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Why We Don’t Screen for Intimate Partner Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa… and Why We Must

In my own experience testing an Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) screening intervention in Kenya, I have found that every one of the great reasons not to screen is critically important to consider. But in the course of my work on this issue, I have also found 111 reasons why screening for IPV cannot be brushed aside, either.

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Jana’s Story: Swimming Against the Undertow of Violence Against Women

The sorrow from the loss of a woman like Jana and the prospect of losing other Janas is sobering to a strong woman. It is a stark reminder that there are some things that are simply out of any one woman’s control.

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Domestic Violence is an Every Day Issue

While October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it may be the grim August murder of Crystal Ragin and her three children in Newport News, VA that serves as the year’s most dramatic reminder that more must be done to protect women from violence.

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Violence Against Women: Not Going Away Until You Do Something About It

I am tired of it: violence against women may be a current fact—every 3 minutes a woman is beaten up — but it is not inevitable. So here are my top three key recommendations for how you (yes: you) can make it stop before it even starts.

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In 7-to-3 Vote, Topeka City Council Fails to Reverse Decision Releasing Domestic Abusers From Jail to “Save Money”

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The Topeka City Council tonight failed to repeal an ordinance allowing domestic abusers to leave jail to save money, leaving the women of Topeka with no recourse against abuse within the city. If they wish for justice to be served, women will have to be geographically located outside of the city limits… and even that is no guarantee of protection.

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Violent Abusers Let Out Into Streets of Topeka As County Commission “Downgrades” Domestic Violence to Save Money

Government, even at its most basic level, exists to protect citizens within its geographical boundaries.  A fight over a budget has stripped this community of this basic function of protection, from women who need it the most.  We speak from personal experience: Kansas NOW lost our former lobbyist Jana Mackey to an act of relationship violence.

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Teen Dating Violence – A Sad Reality

Statistics show that 1 in 3 teens will experience dating violence and more than two-thirds never come forward and tell anyone. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), teen dating violence is a serious public health problem that is growing in the United States.

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Saving Our Women: Are We Really Prepared to Address Intimate Partner Violence?

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a growing public health concern in the United States, which has increased discussion about routine screening for IPV.  But, are we really ready to implement this measure?

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Uganda to Reintroduce Female Condoms

The Ugandan government plans to reintroduce and promote the female condom this fall, where it may give women another tool for safer sex negotiation and protection.

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Missouri Abortion Restriction Bill Only Worsens Effects of Intimate Partner Violence

Are you a woman whose husband beat you upon learning you were pregnant, after suggesting abortion? If so, Missouri is on the verge of deciding that you are incompetent to make the decision about whether to terminate your pregnancy.

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