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Domestic Violence Has Risen During The Pandemic. How Should The Violence Against Women Act Address This Crisis?

Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune
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A volunteer helps plant flags at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, to recognize the thousands of individuals in Utah who are impacted by domestic violence each year.

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?


Heidi Notario, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Systems Change at the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, where she leads their policy and research team

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

Web Resources:

Vox, Li Zhou: The House has renewed the Violence Against Women Act. It now faces major hurdles in the Senate

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

Lea is a producer for Your Call on KALW Local Public Radio. She graduated from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY in 2018.
Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.