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Late at night...dear House

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The tv murmurs with redundant sounds,

but nothing else be it abounds.

The world around me seem to sleep

yet I know there is another world which

works while our sleep is deep.

Know this to be true as I have worked it myself

just like Santa’s best elf.

The phone would ring with a new crisis

for this advocate to have no biases…

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This is a subject matter weighing heavily upon my mind, especially in light of certain events in the House. It's disappointing that they would choose politics over what would be right for the victim.

Disappointing Outcome — Yesterday’s Congressional Embarrasments Explained

Yesterday’s Congressional Embarrassments, Explained

By: David Dayen Thursday May 17, 2012 12:40 pm

US Capitol (photo by Truthout.org/flickr)

Let’s recap one of the more pathetic days in a pathetic Congressional session.

In the House, voting concluded on the GOP version of the Violence Against Women Act, a real marker into the rightward shift of that party. On previous occasions with GOP control of Congress, VAWA was reauthorized without incident. This time around, however, while the Senate passed a reauthorization with bipartisan support, 31 Republicans still voted against it. And in the House, the Republicans deleted key measures that would weaken the status quo of the law, eliminating protections for Native Americans, LGBT couples and undocumented immigrants. This drew a veto threat from the White House, and enough negative criticism that the House GOP, with a “manager’s amendment,” pretended to “fix” the bill. The revealing data point here is that hundreds of women’s groups objected to the House version of the bill, but a misogynistic group called the National Coalition for Men endorsed it. Even Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski wrote to House Republicans to implore them to just pass the Senate version of the bill, to no avail.

The bill narrowly passed, with 22 Republicans opposing it. Unbelievably, six Democrats voted for the bill, some to avoid the stigma of “voting against the Violence Against Women Act,” I presume. (Nevada Senate hopeful Shelley Berkley was one of them; the others were ConservaDems John Barrow, David Boren, Jim Matheson, Mike McIntyre and Collin Peterson.)

Over in the Senate, the entire day was taken up by a series of votes on budget measures, none of which had any chance of passing. The Democratic position is that last year’s debt limit deal effectively locked in place the spending targets you would see in a budget resolution, meaning there’s no need to pass one right now. But Republicans forced the issue to embarrass the opposition. And while they succeeded in getting a 0-99 vote for what they called the “President’s budget,” Republicans also voted in large majorities on two occasions for budgets by Paul Ryan and Pat Toomey, which not only end Medicare as we know it and make a number of other unpopular cuts to social programs, but which also allow student loan interest rates to double, after Senate Republicans said specifically they wanted to avoid that outcome.

The budget votes were largely a Republican effort to embarrass President Obama and Democrats for failing to coalesce around a long-term fiscal vision. But it also presented an opportunity for Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) to needle the GOP on a contradiction.

“Does this budget permit the interest rates on student loans to double on July 1?” Harkin asked of the Ryan budget, which has already passed the House.

“It does,” Conrad replied.

“Thank you, senator,” Harkin said.

So there you have it; ideological crusades, unproductive vote-a-ramas, massive contradictions – there’s your 2011-2012 Congress.

Today should be a bit better; the Senate will probably confirm two nominees to vacancies at the Federal Reserve after having rejected other nominees for these positions previously.

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House Passes VAWA with Weakened Tribal Provisions; NCAI Voices Serious Concerns Regarding HR4970

This is so very disappointing…….

House Passes VAWA with Weakened Tribal Provisions; NCAI Voices Serious Concerns Regarding HR�4970

NCAI Calls for House and Senate to Restore Bi-Partisan Tribal Provisions of S.1925

Washington, DC (May 16, 2012) – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted and passed a version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization – HR 4970 – without any of the key tribal jurisdictional provisions intact. The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) has serious concerns about the alternative provisions contained in the House bill and is calling on the House and Senate to restore the bipartisan and constitutionally sound tribal provisions in the Senate version of the bill, S.1925, that create local solutions to the epidemic of domestic violence experienced by Native women.

“Native women aren’t safer as a result of the passage of HR 4970. In fact, the tribal provisions included in this bill create additional hurdles for Indian women seeking protection from violence on tribal lands, and that is unacceptable,” said Juana Majel-Dixon, 1st Vice President of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and co-chair of the NCAI Task Force on Violence Against Women. “Indian Country supports the bipartisan Senate VAWA bill, which contains constitutionally sound tribal provisions that provide local solutions that will deliver long-overdue justice to Native women and safety to tribal communities.”

Passed by a vote of 222-205, the tribal provisions included in HR 4970 would be a step backward in contrast to the bipartisan Senate VAWA bill, supported by NCAI and tribes across the country. Over the past few days, H.R. 4970 has been amended to include provisions that have the potential to cause great confusion surrounding tribes’ authority to issue civil protection orders and that could further endanger Native victims.

HR 4970 would “federalize” the issuance and enforcement of protection orders for Native victims, authorizing Indian victims of domestic violence or Indian tribes on behalf of Indian victims to seek protection orders from U.S. district courts against suspects of abuse. This approach fails to address the crux of the problem – a lack of local authority to handle misdemeanor level domestic and dating violence when the perpetrator is non-Indian. The legislation passed by the House is drafted in a way that undermines the safety and autonomy of victims.

On the other hand, S.1925 contains key tribal provisions that would empower the governmental authorities closest to the alleged criminal activity-tribal police and courts-to intervene early in acts of domestic violence committed by non-Indians within the tribe’s territory, before the violence escalates to the point of serious assault or homicide. These provisions are limited in scope, do not infringe on existing federal or state court jurisdiction, and defendants who stand trial before a tribal court would have the full panoply of constitutional rights.

via House Passes VAWA with Weakened Tribal Provisions; NCAI Voices Serious Concerns Regarding HR 4970 | Tribal Law Updates.

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Additional VAWA Reauthorization Materials

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Here is the Administration’s policy statement on the VAWA reauthorization, largely opposition to the House version.

And here is the House Judiciary Committee Report on the H.R. 4970, VAWA Reauthorization (HRPT-112-HR4970cj).  According to the Report, “The justification for why these provisions are necessary is also questionable. Proponents of these provisions tout unverifiable statistics about the rate of non-Indian violence against Indian women on Indian land…”

Thanks! Keep up the good work and keep us informed! I have some appointments this morning, but will be back online this afternoon.

VAWA Passes Senate without Republican Changes

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Here.

Additional coverage: Indian Country Today Washington Post NY Times

Statement of Sen. Akaka Press Release from NCAI

A personal favorite–Fem 2.0 “After all my reading I’m still loss as to why Republicans do not trust tribal courts.”

Why cannot the VAWA be passed without the Republican changes in the House??? It's going to be a busy, busy day today!! :))

VAWA's Tribal Provisions Better Protect Native Women Locally

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On May 8th, the House Judiciary Committee marked up and passed H.R. 4970, a stripped-down Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) that excludes a number of key provisions found in the Senate bill, including those bearing on the safety of Native women and communities. Get informed! Visit www.indianlaw.org for more information on how to get involved.

The full House of Representatives is expected to vote on its VAWA reauthorization bill soon — as early as mid week.

A video speaker about this urgent issue! Hopefully, the stripped down version doesn't pass. We need the protections that were originally written into the VAWA.

VAWA Reauthorization Bill to be Considered by Rules Committee Today at 5PM

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Here is the House Bill:

BILLS-112-HR4970RH

H.R. 4970, the VAWA reauthorization bill will be considered by the Rules Committee today at 5pm.  The hearing can be viewed at: http://rules.house.gov/Legislation/hearings_details.aspx?NewsID=834

Instead of the three tribal provisions in S. 1925 that would:

  • Provide Indian tribes criminal jurisdiction over domestic violence, dating violence, and violations of protective orders that occur on Indian lands;

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This is great.... but have they changed the wordings back to better protect the victims and survivors? There's a lot of work to get done before 5. If you haven't called and talked to your representatives yet, you should do so this morning!! Love that the link to follow the hearing is included in this blog! :)

"We women of one country will be too tender of those of another to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs." Mother's Day as Resistance

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by Cheryl Lindsey Seelhoff, written Mother’s Day, 2006

The women responsible for the holiday we know as Mother’s Day did not celebrate the day as it is celebrated in the United States. The day as they envisioned and conceived it had nothing to do with telephone calls from children, flowers, candy, or dinners out. It had nothing to do with the mothers and grandmothers with the most children and grandchildren being recognized with carnations and ribbons during church meetings.

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That is certainly an interesting point of view. Actually, I think I might have heard something to the effect before, but never really had heard, as Paul Harvey would say, "the rest of the story!"

Mother: A Lifetime of Scarifice

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Mother

Your life of sacrifice enabled me to live.  

February 2, 1923 – September 12, 2011

I know a woman, who suffered unspeakable brutality,

in a time when women were but chattel,

at the hands of one who took an oath before God to love, protect and cherish her.

I know a woman, who suffered in silence,

 the indignities caused by a philandering husband…

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Definitely, powerfully written. Thank you for sharing!

From single mom to single

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first draft, Final Judgement of Dissolution of Marriage, Division 49, 7th Judicial Circuit Court, Kim C. Hammond Justice Center in Bunnell, Fla., prepared by C. Michael Barnette, Esq., with The Law Office of C. Michael Barnette, Daytona Beach, Fla.

Judge Dennis Craig ordered, “The mother shall transfer the minor children to the father on or about May 12, 2012, which is one week after the father finishes his attendance at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University this term.” (page 13, …

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Wow! I remember the day that I had to finally exchange my daughter with her father. The Courts (back in 89-91) had been a little more protective back then; or may be I was in a conservative County with a great Judge who actually cared; and many in those Courts in that County had already seen me come to his court hearings where he was indicted for the domestic violence he had done to me. Whatever the case, I appreciated the Judge allowing him only to visit from 12noon to 6pm on Saturday and 12noon to 6pm on Sunday, alternating with Wednesday in the following week from 4-6pm. Being that we were about 20-30 miles away, he chose not to come out too often until she got older (he didn't know what to do with a toddler???). lol.... I do remember the anxieties and worries, when he finally did come out to get her.... was she going to be safe? was there someone else going to be with him so that my daughter could be protected and defended if he did let loose? Mine too had drank a lot, up until a year that I finally left for good. I worried about him slipping and drinking again. Was he going to be able to take care of her. At least, with her being between 4-5 years old when he finally did visit her, she could talk, scream, run to a neighbor's house and get help if need be -- although I hoped and prayed that that day would never exist. What many folks don't realize when they think about a woman leaving the husband with the child(ren) is that the woman oftentimes still has to deal with the "donkey" even if they are living in separate homes. Because the courts see it that both parents are entitled to continue being active parents to the child(ren), however, I never could understand how in the world could they allow the child(ren) to be around a parent who had caused harm on another human being and (2) how could they expect that the abusive parent wouldn't continue to do harm to the one that left (even without the physical abuse, but continuing the manipulation and control through emotional abuse. My daughter is now almost 25 years old and is her own person and we didn't see her father for 7 years because he signed away termination of parental rights when she was 5 years old (but that is a whole 'nother story). I don't have to see him at all any more though now... and feel much better and safer from him. I hope and pray that you don't have the struggles that I have encountered and truly hope that you find happiness and freedom from not having to be with him and continue living with him. Hopefully, there will be some solace that you will discover along your journey of healing. Best of luck and many hugs and prayers.

The Aunt of four Queensland sisters in hiding to avoid deportation to Italy

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A Sunshine Coast mother is distraught over a Family Court ruling ordering the deportation of her four daughters to Italy. Click to hear Mark and Caroline speak with the girls’ Aunt after the desicion to go into hiding.

This is really sad to know that the Family Courts in Australia can be just as disconcerting as the Family Courts in the United States. I would love to hear more about this particular case, wouldn't you? I thought the Hague Convention is more universal. Were they taken from their original home in Italy? Can you please share more about this story with us? The voices are compelling and the fright is certainly felt. I'd hate to hear that they are forced to live a life in hiding just because the Family Courts weren't in alignment to keep them there where they seem to be doing well and feel to be in a more comfortable environment; however, it would be very interesting to learn more about all the circumstances.

Current project : Art Therapy group for children affected by domestic violence

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I am currently setting up an Art Therapy group in a refuge for children affected by domestic violence. I will facilitate the group with a volunteer Art Therapist.

There was recently an interesting article about this type of group in the last  Inscape:International Journal of Art Therapy. Mills, E.& Kellington, S.(2012). Using group art therapy to address the shame and silencing surrounding children’s experiences of witnessing domestic violence.

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Oh, thank you for sharing this resource. I've always been strongly a proponent for incorporating art therapy as a part of the recovery process. There is much to be said for that. I'm certainly interested in learning more in way of helping children through the art therapy.

Yes, it's possible.

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Just the other night I was asked,

“If you’re married, how can it be rape?”

No matter how many times I have been asked this question in the past,it still amazes me that so many people continue to ask it.

The true understanding of rape, even sexual assault, comes from recognizing and comprehending the difference between an act that is sexual in nature and, an act to gain and/or maintain power and control over a person.

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Exactly! Rape is rape is rape -- no matter if it is a stranger, someone that they date, or they are married to. We need to make sure that ALL victims of rape are truly protected and offered safety and recovery. Absolutely, too -- no one should ever "act to gain and/or maintain power and control over a person".

Victims Of St. Anthony Murder-Suicide Identified

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ST. ANTHONY, Minn. (WCCO) — St. Anthony Police say a school bus driver, beloved by her students, was the victim of murder suicide Monday night.

Police were called around 8:30 p.m. to a duplex on the 3200 block of 39th Avenue NE after reports of shots fired.

Officers said a 52-year-old man shot both his 46-year-old wife and her 25-year-old son before turning the gun on himself.

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How horrible and sad that there is yet another homicide-suicide. It's good that they have all been identified; however, I just wish that it never crossed over to that point of no return. More awareness and protection is needed for our victims of domestic violence.

Call Your Representative Today to Protect VAWA!

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Call Your Representative Today to Protect VAWA!

Take Action!

Your representative needs to hear from you!  

As early as tomorrow, the House of Representatives could vote on a bill that would undermine many critical Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) programs and fail to help prevent violence on campus. We need your voice, as do the tens of thousands of victims of…

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We want to see that the VAWA eventually passes but not the way that it has been re-written that scales down the protection of the victims and survivors. Thank you.

A Common Story

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This story is a compilation from many of the VAWA cases I’ve worked on in the last four years. All names have been changed, but the content couldn’t be more true.

Their’s was a love story. A drama.

David and Veronica met through close friends. He brought flowers to their first date. She smiled brightly each time he opened the door.

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How timely is this???? Thank you for sharing those stories involving VAWA circumstances.

I'll Walk With You

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I’ll Walk With You

The storm it is brewing

The war has been waged

We have altered a life

A child filled with rage

Where we might think it isn’t

A communicable disorder

We have started a chain

Can not be afforded

Outside looking inward

Logic is lost for a while

Why would an abused adult

Then abuse another child…

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Wow! That's beautifully written. Thank you for sharing that. (((HUGS))))

NOW Supports Vote Against revised version of VAWA in the U.S. House and has another Call to Action

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Tell Your Representative to Vote
Against H.R. 4970, the Adams VAWA Bill

May 15, 2012

TAKE ACTION: The House of Representatives is expected to vote on Wednesday, May 16, for the Republican version of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (H.R. 4970), which not only eliminates important provisions included in the Senate-passed bipartisan bill (68-31, S. 1925), but contains new ones that would actually be dangerous to survivors of domestic violence while shielding abusers from accountability. The Republican leadership will not allow any floor amendments.

PLEASE CALL NOW – Call your House member as soon as possible to oppose H.R. 4970 (known as the Adams bill) and to urge that there be an open debate on the House floor with amendments permitted. NOW opposes H.R. 4970, and unless it can be amended to restore important protections, NOW will consider a vote for the bill to be a vote against VAWA and against victims of intimate partner violence and sexual assault.

Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            202-224-3121      end_of_the_skype_highlighting , and ask for your representative’s office. Or, you can look up the name and phone number of your representative right on NOW’s website.

BACKGROUND:

Adams Bill is Racially Exclusionary and Puts Survivors at Risk – The House Judiciary Committee recently reported out a bill, sponsored by Rep. Sandy Adams (R-Fla.), that rolls back protections for victims of violence and fails to include provisions included in the bipartisan Senate bill that would help Native American women, immigrant women, LGBT persons and college students. A much better bill (H.R. 4271) has been introduced by Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), but conservative leaders are not allowing this version to be offered for a vote. Additionally, no improvements to the Adams bill can be made if floor amendments are not permitted prior to the vote.

Your House Target List – More information on the “real VAWA” can be found on the website of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women, including fact sheets, a toolkit, summaries of the legislation and other useful materials. Calling your House member (instead of sending an email) is critically important, as the vote is set to occur on Wednesday, May 16. Activists in the following states, especially, should contact their House member: Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Wyoming.

New York Times Editorial: Backward on Domestic Violence, May 14

MESSAGE:

Here’s some suggested language for the call to your House member:

Vote Against H.R. 4970 – As a supporter of the National Organization for Women, I urge you to vote AGAINST, H.R. 4970, the Adams bill, which does not contain needed protections for victims of violence that I believe are critically important. I agree with NOW that a vote for the Adams bill is a vote against the Violence Against Women Act. I support a bill like the bipartisan Senate bill that protects Native American women, immigrant women, and LGBT violence survivors. The Adams bill allows no opportunity for a discussion of humane alternatives that treat victims with respect and decency. There is support in the House for a reauthorization of VAWA that more closely resembles the Senate-passed bill (H.R. 1925), and members should have a chance to weigh the merits of alternatives to the Adams bill before they vote for final passage of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.

Puts Victims in Grave Danger – The Adams bill completely undermines the spirit of the landmark bill passed 18 years ago. NOW is “scoring” this vote, meaning that we consider a vote for the Adams bill to be a vote against VAWA.

If your representative (or the staff member to whom you are speaking) indicates that she/he will vote against the Adams bill, please thank them, and encourage them to persuade other House members to do the same.

If your representative indicates that she/he intends to vote for the Adams bill, you may want to use these talking points:

» I strongly urge you not to support a bill that imposes cruel new reporting restrictions on immigrant survivors of violence — eliminating confidentiality, putting victims in grave danger and shielding abusers from accountability.

» Please do not abandon victims because of their racial and legal status.

» This second-class treatment of women of color smacks of willful ignorance of the problem and hostility toward the victims.

» I cannot support and vote for someone who claims to support ending violence against women but votes for a bill that is exclusionary and ignores the biases and disrespect that certain victims face when seeking help from the criminal justice system and access to life-saving services.

Call House Leaders – Finally, if you can, call the House leadership to tell them that you think H.R. 4970 harms victims and is not the real VAWA. Tell them that victims of violence deserve an open debate on the House floor, with amendments permitted. Call Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) at 202-225-0600 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            202-225-0600      end_of_the_skype_highlighting (leadership office) or 202-225-6205 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            202-225-6205      end_of_the_skype_highlighting (personal office), and call Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) at 202-225-4000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            202-225-4000      end_of_the_skype_highlighting and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R. Calif.) at 202-225-2915 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            202-225-2915      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Thanks for all you do for NOW.

http://action.now.org/o/5996/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=116431


Call to Action for Human Trafficking — S 1301

Allies exists to be a network and platform for activism that sustains community involvement in the anti-trafficking movement.

WE NEED YOU TO ADVOCATE for the TVPRA

Background:
TVPRA – The Trafficking Victims Protection Reathorization Act, enacted in 2000, expired Sept 30, 2011. Both the Senate & House have let this important legislation in the fight against modern-day slavery lapse. The House bill is mired in partisan politics, but the Senate bill, S.1301, now has 42 co-sponsors. If we can obtain 50 co-sponsors (only 8 more to go) then it could easily pass a Senate floor vote. Read more about the HISTORY and CURRENT STATUS of the TVPRA (s. 1301).

Below are some of the provisions included in S. 1301 that would better protect victims:
Create programs to help foreign governments investigate labor recruitment centers where trafficking victims may be recruited;
Encourage the distribution and posting of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline number within federal agencies as well as by states;
Create programs to assist minor victims of sex trafficking through grant programs to states; and
Prohibit the provision of peacekeeping operation funds to countries that use child soldiers.
It is of the utmost importance that this bill gets passed to maintain the standards established in 2000!

Calls are the best way to contact Senator Cornyn and Senator Hutchison! You can call more than once, and every call or voicemail is logged.

Call Script:
“Hello, My name is ________ and I am calling from _______[zip code]. I would like to ask Senator Cornyn / Senator Hutchison to co-sponsor the TVPRA (S.1301).

Do you know the Senator’s position on human trafficking? I would like someone from your office to follow up with me with the Senator’s response. I can be reached at __________ or via e-mail at _________. Thank you.”

Here is how you contact them:
Senator John Cornyn: Austin- 512-469-6034 or Washington DC 202-224-2934
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison: Austin- 512-916-5834 or Washington DC 202-224-5922

Leaving a message is effective since all calls are logged by issue and recapped daily to the Senator. If the Senator’s DC voice mailbox is full, please call the local office phone number.


A Website for Non-Custodial Mothers

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Women with Broken Heart (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are reading this than you are in the midst of a ‘high-conflict contested custody’ battle. Chances are you have experienced some form of maltreatment, abuse or domestic violence in the relationship with your ex. Whatever the reason is for your divorce, if you have entered into the arena of family law court you might be finding yourself losing the very thing that gives your life meaning…your children.

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The courts are lop-sided and fickle and often believe the manipulations of the abuser (who ever that may be). It's hard for the parent who has fallen victim to the abuser to stand up and have a voice in the courts when abusers can be quite manipulative. More the reason that the laws need to be changed.

yes. i concur.

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Good for you, Senator Bernie Sanders!! We need hundreds upon hundreds of people who think just like you!! :))

Take Back the Night - A Domestic Abuse Survivor's Inspirational Story

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Our annual Take Back the Night event was held recently at Schwiebert Park on the banks of the Mississippi River in Rock Island. The purpose is to raise awareness that sexual abuse and other interpersonal violence is a crime. We want everyone to know that if they have been victimized, Family Resources is here to help you recover your life.

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These events help to spread awareness of the domestic violence and sexual assault issues at hand. The number of folks that turn up for these events demonstrate how important it is to keep the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault programs going that help these people restore their lives so that they can cope and move forward in their livest.

Yeardley Love's Mother Wants Stronger Domestic Violence Laws

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WASHINGTON (WJZ) — Murdered University of Virginia student Yeardley Love’s mother speaks out for the first time since Love’s boyfriend was convicted in her death. Sharon Love broke her silence Wednesday in a push for laws to protect women from domestic violence.

Vic Carter has more.

A heartbroken Baltimore mother took the national stage in Washington, opening up about the domestic abuse that took her child’s life.

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The last statement on this posting indicated that "Vice President Biden says there has been progress in the 18 years since the law passed, with domestic violence down 60 percent, but Yeardley’s death is a reminder that there’s more work to be done." Nothing can be truer!!

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