Shocking domestic violence statistics
that remind us it's an epidemic

The number of American troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2012 was 6,488. The number of American women who were murdered by 716current or ex male partners during that time was 11,766. That's nearly double the amount of casualties lost during war. Women are much more likely to be victims of intimate partner violence with 85 percent of domestic abuse victims being women and 15 percent men. Too many women have been held captive by domestic violence -- whether through physical abuse, financial abuse, emotional abuse or a combination of all three. Read More

 

Marissa Alexander, finally free from prison
after 3 years - for defending her life

Supporters of Marissa Alexander in Jacksonville, across the US, and all marissa-alexander4around the world are overjoyed that Alexander has been released from jail after serving 3 years behind bars for defending her life.  In 2010, Alexander, a black mother of three from Jacksonville, Florida, was forced to defend her life from a life-threatening attack by her estranged husband by firing a single warning shot that caused no injuries.  Read More

 

International Women’s Day on March 8, 2015: March 8, International Women’s Day, born of the struggle of working women, of immigrants, in New York 104 years ago – is a day of celebration and resistance. There can be no more fitting way to mark the occasion than to revisit the past struggles and victories won, in order to continue to build the struggle for women’s liberation. The first Intl.  Women's Day was held in 1911. In 1975, during International Women's Year, the United Nations began celebrating 8 March as International Women's Day. Two years later, in Dec 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions. For the United Nations, International Women's Day has been observed on 8 March since 1975. Read More

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International Women's Day
International Day against Domestic Violence
March is women's month

SEMAH is an online conduit for resources to  help build bridges to safer communities especially those that are not  well served. We have a special focus on the Muslim and inter-faith  communities.
 

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newAlgeria criminalizes domestic violence against women

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Algeria has criminalized domestic violence against women under a legislation that would, among other things, safeguard married women’s financial interests and create harsh punishments for men who attack women. But the move wasn’t without controversy. Under the new law, husbands found guilty of beating their wives could face up to 20 years behind bars or even life sentences, depending on the severity of a woman’s injuries, according to the Agence France-Presse.
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