Advocates Hail White House Women’s Violence Adviser


At a time of rising pressure on domestic violence shelters, advocacy groups for ending domestic violence are enthusiastic about Vice President Joe Biden’s recent announcement of a White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, reports Women’s eNews. Named to the position was Lynn Rosenthal, a former executive director at the New Mexico Coalition against Domestic Violence, who has a long resume of safety advocacy and ties to Biden.

Rita Smith of the Denver-based National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, said, “I have been working in this field since 1981 and this is the first time an administration has made this level of commitment to ending violence against women, girls, men and boys.”Sue Else of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, which Rosenthal directed from 2000 to 2006, said that, “By creating this position, the White House is demonstrating an unprecedented effort to end domestic and sexual violence.” Seventy-five percent of U.S. domestic violence shelters reported an increase in women seeking aid between September 2008 and April 2009, says the Dallas-based Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation.

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