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Attn Advocates: Opportunity to Stop Family Violence

This spring, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that will have profound implications on the prosecution of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, child abuse and child sexual assault cases. Hammon v. Indiana focuses on admitting victim comments into evidence when the victim is not actually in court to testify or be cross-examined. Stop Family Violence needs your stories for a legal brief that will help the Supreme Court find the right balance between the rights of the accused and safety and rights of victims.

For many victims testifying in court is too traumatic or dangerous to even consider. The victim may fear, and stalkers and abusers may have threatened, further harm to the victim or other family members if the victim testifies. Rape victims may find the thought of reliving the rape by testifying too much to bear. Young children who have been sexually or physically abused may be too terrified to sit in a courtroom to confront their abuser.

Since the mid 1990’s, prosecuto…

Action Alert - Senate & House's Budget Bill to affect low-income families

December 22, 2005--Yesterday, with a tie-breaking vote cast by Vice President Cheney, the Senate voted 51-50 to support a budget bill that slashes assistance for some of the most vulnerable people in America –abused and neglected children; single mothers trying to collect child support; people with severe disabilities; families lacking health insurance; the elderly and others. The bill also puts victims of domestic violence and their children at grave risk. Now the vote moves to the House, where we have one last chance to stop it before it becomes law. Many people don’t realize that two-thirds of welfare recipients are victims of domestic violence – they rely on welfare assistance to escape the abuse and rebuild their lives. But the welfare reforms in this budget bill, including marriage promotion programs, increased work requirements and inadequate funding for child care – will mean that women will be forced into programs that encourage them to stay with their abusers, their chil…