VAWA Senate Reauthorization 2019



The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed with strong bipartisan support and was enacted into law on September 13, 1994. VAWA changed how our criminal justice system responds to crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking; it enhanced a life-saving national network of services for survivors, and played a major role in reducing domestic violence crimes against adult women by two-thirds. 

Few pieces of legislation have such a direct impact on the lives and safety of so many Americans.  

Funding for VAWA expired earlier this year, and must be reauthorized by Congress. In April, the House of Representatives passed a reauthorization bill (H.R. 1585) with strong bipartisan support that strengthens VAWA. In November, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act in the Senate. 

Now, the Senate must bring VAWA reauthorization up for a vote. We need to enhance the protections of VAWA, especially when one in four women in this country still experience physical violence by a partner and on average, three women a day are murdered in this country by a current or former partner. 

We also have clear evidence showing the impact of domestic violence on children and need funding for programs to help break the intergenerational cycle of violence within families. We must also do more to prevent violence, including acts of mass gun violence in which perpetrators often kill family members as well, or have a history of domestic violence. 

On the 25th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, we need your help. Contact your Senators and demand that they vote on the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. 

Specifically, the bill:

  • Invests in prevention by supporting programs to help children exposed to violence, work with teens and youth to build healthy relationships and engage men and boys to prevent domestic and sexual violence;
  • Improves the VAWA Health program to train more health care providers and make it easier to help children and elders affected by domestic and sexual violence; 
  • Builds on #MeToo and makes it easier for victims to be economically independent, be treated fairly by their employer and access safe housing; 
  • Expands protections for Native American victims who are harmed by non-Native perpetrators to cover sexual assault, child abuse, sex trafficking, and assaults on tribal law enforcement officers on tribal lands;
  • Strengthens provisions to keep guns away from convicted domestic abusers and those with protective orders against them.


Ask your Senators to vote yes on VAWA reauthorization. Call 202-224-3121 to find your Senator or email them directly using the template below!


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