On Tuesday, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed into law Senate Bill 1091, which is the latest and perhaps most comprehensive law in the United States protecting people who are subject to coercive control by their partners and ex-partners.
New research reveals strong links between domestic violence and mass shootings.
“Gun violence has many forms, but it is clear that a history of interpersonal violence should be a deciding factor in whether or not an individual should continue to have access to a gun.”
The state of the relationship between gender and gun control is dismal.
Women are disproportionately impacted by guns—so why aren’t they at the table to make policies and decisions to best protect themselves, their families, and communities?
During the pandemic, domestic violence in the U.S. rose by more than 8.1 percent. In response, the Biden administration last week confirmed it will allocate $200 million from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to support services for domestic violence survivors.
On one hand, the Department of Homeland Security recognizes the needs of vulnerable children who need protection, while also aggressively continuing their efforts to secure deportation orders against them. Reconciling these two opposing positions seems impossible. And it is.
Women and girls in India seem to be fighting a triple pandemic: One, that is restricting their mobility; two, that is restricting their access to education and employment; and three, that is pushing them into forced child marriages and cycles of violence.
Although President Biden has promised to restore humanity to our asylum system, many of his predecessor’s cruelest policies remain in effect, placing vulnerable women and families at risk of deportation to the very dangers they have fled. Trump’s racist, misogynist legacy includes a series of restrictive Justice Department rulings that have made it extremely difficult for people fleeing gender-based violence to win asylum protection.
Undocumented individuals who suffer from sexual assault, domestic violence and exploitation in the work force face unique challenges due to the added vulnerability created by their immigration status in the United States. It’s time to stand up for and protect immigrant survivors.
Coercive control laws are an important part of addressing the abuse you cannot see, and preventing the physical violence that often follows from it.
“Coercive control is a gateway to physical violence,” said Doreen Hunter, co-founder of the Americas Conference to End Coercive Control. “A high percentage of people who engage in coercive control will eventually resort to physical violence.”
America was experiencing a family homelessness crisis long before the COVID-19 pandemic. Unless immediate action is taken to prevent a tidal wave of women and children from losing their homes in the year ahead, even more families will fall into the vicious cycle of homelessness.