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More on the debate of passing VAWA of 2012

I received an email from Debby Tucker who was requesting a call to action first and foremost. Her entry into the debate is outlined below the call to action:

I was honored to be invited to submit an entry in this U.S. News & World Report Debate Club and would sincerely appreciate your review of my submittal and those of several others.

http://www.usnews.com/debate-club/should-the-violence-against-women-act-be-reauthorized/violence-against-women-act-is-working

You must go to the actual page at the link above to find the arrows up and down on each article posted and to add your votes to this debate.

I would be grateful for clicking the UP on my article to support advancing VAWA’s reauthorization.

Thank you, Debby

Should the Violence Against Women Act Be Reauthorized?
Violence Against Women Act is Working

The Violence Against Women Act must be reauthorized because it is working

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By Deborah D. Tucker , Executive Director of the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence

March 19, 2012

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About Deborah D. Tucker:

Deborah D. Tucker is executive director of the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence. She was the founding chair of the National Network to End Domestic Violence during its leadership in the passage of the Violence Against Women Act in 1994 and serves on the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women.

The Violence Against Women Act must be reauthorized first and foremost because it is working. Violence in domestic and dating relationships is declining, and we are also actively seeking to prevent sexual violence and stalking.

Nevertheless the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, and other studies available on the Research and Statistics section of the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence website tell us that nearly one in four women are beaten or raped by a partner during adulthood, and each year approximately 2.3 million people are raped and/or physically assaulted by a current or former intimate partner. One in six women and one in 33 men has experienced an attempted or completed rape. In the United States, an average of three women are killed by a current or former intimate partner each day.

[Read: Dems Put GOP in Political Box Over Women's Issues]

One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before the age of 18. Children exposed to violence are more likely to attempt suicide, abuse drugs and alcohol, run away from home, engage in teenage prostitution, and commit sexual assault crimes. Men exposed to physical abuse, sexual abuse, and domestic violence as children are almost four times more likely than other men to perpetrate domestic violence as adults. Many costs are associated with these crimes—medical, legal, absenteeism from work and school as well as the incalculable damage to individuals and families.

Advancing a Coordinated Community Response, a linchpin of the initial Violence Against Women Act in 1994 that was enhanced in the reauthorizations of 2000 and 2005, was based on what we had learned. Then-Senator, now Vice President Joe Biden created> this federal effort to impact the incidence of violence across our nation with input from the National Network to End Domestic Violence and its members State Domestic Violence Coalitions, State Sexual Assault Coalitions now comprising the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence , and other advocacy groups. Coordinated Community Responses encourage social services, criminal justice, education, civic groups, and many more to partner with rape crisis centers, battered women’s shelters, State Domestic Violence Coalitions, State Sexual Assault Coalitions, national community based and governmental organizations. These partnerships change cultural norms and institutional practices that support rather than prevent the use of power and control over others. Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act in 2012 will make it possible to continue full speed ahead to end this violence.

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Stalkers and Their Victims

Reblogged from The Just Call Me Charley Blog:

This article on stalking is authored by Paul E. Mullen, M.B.B.S., D.Sc., and Michele Pathý, M.B.B.S. | April 1, 2001.

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Stalking” is defined as repeated and persistent unwanted communications and/or approaches that produce fear in the victim.

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This statement: "California passed the first anti-stalking statute in 1990, followed shortly by the rest of the United States as well as Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and now some European countries. It was only after stalking became a specific form of offensive behavior that behavioral scientists and health care professionals began to systematically study stalkers and, equally important, the impact of their conduct on the victims." is disturbing that it took passing of laws to finally really buckle down and perform studies on the stalking behavior. You wrote this article back in 2011. I don't see anything done after that point in time. Are you still researching this topic? Do you have any more current information from your research on this topic? Thanks!

Author's Comment on "Police: Five Found Dead in Maryland Home" - US news - Crime & Courts - msnbc.com

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Author’s Comment:

I used to live in this town with my ex-husband and four children. My ex, a domestic violence felon in possession of nine counts of illegal guns and ammunition was “set free” by Sheriff Chuck Jenkins without so much of a warrant or indictment. Upon confiscating the weapons on April 22, 2011 after eight months of my initial complaint, I was informed that no warrant was obtained; that the guns were retrieved by the sheriff’s “ATF liason”; that NO report would be filed; that no charges were pressed; and that Sheriff does not intend to pursue the matter any further.

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Thank you for sharing the story about the domestic violence killing in Maryland, as well as your own comment. I am currently working with a project called National Domestic Violence Survivor Law Project (https://www.dvsurvivorlaw.com) and I am curious as to what has been happening since June 18, 2011. We'd love to hear more!

Topeka, Kansas Decriminalizes Domestic Violence

Reblogged from Wicked Women Magazine:

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Yes, really.  Domestic violence is no longer a crime in the city of Topeka.  And – like so many bizarre and dangerous decisions being made around the country these days – it’s because of the budget.

Topeka’s city council found itself unable to come up with the money to prosecute those charged with domestic violence, a budget shortfall of about $1 million for the upcoming year. 

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Dani - I can't agree more! It is a huge difference. I know that a group of us got mad and furious from a local Survivor Voices group and through the Domestic Violence Voices (found on fb) supported and challenged this through a petition through change.com. I'm not sure of the final income though, are you? Is it still decriminalized, or did the DA finally give in and buckled down on these cases? I'm currently working on a National DV Survivor Law Project (https://www.dvsurvivorlaw.com) and would love to know if you have an update on this. :)

2012 National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence

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Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women – more than car accidents, muggings, and rape combined. And studies suggest that up to ten (10) million children witness some form of domestic abuse annually. Everyone has a right to be safe.

Research data indicates that when different members of the community coordinated their efforts to protect battered women and hold batterers accountable, these efforts were more successful.

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Somehow, the following statement reminds me of Hilliary Clinton as she stated "It takes a village,...[to raise a child]": Research data indicates that when different members of the community coordinated their efforts to protect battered women and hold batterers accountable, these efforts were more successful. Coordination helps to ensure that the system works faster and better for victims, that victims are protected and receive the services they need, and that batterers are held accountable and cease their abusive behavior. It comes at no surprise that we have a National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence. They are right though, with more concerted efforts from the community, there can be a decrease of domestic violence, especially when the abusers are held accountable. We have been trying to bring about this awareness for decades. I'm not sure that with the medical community alone's participation in looking after victims and trying to protect them, but it is a HUGE start. We get on a better page with all medical community, along with law enforcement and courts, etc. and other members of the community, we could actually resolve domestic violence for good. At least, it is always our hope and dreams!

The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the first findings from The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) on December 14th, 2011 and is available online. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) is an on­going, nationally representative survey that assesses experiences of sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence among adult women and men in the United States.

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If you haven't read the statistics yet, these can be interesting indicators of trends -- positive and negative...

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