OUTREACH PARTNERSHIPS FACT SHEET
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Along with numerous women’s shelters and programs, the following organizations have agreed to become part of the SIN BY SILENCE team by providing consultation, resources and commitment to help promote the film through various networks.
The Nicole Brown Charitable Foundation
In 1994, Denise Brown established The Nicole Brown Charitable Foundation (NBCF) in memory of her sister Nicole Brown Simpson. NBCF pledges to educate the national and international communities of the dangers of domestic violence. They help organizations that shelter and protect families in crisis, support long term solutions and work with educational programs specializing in rehabilitation and job training. The founding pledge, in 1994, to help shelter and protect families caught in the crisis of family violence, remains strong.
Peace Over Violence
Peace Over Violence is a non-profit, feminist, multicultural, volunteer organization dedicated to a building healthy relationships, families and communities free from sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence. To achieve this mission the agency manages five departments delivering the services of Emergency, Intervention, Prevention, Education and Advocacy.
Family Justice Center
This nationwide organization seeks to provide a long-term positive impact on the community by compassionately providing effective, coordinated services and support to those whose lives have been touched by child abuse, domestic violence, elder/dependent adult abuse, or sexual assault.
White Ribbon Campaign
The White Ribbon symbolizes a man's pledge to never commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women. The White Ribbon Campaign is the world's largest effort by men to end men's violence against women. Started by a handful of men in Canada in 1991 on the second anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, there are now White Ribbon Campaigns in over 50 countries around the world. What began as an annual awareness week is now a year-round effort focusing on education and awareness, and challenging men around their role in ending violence against women.
National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women
The National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women, a nonprofit organization founded in 1987, is a resource and advocacy center for battered women charged with crimes related to their battering. Through its work, the organization aims to increase justice for — and prevent further victimization of — arrested, convicted, or incarcerated battered women.
The California Women’s Law Center
The California Women’s Law Center (CWLC) works to ensure, through systemic change, that life opportunities for women and girls are free from unjust social, economic, and political constraints. CWLC programs are designed to enable individuals to use the law that governs their rights and to assist them in addressing the legal issues that perpetuate women’s growing poverty. By focusing on Gender Discrimination, Violence Against Women, Women’s Health and Reproductive Justice, CWLC dedicates its resources to making the constitutional promise of equality a reality, and to protecting the rights of women and girls every day.
Post-Conviction Justice Project
Founded in 1981, the Post-Conviction Justice Project (PCJP) began by representing clients at the Federal Correctional Institution at Terminal Island, a medium-security prison for men. In 1993, faculty directors applied for and received federal funding to begin a new program representing inmates at the California Institution for Women (CIW). Since 1981, more than 600 USC students have investigated, researched, and drafted habeas petitions on behalf of battered women who were convicted of murder for killing their abusers. Before 1992, most attorneys did not present evidence of a battering relationship and its effects on a defendant as a legal defense to a murder charge. PCJP students work on petitions arguing that had such evidence been used in the client's trial, she likely would not have been convicted of murder, and, for this reason, the conviction should be overturned. If the client is recharged, she at least would have the option of using expert testimony to help mitigate her culpability, so that she may be convicted of a less serious offense.
Action Committee for Women in Prison
Gloria Killian was released from prison in 2002 after serving more than 16 years on a sentence of 32 years to life for a crime that she did not commit. Throughout her trial and incarceration she always maintained her innocence. In March 2002, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals determined that her conviction was based solely on perjured testimony and overturned her conviction. Upon release, Gloria founded the Action Committee for Women in Prison. This organization is part of her tireless advocating for the humane treatment and release of the women that she left behind.
Free Battered Women
Free Battered Women seeks systemic change in how the criminal justice system treats survivors of domestic violence, and understands the importance of a multi-pronged approach that seeks to educate and dispel misperceptions about the intersection between criminal justice and domestic violence. Through public education, community organizing, advocacy for support groups (both peer-led and professionally facilitated), policy work, and legal action, Free Battered Women seeks to create sustainable change with and for incarcerated survivors of domestic violence.
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