SC Ranks No. 1 In Women Killed By Men




iframe width=”640″ height=”360″ style=”border-width:0″ src=”§ion=home”>


abuser gun

By Sonia Gutierrez, WLTX

Columbia, SC (WLTX) – Right now, South Carolina ranks number one in the rate of women murdered by men, according to the latest Violence Policy Center report.

With the most recent decision from the Supreme Court on denying gun ownership rights to people who commit reckless acts of domestic violence, advocate groups say this decision can go a long way in fighting domestic violence.

Nancy Barton, Director of Sistercare, says, “at least [the ruling] gives a message that the issue is serious and I always think that it has to start there.”

Her organization, Sistercare surveys women and asks if they were threatened with death, threatened with a weapon or threatened with both. She says 65 percent of the last group of women surveyed said they’ve been threatened with a weapon.

Those numbers are reflected on the Violence Policy Center report that says 60% of female victims, were killed with a gun in South Carolina.

“I think we need to change our values and beliefs system to make a real difference” said Nancy Barton.

Breaking : Supreme Court Just Ruled that Domestic Abusers Can’t Have Guns


by Bridget Birchett

June 27th, 2016

In a majority 6-2 decision on Monday, the Supreme Court upheld a federal law that restricts gun ownership for a person convicted of reckless domestic assault.

“A reckless domestic assault qualifies as a ‘misdemeanor crime of domestic violence’” said Justice Elena Kagan in the majority opinion in Voisine v. United States.

The Voisine case is about the ability to restrict gun ownership for someone previously convicted of a misdemeanor crime of recklessness. Under federal law, a person convicted of such a crime, as defined by a state, is also considered to fall under a category of conviction for domestic abuse under federal law.

Click on the link and read the decision in it’s entirely below :


Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump neck and neck in Pennsylvania: poll

Hilary Clinton convention

– The Washington Times – Thursday, June 9, 2016

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are running neck-and-neck in Pennsylvania, according to a poll released this week that showed Mrs. Clinton could still have some work to do in winning over supporters of Sen. Bernard Sanders in the state.

In a four-way contest, Mrs. Clinton was at 41 percent, Mr. Trump was at 40 percent, Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson was at 6 percent, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein was at 3 percent, according to the poll released Wednesday by the Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling.

In a head-to-head match-up, Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump were tied at 44 percent apiece.

In the one-on-one contest, Mr. Trump had a 79 percent to 8 percent lead among Republicans, while Mrs. Clinton had a 75 percent to 15 percent lead among Democrats. Independents broke for Mr. Trump, 43 percent to 36 percent.

Mr. Sanders, meanwhile, held a 12-point lead over Mr. Trump head-to-head, 51 percent to 39 percent, including a 79 percent to 10 percent lead among Democrats.


What is Feminism ?



by Huffington Post

Feminism is not the belief that one gender should be raised in power above another. The very definition of feminism shows a complete opposition to this belief. So when people comment against feminism, they are supporting sexism. There is no sitting on the fence. You are either a feminist or sexist. Unfortunately, most sexists don’t know they are sexist, and compose the majority of the population. They are unaware that sexism is something that has been forced on to them through the brainwashed media of a patriarchal society.

What is the patriarchy?

patriarchy (ˈpeɪtrɪɑːki/) noun
2. a system of society or government in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it. “the dominant ideology of patriarchy”

Generations of society before us have had strong patriarchal themes. People who speak against feminism are scared of change. They are scared of the idea of everyone being treated the same, instead of one gender having control over another. They are scared of shedding the holds of patriarchy in society and accepting everyone as an individual human being, not categorizing them as male or female. Most of all, they are scared that they will not hold the same importance as a person if their power as a certain gender is taken away. Why should one group of people be in control of another? Why have we, as a society, given them this “birthright?” The answer is that the patriarchal ideals of past generations have descended onto us. Children today are still being indoctrinated with old concepts of gender roles, with “girls toys” focussed around child rearing and kitchen duties and “boys toys” focused around more “masculine” tasks such as building and fighting. We should be teaching our children that it doesn’t matter whether you are male, female, or other. Period.We need to stop thinking of people in regards to their gender. We need to stop associating people with a certain level of power over other people just because they were born with certain genitals. Power over another person is not okay. Rape culture has grown out the idea that someone can be controlled. It wasn’t so long ago that our culture took the step forward to make slavery a crime. People, regardless of their gender, race or upbringing, should be able to do what makes them happy. The idea that one gender is inferior to another in any aspect is ridiculous and destructive. We are limiting opportunity for cultural, scientific, technological and medical breakthroughs by holding on to that idea. Each individual has their own special talents and abilities that they can choose to contribute to society, and if we start to embrace those abilities without prejudice and without controlling people with stereotypical gender roles, then we can tap into resources that have been greatly suppressed.

We don’t need to be scared. Feminism is a movement towards equal society for male, female and transgender people, without discrimination. People should not feel discriminated against for being who they are. They should be able to live in peace, without fear of not conforming to the “social norm.” We need to change the social norm. We need to move towards a society where men are not afraid to be vulnerable and women are allowed to be independent; a society where being male or female has no impact on how a person lives their life; a society where the pressure is off and everyone can be themselves.


By Hannah McAtamney

President Obama delivers Weekly Address Taking Action To End Sexual Assaults

by Bridget Birchett Tripp

Published on Jan 25, 2014

In his weekly address, President Obama said that the Administration has taken another important step to protect women at college by establishing the White House Task Force on Protecting Students from Sexual Assault.

Sexual violence in the U.S.

 One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives

 46.4% lesbians, 74.9% bisexual women and 43.3% heterosexual women reported sexual violence other than rape during their lifetimes, while 40.2% gay men, 47.4% bisexual men and 20.8% heterosexual men reported sexual violence other than rape during their lifetimes.

 Nearly one in 10 women has been raped by an intimate partner in her lifetime, including completed forced penetration, attempted forced penetration or alcohol/drug-facilitated completed penetration. Approximately one in 45 men has been made to penetrate an intimate partner during his lifetime.

 91% of the victims of rape and sexual assault are female, and 9% are male

In eight out of 10 cases of rape, the victim knew the person who sexually assaulted them

 8% of rapes occur while the victim is at work

 Cost and Impact- Each rape costs approximately $151,423

Annually, rape costs the U.S. more than any other crime ($127 billion), followed by assault ($93 billion), murder ($71 billion), and drunk driving ($61 billion)

81% of women and 35% of men report significant short-term or long-term impacts such as PostTraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Health care is 16% higher for women who were sexually abused as children  Child sexual abuse One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old

34% of people who sexually abuse a child are family members

12.3% of women were age 10 or younger at the time of their first rape/victimization, and 30% of women were between the ages of 11 and 17

27.8% of men were age 10 or younger at the time of their first rape/victimization

More than one-third of women who report being raped before age 18 also experience rape as an adult

96% of people who sexually abuse children are male, and 76.8% of people who sexually abuse children are adults

325,000 children are at risk of becoming victims of commercial child sexual exploitation each year

The average age at which girls first become victims of prostitution is 12 to 14 years old, and the average age for boys is 11 to 13 years old

Campus Sexual assault

 One in 5 women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college

More than 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault

63.3% of men at one university who self-reported acts qualifying as rape or attempted rape admitted to committing repeat rapes

 Crime reports  Rape is the most under-reported crime; 63% of sexual assaults are not reported to police

 Only 12% of child sexual abuse is reported to the authorities

 The prevalence of false reporting is between 2% and 10%. For example, a study of eight U.S. communities, which included 2,059 cases of sexual assault, found a 7.1% rate of false reports.

A study of 136 sexual assault cases in Boston found a 5.9% rate of false reports.

Researchers studied 812 reports of sexual assault from 2000-03 and found a 2.1% rate of false reports.

Joe Biden Writes An Open Letter To Stanford Survivor


by Tom Namako

BuzzFeed News Reporter June 9th, 2016

Vice President Joe Biden penned an open letter to the Stanford sexual assault survivor who read a powerful message to her assailant in court detailing the effects of his actions on her.

Her letter has since been read by millions of people and has drawn attention to the judge’s six-month sentence for Brock Turner — the champion swimmer who was convicted of three counts of sexual assault — even though he faced up to 14 years in prison.

Biden, who wrote the 1994 Violence Against Women Act and is involved in the White House’s “It’s On Us” campaign against campus sexual assault, sent the letter to BuzzFeed News on Thursday. In it, he said he is “filled with furious anger — both that this happened to you and that our culture is still so broken that you were ever put in the position of defending your own worth.” He said the woman’s actions “will save lives.”

“I do not know your name — but I know that a lot of people failed you that terrible January night and in the months that followed,” Biden wrote. “It must have been wrenching — to relive what he did to you all over again. But you did it anyway, in the hope that your strength might prevent this crime from happening to someone else. Your bravery is breathtaking.”

Here is Biden’s letter in full:

An Open Letter to a Courageous Young Woman

I do not know your name — but your words are forever seared on my soul. Words that should be required reading for men and women of all ages.

Words that I wish with all of my heart you never had to write.

I am in awe of your courage for speaking out — for so clearly naming the wrongs that were done to you and so passionately asserting your equal claim to human dignity.

And I am filled with furious anger — both that this happened to you and that our culture is still so broken that you were ever put in the position of defending your own worth.

It must have been wrenching — to relive what he did to you all over again. But you did it anyway, in the hope that your strength might prevent this crime from happening to someone else. Your bravery is breathtaking.

You are a warrior — with a solid steel spine.

I do not know your name — but I know that a lot of people failed you that terrible January night and in the months that followed.

Anyone at that party who saw that you were incapacitated yet looked the other way and did not offer assistance. Anyone who dismissed what happened to you as “just another crazy night.” Anyone who asked “what did you expect would happen when you drank that much?” or thought you must have brought it on yourself.

You were failed by a culture on our college campuses where one in five women is sexually assaulted — year after year after year. A culture that promotes passivity. That encourages young men and women on campuses to simply turn a blind eye.

The statistics on college sexual assault haven’t gone down in the past two decades. It’s obscene, and it’s a failure that lies at all our feet.

And you were failed by anyone who dared to question this one clear and simple truth: Sex without consent is rape. Period. It is a crime.

I do not know your name — but thanks to you, I know that heroes ride bicycles.

Those two men who saw what was happening to you — who took it upon themselves to step in — they did what they instinctually knew to be right.

They did not say “It’s none of my business.”

They did not worry about the social or safety implications of intervening, or about what their peers might think.

Those two men epitomize what it means to be a responsible bystander.

To do otherwise — to see an assault about to take place and do nothing to intervene — makes you part of the problem.

Like I tell college students all over this country — it’s on us. All of us.

We all have a responsibility to stop the scourge of violence against women once and for all.

I do not know your name — but I see your unconquerable spirit.

I see the limitless potential of an incredibly talented young woman — full of possibility. I see the shoulders on which our dreams for the future rest.

I see you.

You will never be defined by what the defendant’s father callously termed “20 minutes of action.”

His son will be.

I join your global chorus of supporters, because we can never say enough to survivors: I believe you. It is not your fault.

What you endured is never, never, never, NEVER a woman’s fault.

And while the justice system has spoken in your particular case, the nation is not satisfied.

And that is why we will continue to speak out.

We will speak to change the culture on our college campuses — a culture that continues to ask the wrong questions: What were you wearing?

Why were you there? What did you say? How much did you drink?

Instead of asking: Why did he think he had license to rape?

We will speak out against those who seek to engage in plausible deniability. Those who know that this is happening, but don’t want to get involved. Who believe that this ugly crime is “complicated.”

We will speak of you — you who remain anonymous not only to protect your identity, but because you so eloquently represent “every woman.”

We will make lighthouses of ourselves, as you did — and shine.

Your story has already changed lives.

You have helped change the culture.

You have shaken untold thousands out of the torpor and indifference towards sexual violence that allows this problem to continue.

Your words will help people you have never met and never will.

You have given them the strength they need to fight.

And so, I believe, you will save lives.

I do not know your name — but I will never forget you.

The millions who have been touched by your story will never forget you.

And if everyone who shared your letter on social media, or who had a private conversation in their own homes with their daughters and sons, draws upon the passion, the outrage, and the commitment they feel right now the next time there is a choice between intervening and walking away — then I believe you will have helped to change the world for the better.


Georgia is ready !!!


by Bridget Birchett Tripp June 9, 2016

With careful planning and leadership with a vision @staceyabrahms and the Georgia Dems are on course to turning Georgia  Blue in November 2016 Presidential Election. How are they going to  do it ? Very easy……… why try to reinvent the wheel.  The state launched online voter registration system in 2014. Before the March 1st Presidential Primary deadline the state register 54,385 Georgians. Georgians register to vote and updated their status.  Of them, 37,903 were registering for the first time.

Preparation meets opportunity. Operatives from battle ground states are descending on Georgia to help in turning the state blue. With combination of change in demographics, voter registration, Hillary Clinton first Woman Presidential Nominee  and the Trump factor the Democrats believe they can make history in November.


Pennsylvania’s first major liquor reform bill since Prohibition becomes law


by Wallace McKelvey Penn Live  June 8, 2016


The most substantial overhaul of Pennsylvania’s liquor system since Prohibition became law Wednesday, a product of bipartisan cooperation after last year’s protracted budget battles.

“This bill, as all of us know, is truly historic,” Gov. Tom Wolf said, before signing the legislation. “It’s the most significant step we’ve taken in this area in 80 years.”

Changes to how Pennsylvanians purchase and consume alcohol include wine sales at grocery stores, longer state liquor store hours and 24/7 beverage service at casinos. They would also be able to receive direct shipments of wine through the mail.

Wolf emphasized the collaborative effort that took place to see those changes to fruition as a contingent of lawmakers from both parties stood at his side. As he signed the bill, he was flanked on his right by two of the plan’s architects — Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny County, and Sen. Charles McIlhinney, R-Bucks County — and on his left by House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny County, the bill’s sponsor whose blessing allowed it to come to a vote on Tuesday.

Many see the compromise bill, which contains many of Wolf’s favored modernization initiatives, as a sign that 2016 won’t see a repeat of last year’s protracted budget impasse.

“I’ve been very pleased with the discussions we’ve had with the governor on many fronts,” Turzai said on Tuesday, prior to the bill’s passage in a 157-31 vote. His overriding approach to this year’s negotiations has been to separate items like liquor reform from the larger budget debate, he said.

In advance of its signing, Turzai repeatedly said that the bill would serve as a first step toward privatization. Indeed, his bill originally called for dismantling the state-run liquor stores before the Senate gutted and returned the bill in its current form. When the bill initially returned to the House, Turzai chose not to bring it to a floor vote.

When asked about House Republicans’ privatization goal, Wolf said he was committed to keeping and modernizing the stores.

“This is an asset that the people of Pennsylvania own and we need to try to make it better,” he said. “We need to try to respond to what the citizens want in terms of a better experience.”

Gov. Tom Wolf discusses the historic liquor modernization bill Noting this is the biggest change in the way liquor is sold in Pa. in 80 years, Wolf lauded the liquor modernization bill as good for consumers, good for the Liquor Control Board’s bottom line and making good on a campaign promise.

A number of key stakeholders have criticized the legislation — which was part of the budget framework Wolf negotiated with Republican leaders last year — for what they see as unfair treatment. It does not, for example, contain any new features for beer distributors or liquor distilleries. It also creates much more competition for the wine business currently dominated by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s stores, as grocery stores and restaurants with the requisite licenses can now sell up to four bottles.

Proponents, including Wolf, say the changes help improve convenience for customers. The House Appropriations Committee estimated that the expansion of alcohol access could generate $150 million in new revenue for the state.

Observers from both sides believe the new law will mark the death knell of the state stores, which key Republican leaders have sought to privatize for years.

“It’s an unsustainable model and, unless there are changes down the road, this will kill the PLCB,” said Wendell Young IV, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776, which represents about 3,500 of the agency’s 5,000 employees.

Merlot by mail? A look at how Pa.'s new law compares to other states

Merlot by mail? A look at how Pa.’s new law compares to other states

Pennsylvanians will soon be able to receive wine via direct shipment, joining a long list of other states that allow for it already.

Citing similar reforms in Virginia and Washington state, Young said he believes the stores would be shuttered and their employees left jobless in three-to-five years.

“Every bottle of wine that gets sold at a grocery store, convenience store or a bar or restaurant is one less bottle being sold by the PLCB,” he said, “and that bottle of wine is being sold to those businesses at a discount.”

In the meantime, Young said, the union will work with the Wolf administration and the PLCB — which will be tasked with implementing the law — to enact changes to blunt the blow. So far, he said, the union hadn’t isolated specific areas that could be addressed.

And the union wasn’t the only stakeholder to see its position undermined.

It’s the most significant step we’ve taken in this area in 80 years.” Gov. Tom Wolf

The Distilled Spirits Council, which represents distillers who rely on the state stores to sell their products, called for expanding access to liquor, in addition to wine and beer, at grocery stores.

“Consumers want a level playing field for beer, wine and spirits,” said the council’s vice president, David Wojnar.

Similar concerns were expressed by the Malt Beverage Distributors Association. The distributors will watch as competitors gain the ability to sell wine and the law codifies the ability for gas stations to sell alcohol.

“Consumers will have less selection and higher prices unless they shop in a state store,” said Frank Pistella, the MBDA’s first vice president. “Distributors will lose and so will their customers.”

Amy Christie, executive director of the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association, saw the bill as a mixed bag. The establishments the association represents gain the ability to sell up to four bottles of wine, but also a powerful competitor in the form of casinos with the ability to serve alcohol around the clock.

“This is a win in a way that we can sell more product to go out the door,” she said, but it underlined the need for taverns to be able to add video gaming machines to compete with the casinos.

Turzai Speaks On Liquor Modernization BillHouse Speaker Mike Turzai discusses ‘historic’ liquor modernization bill on track to reach Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk.

But December’s vote in the Senate, which gutted a Turzai bill to replace it with the reforms, and Tuesday’s vote in the House showed strong bipartisan support for the modernization efforts—even if not all of the stakeholders are pleased.

“I’ve been working on this (issue) over a period of years and it’s very rare the speaker and I agree on an issue,” Costa said. “We do now.”

And a number of local supermarket chains have already expressed interest in selling wine.

“Wine is something we’ve wanted to offer our customers, and we plan to do so when this is enacted,” said Giant Food Stores spokeswoman Samantha Krepps.

PLCB Chair Tim Holden said the agency has sought many of the bill’s provisions for years.

“Sunday sales, the ability for variable pricing, consumer convenience and rewards system,” he said. “A lot of these are things we’ve been working on.

Holden, whose agency operates more than 600 state stores and oversees the larger distribution system, believes those measures will bring more revenue into the PLCB and, in turn, the state. And private businesses are still purchasing the wine from the agency, he said, even at 10 percent discount.

On Wednesday, the chair said the PLCB had pledged its support to Wolf and the General Assembly. The agency will be working out the details for some time, he said, and there’s no timeline yet for full implementation.

And he remains optimistic that the changes won’t kill the state stores.

“As the governor said, this is not full-blown privatization,” he said. “This is modernization.”

The Hidden Consequences of Domestic Violence Lingers for Decades




Thanks to allegations of domestic violence involving several football players, and widespreadoutrage over how the National Football League has chosen to respond to them, the country has recently been engaged in a national discussion about issues related to intimate partner violence. As the Associated Press reported this week, the renewed attention to the issue has had a “ripple effect” that has made people more comfortable sharing their own personal stories of abusive relationships.

But experts in the area say there’s still a long way to go. While most of the discussion about domestic violence typically centers on the immediate crisis, and the issues facing victims as they decide whether to leave their abuser, there’s perhaps less focus on the long-term effects of abuse that linger for years or even for decades.

Long-Term Health Issues

When most Americans think of the health consequences of intimate partner violence, they’re likely picturing the bruises and broken bones resulting from the physical abuse in the relationship.

That’s certainly true, but it’s only part of the story. There’s a growing body of research that confirms domestic violence victims also suffer from a host of more long-term health problems, even though many of their doctors may not initially realize that’s the source of their issues.

“The research is really illuminating,” Lisa James, the director of health issues at Futures Without Violence, told ThinkProgress. “Now, we’re understanding more and more that if you experience domestic violence, you’re at a higher risk for some of the largest health problems that our country is facing today — including heart disease, chronic pain, asthma, and arthritis.”

Victims of intimate partner violence typically face high levels of stress, which can exacerbate any chronic health conditions they may have already had. After they separate from their abusive partner, they remain at risk for mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Compared to the general population, they’re fifteen times more likely to self-medicate by using alcohol and drugs.

And even years after the abuse, many survivors are also forced to deal with lasting reproductive health issues. One of abusers’ strategies of control can involve interfering with their victims’ sexual health — experts call this “reproductive coercion” — that can result in becoming pregnant or contracting a sexually transmitted infection.

Liz Roberts, the chief program officer at Safe Horizons, told ThinkProgress that she’s frequently seen this firsthand in her work with domestic violence victims. “I’ve worked with survivors who had to hide their birth control pills, and when they were found, they were flushed down the toilet. I’ve worked with survivors whose partners had other sexual relationships outside of their primary relationships, lied about it, and refused to wear condoms,” she said. “There are so many ways someone can be placed at risk for an STI or an unwanted pregnancy, and that can obviously have great consequences down the road.”

Federal officials estimate that the United States spends $4.1 billion each year on the medical and mental health costs stemming from domestic abuse.

Problems Passed Down To Children

Domestic violence also isn’t contained to the two people in the romantic relationship; often, it takes place in the context of a family where there are also children in the home. According to the American Psychological Association, an estimated 3.3 million children are exposed to violence against their mothers or other female caretakers.

Witnessing that trauma has lasting consequences for those kids. A groundbreaking study on childhood trauma found that the types of things you live through as a child have a big impact on your adult life, and can even contribute to an earlier death. Other researchers have found that the children who grow up around domestic violence tend to experience higher levels of anger, hostility, disobedience, and withdrawal.

“We do know that growing up in a violent home does impact the health of children from a very early age — even, actually, in the womb,” James said. “Kids exposed to domestic violence experience a whole host of similar health issues as we see in adult survivors, like anxiety, sleep disorders, and mental health and behavioral health issues.”

Emerging research in the field continues to try to pin down the collateral damage caused by family violence. For instance, a recent study from researchers at New York University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that being exposed to conflict at home can undermine kids’ emotional intelligence.

“Children who are exposed to higher aggression in the household between parents are having more difficulty reading the signals or the signs of others’ negative emotions accurately,” C. Cybele Raver, the lead author of that study, told ThinkProgress. “So if they’re coming down the stairs at school and another child bumps into them, they may respond in an aggressive way.”

Plus, many of these children aren’t just witnessing abuse; they’re on the receiving end of it themselves. An estimated 40 to 60 percent of the men who commit violence against their female partners are also violent toward their kids.

“People who beat up their partners often beat up their children too — that’s just the reality,” Roberts said.

Broken Family Relationships

According to Roberts, one of the most lasting consequences of domestic violence that doesn’t often get discussed is the harm that it does to family bonds. When children witness violence committed against their primary caregiver — the person who’s supposed to be able to protect them — that can compromise their attachment to that person. It sometimes even undermines their trust that their mom knows how to take care of them.

And even after a survivor has removed herself from her abusive relationship and gotten her kids to safety, she may be met with hostility and mistrust from the children she’s working so hard to protect. Kids sometimes play into the victim-blaming that they learned from the abusive parent who was left behind.

“Abusers typically actively undermine the children’s respect for and confidence for the adult victim,” Roberts said. “They’ll say things like, ‘It’s your mommy’s fault that this happened’ or ‘Your mommy is stupid, that’s why she did that.’ Or the children will overhear the put downs directed at the adult victim herself.”

“There’s often a really long journey for families to heal those relationships and to rebuild their trust,” she added.

That’s why experts are increasingly recommending domestic violence interventions to be partnered with parenting programs that can give families the support they need to rebuild. Futures Without Violence, for instance, works with parents who may have experienced violence a long time ago to focus on strategies to improve their parenting and avoid repeating the cycle of abuse. Home visitors sit down with new parents to give them tools to process any trauma they’ve experienced in the past.

“Parents are really trying to do right by their children in situations that can be really emotionally exhausting,” Raver noted. “Helping parents to navigate their romantic relationships and their adult partnerships is an important component of how we talk about parenting, and how we talk about supporting young children.”

A System That Isn’t Set Up For Survivors

While the country has made some progress in finding avenues to support domestic violence survivors, advocates say we still need more programs to address the long-term effects of abuse.

“A lot of the resources that have been directed toward the issue of domestic violence are either directed toward the criminal justice response or toward addressing the immediate safety or survivors and their children. That’s necessary, but not sufficient,” Roberts explained. “Safe Horizon operates a clinic in New York City that specializes exclusively in providing evidence-based trauma treatment to survivors of intimate partner violence. But we’re the only clinic in the state that does that.”

Similarly, experts are still working to reorient the health care system’s approach to domestic violence so that doctors will start connecting the dots when they see a patient who’s dealing with chronic pain several years after leaving an abusive relationship.

There have been some recent policy improvements in this area; under the health care reform law, for instance, screenings for domestic violence are covered as a routine aspect of preventive care. There are an increasing number of resources to helpeducate medical providers about their role in identifying and intervening in domestic abuse. Lisa James of Futures Without Violence is optimistic about where the country will go from here.

“I think we’ve been seeing a sea change in terms of how health care providers and systems are addressing these issues — looking beyond the initial injuries to talk about how domestic violence is a public health issue,” she said. “There have really been some light bulbs going off in some of our clinic settings.”