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We’re Hiring: Executive Assistant

BWJP is the national non-profit leader at the intersection of gender-based violence and the law. BWJP is a dynamic collection of national policy and practice centers which provide support, education, best practice, and innovation to advocates, systems professionals, community leaders, and policy experts. BWJP advocates for survivors of gender-based violence with both civil and criminal […]

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When Immigration Becomes a Tool in Intimate Partner Violence

Published by: Victoria Taylor Many people are unaware that immigration abuse can be a tool of gender-based violence. Imagine being 21, prohibited from legally working, pregnant, and about to be deported. What other choice did I have but to marry him? I emigrated to the United States from the United Kingdom (a predominately white, wealthy […]

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Reporting Domestic Offenses to Background Check Systems: Does it Really Matter?

Published by: David Keck Background check systems, such as the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), were created to work like a net; they are designed to catch and deter anyone not allowed to possess a gun before a purchase is completed. A net with a gaping hole in it, however, is not effective. Too much […]

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Reproductive Freedom is Survivor Freedom

As a gender-based violence organization, BWJP will always support the autonomy of survivors over their own lives and bodies. The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to overturn the longstanding rights to privacy and abortion in Roe v. Wade takes away that decision-making for women. This is particularly harmful to survivors […]

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You Thought the Boyfriend Loophole Was Closing… Not Exactly

Over the last 25 years, domestic violence advocates, organizations, and survivors have been pushing Congress to close the “boyfriend loophole.” Research has shown that approximately one-half of all intimate partner homicides involving firearms include relationships that are not covered under the current definition of domestic violence.1 BWJP applauds Congress for passing the Bipartisan Safer Communities […]

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