In the United States, there are approximately 2,500 deaths per year from domestic violence. In Russia, which has half the population size of the US, 14,000 people are killed each year by an intimate partner. Domestic violence is a public health crisis in Russia, yet Russian President Vladimir Putin recently signed legislation that decriminalizes domestic violence. The vote by Russia’s lower house of Parliament to change the criminal code was not close. It was 380 to 3.
This April 11-19, liftUPlift Founder Corielle Heath Laaspere had the opportunity to travel to Moscow as part of an entrepreneurs exchange program sponsored by American Councils for International Education. With support from the American embassy in Moscow, she hosted a forum for experts on domestic violence awareness and prevention on Monday, April 17, which covered what Russian citizens can do to create cultural and political change.
The conversation ultimately centered on helping survivors break their silence, teaching children how to express their emotions with words, not violence, and speaking up to intervene in domestic violence as a family member or bystander.
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