As the nation enters the fourth week of an unnecessary partial government shutdown, federal funding for vital services to sexual assault and domestic violence survivors will come to an abrupt… read more “The Government Shutdown’s Impact on Survivors of Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence”
Each day in Virginia, more than 2 people die from a drug overdose. In the 15 years between 2000 and 2014, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner noted that… read more “The Urgency of Addiction: Children and the Drug Overdose Crisis in Virginia”
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week – April 10-16, 2016 On behalf of the 65 member Sexual and Domestic Violence Advocacy agencies who are at the center of the Action Alliance,… read more “Serving Victims, Building Trust, Restoring Hope ”
Crystal Hamilton was doing what many of us do on Saturdays—she was at home with her family and making plans for her evening. She will never see her son become… read more “Two young women lost their lives to domestic violence in Prince William County last weekend.”
Years in the making, Governor Terry McAuliffe recently signed into law a layer of safety for those who seek relief from the fear, intimidation and threat of lethal violence. This… read more “Working Together to Empower the Survivor.”
THE GOOD NEWS Many of the Action Alliance legislative priorities have crossed over, including: –comprehensive statewide protocols for physical evidence collection (PERKs); –strengthening laws on age of consent to marry;… read more “Just Released: Our 2016 General Assembly Crossover Report”
The inventory didn’t just uncover untested PERKs. It showed that our criminal justice system continues to fail—more often than not-- when it comes to sexual violence!
This past year I have been reading stories of activism communities all over the world about interpersonal violence, rape, stalking and trafficking. The stories have similarities in the focus… read more “Community Activism – The synergy of individuals, local centers, and state coalitions. ”