Change is Possible. Change is possible but it may not be easy. If you use violence in your relationship with your spouse or partner, you can make a choice to change. Have you ever thought that you may be behaving in a way that could be physically or mentally harmful to your partner? These behaviors are often difficult to recognize … Read More
STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY Advocates, law enforcement stand ready to help survivors of domestic and sexual violence despite global pandemic Self-isolation does not mean that you are alone: Resources continue to be available to all who need them WATERBURY, Vt. (March 24, 2020) — The Vermont State Police, Vermont Attorney General’s Office and the Vermont Network Against … Read More
In a recent Op-Ed in VTDigger, Karen Tronsgard-Scott, Executive Director, highlighted the risk of lethality when firearms are present in a domestic violence situation, especially at the time of filing for a relief from abuse order. Read the full commentary here!
In a recent Op-Ed in VTDigger, Karen Tronsgard-Scott, Executive Director, highlighted the important link between mass shootings, gun reform and domestic violence. Read the full commentary here!
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!
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
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
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
Vermont Public Radio recently featured efforts to support Vermont’s affordable housing system through an investment generated by a $2-per-night fee on hotel stays. “Lack of safe and affordable housing is a major barrier to survivors when they’re leaving abusive relationships,” says Kara Casey, the economic justice and housing specialist at the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. “So they’re … Read More