Lynn Rosenthal is the White House Advisor on Violence Against Women. From 2000-2006, Ms. Rosenthal served as the Executive Director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) where she represented 54 state and territorial coalitions whose collective membership included more than 2,000 local domestic violence programs.
Ms. Rosenthal played a major advocacy role in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2000 and 2005 and has assisted states and local communities with implementation of this groundbreaking federal legislation. She partnered with The Allstate Foundation to develop a highly successful national initiative to promote economic empowerment for survivors of violence.
Prior to her service at NNEDV, Lynn was director of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence and on her return to Florida in 2006, Ms. Rosenthal developed the state’s first comprehensive plan to help survivors of violence find housing. She most recently served as the Executive Director of the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Lynn Rosenthal has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Florida State University.
Lynn Rosenthal's Posts
- April 8, 2013 at 11:26 AM EDT
April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and Americans are urged to support survivors to continue the progress towards addressing sexual assault.
- March 14, 2013 at 11:30 AM EDT
Screening victims for risk factors at crime scenes, in hospital emergency rooms, and in court and linking those most at risk with immediate crisis intervention services can help prevent the most dangerous cases of domestic violence.
- October 1, 2012 at 5:49 PM EDT
From its humble origins in 1981 as a Day of Unity, October -- Domestic Violence Awareness Month -- has become a time to celebrate survivors, congratulate advocates, empower victims, and mourn the deaths of those lost to domestic violence.
- September 17, 2012 at 2:18 PM EDT
Through programs funded by this groundbreaking legislation, police officers and prosecutors are now trained to understand the needs of victims, specialized law enforcement units investigate these crimes, and transitional housing programs help victims rebuild their lives. As a result, annual rates of domestic violence have dropped by more than 60 percent since the passage of the Act, but more work remains to be done.
Ensuring that LGBT Victims of Domestic Violence Can Access Critically Needed Services and ProtectionsMay 15, 2012 at 11:06 AM EDT
The Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill passed by the Senate in April would remove barriers faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender victims of domestic violence, whose needs often are overlooked by law enforcement, prosecutors, courts, and victim service providers.
- May 11, 2012 at 9:27 AM EDT
House Republicans passed a measure that guts nearly 18 years of established law and undermines the very foundation of the Violence Against Women Act
- April 25, 2012 at 8:53 AM EDT
Native American women suffer from violent crime at some of the highest rates in the United States. By supporting the Leahy-Crapo bill, Congress can provide tribes with the authority to hold offenders accountable for their crimes against Native American women, regardless of the perpetrator’s race
- April 23, 2012 at 6:22 PM EDT
One in five women report having been raped in their lifetimes, and many experience ongoing physical and emotional trauma related to this crime. Women and men who step forward to serve our country must be protected from this devastating crime, and offenders must be held appropriately accountable.
- January 6, 2012 at 10:56 AM EDT
Attorney General Holder announces that the FBI will be changing the definition of rape used to collect data from local law enforcement about these crimes.
- May 26, 2011 at 5:03 PM EDT
The Department of Justice’s Office of Victims of Crime has released a grant program designed to ensure that all crime victims, including LGBTQ individuals, receive comprehensive, quality services and are afforded fundamental rights.
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