Position on Violence Prevention

State or National:


Position in Brief

Support violence prevention programs in communities.

The League’s Position on Violence Prevention

Statement of Position on Violence Prevention, as Adopted by the 1994 Convention:

The League of Women Voters of the United States supports violence prevention programs in all communities and action to support:

  • public and private development and coordination of programs that emphasize the primary prevention of violence.
  • the active role of government and social institutions in preventing violent behavior.
  • the allocation of public monies in government programs to prevent violence.

The League’s History on Violence Prevention

The 1994 Convention adopted by concurrence a position on Violence Prevention, based on state and local League work. The League subsequently endorsed the Violence Against Women Act, which Congress passed and the President signed in 1994 as part of a comprehensive crime bill.