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Freedom from Domestic Violence: A Human Right

Thursday, May 7, 2009 6:30pm-8:00pm Urban Justice Center 123 William Street, 16th Floor New York, NY 10038

Speakers: Anne Patterson, Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence Maya Raghu, Legal Momentum Domestic violence has often been a matter limited to the realm of women’s issues; however, recent efforts to address the issue of domestic violence as a human rights violation have been gaining momentum. If domestic violence is incorporated into an international human rights framework, it would subject governments to accept greater responsibility in protecting individuals from “private” acts of violence and take action against the violators. This event aims to shed light on the conceptual and legal shift of framing domestic violence as an international human rights abuse and how this shift impacts the perception of domestic violence and implicates governments, at all levels, for failing to protect those who are abused.


Freedom from Domestic Violence: A Human Right