Violence Against Women
To the Editor:
Re ”An Advocate for Women” (editorial, July 1):
The recent appointment by President Obama of a special adviser on violence against women shines light on the need for continued efforts to stem the tide of domestic violence, both nationally and globally.
A multidisciplinary approach that includes government entities, health care experts, law enforcement and advocates is necessary to address the problem comprehensively. Research has shown that one of the key components in reducing violence against women is ensuring that victims have access to civil legal services.
The Violence Against Women Act has been instrumental in increasing the number of well-trained lawyers who are able to help victims find safety. The law is scheduled for reauthorization in 2011, and we must ensure that its important work continues.
An International Violence Against Women Act, if passed, will extend its reach around the world. We are optimistic that with the appointment of the special adviser, this critical legislation will receive the attention it deserves.
Pamila J. Brown
Washington, July 2, 2009
The writer, a district court judge in Maryland, is chairwoman of the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence.
Published in The New York Times.