The Violence Against Women Act Turns 20. Here’s Where We Stand Today.

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If recent headlines haven’t been enough, this new video, It’s dangerous to be a woman in America, created by director Joe Posner for Vox,  is a powerful reminder of the rates of violent crimes against women.

“The Violence Against Women Act – a law attempting to reduce intimate partner violence both through judicial means and social interventions – turned 20 this weekend. Though the country has made progress since 1994, the issue hasn’t gone away for women in the U.S.”

1 in 4 women experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime

1 in 5 women are victims of rape

1 in every 13 murder victims is a woman killed by her boyfriend/husband

We’ve made some progress. But not enough.


Direction: Joe Posner Music: “Break me” written and performed by Sharon Van Etten. Courtesy Jagjaguwar and Big Deal Music Skin: Cristina Cerullo, Arielle Duhaime-Ross, Joss Fong, Samantha Mason, Amy Piller, Adrianne Jeffries, Lauren Rabaino, Zenae Zukowski Camera: McGraw Wolfman and Joe Posner Research: Sarah Kliff Thank you: Eden Rohatensky, Zeke Hutchins, Jon Natchez, Sharon Van Etten. All data sources can be found here.

If you are a victim of domestic abuse and need help, consider contacting The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.

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