One out of three women worldwide will be physically, sexually, or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Violence against women is a human rights violation that devastates lives, fractures families, and prevents women from fully contributing to the economic development of their countries and communities.
The Violence Against Women Act and other key legislation has helped the United States and Canadian governments prevent domestic violence and treat victims. But some pending legislation is still needed to fill the gaps.
A U.S. Department of Justice report released in 2001 revealing that approximately 671,110 women ages 12 and older suffered intimate partner victimization in 1999.
The sanctity of human life is one of the core values of our value system. Therefore, it is our responsibility to attempt to protect the safety of all citizens, a small part of which can be accomplished with education and prevention of domestic abuse.