Violence against women
is a crisis of epidemic proportions, affecting women in the United States and around the world. It encompasses domestic violence, sexual assault, rape and other forms of physical, psychological, financial and spiritual abuse.
Domestic violence is a human rights violation. It frequently involves beatings, torture, false imprisonment, psychological abuses including threats to harm or kill the victim and/or her children and many other crimes.
One in three women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, one in six women has experienced an attempted or completed rape, and one in twelve women will be stalked in her lifetime. Teens and young adults are particularly impacted by intimate partner violence – individuals ages 16-24 experience the highest per capita rate of violence and one in five high school girls reports physical or sexual abuse from a dating partner. Furthermore, an estimated 15.5 million children are exposed to domestic violence each year.
That is why JWI is committed to working to end violence against women in all of its forms, with particular concern for victims of domestic violence. We work proactively in Washington to make violence against women a national priority. We are active partners in local, state, and national coalitions to understand the needs of victims on the ground and to ensure that the most effective policies are being promoted.
Health Care Reform
Family Violence Prevention and Service Act (FVPSA)
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA)
Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)
Gun Control Laws
Past Advocacy Issues