Daily Archives: October 11, 2012

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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I was asked recently to help someone find information about the Violence Against Women Act.  I will admit, I didn’t realize there is federal legislation, passed in 1994, that “…provided $1.6 billion toward investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women, imposed automatic and mandatory restitution on those convicted, and allowed civil redress in cases prosecutors chose to leave unprosecuted. The Act also established the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) within the Department of Justice.”  Today, the OVW focuses on 4 areas:  domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.  The office provides funding through grants and cooperative agreements to help victims with protection and services.  It partners with state, local, and tribal entities — police, prosecutors, judges, advocates, health care providers and others to ensure safety for all citizens.

When you think about violence against women, consider that ALL of these actions are violence against women:

  • Acid throwing,
  • Breast ironing,
  • Bride burning,
  • Dating violence,
  • Domestic violence,
  • Dowry death,
  • Honor killing,
  • Female genital mutilation (Gishiri cutting, Infibulation),
  • Foot binding,
  • Forced prostitution,
  • Human trafficking,
  • Marital rape,
  • Murder of pregnant women,
  • Rape,
  • Pregnancy from rape,
  • Sati,
  • Sexual slavery,
  • Sexual violence,
  • Violence against prostitutes.

Do you know someone who has suffered such violence? If so, help them get help! Resources include the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence located in Okemos, MSU Safe PlaceMSU Counseling Center Sexual Assault Program and Listening Ear Crisis Intervention Center.

- Eunice B., Reference Librarian at CADL Downtown Lansing