No se trata de un asunto que concierne solamente a las mujeres, es responsabilidad de todos nosotros


En su mensaje para el Día Internacional de la Eliminación de la Violencia contra la Mujer, el 25 de noviembre, la Directora Ejecutiva de ONU Mujeres, Michelle Bachelet, pide medidas innovadoras y un firme liderazgo para galvanizar los esfuerzos para poner fin a la pandemia de violencia contra las mujeres y las niñas. Este es el mensaje completo:

A menudo me preguntan si es posible poner fin a la violencia contra las mujeres dada la predominancia y persistencia de estos delitos. Mi respuesta es que sí. Es posible, pero solamente podemos lograrlo juntos. Todos somos responsables y ha llegado el momento de que se cumplan las promesas hechas a las mujeres.

Hoy, en el Día Internacional para la Eliminación de la Violencia contra las Mujeres, llamo a todos los líderes del mundo a que asuman la responsabilidad de eliminar la violencia contra mujeres y niñas. Hemos invitado a cada uno de los Presidentes y Presidentas a unirse a nuestra iniciativa mundial que va a ayudar a mostrar los compromisos nacionales asumidos en materia de erradicación de la violencia contra las mujeres y las niñas.

El año pasado ONU Mujeres presentó una agenda que proponía 16 pasos para enfrentar la violencia y trabajar en la prevención. Este año esperamos que en muchas comunidades, en muchos países, las personas puedan ver nuevos compromisos de sus autoridades nacionales y locales, para erradicar la violencia.

Hemos conseguido un enorme avance: Juntos hemos logrado romper el silencio. Actualmente, al menos 125 países han legislado contra la violencia doméstica. Contamos con un acuerdo internacional que es la Plataforma de Acción de Beijing que nos permite avanzar como comunidad internacional hacia un destino común. Ya tenemos 187 países que han ratificado la Convención sobre la eliminación de todas las formas de discriminación contra la mujer.

Como nunca antes, contamos con el conocimiento sobre las causas que generan la violencia y cada vez más mujeres, hombres y jóvenes continúan movilizándose contra la violencia. Hoy son muchas las organizaciones que trabajan incansablemente para ayudar a las victimas de violencia y a sus hijos y en muchos países los encargados de formular políticas han adoptado acciones decisivas. Pero sabemos que esto no es suficiente.

Aún debemos esforzarnos más para proteger a las mujeres y evitar que esta violación a los derechos humanos continúe. Los gobiernos y líderes deben dar el ejemplo. Este es el momento para que los gobiernos conviertan las promesas internacionales en medidas concretas a nivel nacional.

Esperamos ver leyes nuevas y mejoradas y planes de acción nacional que incluyan centros de acogida, servicios de atención telefónica, asistencia médica y jurídica gratuita para las mujeres víctimas de violencia y sus hijos.

Necesitamos programas educativos que enseñen sobre derechos humanos, igualdad y respeto mutuo, que sirvan de inspiración a los jóvenes para que asuman el liderazgo y combatan la violencia contra mujeres y niñas. Asimismo, se debe incrementar el número de mujeres en la política, en los organismos encargados de hacer cumplir la ley y en las fuerzas de mantenimiento de la paz. Necesitamos también igualdad de oportunidades económicas y trabajos decentes para las mujeres. Y es indispensable la implementación real de los acuerdos y tratados.

Todas estas iniciativas requieren de un liderazgo valiente y decidido. En el próximo mes de marzo, líderes de gobiernos y de la sociedad civil se reunirán en la Comisión de la Condición Jurídica y Social de la Mujer para acordar acciones preventivas que aborden efectivamente la violencia contra las mujeres.

Las expectativas son altas, y así debe ser. En algunos países, 7 de cada 10 mujeres son golpeadas, violadas, mutiladas o víctimas de abusos a lo largo de su vida. Una crisis de tales proporciones merece atención prioritaria de los líderes mundiales. La paz y el progreso no son posibles mientras las mujeres vivan con miedo a sufrir violencia.

Cada vez existe mayor conciencia sobre lo que la violencia contra las mujeres significa: una amenaza a la democracia, un obstáculo para conseguir la paz duradera, una carga en las economías nacionales y una violación atroz de los derechos humanos. A medida que más y más personas crean que la violencia contra las mujeres es inaceptable y evitable, a medida que más y más agresores reciben su castigo, el cambio para poner fin a la violencia contra las mujeres se hace más real.

No se trata de un asunto que concierne solamente a las mujeres, es responsabilidad de todos nosotros. El tiempo de la tolerancia y las justificaciones a este tipo de violencia se acabó.

Millones de personas, hombres y mujeres, en gobiernos, sociedad civil, sector privado, iglesias en todos los países del mundo están poniendo voluntad y determinación para poner fin a la violencia contra las mujeres.

Sí, es posible. Juntos podemos detener la violencia.

http://www.planetaellas.com/2012/11/24/25-de-noviembre-una-fecha-para-decir-basta/

Federal Court OKs Lifetime Gun Bans For Those Convicted of Domestic Violence

In a landmark ruling, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that lifetime bans on gun ownership for individuals convicted of domestic violence are not a violation of the 2nd Amendment.

The judge said, “The government has demonstrated that domestic violence misdemeanants are likely to commit acts of domestic violence again and that, if they do so with a gun, the risk of death to the victim is significantly increased.”

Originally, the federally-mandated lifetime ban on gun ownership applied only to those convicted of violent felonies. The law was updated in 1996 to include those convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors, since they are the most comment violent crimes committed in victims’ homes. – See more at: http://aattp.org/federal-court-oks-lifetime-gun-bans-for-those-convinced-of-domestic-violence/#sthash.TOSBychN.dpuf

Full story http://aattp.org/federal-court-oks-lifetime-gun-bans-for-those-convinced-of-domestic-violence/

Coverage of Most Recent Zimmerman Arrest Promotes Myths about Domestic Violence

National Network to End Domestic Violence Statement on Media Coverage of Zimmerman Arrest

Most Recent Zimmerman Arrest Shows Need to Address Language and Myths Related to Domestic Violence

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) urges the media to cover domestic violence accurately.

With high profile cases of domestic violence in the news, such as George Zimmerman’s most recent arrest November 18, 2013 on aggravated assault and battery-domestic violence charges [1] [2], the media has the opportunity to debunk myths and set the record straight on the realities of domestic violence.

First, the myth of anger:  Media reports repeatedly [3] [4] [5] refer to Zimmerman having been previously ordered to attend anger management classes, or to his anger in general, calling him an “angry, belligerent” man [6] and a “thug with an anger problem” [7]. The fact is that perpetrators of domestic violence do not have anger management issues – they abuse their power and terrorize people they claim to love. These abusers actually manage their anger well – they speak to 911 operators, police officers, judges, and other professionals with calm and confidence, as in Zimmerman’s case where media outlets have repeated the claims that he was “passive and cooperative”[8] and that he “offered no resistance.”[9]

Second, language that implies mutuality:  Media reports use sanitized and inaccurate phrases such as “domestic dispute,” “domestic disturbance,” or, in this case, “fight with his girlfriend.” The reality is that when police are called because one person is assaulting or threatening another person, it is not a “domestic disturbance,” [10] an “incident,” [11] or a “fight.” [12] It is domestic violence. Calling abusive, violent, and threatening behavior “disputes” or “fights” – as if both parties are equally involved – redirects attention away from the abuser’s actions and minimizes the life-threatening danger of domestic violence.

The criminal justice system will ultimately make the decision in each reported case of domestic violence. The media, however, plays a vital role in naming the reality and shaping our public dialogue. NNEDV calls on media outlets to cover domestic violence accurately.

[1] USA Today article “Zimmerman accused of pointing shotgun at girlfriend”http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/18/zimmerman-trayvon-arrested/3628591/

[2] ABC News article “George Zimmerman Charged With Aggravated Assault of Girlfriend”http://abcnews.go.com/US/george-zimmerman-charged-aggravated-assault/story?id=20926767

[3] Fox News Article “Judge to decide if Zimmerman gets released on bail after arrest on assault charge” http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/11/19/judge-to-decide-if-zimmerman-gets-released-on-bail-after-arrest-on-assault/

[4] Atlanta Black Star article “George Zimmerman Jailed, Charged With Battery and Assault of Girlfriend”http://atlantablackstar.com/2013/11/19/zimmerman-assaults-new-girlfriend-arrested-jailed-florida/

[5] LA Times article “George Zimmerman charged with pointing gun at girlfriend”http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-george-zimmerman-arrests-20131118,0,7859772.story#axzz2l7lMlbK3

[6] Slate article “There’s Something Wrong With a Country That Lets George Zimmerman Have a Gun”http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2013/11/19/killing_an_unarmed_teenager_allegedly_threatening_women_what_will_it_take.html

[7] Salon article “I’d hate to be a former Zimmerman juror today”http://www.salon.com/2013/11/19/id_hate_to_be_a_former_zimmerman_juror_today/

[8] CNN article “George Zimmerman charged with felony after allegedly pointing gun at girlfriend”http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/18/justice/florida-george-zimmerman-arrest/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

[9] NBC News article “911 calls released following Zimmerman domestic disturbance arrest”http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/18/21521590-911-calls-released-following-zimmerman-domestic-disturbance-arrest?lite

[10] NBC News article “911 calls released following Zimmerman domestic disturbance arrest”http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/18/21521590-911-calls-released-following-zimmerman-domestic-disturbance-arrest?lite

[11] CNN article “George Zimmerman charged with felony after allegedly pointing gun at girlfriend”http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/18/justice/florida-george-zimmerman-arrest/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

[12] ABC article “George Zimmerman charged with assault, battery in fight with girlfriend Samantha Scheibe” http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/national_world&id=9331223

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Survey Finds Significant Links Between Chronic Health Conditions and Domestic Violence

Washington, D.C. (November 14, 2013) – A significant link exists between many chronic health conditions and domestic violence, and the health care industry, support agencies and others must do more to make and act on that connection.

The survey, “Verizon Foundation and MORE Magazine Survey: Exploring the Relationship between Domestic Violence and Chronic Health Conditions,” found that 70 percent of adult American women over the age of 21 have a chronic health condition. That number rises to 81 percent among women who have experienced any form of domestic violence. This is especially serious given that 44 percent of women in the survey said they experienced a form of domestic violence.

Despite the high correlation between chronic health conditions and experiencing domestic violence, only 6 percent of women surveyed believe their doctor or nurse has ever made a connection between the two. Three-fourths of women say they have never been asked about domestic violence during a medical exam. Among women aged 65 and older, 85 percent have never been screened, though they are no less likely than their younger counterparts (aged 21 – 34) to experience domestic violence.

A number of barriers prevent the majority of health care professionals from doing these screenings, according to a new white paper, “Domestic Violence and the Role of the Healthcare Provider: The Value of Educating on Assessment and Intervention Strategies,” that was presented at the Capitol Hill briefing. These obstacles include the widespread perception that domestic violence is a private issue; fear of offending a patient; fear of the patient’s abuser; a lack of understanding of abuse; time constraints; and lack of referral sources and procedures for screening.

The white paper was developed by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., with support from the Rutgers University School of Social Work and the Verizon Foundation.

Elaine Hewins, domestic violence education and awareness program coordinator at the hospital and an author of the white paper, said, “Because health care providers are often the first responders to domestic violence, it is essential that they redefine the goals of routine screening and learn the skill sets to continually and consistently ask questions, making patients feel comfortable and safe enough to utilize healthcare professionals as resources and allies.”

Read more http://www.womenshealthresearch.org/site/News2?abbr=press_&page=NewsArticle&id=14563

Contextualizing Domestic Violence

October was National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and as we carry on with holiday preparations, it might be easy to forget that intimate partner violence happens 24/7… every day of the year. It is also important to remember that domestic violence does not affect everyone equally. In addition, a number of groups face different barriers and contextual realities when it comes to accessing services. Here, I would like to (very briefly) discuss three groups that are too often ignored in mainstream conversations about intimate partner violence. My hope is that we begin to think contextually and culturally when we talk about domestic violence and the services we provide to victims and survivors.

Latin@ (Immigrant) Communities

While Latinas, for example, experience domestic violence at similar rates as do non-Latinas, this group faces unique barriers when trying to access services or support. For example, Latinas are only half as likely to report abuse to authorities as survivors from other ethnic and racial groups. We can attribute this to a number of reasons including distrust of authority, police or government. The lack of reporting can also be attributed to language barriers or immigration status. A person may fear deportation for herself, her children or loved family members. In fact, many Latina survivors report that immigration status is often used as a control mechanism by their partners to ensure that they do not leave abusive situations. This well-founded fear can impact a Latina’s decision to report abuse, seek services and leave abusive relationships.

In addition, many Latinas also face economic barriers. As Lynn Rosenthal, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, writes, “Many [immigrant] victims are economically dependent on partners with legal work status, remaining in abusive relationships because they cannot be eligible for work on their own.” With language barriers as well as legal and economic concerns, many Latina survivors face little choice but to stay in abusive relationships. When survivors do seek help, mainstream service organizations often fail to provide culturally specific and competent support for Latina survivors. One 2009 study, for example, found that almost one in three shelters did not have any Spanish-speaking staff.

LGBT Communities

One significant misconception I’ve encountered in my work is that LGBT individuals do not experience much intimate partner violence. Why would they? These are couples that have been marginalized and oppressed — why would they oppress each other? At least, that’s the line of thinking that I have heard too many times. Nevertheless, 25 – 33 percent of the LGBT community experiences domestic violence, and this community, too, faces unique contextual factors that impact the way intimate partner violence gets enacted. For example, many LGBT individuals fear having their sexual identities revealed, as outing someone can have serious implications for closeted individuals. As I’ve mentioned in more extensive writing on intimate partner violence in the LGBT community:

Other forms of abuse specific to the LGBT community can include withholding medication from individuals who are transitioning (male to female or vice-versa), gender-specific insults (“you are too butch to be a real woman”), and identity theft (in an arrest, a man uses the ID of a boyfriend who is then left with a criminal record).
The LGBT community also experiences a number of barriers when accessing services. For example, almost half of LGBT survivors have difficulty (or simply cannot) access shelters. A fourth of survivors are mistakenly arrested as aggressors and over 55 percent of LGBT survivors do not receive orders of protection. These barriers make it more difficult for LGBT individuals to seek and find the support they need when considering whether to leave abusive relationships. Imagine the additional repercussions that outing can bring to an LGBT Latin@ who might be undocumented or not speak English. Not only would this individual face marginalization and barriers as a Latin@, but also as an LGBT person.

Read more http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pierre-r-berastain/contextualizing-domestic-violence_b_4260793.html

Domestic Abuse the Primary Cause of Murders of Women in New York City

Domestic violence is the primary cause of the murders of women in New York City — two of every three in 2012 resulted from an instance of domestic abuse.

Even as New York City celebrates a historically low homicide rate, women remain at ever-greater risk of losing their lives in domestic-violence-related incidents than in years past
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In 2012, 68% of all murders of women in New York were related to domestic violence, up from 54% in 2011, with the highest incidences of domestic violence consistently occurring in Brooklyn and the Bronx.

Yet we often turn a blind eye to the violence next door, thinking it isn’t any of our business. And when the public or media do pay attention to domestic violence, it is after the fact, when it is already too late to save someone from injury or even death.

In its September survey of attitudes and experiences of teens and adults with domestic violence and sexual assault, the organization NOMORE found that while more than 50% of Americans know a domestic-violence victim, there is dismally low discussion of the problem.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/women-great-risk-violent-homes-article-1.1520815#ixzz2l67eTk8G