Irvine, Calif. — TODAY, on International Women’s Day 2019, Dave Min penned an op-ed calling for an end to the politicization of domestic violence and for increased attention to be paid to the subject of women’s rights. In it, Min references the extensive legal experience of his wife Jane Stoever, who was recently nominated for the Greater Irvine Chamber’s 2019 Woman of Influence Award for her groundbreaking work in domestic violence law.
“Unlike with many other issues, we tend to think of domestic violence as a non-partisan topic. We assume that our elected officials from both sides of the aisle will work together to create and implement policies that prevent and remedy family violence and keep women safe in their homes, their workplaces and elsewhere. But a closer look reveals a much different picture, as domestic violence has sadly become a partisan political issue in recent years.
A prime example of this is the recent legislative battles over the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA was first passed in 1994 as landmark federal legislation to address the scourge of domestic violence, and it has been tremendously successful in protecting the basic safety of women. Between 1994 and 2011, intimate partner violence against women dropped by 72%, and sexual assaults against women dropped by 64% over roughly the same period.
VAWA was reauthorized several times on a bipartisan basis without any significant controversy, but became a hot button issue following the “Tea Party” election of 2010. In 2012, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives refused to reauthorize VAWA because the GOP’s Tea Party members opposed the legislation’s protections for Native American and LGBT survivors of domestic violence and its requirement that college campuses develop meaningful responses to sexual assault. It was only after public outrage that Republican leaders allowed a floor vote on the bill in February 2013 — after VAWA had been expired for over 500 days — and 87 moderate Republicans joined with all 199 Democrats to pass the re-authorization bill.
More recently, this past October, ZERO House Republican voted to sign onto a re-authorization bill for VAWA, signaling that the basic principle that we should try to protect women against violence will, for the foreseeable future, continue to be a political hot potato.
The politicization of domestic violence hits close to home for me because of my amazing wife, Jane. Jane has been a tireless advocate for victims of domestic violence throughout her legal career. She has an extensive background in domestic violence law and currently serves as the Director of both the Domestic Violence Clinic and the UCI Initiative to End Family Violence. She also co-chairs Orange County’s Domestic Violence Death Review Team and, in her quest to increase access to safety and justice for abuse survivors, recently worked with Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio to author AB 2694 to permit the availability of alternative service in domestic violence cases in California.”
Min’s SD37 campaign has already assembled a broad coalition of backers, including endorsements from Representatives Judy Chu, Ted Lieu, Alan Lowenthal; Newport-Mesa Local AFT 1794; California Democratic Party Environmental Caucus Chair RL Miller; California Democratic Party Secretary Jenny Bach; Aliso Viejo City Councilwoman Tiffany Ackley; Former Irvine City Councilwoman Mary Ann Gaido; Aliso Viejo Mayor Ross Chun; Former Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang; Artesia City Councilman Ali Taj; Walnut Mayor Pro Tem Andrew Rodriguez; and founding member of Women in Leadership Louise Adler.
###David Min is a University of California Irvine Law Professor, father of three, and a former economic policy staffer in the United States Senate and for the Center for American Progress. Min began his legal career at the Securities and Exchange Commission to protect the retirement security of seniors, turning down high paying jobs to serve the public interest. He is a leading expert on banking and housing policy.California State Senate District 37 is located in Orange County and includes the communities of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Foothill Ranch, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Newport Beach, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park.