Domestic Violence Has Risen During The Pandemic. How Should The Violence Against Women Act Address This Crisis?
On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing changes to the Violence Against Women Act, including gun control provisions and accountability on tribal lands. As the country was reeling from yet another mass shooting in Atlanta earlier this month, House Democrats voted to renew the act, while 172 House Republicans voted against it.
The National Rifle Association has long opposed the bill’s gun control provisions. According to Everytown For Gun Safety, every month, an average of 53 women are shot and killed by an intimate partner in the US — and during the pandemic, domestic abuse reports have increased by more than 8 percent. How should we address this crisis?
Leigh Goodmark, Law Professor at the University of Maryland, where she teaches the Gender Violence Clinic, and author of several books including, Decriminalizing Domestic Violence: A Balanced Policy Approach to Intimate Partner Violence
BBC, Megha Mohan: One in three women are subjected to violence - WHO
The New York Times, Julie Bosman: Domestic Violence Calls Mount as Restrictions Linger: ‘No One Can Leave’
The Nation, Abigail Higgins and Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò: How the Violence Against Women Act Failed Women