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The National Center of Victims of Crime Commemorates the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act

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September 11, 2014
Contact: Tara Ballesteros
tballesteros@ncvc.org
202-467-8743


The National Center for Victims of Crime joins organizations and individuals around the country commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  The historic legislation was enacted to reduce violence, change attitudes, foster awareness, expand services, and improve response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. We have made tremendous progress since 1994, the year VAWA was signed into law, however as we celebrate all of our accomplishments we must remember that there is more to achieve. 

As we have seen in recent days, the atmosphere is clearly changing.  We are participating in a national dialogue to address issues such as domestic violence and the prevalence of sexual assaults on campus and in the military, but it is not enough.   We must put an end to the enduring stigma associated with all aspects of these crimes and deliver victim-centered services to all those impacted by sexual violence. 

The National Center for Victims of Crime continues to expand efforts to strengthen victim support through a variety of programs and partnerships.  Our Stalking Resource Center has trained over 100,000 professionals around the world and works constantly to promote awareness, action and advocacy to enhance victim safety and hold stalking offenders accountable.  Our DNA Resource Center is a leading source for training, technical assistance, and information about the use of DNA in the criminal justice system to provide informed and sensitive guidance to victims.  Through innovative and collaborative approaches we will continue to increase support and raise awareness.

“We applaud the efforts of so many who are dedicated to combating abuse and anticipate the day where one case is too many.  Until then we will continue to work tirelessly providing resources and advocating for victims,” said Mai Fernandez, Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime.

 

The National Center for Victims of Crime, established in 1985, is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. For more than 25 years, the National Center has led this nation’s struggle to provide crime victims with the rights, protections, and services they need to rebuild their lives.