Please join Jewish Women International • YWCA USA • Futures Without Violence • American School Counselor Association • National Association of School Nurses • and Honorary Co-Hosts Senator Michael Crapo (R-ID), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), Congressman David Reichert (R-WA), and Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) at the fifth annual Capitol Hill breakfast briefing on dating abuse.
A Look at Teen Dating Violence: Stopping Violence Against Women Before It Occurs
Thursday, February 28, 2013, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
2168 Rayburn House Office Building, Capitol Hill
breakfast served at 8:30; briefing begins at 8:45
• Bea Hanson, Acting Director, United States Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
• Dr. Elizabeth Reed, Assistant Professor, the George Washington UniversitySchool of Public Health and Public Health Services
• Tamara Smith, CEO, YWCA National Capital Area
• Kiersten Stewart, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Futures Without Violence
RSVP by Thursday February 21st to firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.857.1300.
In the first ten years after the passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the rate of domestic violence dropped by more than 50 percent. But young women still face the highest rates of dating violence and sexual assault: The CDC recently reported that one in five women and one in seven men who ever experienced violence by an intimate partner first encountered it as a teenager, between ages 11 and 19. Since 2004, Congress has recognized teen dating violence during the month of February. Congress is also currently considering legislation that would reauthorize VAWA that contains key provisions to strengthen federal teen dating violence prevention programs.
The panel of speakers will discuss current research on teen dating violence, federal responses, promising community programs, and legislative proposals that address teen dating violence.