In the Kimberley they hung 52 white dresses on crosses. In Coogee, Sydney, hundreds left their footprints in the sand. Around the country, in thousands of gestures, Australians marked the 12th annual White Ribbon day, remembering women killed by their partners in 2015, swearing next year would see change.
There is a strong connection between domestic abuse and HIV. According to the CDC [PDF 1,824 KB], an estimated one in three women in the U.S. experiences domestic abuse – but researchers estimate that 1 in 2 women living with HIV experience intimate partner violence (IPV). That violence puts women at greater risk for acquiring HIV to begin with—and for women living with the virus, IPV can make it harder to stay connected to care and to adhere to treatment.
Victims of domestic violence invited to Thanksgiving dinner & encouragement from abc 13 News Now, 11/23/2015
Among them is the Caribbean People Organization, which invited women from a local shelter to participate in an event called Appetite for Awareness.
In-house counselors help doctors connect victims of domestic violence to services from newsworks, 11/23/2015
Supervisor Marcella Slick said doctors are much more likely to ask patients about domestic violence when they can connect them to help.
“They don’t want to uncover a giant can of worms that they don’t have time to deal with, so we know that having a counselor on site who can take this off their hands makes a huge difference with the screening numbers,” she said.
Campaign for “International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women” to be held on Nov. 25 from St. Lucia News, 11/19/2015
PRESS RELEASE – In our continued efforts to bring public awareness to violence against women and children, Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia joins the rest of the world in collective global action to say NO to violence.
The theme for this year’s campaign is “Prevention”. One in three women has experienced physical and sexual violence in their lifetime. It is time to take action and put an end to the violence against women! November 25th each year is observed as “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women”
Departments of Justice, Housing and Urban Development, and Health and Human Services Establish $2.3 Million Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Initiative from the United States Department of Justice, 11/04/2015
According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) report, nearly 10 million people in the U.S. experienced physical violence by an intimate partner in 2010. According to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, in 2008, 28 percent of U.S. families were homeless because of domestic violence and 39 percent of U.S. cities cited domestic violence as the primary cause of family homelessness. The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) has established the goal of preventing and ending homelessness among families, youth, and children by 2020.
“Domestic violence is a primary cause of family homelessness because many victims leave their homes to pursue safety,” said Commissioner Rafael López of HHS’ Administration on Children, Youth and Families. “Victims of domestic violence need housing options that meet their immediate and long-term needs. This interagency consortium will help us marshal federal resources to address domestic violence.”