Rolling Back Violence Against Women Protections Is No Way to Progress for the United States

Anyone working in this field knows that 1) less than 1/3 of women report domestic violence to the police, and 2) those that do report domestic violence typically only do so after multiple episodes and increasing severity. That first offense reported is unlikely the first offense occurring, and any injury from domestic violence should be viewed seriously.

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Smartphone Encryption: Protecting Victim Privacy While Holding Offenders Accountable

By Kaofeng Lee, National Network to End Domestic Violence   The last few months have seen heated debates between law enforcement and technology companies over the issue of smartphone encryption. The government has argued that encrypted devices and new technologies make it more difficult for law enforcement to investigate crimes while technology companies claimed that weakening… Read More Smartphone Encryption: Protecting Victim Privacy While Holding Offenders Accountable

Early Lease Termination for Survivors: Know the Facts

The following is a reprint of The National Housing Law Project’s toolkit concerning California Civil Code § 1946.7. California Civil Code § 1946.7 allows survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, stalking, elder abuse, and dependent adult abuse to end their leases early. This law empowers survivors to leave abusive situations while avoiding the… Read More Early Lease Termination for Survivors: Know the Facts

Policy Successes and New Laws, 2015-2016

Thanks to advocates and activists all over California, we now have better protections for DV/SA related sick leave and early lease termination, in addition to awesome changes in the U-Visa process for undocumented survivors of abuse. Also, the California education system now has greater ability to hold perpetrators accountable for sexual assault and high school… Read More Policy Successes and New Laws, 2015-2016

Funding Increases for VOCA, VAWA, and FVPSA Included in Final FY 16 Funding Bill

Thanks to all who contacted their Congress person and advocated for a funding increase! CPEDV summarizes the victory: Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) – $2.26 (estimated) billion will be distributed via State Victim Assistance Grants This is approximately a 15% increase in State Victim Assistance Grants from the historically high funding in FY 15! Violence Against Women… Read More Funding Increases for VOCA, VAWA, and FVPSA Included in Final FY 16 Funding Bill