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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 Sunday, November 28, 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 Sunday, November 7, 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

NCADV Applauds Congress on the Introduction of the VOCA Fix and Calls for Constituents to Contact Congress in Support

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) celebrates the bicameral introduction of the bipartisan VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021 (the VOCA Fix Act). We applaud the leadership of Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Charles Grassley (R-IA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1), Sheila Jack... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, March 4, 2021

But, Why Did You Stay…?

I knew it would never happen to me.  I was way too independent and I would never let a man belittle me, let alone hit me.  As a prosecutor in the third largest county in the United States, I was assigned to a special division to prosecute domestic violence cases where the victim wanted charges dropped against her abuser. I remember being so frustrated with all the women who would not leave their abuser and refused to cooperate with their prosecution. I could not conceptually grasp h... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, March 1, 2021

Bystander Paralysis: It Happens to Everyone – Even Domestic Violence Experts

I have several years of experience in violence prevention and victim services for power based violence. “Power based violence is a form of violence that has a primary motivator: assertion of power, control and/or intimidation in order to harm another. This includes relationship/partner violence, rape/sexual assault, stalking, and other uses of force, threat, intimidation, or harassment of an individual (University of Missouri, (n.d.)” I even studied it in school. So I should ... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, February 15, 2021

When I Broke the Silence

It took me many years to muster up the courage to tell the people in my life what my husband was doing to me. Heads up: When you decide to tell, beware. You may not get the reactions from people you expect or hope for. Some people will surprise you, both in a good way and in a bad way. When I decided to tell my family what he was doing to me I was met with all kinds of reactions and responses, none of which was helpful to me. It quite honestly left me stunned. It's not like they didn... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, February 1, 2021

Action Alert: Tell Congress to Pass a COVID Package That Meets Needs of DV Survivors

Congress MUST pass a COVID-19 relief package that includes not only economic support for unemployed, underemployed, and low-income families but also funding and policies specifically addressing the unique needs of survivors. In previous COVID-19 relief packages, Congress provided no relief funding for survivors of sexual assault, for community-based culturally-specific organizations serving survivors in Communities of Color who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, or for tribal victi... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, January 28, 2021

Finding Legitimacy After the Violence

“When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision—then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid," Audre Lorde.  Sockless, I slowly attempted to step out of my warm bed; however, my feet suddenly immersed themselves in ice-cold water. The freezing sensation fully woke me up immediately. Next to me, my co-dependent partner of the moment, gently snored, still knocked out from a night-filled fest of cocaine, alcohol, and weed.&nb... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, January 18, 2021

Emerging Hope

Domestic violence altered the course of my life in a way that I never possibly would have imagined ten, twenty even forty years ago. As a woman nearly sixty years old still struggling with effects of abuse, particularly chronic, complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); I understand how difficult it is to manage life sometimes even if it means surviving simply moment to moment. Today, I am no longer restrained though by abuse or perpetrators who prey on my vulnerabilities – I learn... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, January 4, 2021

NCADV Disappointed VOCA Fix to Prevent Funding Cuts NOT Included in Funding Bill

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is extremely disappointed that, despite bipartisan, bicameral support and constituent pressure, Members of Congress chose not to include a provision to prevent dramatic cuts to non-taxpayer funded Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grants in the Fiscal Year 2021 (FY’21) funding bill. If it had passed, this provision would have addressed historically low deposits into VOCA’s Crime Victims Fund (CVF) by redirecting monetary settlemen... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Top 5 Blog Posts of 2020

NCADV has already shared 2020's most-read news stories and guest blog posts. Now, it's time to reveal the top 5 most-read blog posts of the year.  #5 Quick Guide: Economic and Financial Abuse April is recognized as Financial Literacy Month in the U.S., and it's a topic we here at NCADV believe is an important one for domestic violence victims and survivors. Up to 99% of domestic violence victims experience economic abuse during an abusive relationship, and finances are ofte... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, December 28, 2020

The 5 Most-Read Guest Blog Posts of 2020

NCADV is reflecting and looking back on 2020, and we wanted to share the top five most-read guest blog posts of 2020 with you.  #5 What Everyone Ought to Know About Domestic Violence "Having worked with victims of domestic violence for over fifteen years of my career as a registered nurse I thought I knew what I needed to know about abusive partners. I was smart, skilled and resourceful. I thought I knew what I needed to know to spot an abuser; However, nothing could have eve... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, December 21, 2020

Top 5 News Stories for NCADV in 2020

NCADV is looking back on 2020 and reflecting on what the year has brought us -- the good and the bad. We're here to share with you the top news stories that we've experienced this year along with our constituents.  #5 Most Read News Story for NCADV in 2020 NCADV Stands Against Oppression NCADV stands against oppression. NCADV stands against oppression in the home and against oppression as state-sanctioned violence. NCADV stands against police brutality.  #4 Most Rea... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, December 10, 2020

12 Reasons to Give to NCADV in 2020

1. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought increases in and intensities of domestic violence patterns. Abusers are more violent and with lockdowns and physical restrictions have more access to their victims than ever before. #KeepDVSurvivorsSafe   Give Now 2. Gun purchases have increased this year due to the pandemic. But more guns don’t mean more safety. In fact, for DV victims, they mean escalated danger because having access to a gun increases the risk of intimate partner homicide... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, December 9, 2020

How Writing Helped Me Survive

It’s hard to admit that I am a survivor. The assumptions that we have about who has survived abuse, along with the denial that it could ever be me or perhaps you, it sometimes feels impossible to believe even after going through it. Through sharing our stories, especially during these times of living through a pandemic and surviving domestic violence, I have learned that our own words can help us heal. My abuser was my friend for almost a decade. He was so close that he knew most of th... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, December 7, 2020

Urgent Action Alert: Tell Congress "Don't Cut $1.1 Billion from Victim Service Grants!"

The Senate recently released its appropriations bills, and the bill that funds the Department of Justice contains a MASSIVE 40% cut to the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) release. This is on top of a 25% cut the prior year. All told, if the Senate gets its way, VOCA victim service grants will have been cut 81% from FY’18 levels. The situation is dire! The reason for this huge cut is that the non-taxpayer-funded pool of money VOCA grants are pulled from (the Crime Victims Fund) is running d... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, December 3, 2020

NCADV Celebrates Survivors and Advocates, Announces Upcoming Conferences at Virtual 2020 National Domestic Violence Conference

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) announced last month the next two years of dates for its national conference on domestic violence. The 2021 conference will be hosted in Washington, D.C. between September 19th and 22nd, and the 2022 conference will be held in St. Louis, Missouri between August 28th and 31st. The announcement occurred during the 2020 national domestic violence conference, Recognizing (Y)Our Power, where 417 advocates, survivors and others virtually att... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, November 19, 2020

Urgent Action Needed: Tell Congress "Don't Cut $1.1 Billion from Victim Service Grants!"

The Senate recently released its appropriations bills, and the bill that funds the Department of Justice contains a MASSIVE 40% cut to the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) release. This is on top of a 25% cut the prior year. All told, if the Senate gets its way, VOCA victim service grants will have been cut 74% over the last two years. The situation is dire! The reason for this huge cut is that the non-taxpayer-funded pool of money VOCA grants are pulled from (the Crime Victims Fund) is running d... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Tuesday, November 17, 2020

NCADV Congratulates President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) congratulates President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris on winning the 2020 Presidential Election. We celebrate the historic election of America’s first female vice-president, first Black vice-president and first vice-president of South Asian descent. We also commend all of the advocates and community organizers who worked diligently to ensure people the opportunity to vote, to provide the resources and supp... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, November 16, 2020

These Are a Few of Our Favorite Moments from NCADV’s 2020 Conference

NCADV's 2020 national domestic violence conference, Recognizing (Y)Our Power, marked not only NCADV's 19th conference but also its 1st as a virtual event, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Here's a roundup of some of our favorite moments from Recognizing (Y)Our Power.   On Surviving Domestic Violence .... "There were signs I missed about control, emotional abuse, and coercion that I know about now but missed early on in our relationship." - Kate Rant... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, November 11, 2020

NCADV Announces 2020 Recognizing (Y)Our Power Award Recipients

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) announced today four 2020 Recognizing (Y)Our Power Award Recipients, who will be honored for their commitment to a national culture where we are all safe, empowered and free from domestic violence next week at NCADV's conference. Awardees include Paul Feuerstein (Lifetime Impact Award), Stacy Henderson-Shaw (Survivor Activist Award), Natalie Pattillo (Media Award), and State Senator Susan Rubio (Policy Change Award), with honor... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, October 22, 2020

ACTION ALERT: Prevent CATASTROPHIC Cuts to Victim Service Grants

On October 19th, Members of Congress received letter urging Congress to take immediate action to prevent devastating cuts to federal funding for victim service programs through the Victims of Crime Act (“VOCA”), including programs serving victims and survivors of child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, trafficking, drunk driving, assault, homicide, and other crimes. The letter also urges Congress to increase federal support to help states compensate crime victims for costs... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, October 21, 2020
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