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PRESS RELEASE

September 25, 2008
Contact: Ron Grignol, <>

Conference to Probe Effects of Domestic Violence Laws

WASHINGTON, September 25, 2008 – Domestic Violence Awareness Month begins on Wednesday, October 1. That day a group of scholars, policy experts, and victim advocates will convene in Washington DC to assess whether the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), first passed in 1994, has met expectations that the law would curb intimate partner abuse.

Meeting at The Heritage Foundation, Phyllis Schlafly, Robert Rector, Elaine Donnelly, Stephen Baskerville, and others will present on a range of topics, including the impact of domestic violence policies on marriage, children, military readiness, and African-American communities.

The theme of the conference is "The Conflict between Federal Domestic Violence Policies and Traditional Family Values."

Many believe federal domestic violence policies have fallen short. According to Angela Moore Parmley, PhD, of the Department of Justice, "We have no evidence to date that VAWA has led to a decrease in the overall levels of violence against women."

Others believe domestic violence laws have given rise to false allegations of abuse and weakened families. Two weeks ago Wendy Flanders of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, was convicted of making 40 false claims of domestic violence and committing perjury.

The invitational meeting is co-sponsored by the Eagle Forum and RADAR. To attend, persons are invited to register at . The conference schedule can be seen at: http://mediaradar.org/docs/RADARconf-2008-10-01.pdf.

This year the theme of Domestic Violence Awareness Month is "False Claims Hurt True Victims." More information on the effects of VAWA can be found at http://mediaradar.org.

R.A.D.A.R. – Respecting Accuracy in Domestic Abuse Reporting – is a non-profit, non-partisan organization of men and women working to improve the effectiveness of our nation's approach to solving domestic violence. http://mediaradar.org.

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