• Petitioned The President of the United States of America

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The President of the United States of America

STOP Domestic violence against women

    1. Candice Casanova
    2. Petition by

      Candice Casanova

      West Palm Beach, FL

It is estimated that between 960,000 to 3 million people are victims of domestic violence every year. One third of all women have experienced being sexually or physically abused by a boyfriend or husband. 324,000 women experience violence while they are pregnant each year.1,247 are killed every year at the hand of their boyfriends or husbands, the healthcare cost to care for people who are battered is $4.1 billion. It is important that we take care of our women and children.

The national data is clear that one of the primary reasons that victims return to an unsafe home is that they don’t have another economic choice, more needs to be done. The biggest part of this petition is getting the message out there about what abuse is and letting the community know that services and shelters are available. “Wouldn’t you want someone to make the call and get help for that woman in your life (whoever she may be)”? “Of course you would, and if you don’t model that to our communities no one is going to do so.” Until domestic violence is universally denounced to the same degree as drunk driving, women in the community will continue to be assaulted, abused and in some cases killed. I am a former victim of domestic violence and suffered it for many years (14 to be exact) and I can tell you that there was next to NO help for me in my community. I was beaten, stalked, and threatened with guns and I had nowhere to run. Running to my family was not an option as that was the first place that he would look. Not only do women need somewhere to go they also need to feel safe while there. Please help me in this fight to protect women and children from domestic violence.


The President of the United States of America
STOP Domestic violence against women

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    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Women’s Empowerment and Protection (Read, very interesting)

      Candice Casanova
      Petition Organizer

      Violence against women is one of the most widespread of human rights abuses. One out of every three women worldwide will be physically, sexually or otherwise abused during her lifetime. During times of war and conflict, sexual violence is used to terrorize and humiliate women and girls. Survivors often suffer further victimization by family and society. The International Rescue Committee works to break this cycle of violence by helping survivors to heal, delivering care to victims of sexual assault, and by bringing women together for mutual support. Through innovative skills programs, they help women gain economic independence. In all of their programs, the IRC is committed to the full empowerment and participation of women and girls. The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people survive, recover and rebuild their lives.
      They restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the

    3. Reached 25 signatures
    4. Senate Votes Overwhelmingly to Expand Domestic Violence Act deadline.

      Candice Casanova
      Petition Organizer

      This vote was on 2/12/13

      The 78-to-22 vote raised the pressure on the house to act and expanded by 10 votes the margin of approval that a nearly identical bill garnered in the Senate last April. Twenty-three Republicans backed the measure on that day, up from 15 last year. The vote came after 17 House Republicans wrote to speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia, the House majority leader, demanding immediate action on a domestic violence bill that could get bipartisan support, unlike the House bill that passed largely on party lines last year. “Quite honestly, we can’t afford to be sitting on this for months or another year” “Delay isn’t an option when three women are still stalked and killed by their husbands/boyfriends every day”, said the president. After the vote, president Obama called on the house act. This is NOT a republican or democratic issue; it’s an issue of humanity, justice and compassion for women. When are we going to get something d

    5. Reached 10 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Erin N. ANYTOWN, MO
      • 5 months ago

      Abuse is never OK.

    • Joakim Van Mahn SANDEFJORD, NORWAY
      • 5 months ago

      One day I will have a wife, maybe a daughter or niece. They need to know that I am here to protect them.

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 10 months ago

      Domestic violence is a worldwide problem, but it's a great Problem in the U.S.A too! This has to stop with hard laws against the violence criminals!

      Domestic violence statistic for the U.S.A.

      One in four women (25%) has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime.

      (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The National Institute of Justice, Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence, July 2000. The Commonwealth Fund, Health Concerns Across a Woman’s Lifespan: 1998 Survey of Women’s Health, 1999)

      Estimates range from 960,000 incidents of violence against a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend to 3 million women who are physically abused by their husband or boyfriend per year.

      (U.S. Department of Justice, Violence by Intimates: Analysis of Data on Crimes by Current or Former Spouses, Boyfriends, and Girlfriends, March 1998. The Commonwealth Fund, Health Concerns Across a Woman’s Lifespan: 1998 Survey of Women’s Health, 1999)

      Women accounted for 85% of the victims of intimate partner violence, men for approximately 15%.

      (Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief, Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2001, February 2003)

      Between 600,000 and 6 million women are victims of domestic violence each year, and between 100,000 and 6 million men, depending on the type of survey used to obtain the data.

      (Rennison, C. (2003, Feb). Intimate partner violence. Us. Dpt. of Justice/Office of Justice Programs. NXJ 197838.

      Straus, M. & Gelles, R. (1990). Physical violence in American families. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers.

      Tjaden, P., & Thoennes, N. (2000). Extent, nature, and consequences of intimate partner violence. National Institute of Justice, NCJ 181867.)

      Women ages 20-24 are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.

      (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. 1993-2004, 2006.)

      Between 1993 and 2004, intimate partner violence on average made up 22% of nonfatal intimate partner victimizations against women. The same year, intimate partners committed 3% of all violent crime against men.

      (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. 1993-2004, 2006.)

      Separated and divorced males and females are at a greater risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.

      (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. 1993-2004, 2006.)

      Women of all races are about equally vulnerable to violence by an intimate partner.

      (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Violence Against Women: Estimates from the Redesigned Survey, August 1995)

      Average annual rates of intimate partner victimization between 1994 and 2004 are approximately the same for non-Hispanic and Hispanic females and males.

      (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. 1993-2004, 2006.)

      Intimate partner violence affects people regardless of income. However, people with lower annual income (below $25K) are at a 3-times higher risk of intimate partner violence than people with higher annual income (over $50K).*

      (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. 1993-2004, 2006.)

      On average between 1993 and 2004, residents of urban areas experienced highest level of nonfatal intimate partner violence. Residents in suburban and rural areas were equally likely to experience such violence, about 20% less than those in urban areas.

      (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. 1993-2004, 2006.)

      Nearly 2.2 million people called a domestic violence crisis or hot line in 2004 to escape crisis situations, seek advice, or assist someone they thought might be victims.

      (National Network to End Domestic Violence)

      Studies show that access to shelter services leads to a 60-70% reduction in incidence and severity of re-assault during the 3-12 months’ follow up period compared to women who did not access shelter. Shelter services led to greater reduction in severe re-assault than did seeking court or law enforcement protection, or moving to a new location.

      (Campbell, JC, PhD, RN, FAAN. Anna D. Wolf, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Protective Action and Re-assault: Findings from the RAVE study.)

      Nearly three out of four (74%) of Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. 30% of Americans say they know a woman who has been physically abused by her husband or boyfriend in the past year.

      (Allstate Foundation National Poll on Domestic Violence, 2006. Lieberman Research Inc., Tracking Survey conducted for The Advertising Council and the Family Violence Prevention Fund, July – October 1996)

      Domestic violence homicides

      On average, more than three women and one man are murdered by their intimate partners in this country every day. In 2000, 1,247 women were killed by an intimate partner. The same year, 440 men were killed by an intimate partner. Intimate partner homicides accounted for 30% of the murders of women and 5% percent of the murders of men.

      (Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief, Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2001, February 2003. Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. 1993-2004, 2006.)

      Most intimate partner homicides occur between spouses, though boyfriends/girlfriends have committed about the same number of homicides in recent years.

      (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. 1993-2004, 2006.)

      The health-related costs of intimate partner violence exceed $5.8 billion each year. Of that amount, nearly $4.1 billion are for direct medical and mental health care services, and nearly $1.8 billion are for the indirect costs of lost productivity or wages.

      (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Costs of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in the United States, April 2003.)

      About half of all female victims of intimate violence report an injury of some type, and about 20 percent of them seek medical assistance.

      (National Crime Victimization Survey, 1992-96; Study of Injured Victims of Violence, 1994)

      Thirty-seven percent of women who sought treatment in emergency rooms for violence-related injuries in 1994 were injured by a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend.

      (U.S. Department of Justice, Violence Related Injuries Treated in Hospital Emergency Departments, 1997)

      Dating violence

      Approximately one in five female high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.

      (Jay G. Silverman, PhD; Anita Raj, PhD; Lorelei A. Mucci, MPH; and Jeanne E. Hathaway, MD, MPH, “Dating Violence Against Adolescent Girls and Associated Substance Use, Unhealthy Weight Control, Sexual Risk Behavior, Pregnancy, and Suicidality,” Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 286, No. 5, 2001)

      Forty percent of girls age 14 to 17 report knowing someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend.

      (Children Now/Kaiser Permanente poll, December 1995)

      One in five teens in a serious relationship reports having been hit, slapped, or pushed by a partner. 14% of teens report their boyfriend or girlfriend threatened to harm them or themselves to avoid a breakup. Many studies indicate that as a dating relationship becomes more serious, the potential for and nature of violent behavior also escalates.

      (Information provided by Oregon Law Center.)

      Date rape accounts for almost 70% of sexual assaults reported by adolescent and college age women; 38% of those women are between 14 and 17 years old.

      (Information provided by Oregon Law Center.)

      Domestic violence and children

      In a national survey of American families, 50% of the men who frequently assaulted their wives also frequently abused their children.

      (Strauss, Murray A, Gelles, Richard J., and Smith, Christine. 1990. Physical Violence in American Families; Risk Factors and Adaptations to Violence in 8,145 Families. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers)

      On average between 1993 and 2004, children under age 12 were residents of households experiencing intimate partner violence in 43% of incidents involving female victims and 25% of incidents involving male victims.

      (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. 1993-2004, 2006.)

      Studies suggest that between 3.3 - 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.

      (Carlson, Bonnie E. (1984). Children’s observations of interpersonal violence. Pp. 147-167 in A.R. Roberts (Ed.) Battered women and their families (pp. 147-167). NY: Springer. Straus, M.A. (1992). Children as witnesses to marital violence: A risk factor for lifelong problems among a nationally representative sample of American men and women. Report of the Twenty-Third Ross Roundtable. Columbus, OH: Ross Laboratories.)

      Domestic violence and male victims*

      Due to cultural norms that require men to present a strong façade and that minimize female-perpetrated abuse (Mooney, 2000; Straus et al, 1997; Sorenson & Taylor, 2005), men are less likely to verbalize fear of any kind. (Dutton & Nicholls, 2005; Hines et al, in press)

      (Dutton, D., & Nicholls, T. (2005). A critical review of the gender paradigm in domestic violence research and theory: Part I – Theory and data. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 10, 680-714.

      Hines, D., Brown, J., & Dunning, E. (in press) Characteristics of callers to the domestic abuse helpline for men. Journal of Family Violence.

      Mooney, J. (2000). Gender, violence, and the social order. New York: St. Martin’s Press.

      Sorenson, S., & Taylor, C. (2005). Female aggression toward male intimate partners: An examination of social norms in a community-based sample. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 29, 78-96.

      Straus, M., Kaufman-Kantor, G., & Moore, D. (1997). Change in cultural norms approving marital violence: From 1968 to 1994. In G. Kaufman-Kantor & J. Jasinski (Eds.), Out of the darkness: Contemporary perspectives on family violence. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.)

      Individuals who are controlling of their partners are much more likely to also be physically assaultive, and this holds equally for both male and female perpetrators.

      (Felson, R., & Outlaw, M. (2007). The control motive and marital violence. Violence and Victims, 22 (4), 387-407.

      Graham-Kevan, N. (2007). Men’s and women’s use of intimate partner violence: Implications

      for treatment programs. Presented July 9, 2007 at the International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.)

      Societal norms support female-perpetrated abuse in the home. (Straus et al., 1997; Straus, 1999)

      (Straus, M. (1999). The controversy over domestic violence by women. In X. Arriaga & S. Oskamp (Eds.), Violence in intimate relationships (pp. 17-44).)

      Structural power does not necessarily translate to individual power.

      (Felson, R. (2002). Violence & gender reexamined. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.)

      Surveys find that men and women assault one another and strike the first blow at approximately equal rates.

      (Archer, J. (2000). Sex differences in aggression between heterosexual partners: A meta-analytic review. Psychological Bulletin, 126 (5), 651-680.

      Dutton, D., Kwong, M., & Bartholomew, K. (1999). Gender differences in patterns of relationship violence in Alberta. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 31, 150-160

      Morse, B. (1995). Beyond the Conflict Tactics Scale: Assessing gender differences in partner violence. Violence and Victims, 10 (4), 251-269.

      Straus, M. (1993). Physical assaults by wives: A major social problem. In R. Gelles & D. Loseky (Eds.), Current controversies on family violence (pp. 67-87). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.)

      Men and women engage in overall comparable levels of abuse and control, such as diminishing the partner’s self-esteem, isolation and jealousy, using children and economic abuse; however, men engage in higher levels of sexual coercion and can more easily intimidate physically.

      (Coker, A, Davis, K., Arias, I., Desai, S., Sanderson, M., Brandt, H., & Smith, P. (2002). Physical and mental health effects of intimate partner violence for men and women. American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 23 (4), 260-268.

      Hammock, G., & O’Hearn, R. (2002). Psychological aggression in dating relationships: Predictive models for male and females. Violence and Victims, 17, 525-540.)

      Rape / sexual assault

      Three in four women (76%) who reported they had been raped and/or physically assaulted since age 18 said that an intimate partner (current or former husband, cohabiting partner, or date) committed the assault.

      (U.S. Department of Justice, Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey, November 1998)

      One in five (21%) women reported she had been raped or physically or sexually assaulted in her lifetime.

      (The Commonwealth Fund, Health Concerns Across a Woman’s Lifespan: 1998 Survey of Women’s Health, 1999)


      Annually in the United States, 503,485 women are stalked by an intimate partner.

      (Patricia Tjaden and Nancy Thoennes, Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence, National Institute of Justice, 2000)

      One in 12 women and one in 45 men will be stalked in their lifetime, for an average duration of almost two years

      (Tjaden and Thoennes, “Stalking in America,” Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, 1998)

      Seventy-eight percent of stalking victims are women. Women are significantly more likely than men (60 percent and 30 percent, respectively) to be stalked by intimate partners.

      (Center for Policy Research, Stalking in America, July 1997)

      Eighty percent of women who are stalked by former husbands are physically assaulted by that partner and 30 percent are sexually assaulted by that partner.

      (Center for Policy Research, Stalking in America, July 1997)

      Victims may experience psychological trauma, financial hardship, and even death.

      (Mullen, Pathe, and Purcell, Stalkers and Their Victims, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000)

      Seventy-six percent of female homicide victims were stalked prior to their death.

      (MacFarlane et al., “Stalking and Intimate Partner Femicide,” Homicide Studies 3, no. 4 (1998): 300-16)

      Victim assistance and law enforcement

      On average, 21% of female victims and 10% of male victims of nonfatal partner violence contact an outside agency for assistance. Of those females and males contacting an outside agency, 45% contact a private agency.

      (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. 1993-2004, 2006.)

      On average, only 70% of nonfatal partner violence is reported to law enforcement. Of those not reporting, 41% of male and 27% of female victims (34% average) stated victimization being a private/personal matter as reason for not reporting, 15% of women feared reprisal, 12% of all victims wished to protect the offender, and 6% of all victims believed police would do nothing.

      (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. 1993-2004, 2006.)

      These statstics are the statistics of shame for America! The victims must stand firm together against these crimes for a better future!

    • deborah bujdos BELLE VERNON, PA
      • about 1 year ago

      Because I am a victim of domestic violence . My soon to be ex husband is my abuser and he has recruited his entire family of bullies to create fear and harass me. Even after I got a PFA on my abuser he continues to harass me via the legal system via bogus special petitions for hearings regarding so many idiotic claims about my competency to pay my own bills, care for my dogs ect. At each hearing all his claims were proven to be false. Yes I have to pay my attorney to defend me when he makes these false claims. The local police have sided with him and his family and not fully enforced the PFA . My abuser has violated this PFA so many times that I just stopped trying to get help from our local police department. They have been very supportive of my abuser due one of his family members relationship with many of the police. The Police have ignored calls I made. Last August 2 women part of my abusers fan club assaulted me and my son called the police to step in and stop them . The police came and talked to the women who assaulted me and they never came to see me even to asked me if I was ok or if I wanted to press charges. They left. There has been so many incidents last year and I wanted the police reports and was told no that I needed an attorney to get my own police reports. I recently had my attorney subpoena them and I read these police reports regarding my situation that is still very volatile and dangerous. In the reports they do express the lack of concern they have for me and my case and I believe it is based on a connection with my abusers relative. I was appalled to see how they stated things in these reports . It was insulting to me and my family and we did not get the proper attention any citizen in this situation should have received . I am really considering contacting Kathleen Kane regarding the total disrespect and care these officers have displayed and lack of concern for me , my family and our lives . The have been arrogant , rude and non caring. They have ignored federal laws the abuser and his group have committed any thing from stealing my mail to illegally recording auto and video for the purpose of showing law enforcement in an attempt to have someone arrested. The tape was not confiscated and the local police told me it was not illegal because the recording took place outside , but in a private residence . The have been given information regarding my abuser threatening tokill my son and told the abuser drives around with cups of booze while he drives everyday . They could have pulled him over anytime and they do not. All law enforcement should take these situations more seriously before more tragedies occur. I am a retired PI and never seen this kind of conduct in any other police department. They do not care that I have been physically and emotionally injured. They always take my abusers side and have even been heard laughing about this with my abuser. I feel like I am unprotected by my own police department.

    • Linda Goffredo STATEN ISLAND, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      My mother was in this type of relationship for twenty years, living in fear.


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