Resources Library: Videos

Forced Marriage is Abuse

Added Friday, August 19, 2016 by Action Alliance

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 16) states that “marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.” As such, forced marriage is a clear violation of human rights.

The tactics used to force someone into marriage or to punish him or her for leaving a forced marriage are also human rights violations. The life of someone forced into marriage may consist of daily abuses, including rape, forced labor, domestic violence, and deprivation of the right to education, which can result in severe and long-term harm, including deteriorating medical and mental health.

The Tahirih Justice Institute's website is an incredibly useful tool that serves as a resource library for service providers and includes over 10 recorded webinars on different topics related to providing services to forced marriage survivors and individuals at risk, as well as research papers, including the 2011 survey study on "Forced Marriage in Immigrant Communities in the United States", recommended books, and a news archive.

Also, check out the Forced Marriage 101 Webinar and the attached brochure and fact sheet to learn more about how forced marriage impacts individuals in the United States.

Resources for Survivors who are d/Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Virginia

Added Tuesday, September 08, 2020 by Action Alliance

This video explains elements of intimate partner abuse and the resources available for support in American Sign Language to survivors in the Commonwealth.

This video was created by the Ensuring Accessibility to All Survivors project (an expansion of the I-CAN! Virginia project) in collaboration with the Partnership for People with Disabilities, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University, and the School of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

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Tribal Implementation of VAWA

Added Monday, October 02, 2017 by Action Alliance

This page from the National Congress of American Indians helps to briefly review the application of VAWA as it relates to Tribal communities. Their intent is to push for more inclusion of tribe rights and power to enforce legal and community action towards those who are not included in the VAWA understanding of sexual violence. Current law only allows for tribes to act to address domestic violence towards women only, and limits the ability to prosecute offenders who are not tribal members.

Click here for more.

Understanding Protective Orders in Virginia: What you need to know

Added Monday, October 23, 2023 by Action Alliance

This video, “Understanding Protective Orders in Virginia: What you need to know” is a useful resource for anyone with a family abuse protective order in Virginia. This video aims to make information about protective orders more accessible to both petitioners (individuals seeking to be protected) and respondents (individuals who the protective order is filed against). It explains definitions, conditions, and Virginia law related to protective orders in plain language and is available in English (with or without captions) Spanish.

NOTE: This video was created in July 2020 and state and federal law may have changed. The video was created as a project of the Pulaski Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Domestic Violence Docket with funded in part by a V-STOP award #15-M4161VA14 and #20-Q4161 VA-19 awarded to the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia from funds authorized by the federal Violence Against Women Act awarded to Virginia by the U.S. Department of Justice. Opinions or points of view expressed do not necessarily represent those of DCJS, OES, or the U.S. Dept. of Justice.

Click here to view the video in ENGLISH.

Click here to view the video in ENGLISH with captions.

Haga clic aquí para ver el video en español.

Why We Stayed

Added Thursday, October 15, 2015 by Action Alliance

This 7-minute video is provided free by the creators of Private Violence, a feature-length documentary that explores domestic violence in the U.S.  This short video features survivors Bev Gooden, Kit Gruelle, Leslie Morgan Steiner and Mildred Muhammad.  It is perfect for engaging discussion via social media and in any classroom, volunteer training, survivors' group, community task force meeting, school, legal or health care setting.  Click here to view the video via YouTube.