Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act
On average in the U.S., 20 people
per minute are abused by an intimate partner. But with
the help of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), those numbers are beginning
to change for the better. Since VAWA’s implementation in 1994, the annual
incidence of domestic violence has decreased 53 percent. At the end of
September, this crucial legislation will expire.
Rep. Jackson Lee’s reauthorization
proposal would expand the Violence Against Women Act, so that it provides more
stable housing for those getting out of abusive relationships, increased
funding for education and violence prevention, expanded protections for Native
women, and policies preventing guns from getting in the hands of violent
offenders. Our faith tells us to stand by and uplift the abused and
down-trodden—VAWA helps make this Christian value a national priority. Tell House
members to support and co-sponsor this Violence Against Women Act.
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Stop Domestic Violence: Co-Sponsor VAWA H.R.6545
Dear [Decision Maker],
As people of faith, we urge you to support and co-sponsor Rep. Jackson Lee's H.R.6545 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2018.More than any other legislation, the Violence Against Women Act has had the largest impact on preventing and responding to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Since VAWA's implementation in 1994, the annual incidence of domestic violence has decreased 53 percent. Domestic violence is a complex issue that needs a multi-pronged solution: stable housing, expanding protections for native women, keeping guns out of the hands of violent offenders, and educating children.We pray that the current Congress continues to affirm the importance of VAWA, and through reauthorization, continues to affirm the God-given worth of women.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]