The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is up for reauthorization this year. While VAWA has served countless women since its inception, the rate of domestic violence homicides has remained virtually unchanged in nearly every state since the law’s passage in 1994 -- every state, that is, except Maryland, where domestic violence homicides have fallen by 40 percent since 2007. Jacquelyn Campbell can claim some credit for that decrease. She created the Danger Assessment, a screen that helps police and advocates determine the likelihood that an abuser will murder his or her partner. Susan Miller is the CEO of a domestic violence shelter in Kansas City, Missouri. The Kansas City Police Department implemented the Danger Assessment in 2009, and the number of women asking for help has skyrocketed.
Three years ago, Chris Brown made headlines when he brutally beat his then-girlfriend Rhianna, putting her in the hospital and forcing both to cancel their scheduled Grammy performances. Brown was invited back for this year's awards show, and performed twice to great acclaim. Since Sunday's event, many of Brown's female fans — aka members of "Team Breezy" — have expressed their support by tweeting that they would let him beat them up.