experience, “A woman with two children entered our shelter after severe abuse by her husband. At one point her abuser poured transmission fluid on her and her toddler and threatened to ignite them with a lighter. She found safety and security at our shelter and is applying to enter our transitional housing program.”

These stories also highlight the importance of the frontline support and help that advocates provide to survivors every day. An Idaho advocate shared this story, “A survivor we worked with told us how grateful she was for meeting people who were knowledgeable, loving, and caring. She said she felt truly safe for the first time in more than a decade.”

Unfortunately, as a result of insufficient funding, programs were forced to cut over 1,300 staff positions in 2014. Most of these positions (76%) were direct service providers, such as shelter staff or legal advocates. This means that there were fewer advocates to answer calls for help or to provide needed services.

Learn more about the 2014 census here: http://nnedv.org/census

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The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the leading national voice for domestic violence victims and their allies. NNEDV’s membership include all 56 state and territorial coalitions against domestic violence, including over 2,000 local programs. NNEDV has been advancing the movement against domestic violence for 25 years, having led efforts among domestic violence advocates and survivors in urging Congress to pass the landmark Violence Against Women Act of 1994. To learn more about NNEDV, please visit www.nnedv.org.

For more information please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. since several staff monitor this email and can provide a speedy response.

Cindy Southworth, Executive Vice President
National Network to End Domestic Violence
Cell: 202-431-2499 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Press Release - Advocates from Over 40 States Descend on Capitol Hill to Call for Funding and Legislation to Address Domestic Violence

National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) hosts 
Advocacy Days Conference during its 25th anniversary celebration

Washington, D.C., June 2, 2015 – This week, NNEDV is hosting its annual Advocacy Days Conference to advocate for improved legislation and increased funding to prevent and end domestic violence. NNEDV is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, reflecting on the progress that has been made for survivors as well as the barriers that still exist.

Coalition leaders and victim advocates from most U.S. states and territories are in Washington, DC to meet with lawmakers and promote key legislative priorities. The Advocacy Day Conference is a chance for leaders from each state to meet with their Members of Congress to discuss vital funding and legislative concerns in order to better respond to domestic violence. These include desperately needed funding for victim service programs under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), and the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA).

"Our theme this year, 'Be a Voice,' encapsulates NNEDV's mission," said Kim Gandy, President and CEO of NNEDV. "These passionate and committed advocates and survivors will be voices for peace and safety and against violence, degradation and abuse."

The 2015 Advocacy Days Conference includes a Congressional reception hosted by Google in their Washington, DC office. Senators and Representatives who have been champions for survivors and their advocates will be recognized for their leadership.

"These champions in Congress are our partners in the work to address and end domestic violence," said Gandy. "We are grateful for their above-and-beyond leadership and their commitment to survivors."

Participating advocates will share their experiences with their Members of Congress, and will urge Congress to fully fund domestic violence programs and pass legislation to protect all victims of domestic violence.

Funding: Though the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), and the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) have been very successful, increased funding is needed to reach more victims. In 2014, in just one 24-hour period there were over 10,800 unmet requests for services. VAWA and FVPSA must be fully funded and VOCA must release more funds in order to reduce the unacceptably high number of unmet requests and to protect victims of domestic violence.

Reducing Homicides: Advocates are calling on Congress to pass firearms legislation that will reduce domestic violence homicides. Supportive legislation would include prohibiting those convicted of dating violence and stalking from possessing a gun, and would require removal of a firearm at the time that a temporary protection order is granted. Additionally Congress should incentivize states to improve their entry of domestic violence information into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) so that convicted abusers will have a harder time purchasing weapons.

"NNEDV and our national network of advocates have seen remarkable progress in the effort to end violence against women through improved federal legislation like the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVSPA)," said Gandy. "Still in this country an average of three women are killed each day by their current or former partners, and on an average day over 10,000 requests for services went unmet. We will continue to urge Congress to join us in helping victims by supporting improvements in legislation and increased funding for services."

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The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the leading national voice for domestic violence victims and their allies. NNEDV’s membership include all 56 state and territorial coalitions against domestic violence, including over 2,000 local programs. NNEDV has been advancing the movement against domestic violence for 25 years, having led efforts among domestic violence advocates and survivors in urging Congress to pass the landmark Violence Against Women Act of 1994. To learn more about NNEDV, please visit www.nnedv.org.

For more information please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. since several staff monitor this email and can provide a speedy response.

Cindy Southworth, Executive Vice President
National Network to End Domestic Violence
Cell: 202-431-2499 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Press Release - Kansas Denim Day April 29

Kansas Denim Day April 29

KDHE Working to Prevent Sexual Violence

TOPEKA, KS, April 15, 2015 – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is recognizing April as Sexual Violence Awareness Month by participating in Denim Day on April 29. Denim Day is a response to a 1999 Italian Supreme Court ruling that overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has been a symbol of support for victims of sexual violence and protest against the idea that a victim could cause their own rape.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States, nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 59 men have been raped in their lifetime and 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men experienced sexual violence victimization other than rape at some point in their lifetime (2011 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey). In Kansas during 2011, nearly 1 in 10 women 18 years and older had experienced unwanted sex in their lifetime (2011 Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System).

“Sexual violence is a major public health issue. Kansas women who experienced unwanted sex were more likely to have diagnosed depression, diagnosed anxiety, self-rated fair/poor health and thought about taking their lives in the past year,” said KDHE Secretary Susan Mosier, MD, MBA. “If you have been a victim of sexual assault either by a stranger, acquaintance or an intimate partner, know that there is help.”

To find sexual and domestic violence help in your area, visit www.kcsdv.org or call the Kansas Crisis Hotline at 1-888-363-2287.

If your organization would like to participate in Kansas Denim Day contact Laurie Hart, Kansas Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Program Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 785-296-8476.

KDHE’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Program provides resources and technical assistance to communities and schools to assist in the development, enhancement and evaluation of local sexual violence prevention and education initiatives. For additional information on the Kansas Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Program visit www.kdheks.gov/rpe.

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At KDHE, our mission is to protect and improve the health and environment of all Kansans.

Through education, direct services and the assessment of data and trends, coupled with policy development and enforcement, KDHE will improve health and quality of life. We prevent illness, injuries and foster a safe and sustainable environment for the people of Kansas.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2015
KDHE Office of Communications
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Press Release - National Sexual Violence Resource Center recognizes leaders in sexual assault prevention

U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski among 30 professionals
honored with national award

ENOLA, PA, April 6, 2015 – The National Sexual Violence Resource Center, an expert in sexual violence prevention and response, announces 30 recipients of the 2015 Visionary Voice Award. The multidisciplinary group of honorees is selected for their outstanding work toward ending sexual violence. The Visionary Voice Award is presented annually by the NSVRC in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a national campaign held each April to raise awareness about preventing sexual violence. The award is presented to a wide range of industry professionals nominated by state, territory and tribal coalitions. This year’s award recipients include U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, and Circuit Court Judge John Threet of Arkansas. “We are pleased to honor these individuals for their commitment to ending the epidemic of sexual assault in communities across the country,” NSVRC Director Karen Baker said. “Sexual violence is preventable. We thank our Visionary Voice Award recipients for their important work in educating communities about the shared responsibility everyone has in preventing sexual assault.”

Here is a complete list of this year’s Visionary Voice recipients:

  • Justin Boardman, nominated by Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Stephanie Smith Bowman, nominated by Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence
  • Suzanne Cassidy, nominated by Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
  • Joanna Cifredo, nominated by District of Columbia Rape Crisis Center
  • Shelli Collins, nominated by Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
  • Deborah Downing, nominated by Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance
  • Donna Dunn, nominated by Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Tiffany Eskelson-Maestas, nominated by Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Theresa Fears, nominated by Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
  • Rachel Freeman, nominated by Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Amy Goldberg, M.D., nominated by Day One
  • Lawrence E. Hasley, nominated by West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information Services
  • Kiona Heath, nominated by Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Eva C. Jones, nominated by Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Jared Konecny, nominated by Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
  • Jessica Ladd-Webert, nominated by Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Christina Meneses, nominated by Missouri Coalition Against Rape
  • U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, nominated by Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Jennifer Nadler, M.S.Ed, nominated by New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • J. Basil O’Mallan III, nominated by Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence
  • Kelly Parsley, nominated by Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Robin Phipps, nominated by Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
  • Leah Prescott-Burgess, nominated by Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services
  • Ann Rausch, nominated by Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Barbara Hough Roda, nominated by Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
  • Nirvana Gonzalez Rosa, nominated by Puerto Rico Coalition Against DV and SA
  • Abby Tassel, nominated by New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Judge John Threet, nominated by Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Isa Woldeguiorguis, nominated by Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
  • Kym Worthy, nominated by Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence

To learn more about the 2015 Visionary Voice Award recipients, visit: nsvrc.org/saam/award

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NSVRC
123 North Enola Drive
Enola, PA 17025
Toll Free: (877) 739-3895
Phone: (717) 909-0710
Fax: (717) 909-0714
TTY: (717) 909-0715
www.nsvrc.org

 

Laura Palumbo, Prevention Campaign Specialist
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
877-739-3895, ext. 128; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) leads the U.S. in providing professional support to local and state anti-sexual violence organizations. The NSVRC collaborates with partners nationwide to create research-based resources that focus on how to prevent and respond to sexual violence. The organization has the nation’s largest library of resources on sexual violence and prevention. To learn more, go to nsvrc.org.

 

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