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WAAV meets the third Wednesday of each month at WCAT Studios located at 24 Hemlock Road at 8:30am.
Wakefield Alliance Against Violence, or WAAV, is a Community Based Volunteer organization, dedicated to creating a lifestyle free from violence in Wakefield by reaching out to the community, raising awareness, providing education resources, and support to families and individuals, with an emphasis on prevention.
WAAV encourages and supports education about problems of violence, and works with interested community agencies and institutions in and around Wakefield, Massachusetts, to provide links to resources that offer direct service and interventions to both victims and perpetrators of violent behavior.
WAAV is governed by a Board of Directors, and operates as a private, tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization. As a private charity, registered in Massachusetts, financial contributions to WAAV are deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Mission and Goals
Support the Violence Against Women Act
Excerpts from Renee Graham, Globe Columnist, 8/18/2018
Days after a Colorado man made a public plea for the safe return of his missing pregnant wife and their two daughters, he was arrested and charged with killing them.
“This is the worst possible outcome that any of us can imagine,” said John Camper, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation director, at a press conference. What it shouldn’t be is a surprise. After car accidents, murder is the leading cause of death for pregnant women.
Though the deaths of Shanann Watts and her daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, have garnered national attention, their deaths are as commonplace as they are horrific.
Cherrkisha Jones was murdered this month in Arkansas. Jennifer Moore died in Dallas. Shannon Mani was murdered and stuffed in a suitcase in Milwaukee. Ashley Harlan was killed in Kansas. Chelsee Dennis was shot to death in Arizona. Eileen Viveros-Vargas was fatally shot in the head in Minnesota. Martine Bernard’s body was found in a dumpster in Florida. Maura McCoy was bludgeoned with a golf club in Alabama. A week before she was due to give birth, Karmeshia Pipes was murdered in Tennessee.
That’s only some of the women murdered this year by current or former husbands or boyfriends. And that doesn’t even cover the many pregnant women who’ve survived being shot, stabbed, beaten, or set on fire.
This is one reason why the Violence Against Women Act must be reauthorized.
Signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994, it was the first to specifically address domestic violence, sexual assault, and dating violence. It provides support and grants for prevention, law enforcement training, and services for domestic violence victims. It also fostered creation of the National Domestic Violence Hotline which, in 20 years, has received more than four million calls.
“The law has enhanced and improved the lives of girls and women, boys and men,” said Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, who last month proposed a bill to reauthorize the law. “It has unquestionably improved the national response to these terrible crimes.”
Regardless of political affiliation, supporting a law that protects women from domestic and sexual violence should be a no-brainer. In America, domestic violence claims more than half of all women murdered. Nationwide, at least three women each day are killed by a current or former male partner, according to the National Network to End Domestic Violence.
In most domestic violence murders, a gun is the weapon of choice. That’s why the 2018 bill seeks, among other things, an expansion of laws that allow police and other law enforcement officers to confiscate firearms from those under a restraining order or with a conviction for stalking or dating violence.
With bipartisan support, the law has always been reauthorized, most recently in 2013. Congress returns from its summer recess Sept. 4; the bill expires after Sept. 30. Make sure you call your State Representatives and urge them to support the Violence Against Women Act before it expires!
Wakefield's State Representatives:
Donald Wong (R) 617-722-2488
Paul Brodeur (D) 617-722-2013