November 2013 VAW Monitor



November 2013


In This Issue:



New Research and Reports

The Stop Violence Against Women website (StopVAW) is a forum for information, advocacy, and change. The site addresses violence against women as one of the most pervasive human rights abuses worldwide. StopVAW provides women's rights advocates with information and advocacy tools focused on ending the most endemic forms of violence against women, including domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and trafficking in persons.






  • Nicaragua: Harmful Reforms to Law that Criminalizes Violence against Women  (More information)      

  United States           

  • United States: New Law Protects Domestic Violence Victims from Employment Discrimination in California (More information)   


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New Research and Reports


New Report: Sex Trafficking and Exploitation of Minors in the United States (More information)  


New Report: New Study Links Childhood Trauma and Chronic illness in Adulthood  in the United States (More information) 

New Report: Disasters More Adversely Affect Girls
(More information)

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Is your country in the process of drafting or amending a domestic violence law?

The Advocates for Human Rights provides commentary to laws and amendments on domestic violence upon request. See examples of our Commentary on National Laws here.


Additionally, The Advocates for Human Rights works on domestic violence legal reform, including trainings for legal professionals and extensive research and reports that monitor domestic violence laws and implementation in partner countries. Learn more about this work.


To request commentary or to inquire further, please contact Cheryl Thomas at


Staff members of The Advocates for Human Rights involved with the development of StopVAW include: Theresa Dykoschak, Beatriz Menanteau, Mary O'Brien, Rosalyn Park, Robin Phillips, Helen Rubenstein, and Cheryl Thomas. Fellows, interns, and volunteers include Kristen Simondet, Brittany Mitchell, Megan Kirkland, and Tania Tisheva. /