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Immediate needs: A collective analysis of the Violence Against Women Act of 1995

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  1. Issue definition
  2. Affected population
  3. Controversial issues
  4. Theoretical perspectives
  5. Values and ideologies
  6. Key stakeholders and their positions
  7. Policy options
  8. Provision, recipients and circumstances
  9. Implementation and evaluation options
  10. Evaluation and indicators of success
  11. References

The broad policy issue that our committee addressed was violence against women. This issue is often assumed to occur in the context of intimate partner violence (IPV ). However, violence against women is best defined as any act of physical force with the intent to harm, subjugate or abuse a woman or a group of women. This includes human trafficking, war crimes, female genital mutilation, workplace sexual harassment, as well as domestic violence (DV).

Internationally, both women and men are affected by the expansive occurrences of violence against women. Given its definition, it is obvious that women are the most affected gender population. However, as these acts persist in various forms, it becomes a norm, and perpetrators feel more validation in their actions (e.g. Blaisure & Allen, 1995). In particular with intimate partner violence, Bent-Goodley (2007) states that IPV is the leading cause of injuries in women of the ages 15 to 44, resulting in a cost of more than $44 million to the health system.

[...] Feminist Theory is a model of analysis designed to achieve women's liberation by eliminating the oppression of women in society (Robbins et al., 2006). The theory incorporates a holistic view of the interrelationships between material, social, intellectual and spiritual facets of human experience. It also stresses the need to identify those attitudes, expectations, language, behaviors, and social arrangements that have contributed to the oppression and marginalization of people. Within this theory are three major areas of focus; gender difference, gender inequality, and gender oppression. [...]

[...] Implementation and Evaluation Options The policy that our committee reviewed was the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), in the context of the Lutheran Settlement House[3], which is a bilingual domestic violence agency. In the current VAWA, there are nine acts. These nine acts include Crimes and Courts, Services and Outreach, Children and Youth, Prevention, Health Care Response, Housing, Economic Security, Immigrant Issues, and Tribal Programs. Of these nine titles, our committee proposes changes to four of the titles; Title I - Crimes and Courts, Title II - Services and Outreach, Title IV Prevention, and Title V - Health Care Response. [...]

[...] Contemporary Human Behavior Theory: A Critical Perspective for Social Work 2nd edition. Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc. Sawhney, V. (2001). Women's Liberation Movement of the 1960s.? Retrieved on April from Steinem, G. (1970, June 7). "'Women's Liberation' Aims to Free Men Too." The Washington Post. Tjaden & Thoennes, (2000). Full Report of the Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey. U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs National Institute of Justice. Zimmerman,C., Hossain,M., Yun,K., Gajdadziev,V., Guzun,N., Tchomarova,M., [...]

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