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HBCU Students Acknowledged by The White House for
Leadership in Ending Violence Against Women

On Wednesday, September 22, 2010, Ending Violence Against Women student ambassadors Alize Beal and Victoria Phifer were selected by the Office of the Vice President to attend a reception at the home of Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden to honor the 16th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for their student leadership with Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW): The HBCU Project
Victoria Phifer, Vice President Joe Biden and Alize Beal
Courtesy of The White House
L-R Victoria Phifer, Vice President Joe Biden and Alize Beal.

The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) is a United States federal law. It was passed as Title IV, sec. 40001-40703 of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 HR 3355 and signed as Public Law 103-322 by President Bill Clinton on September 13, 1994. It provided $1.6 billion to enhance investigation and prosecution of the violent crime perpetrated against women, increased pre-trial detention of the accused, imposed automatic and mandatory restitution on those convicted, and allowed civil redress in cases prosecutors chose to leave unprosecuted. VAWA was championed and originally drafted by then-Senator Biden in 1994 and focused on improving the criminal justice response to domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault.

Over the past 16 years VAWA has sent 4 billion dollars to states and local communities to develop specialized law enforcement units, provide services to victims, improve prosecution of these crimes, and train professionals about domestic violence and sexual assault. "It is important to continue to create peer to peer mentorship and programming on all HBCU campuses to eliminating violence against women in our community.

We need to build a level of comfortability amongst HBCU students to get them to the place where they feel encouraged to disclose their story, get help and don’t feel ashamed doing it” said Alize Beal, who is currently a graduating senior at Howard University majoring in International Business. “As students our campuses are our home. We must hold our student peers and institutions accountable to provide support for female victims of dating violence and sexual assault".

Prior to attending the reception Beal and Phifer were invited to participate in a closed listening session with representatives from the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children Youth and Families, the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, and the Department of Education Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools. The listening session was led by Lynn Rosenthal, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women.

Beal and Phifer both had the opportunity to present to the White House and Federal agencies their recommendations, speak about the need for more funding to support female victims and survivors on HBCU campuses and describe the current issues that are facing young African-American college students as it relates to violence against women.
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Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW): The HBCU Project, is an initiative led by the Washington, DC-based health and human services agency, The Wright Group, and funded under the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health (OWH). EVAW is a call to action for HBCU students, administration, alumni and supporters to engage in on-campus capacity building activities—with the goal of decreasing the incidences of violence against women on college campuses, and their surrounding communities, as well as prompting each institution to develop a Coordinated Campus Response (CCR). EVAW focuses on addressing the five most common forms of violence against women on college campuses to include: 1) Cyberstalking, 2) Dating and Domestic Violence, 3) Harassment, 4) Stalking and 5) Sexual Assault. (
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