Domestic violence

  • As a long-time leader in advancing the rights of women and girls, Legal Momentum is deeply committed to ending violence against women and gender-based threats to equality and empowerment. Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), which occurs every October, is a crucial time for spreading our message and encouraging collective action. October may be over, but with the arrival of the 2018 election season, staying informed about policies and organizations like Legal Momentum that can support survivors and help prevent gender-based violence is more important than ever. This DVAM Action Guide pamphlet highlights why the fight against domestic violence is so important and how you can take part in it. DVAM 2018 has come to a close, but your continued support is crucial to our mission to prevent violence and protect survivors. Download the guide in full as a .pdf file below, and share the below infographics to spread the word about how we can all work to support domestic violence survivors and end gender-based violence in America.
  • Deputy Legal Director and National Judicial Education Program Senior Attorney Jennifer Becker was on the WashingTECH Tech Policy Podcast with Joe Miller discussing Legal Momentum, tech and domestic violence on July 30, 2018. Jennifer discusses how abusers perpetrate domestic violence via technology, what victims can do to get help, and the need for legislators around the country to address these issues. 
  • Recent immigration policies, including the separation and detention of families entering at the U.S.-Mexico border and the Attorney General’s decision to deny asylum to victims of domestic violence, reinforce existing inequalities that disproportionately impact immigrant women.
  • When a victim uninstalls the devices, this can escalate a conflict, experts said. “The abuser can see it’s disabled, and that may trigger enhanced violence,” said Jennifer Becker, a lawyer at Legal Momentum, a women’s rights legal advocacy group. 
  • In what, to some, might at first glance seem like an unremarkable decision, on Monday, the Supreme Court demonstrated a deep understanding of how domestic violence is perpetrated. On its face, the Court’s decision in Voisine v. United States was a sterile, hyper-technical legal analysis primarily hinging on the meaning of the word “use,” where the Court refrained from discussing domestic violence at any length.
  • Today is the second annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Across the nation, people are wearing orange to honor the millions of lives affected by gun violence and spur action to prevent gun violence nationwide. The Wear Orange campaign is spearheaded by Everytown for Gun Safety. It was inspired by a small group of teens at a South Side Chicago high school who wore orange—the color that hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others—to honor the life of a classmate killed by gun violence in 2013.
  • Legal Momentum's Executive Vice President and Legal Director, Penny Venetis, and anthropology professor and Middle East expert Jessica Winegar discuss the similarities and differences in violence against women in the U.S. and overseas with host Heather Stark on the Blog Talk Radio "3 Women, 3 Ways" show that aired Saturday, April 23, 2016.
  • Table of Contents for NJEP Teen Dating Violence Publications
  • In conjunction with Teen Dating Violence Month 2016, happening this February, Legal Momentum is pleased to announce the release of a new set of educational materials for judges, courts, court-related professionals, schools, parents, teens, and the community to learn about the dangers and consequences of Teen Dating Violence. The information and resources sheets were developed by the National Judicial Education Program (NJEP), Legal Momentum’s award-winning judicial education project, with funding from the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.*
  • LGBTQ Issues in Teen Dating Violence
  • LGBTQ Issues in Teen Dating Violence: Glossary by
  • NJEP Teen Dating Violence Resources for Judicial Leadership