The Biden Foundation is committed to furthering our nation’s progress toward ending violence against women. For far too long, America treated this issue as a private family matter, and survivors were often blamed for the violence they were experiencing. But in 1994, Congress passed the landmark Violence Against Women Act, bringing funding and coordination to local communities to address domestic and sexual violence and to raise awareness about the problem. We have made significant progress: Since the Act’s passage, annual rates of domestic violence have dropped by 64 percent.
Still, there is important work to do. Every day, three women are killed by intimate partners, and many more suffer serious injuries. Domestic violence is among the leading causes of family homelessness and costs the U.S. economy billions each year in lost worker productivity. Sexual violence also continues at alarming rates: One in five young women will be sexually assaulted during her college experience, often resulting in ongoing trauma and creating barriers to finishing school. This data shows that we haven’t yet achieved the cultural change that would make such violence unacceptable in every circumstance.
At the Biden Foundation, we know that the addressing violence against women requires multiple strategies, from changing social norms about violence to helping survivors rebuild their lives. As Vice President, Joe Biden drew attention to the high rates of dating violence experienced by teens and young women and sexual assault on college campuses. He worked to reduce the nation’s backlog of rape kits and launched It’s On Us, which calls on everyone to create environments in their communities where sexual assault is never acceptable.
Joe has always placed a priority on ending violence against women once and for all, and the Biden Foundation is proud to continue his legacy.