Urge Congress to Support the Violence Against Women Health Initiative Act of 2011 (S. 1765/H.R. 1578)

Thanks for clicking here to take action to help victims of domestic and sexual violence by urging Members in the House of Representatives to cosponsor S. 1765/H.R. 1578, the Violence Against Women Health Initiative Act.     

VAWA is set to expire this year. When it was last passed in 2005, VAWA included three small health programs to encourage routine assessments for violence, fund prevention interventions, and support training and education of providers on domestic and sexual violence. 

A bill to continue these existing health programs was recently introduced in both the House and Senate. The legislation would continue the existing programs with minor changes.   

Domestic and sexual violence is a health care problem of epidemic proportions. Domestic and sexual violence are one of the most significant social determinants of health for women and girls. Nearly one-third of women in the United States report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend some time in their lives. Day to day, women who have been abused utilize the health system at much higher rates. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conservatively estimates that intimate partner violence costs the health care system $8.3 billion annually from direct injuries and services.

Now, as Congress considers the larger Violence Against Women Act, it is critically important to ask them to support health programs to help women who are victims of domestic or sexual violence. 

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I am writing to ask you to quickly take action to cosponsor the Violence Against Women Health Initiative Act of 2011 (S. 1765/H.R. 1578). This legislation will save the lives of countless women and children.

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