Stop, Look, Listen and Act to End Domestic Violence

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According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, approximately 1,200 women a year - three every day - die in the United States as a result of domestic violence. One in six women has experienced rape or attempted rape. More than half of all rapes of women occur before they reach the age of 18, and more than one million women are stalked annually in the U.S.

Once again, NOW activists in chapters across the country are planning events to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October. "This is the time of year we stop to remember those who were physically or mentally harmed by partner violence," said NOW Action Vice President Melody Drnach. "And while we will never know the names and stories of all of the survivors, this year we lost one of our rising leaders in the movement." (See story, page 13.)

"We also use this time to look back on our progress toward our solemn goal to end all forms of violence against women, and this year is no different," said Drnach. NOW activists, along with domestic violence advocacy groups, successfully worked with Congress to advance legislation to fund the Violence Against Women Act, the Family Violence Prevention and Ser- vices Act, and the Victims of Crime Act. …