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As VAWA Languishes in Congress, Domestic Violence Shelters in Texas Are Struggling to Meet Demand

Screenshot from a 2011 KTEK report that domestic violence was up 23 percent in East Texas.

It has been a brutal summer for victims of family violence. If we send someone new to Washington DC, will they take action? Will a new Senator or House Representative reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)?

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Poderosa Profile: Margie Del Castillo

In order to be successful in our fight for reproductive justice, we Latinas must recognize our poder. NLIRH’s “Soy Poderosa” campaign is trying to do just that.

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Does Counseling Batterers Work? Here’s What My Own Story Reveals

How do we reclaim our behaviors from a family dynamic where rage is a tool – even after the abuser is gone? 

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Time is Running Out to Re-Authorize the Violence Against Women Act

Activists rally on Capitol Hill June 26, 2012 for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act / Getty Images

Originally passed in 1994, VAWA has been consistently reauthorized and improved with broad bipartisan support. This year, however, the far right wing in the House is insisting on leaving specific groups of women unprotected. Why?

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“War on Women” Increasingly Focused on Women of Color and Immigrant Women

VAWA. PRENDA. Aderholt. What do all these words (and acronyms) have in common? They represent the escalating attacks on the health and rights of women of color, and immigrant women in particular.

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The 30 for 30 Campaign: Fighting for Women With HIV and AIDS

I talk to C. Virginia Fields the Chairman of the 30 for 30 Campaign, which has brought together numerous national and local advocacy and service delivery organizations to focus on the unique needs of women who are affected by HIV and AIDS, especially black women and transgender women. 

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“PRENDA the Pretenda:” H.R. 3541 Is An Attack on Asian American Women, and We Know It

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The sponsors of H.R. 3541are using the guise of “ending discrimination against female babies,” which sounds like a good cause, in order to ban abortion for the very people it pretends to protect: Asian American women. We recognize that this is simply a particularly demeaning way for anti-choice legislators to limit abortion access.

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House Passes The GOP Watered Down Violence Against Women Act

After consulting with a deranged all-dude activist group, the GOP-controlled House finally agreed to pass the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, but not before totally stripping it of its merits like it was a Ferrari in a chop shop.

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VAWA Saved My Life. Now House Republicans Are Pushing For Changes That Will Leave Others Like Me Vulnerable

The government cannot let abusers continue to have control.  The government is supposed to protect victims. VAWA saved my life, and I hope it is left as it is now so it can continue to save other women in dangerous situations.

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House Bill on Violence Would Hand Power to Abusers of Immigrant Women and Allow Criminal Prosecution of Victims

We are appalled at the immigration provisions that the judiciary committee in the House of Representatives passed in HR4970. This bill erodes protections available to immigrant victims who are the victims of domestic abuse.

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