National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence (GBV)
Legal Momentum applauds the Biden Administration’s release, today, of the first U.S. National Plan to End Gender-Based Violence: Strategies for Action. The Plan is grounded in seven pillars: (1) Prevention; (2) Support, Healing, Safety, and Well-Being; (3) Economic Security and Housing Stability; (4) Online Safety; (5) Legal and Justice Systems; (6) Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Response; and (7) Research and Data. As an organization that has worked for over five decades to effect policy and systems change to better prevent and respond to all forms of gender-based violence, Legal Momentum appreciates that the Plan takes a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach. Especially important is the recognition in this Plan that effective responses to gender-based violence require us to center the voices and needs of survivors and center the experiences of survivors within marginalized communities. Having worked closely with then-Senator Biden on drafting and passing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) beginning in 1990, it was thrilling today to listen as senior representatives of federal agencies ranging from the Consumer Protection Bureau to the Defense Department to the Department of Housing and Urban Development described the work they are doing and will do to end gender-based violence. Legal Momentum appreciates having had the opportunity to offer our expertise and insight during the National Action Plan’s development and look forward to seeing the impact that implementation will have.