The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is hosting two days of events on September 13th and 14th, 2017 in Washington, DC to promote their legislative priorities of protecting the safety and well-being of domestic violence victims and survivors. These events include a Congressional briefing on the intersection of domestic violence and firearms, an evening reception to honor the 30th anniversary of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), and annual day of lobbying training and activities.
The Take a Stand Congressional Briefing, co-sponsored by Senator Amy Klobuchar and Representative Debbie Dingell, focuses on the intersection of domestic violence and gun violence and takes place on September 13th between 10:30am and 12:00pm in the Senate Hart Building. Ruth M. Glenn, NCADV’s Executive Director and a survivor of both domestic and gun violence, will moderate a panel discussion on this intersection. Panelists include Rachel Graber, NCADV’s Public Policy Manager; Miri Cypers, the Director of Federal Affairs and Partnerships from Americans for Responsible Solutions; Kelly Roskam, the Legal Director/General Counsel of the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence; Amber Goodwin, Founder and Director of the Community Justice Reform Coalition; Avery Gardiner, Chief Legal Officer of the Brady Campaign; and Major Sabrina Tapp-Harper of the Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office.
The Take A Stand Reception is an anniversary celebration to mark the 30th anniversary of DVAM, which occurs in October 2017, at the National Press Club on September 13th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. The reception features remarks from NCADV leadership, Congressional members including invited legislators Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Representative Debbie Dingell, celebrities, advocates and survivors; an abbreviated screening and panel discussion by the team behind the documentary, Home Truth including the the film’s subject, Jessica Lenehan; and performances from musicians SuCH and Alicia Angel.
The Take A Stand Lobby Day takes place on September 14th from 8:30am to 7:00pm at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill and various Congressional offices. The annual NCADV lobby day gives its constituents the opportunity to learn about lobbying and NCADV’s legislative priorities. After the training portion, attendees meet with Congressional staffers to discuss these priorities and what their Congressional representatives can to do protect the well-being and safety of victims and survivors of domestic violence on the national policy level.
“The events will bring the issue of domestic violence to the forefront, for a couple of days and hopefully inspire and remind others to continue to take action by taking a stand against domestic violence. It is imperative that we continue to speak out and about this issue and particularly the intersection between guns and domestic violence. We appreciate all who are coming together over these two days to amplify the voice of survivors and join voices to prevent domestic violence.”
About National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is the voice of victims and survivors and works as the catalyst for changing society to have zero tolerance for domestic violence. NCADV does this by affecting public policy, increasing understanding of the impact of domestic violence, and providing programs and education that drive change. In 2015, NCADV launched the Take A Stand Against Domestic Violence initiative, which has grown into a national movement to bring awareness to domestic violence and the unique challenges facing today’s victims and survivors. To learn more about Take A Stand Against Domestic Violence, visit www.ncadv.org/takeastand. For more information about NCADV, visit www.ncadv.org.