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Women’s Rights Talking Points: Violence against Women


Violence against women


  1. Violence against women is at epidemic proportions. Between 2001 and 2012, 6,488 American troops were killed in Afghanistan.  During that same time period 11,766 women were murdered by a current or ex male partner (Huffington Post).  Over 22 million women in the United States have been raped in their lifetime (National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey 2010).  The Campus Sexual Assault Study estimates that between 1 in 4 and 1 and 5 college women experience completed or attempted rape during their college years (National Institute of Justice 2007).  The statistics are staggering.


  1. There is a huge financial cost associated with violence against women. In 1995 the cost of incidents of intimate partner violence perpetrated against women  was $5.8 billion.  This figure does not include incidents of violence by unknown assailants.  Sexual and gender based violence is associated with many short- and long-term problems, including physical illness, psychological symptoms, loss of income, and death.


  1. In 2014 the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance identified a $18 million funding gap for crisis and advocacy services for victims of sexual and domestic violence. The Action Alliance has worked since then to increase funding in order to eliminate  deficits in these critical services.   The  Senate and House released their budgets on February 5, 2017.  The House budget includes a proposed $1.5 million increase in funding for sexual and domestic violence victim services.  This funding is essential to meet federal match requirements.  The Senate budget doesn’t include a similar increase.


  1. On a national level, funding for the Violence Against Women Act is in danger of being cut. Contact your MoC and ask for their support for funding of crucial federal programs that focus on domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking.



  1. Join the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance
  2. Sign up for action alerts on the National Network to End Domestic Violence webpage
  3. Letters to the editor regarding campus sexual violence, domestic violence and
  4. Contact Bob Goodlatte to express concerns over cuts to the Violence Against Women Act






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