2017 Legislative Wrap Up

The 2017 Legislative Wrap-Up contains detailed information about the bills and statutes passed in the Vermont Legislature during the 2017 legislative session. This year’s wrap up includes information on bills related to sexual violence, disarming abusive individuals and economic justice priorities.

PRESS RELEASE: The Vermont Network Announces Passage of H.74

On May 24th, Governor Phil Scott signed H. 74 An Act Relating to Domestic and Sexual Violence into law. This comprehensive bill: Creates a Bill of Rights for sexual assault survivors Updates the emergency relief from abuse statute Eliminates the Statute of Limitations on Sexual Assault Protects the Rape Victim’s Right to Child Custody Updates in statute the misdemeanor crime … Read More

Wholesome Bodies Curriculum

Wholesome Bodies is a sexual violence prevention curriculum for adults who have children and teens in their lives. Curriculum activities focus on developing healthy sexuality and supporting cultural shifts towards healthy sexuality. Wholesome Bodies Welcome Letter Wholesome Bodies Facilitators Guide Wholesome Bodies Participant Workbook If you would like hard copies of these materials, please contact the Network Office.

Relationship Status Booklet

A resource for teens and people who support teens with information about healthy and unhealthy relationships as well as violence prevention tips and helping resources.  

Teen Protection Order Booklet

This booklet provides up-to-date information about the rights of teens in applying for protection orders related to dating violence and sexual violence.

Legal Assistance for Victims Law Clinic

The Vermont Network’s Legal Assistance for Victim’s clinic was created and started taking cases in 2016 and is designed to fill the tremendous legal representation gap that victims of sexual and domestic violence experience in Vermont.  A Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) grant from the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) funds the clinic to represent sexual violence, stalking and … Read More

Is Justice Biased? A Conversation with David Goodman

Is our criminal justice system biased? What role is the domestic and sexual violence movement playing in the efforts to dismantle systemic racism in Vermont?   Sarah Robinson, Special Initiatives Coordinator at the Vermont Network joined Will Lambek from Migrant Justice and Mark Hughes from Justice For All for a conversation about these issues and more on The Vermont Conversation … Read More

Years Later, VT Sex Offender Registry Lacks Addresses

A recent article in the Burlington Free Press provided an update on the State’s efforts to update and maintain Vermont’s Sex Offender Registry.   “Karen Tronsgard-Scott, Executive Director of the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, would rather Vermont not have an online sex offender registry at all, because she says the money could be used for better purposes. ‘There … Read More

Up in Arms: Bill Would Let Cops Take Guns in Domestic Violence Cases

Read this recent article in Seven Days about H. 422, a bill championed by the Network to help prevent domestic violence homicide. “Stella Gravel sat before the House Judiciary Committee earlier this month and told her daughter’s tragic story: Early one morning in August 2013, Rhonda Gray’s estranged husband, Troy, shot and killed her in her Fairlee home. He then … Read More