WASHINGTON, March 17 – President Joe Biden on Wednesday said it was time to change culture and not just American law to end violence against women as it celebrated increased protection for survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence.
The other day, Biden signed a spending bill that includes the revision of the Violence Against Women Act, which also provides additional resources and legal training programs, among other measures.
Every month, an average of 70 women are shot and killed by their loved ones in the United States, according to a new report that intimate partner violence and gun violence in the U.S. is inextricably linked.
Experts say home-based orders linked to the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic appear to have contributed to the outbreak of domestic violence.
“Change the culture, not just the law,” Biden said at a White House event attended by attorneys, survivors of abuse and attorneys.
“In fact, not so long ago the country did not want to talk about violence against women, let alone a global epidemic – something the government should fix. As a society, we look away.”
Biden said the law would do more for survivors in rural areas and neglected communities. For example, international courts will now be able to use force against perpetrators of sexual harassment and trafficking, he said.
As a member of parliament, Biden assisted in drafting the bill, which was signed into law in 1994. He expired under then-President Donald Trump in 2019.
In 2018, the United States was named the only Western nation among the 10 most dangerous countries for women in a study by the Thomson Foundation of international experts, after the #MeToo campaign created a host of complaints about sexual harassment and abuse.