The Violence Against Women Act, the single most important
legislation addressing domestic and sexual violence is currently expired. The
reauthorization of VAWA was left out of the deal made by Congress and signed by
President Trump to reopen the government in February. One in 4 women will
experience intimate partner violence during their lifetime, and indifference
toward vulnerable women is part of a shameful, ongoing pattern displayed by
The House has introduced a reauthorization of VAWA, H.R. 1585,
that includes an expansion of the services and funds that will greatly help in protecting vulnerable communities. This updated VAWA improves and builds upon
protections given to Native American women and members of the LGBTQ community
that were established during the last reauthorization. It also includes
commonsense gun reforms that would prevent anyone convicted of a misdemeanor
violent crime from possessing a firearm.
As people of faith, we believe that when one part of the body is
suffering, all hurt, and that God is also present in those moments. Our
Savior understands the pain of abuse because of suffering and abuse experienced on the cross.
But just as Jesus overcame suffering through resurrection, we should actively
pursue legislation that provides similar liberating power, which is exactly
what VAWA aims to do.
Support Legislation to Reauthorize and Expand VAWA
Dear [Decision Maker],
As a person of faith, I believe God is near to the suffering of abuse survivors. The pervasive reality of domestic and sexual abuse in our nation is not only discouraging, it is inexcusable. Caring for the most vulnerable should not be a divisive issue for our nation, which is why I urge you to support the 2019 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act of 2019 (H.R. 1585)VAWA aims to end domestic and sexual violence. Each reauthorization provides opportunities for the Act to be improved upon and expanded to ensure that it is best serving vulnerable communities. The version of VAWA that was introduced in the House does just that: It establishes services and funding to help Native American women and members of the LGBTQ community. It also prevents those convicted of violent misdemeanors from possessing firearms. As your constituent, I urge you to support future legislation that reflects the necessary expansions found in H.R. 1585. By supporting expanded legislation, you are boldly affirming the image of God inherent in all people. Thank you for taking action on this important issue.
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