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
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:
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!
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]