Each year, the Vermont Network works in partnership with it’s Member Organizations and stakeholders to develop a policy agenda that drives public policy and advocacy during the legislative session. Please click here to read this year’s policy agenda.
In the light of the #MeToo campaign and the almost daily revelations about sexual misconduct, many people are talking about “this moment” and the “turning tide” of the acceptance of sexual harassment and assault. I’ve been thinking about this along with every other woman, and wondering if we really are turning a corner. We are at this moment in Vermont, … Read More
Celebrating, Reflecting and Looking Forward: Network Horizon – Issue 2 Read the Fall 2017 Issue of the Network Horizon – our newsletter to connect you with the movement to end gender based violence here in Vermont. To read the latest issue, click here! Better yet, sign up to receive the Horizon straight to your inbox by clicking here.
Do you remember when jet airplanes full of passengers used to crash more often? When there was at least one major catastrophe resulting is significant loss of life each year? Sometimes more than one per year? And remember when disease and accidents took lives in great numbers? Remember when an embolism or other medical error meant certain death? In the … Read More
Vermont Public Radio’s Vermont Edition took a recent in-depth look at the relationship between domestic violence and homicide. Auburn Watersong of the Vermont Network joined J.P. Sinclair of the Vermont State Police and Mark Davis of Seven Days to discuss this issue and recent media coverage of several high profile homicides in Vermont. Check out the full interview here!
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.
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
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
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