So, for example, we have gendered correlations between abuse and homelessness that result from abuse because our economic system enshrines complementary roles for men and women that leave women economically vulnerable, their life stages largely out of sync with how the work place is structured.
There are 270,000,000 guns in households in this country.
The reductions in home-based violence that we have seen in the past two decades are due to increased awareness and the passage of VAWA in 1994.
This year's theme, , is focused on how the worldwide proliferation of small arms exponentially increases the threats that women and children face. 1 in the world for guns/per capita, with 88 guns/100 people -- far exceeding the second on the list, Serbia, at 58.2/100.
Access to firearms increases the chance of deadly domestic violence five-fold in the U. Internationally, especially in militarized areas where people are actively engaged in warfare or where the state is abusive and heavily armed, the threats are far greater. Despite real and profound harm taking place every day, VAWA remains hostage to those whose reasoning results in only some violence and abuse being "legitimate" and only some people deserving of legal protection.
So, all over the world, laws are not written to take into account a situation where a woman kills a man with whom she is intimate, maybe as he sleeps, because she knows from experience that when he wakes up he will, as he has for years, punch, choke and probably rape her; sometimes in the presence of their children.
Once he is awake, she is generally at a disadvantage in this scenario.Sunday was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the launch of this year's 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.In the time it takes me to write this paragraph, 26 people -- given our statistics probably all women -- will be assaulted by an intimate partner in the U. In the roughly 48 hours between my writing and posting, at least six women in the US and hundreds if not thousands around the world will be killed by violent spouses.Our failure to pass a robust VAWA puts these life-altering gains are at risk.I suspect most people would rather not think about it.Women are the overwhelming targets of intimate partner and domestic violence. The women suffer long term social, emotional, physical and economic trauma.