Owens: There Is No Cycle Of Abuse

Domestic Violence expert Julie Owens talks about how outdated the cycle theory of abuse is. People use the “Power and Control Wheel” graphic because we understand DV much, much better after decades of work with victims, and learning from them. Read more here.

Voices of Domestic Violence Town Hall – Triad – 4/11/19

Every town hall is a unique experience. The Voice of Domestic Violence Town Hall in Winston Salem on 4/11/19 included experts, past victims, current warriors with powerful stories and valuable information to share! Read a summary of their words here.

VAWA was Topic of 116th Week with Tuesdays With Tillis – 4/9/19

The weekly Tuesdays With Tillis protests continue into and beyond the 116th consecutive week of rallies around Senator Thom Tillis’ office in Raleigh. The topic on Tuesday, April 9, was the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). NC NOW President Gailya Paliga was one of the speakers, but messages about violence against women and women rising up were also conveyed through song and chants.

About the Violence Against Women Act

Congress is in the process of reauthorizing the 25 year old Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) this spring (April 2019). VAWA expired last fall, when Congress was distracted with other issues. Here is some background on VAWA and on changes to improve it in 2019.

Help pass #VAWA in 2019

April is #SexualAssaultAwarenessMonth and women and women’s organizations including NOW are urging Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women’s Act, VAWA. The bill is #HR1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. Learn about it here and see what you can do to help move #VAWA along.

Domestic Violence Awareness Town Hall – Full House, Shocking Truths, 2/18/19

People pour in to Domestic Violence Awareness Town Hall on 2/18/19 and are riveted by shocking realities of what women (and other victims) in NC face. The impetus for the Domestic Violence Awareness Town Hall was a restraining order against Rep. Cody Henson that it took almost a year for his wife to get. But this story was the tip of the iceberg as experts and victims talked about the realities of violence against women, domestic violence in North Carolina, how things are worse for victims in small towns, and victims in different communities (like the African American community).

Domestic Violence Awareness Town Hall in Brevard – More Speakers, 2/18/19, 6:30pm

Second version of Domestic Violence Awareness Town Hall press release – this one included impetus for event (almost a year to get a restraining order against Rep. Cody Henson), and speakers.

Press Release: Domestic Violence Awareness Town Hall in Brevard, 2/18/19

Press Release on Domestic Violence Awareness Town Hall Event in Brevard, NC on 2/18/19. NC NOW (National Organization for Women), SAFE Transylvania, and Progress NC have come together to bring community awareness to the serious issue of domestic violence, also highlighting issues that victims in rural counties face.

DV Situation Playing Out Now in Western NC, Public Forums Planned

It took nearly a year for the wife of an elected official to get a restraining order against her husband in Western North Carolina. The situation is being revealed in news articles in Transylvania County and Buncombe County. The issue of domestic violence is being explored in public forums, currently planned for February and March of 2019.

DV Town Hall Opens Wider Discussion of Problem, 2/18/19

Big domestic violence (DV) situation in western North Carolina makes people realize how little they know about what DV victims face. NC NOW (National Organization for Women), SAFE Transylvania, and Progress NC have come together to bring community awareness to this very real problem.