Emerge Abuser Education in the Halls of the US Congress

Emerge Abuser Education in the Halls of the US Congress

Emerge Abuser Education-Working to end DV in the Halls of Congress

by @SarahCortes- Barry Nolan, Communications Director with the US Congress Joint Economic Committee in Washington DC, met today in the Rotunda of the US Congress with Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.), who represents Cambridge. Nolan, on the Board of Emerge Abuser Education in Cambridge, spoke with Markey about domestic violence and abuser education programs. Emerge, the first abuser education program in the United States, has been a national leader in working to end violence in intimate relationships. Emerge teaches that domestic violence is a learned behavior, not a disease or a sickness.

Nolan hosted Boston's version of Evening Magazine for WBZ-TV (Channel 4) from 1980 until 1989. Nolan served as co-host for the Paramount Television magazine series Hard Copy from 1990 to 1998, and then became a senior correspondent for Extra! from 2000 until 2003. He later moved to CN8 as an executive producer and host of Nitebeat. Nolan has appeared in numerous films, including the award-winning documentary No Way Out But One, produced by Garland Waller and Nolan, on the first American woman to be granted asylum by the Netherlands on the grounds of domestic violence.

Markey recalled Nolan's early years as a television evening programming producer. Nolan reviewed the work of Emerge Abuser Education, and its Board, in working to end violence in intimate partner relationships.

Markey co-sponsored the 2014 Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act, a bill that would protect domestic violence survivors from gun violence by preventing an individual subject to a temporary restraining order from purchasing or possessing a firearm for the duration of the order. The bill was named after Lori Jackson, a Connecticut resident who was shot and killed by her husband after obtaining a temporary restraining order against him. Markey also sponsored the 2013 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.