Violence Against Women

  • In a statement released today, Legal Momentum and the National Task Force to End Sexual & Domestic Violence condemn the despicable behavior America's national leadership has displayed toward Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Julie Swetnick. The Senate Judiciary Committee leadership and the President have acted in a manner wholly unbefitting of public servants; their actions make clear that they have no respect for women, girls, and all survivors of sexual assault. 
  • To understand the struggle to get people to acknowledge Black women as victims of homicide and police violence, you need look no further than the last several days.
  • Letter to State Senator Prozanski on Oregon Rape Statute of Limitations
  • Workplace Bill of Rights poster
  • On a recent December Saturday, I hurried from the Metro train with my 6 year-old son trailing behind. We were joining friends and colleagues at the Justice for All March in Washington, DC. We had endured a dismal series of weeks in late November in which grand juries had refused to indict law enforcement for the killing of unarmed black men, and an African American domestic violence survivor had agreed to a plea agreement that included a return to prison after she’d already served 3 years for firing several warning shots to scare off her abusive husband.
  • Legal Momentum is thrilled to congratulate our colleague Sarah Deer on being named a 2014 MacArthur Fellow. Sarah has long been a member of the National Judicial Education Program faculty, and has worked with Legal Momentum to educate judges across the country about the serious problem of sexual and domestic violence against Native American women, who suffer one of the highest per capita rates of violent crime in the world.
  • 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the historic passage of the watershed Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)—the first comprehensive federal legislative package designed to end violence against women—which was signed into law in September, 1994 as part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.
  • Legal Momentum’s National Judicial Education Program’s Newest Curriculum:Raped or “Seduced”? How Language Helps Shape Our Response to Sexual Violence
  • Legal Momentum, the Advocates for Human Rights, the Human Rights Clinic of the University of Miami School of Law, and Women Enabled, Inc. (“U.S. Women’s Rights Organizations”) submitted a shadow report on violence against women in the United States to the United Nations Human Rights Committee, and called for the Committee to recommend significant improvements to U.S. law and policy. 
  • Legal Momentum’s National Judicial Education Program (NJEP) has created model curricula on topics related to sexual assault cases that can be used to train a wide variety of justice-system professionals, including judges, prosecutors and other attorneys, court staff, victim advocates, probation department professions, batterer intervention professionals, and others.
    Model curricula on topics related to sexual assault cases