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About Stop Family Violence

 

Every year, millions of people are severely abused in this country.  Imagine the power we will have to effect social change when all the survivors come together and raise their voices and say “This must end!”

 


MISSION

Stop Family Violence’s  mission is to organize and amplify our nation’s collective voice against family violence.  We are a catalyst for social change – empowering people to take action at the local, state and national level to ensure safety, justice, accountability and healing for people whose lives are affected by violent relationships.

BELIEFS

We believe that broad scale social change will not occur simply from the good efforts of a few tireless agencies, nor as the result of legislation or education alone. It requires the committed action of a broad citizenry – diverse people coming together and realizing their shared struggles and their collective power; people willing to raise their voices to work for social change, people empowered to speak new possibilities and see them into existence.  Stop Family Violence is the source of such a movement, and the Internet is a powerful tool for taking us there.

I am proud to be part of this organization.  It has changed my life.  The violence I have been through, including rape and spousal abuse has seemed meaningless until now.  NOW I HAVE A VOICE.  I am not ashamed anymore and I am determined to do whatever I can to make other people aware.  I will speak out to my friends, to my newspaper, to my legislators – anything I can do to help things change.  I have become an activist.

HISTORY

Stop Family Violence was founded in July 2000 when reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act - crucial federal legislation that would have provided $3.5 billion in funding for domestic violence and sexual assault programs nationwide - had been stalled in Congress for 18 months and was about to expire. 

Using the power of the Internet, in just 3 months, Stop Family Violence organized people from across the nation who sent more than 164,000 messages and made countless phone calls to Congress urging VAWA's reauthorization.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Stop Family Violence works to bring the voices of survivors to bear on the social and political agendas that effect their lives.  Our member's stories have been entered into the Congressional Record,  incorporated into a brief to the US Supreme Court, and used to shape national policy guidelines. Our action campaigns have been instrumental in securing passage of the Violence Against Women Act, have blocked advancement of dangerous “fathers rights’ legislation, influenced US Attorney General decisions on refugee status for battered immigrant women, and helped ensure safety provisions in welfare reform legislation so that abused women aren’t forced to participate in marriage promotion programs. Other campaigns have resulted in offensive product removal by several well known national corporations, and have even influenced programming at the Emmy and Academy Awards.  Our work has been covered in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Philadelphia Inquirer, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Salon.com, ABC.com,  Common Dreams.org and the Feminist Peace Network.  In 2001, Stop Family Violence was awarded the American Association of Political Consultant's prestigious "Pollie" award for best website for issue advocacy for our role in ensuring VAWA's passage.

 

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