Violence against Women & Children

Violence and abuse of women and of children are a global pandemic. This pandemic blights and takes the lives of millions every year. Not only that, psychology and neuroscience show that what children observe and/or experience in family affects their adult beliefs, behaviors, political attitudes – even the neural structures of their developing brains. So if we are serious about building a more peaceful world, stopping this “intimate violence” must be a top priority, not only for the sake of the millions directly affected, but for the sake of all of us.

The Center for Partnership Studies is committed to helping stop violence against women and children worldwide. Our work includes a major CPS program, the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence (SAIV) and many other resources, including the pioneering writings of CPS President and SAIV co-founder Riane Eisler.

Video: Religion and Domination Systems with Riane Eisler

This excerpt is from LinkTV's Global Spirit program "Oneness: The Big Picture."

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SAIV – Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence

Co-founded by CPS President Riane Eisler with Nobel Peace Laureate Betty Williams, SAIV makes the link between violence in the home and violence in the world. Intimate violence is a major global problem that has involved faith communities. Religious institutions have been both a problem and an important place for leadership toward ending intimate violence in the U.S. and globally. SAIV supports spiritual leaders and faith communities to respond with an enhanced capacity, building on decades of faith-based expertise in prevention and healthy response to violence. The SAIV international council includes leaders from every continent, including Nobel Peace Laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu from Africa and Betty Williams from Europe.

"The link between intimate violence in the home and the international violence of terrorism and war is as tightly bound together as the fingers of a clenched fist." - Riane Eisler

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Co-founded by CPS President Riane Eisler with Nobel Peace Laureate Betty Williams, SAIV makes the link between violence in the home and violence in the world. Intimate violence is a major global problem that has involved faith communities. Religious institutions have been both a problem and an important place for leadership toward ending intimate violence in the U.S. and globally. SAIV supports spiritual leaders and faith communities to respond with an enhanced capacity, building on decades of faith-based expertise in prevention and healthy response to violence. The SAIV international council includes leaders from every continent, including Nobel Peace Laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu from Africa and Betty Williams from Europe.

"The link between intimate violence in the home and the international violence of terrorism and war is as tightly bound together as the fingers of a clenched fist." - Riane Eisler

Caring and Connected Parenting Guide

This practical guide supports and strengthens the partnership between parents and children, particularly new parents embarking on this great adventure in their lives. Based on the latest neuroscience research and endorsed by leading pediatricians, this guide contains sections for newborns to 1 year, 1 to 2 years, 2 to 3 years, and 3 to 4 years old.

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Guía para una crianza con amor y conexión

Esta guía importante y fácil de usar para la crianza de los hijos y hijas está ahora disponible en español.

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Breaking the Devastating Link Between International Terrorism and Intimate Violence

In this article, Dr. Eisler addresses the connection between international terrorism and family violence and what we can all do to break cycles of violence in our lives and communities. Her research shows that throughout history, the most violently despotic and warlike societies have been those where violence, or the threat of violence, is used to maintain domination of parent over child and man over woman.

Pioneering Articles on Women’s & Children’s Human Rights by Riane Eisler

Protecting the Majority of Humanity: Toward an Integrated Approach to Crimes against Present and Future Generations

Published in 2013, this chapter in a Cambridge University book introduces a new approach to protecting women and children. It shows that the human rights of present and future generations must include the private sphere of family and other intimate relations and how international law, including the Crimes Against Humanity section of the Rome Statute can be used to achieve this vital goal.

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Human Rights: Toward an Integrated Theory for Action

This groundbreaking article by Riane Eisler was the first article published in the Human Rights Quarterly on what has since been called “women’s rights as human rights.” (citation: Volume 9, Number 3, 1987, pp. 287-308.

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