At a.m., a team of Secret Service agents swept through an enormous ballroom in Washington, D. It was exhilarating to see this incredible community of people acknowledged for their hard work and dedication over the years to prevent violence against women. At 1 p.m., Vice President Joe Biden joined me on stage and was welcomed by a standing ovation from more than 1,100 excited health care practitioners, activists, social workers, researchers, and academics—all of whom gathered for our 7 Biennial National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence.When I wrote the Violence Against Women Act more than 20 years ago, my goal was to make violence against women unacceptable in any circumstance.But when I introduced the bill in June 1990, there was immediate resistance.
This guidance became a blueprint for students too, because it gave them the tools to hold their schools accountable.
Twenty years ago, this was a right that few people understood and our culture failed to recognize.
Kicking a wife in the stomach or pushing her down the stairs was repugnant, but it wasn’t taken seriously as a crime.
As co-author of The Violence Against Women Act, and one of the country’s most effective leaders working to end domestic violence and sexual assault over the past 20 years, there is no one like VP Biden.
I was reminded of that when he recognized the critical role that health care providers play in early identification and prevention of domestic violence—and thanked them for their efforts.