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The National Network to End Domestic Violence is a membership and advocacy organization of state domestic violence coalitions, allied organizations and supportive individuals.

Today, the NNEDV is the leading voice among domestic violence advocates, developing policy that changes the way this country deals with this complex and far-reaching problem.

The NNEDV started in 1990 as a small working group of state domestic violence coalitions and advocates. Then known as the Domestic Violence Coalition on Public Policy (DVCOPP), it sought to fill the information and expertise gap in the early discussion of federal public policy related to domestic violence. Growing into a wide alliance of shelter programs, statewide advocacy groups and coalitions around the country, it spearheaded the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994. In 1995, the DVCOPP incorporated as the National Network to End Domestic Violence, becoming the leader in Congress, the Executive Branch and the Courts on the issue of domestic violence. In 2000, NNEDV members all across the country played a crucial role in reauthorization of VAWA. Through its extensive state and grassroots network, NNEDV mobilized a powerful constituency to make their voices heard in Congress.

Since its inception, the NNEDV has created a public policy voice for battered women and children, secured increases in federal funding for shelter programs and domestic violence coalitions, argued successfully for recognition of private and privileged communications for survivors, and worked to keep firearms out of the hands of abusers.

More recently, the NNEDV has spearheaded efforts through its sister organization, the National Network to End Domestic Violence Fund to provide more direct support to local programs and coalitions through public awareness, outreach, funding, and training.

While the NNEDV?s fight to end domestic violence has contributed to a sea of change in public awareness, the most underreported crime in America continues to be domestic violence. Together, the NNEDV and the NNEDV Fund continue to place this critical issue in the forefront of our national debate.
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