JPANet: Violence Against Women Act Protections in Jeopardy
Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a
measure which has received strong bipartisan support since it was first passed
by Congress in 1994, is currently moving through Congress. The Senate passed its version of the
reauthorization (S. 1925) in late April, and it included important enhancements
for addressing the needs of Native American families living on tribal lands,
immigrants, and those who are living in same-sex relationships and are victims of domestic violence.
provisions protecting Native American women, immigrants and LGBT victims of
violence are being threatened!
A House version of the VAWA reauthorization, introduced by
Rep. Sandy Adams (R-FL), now has the full backing of the House majority
leadership and will be moving to a floor vote soon. The House version strips
out the Senate provisions strengthening legal protections for Native American
women and eliminates essential confidentiality protections for immigrant women
seeking protection from abuse. While the
Senate version includes provisions for improving services and increasing
funding efficiency based on input from thousands of direct service providers,
the House version rejects those improvements without any such consultation or
The United Church of Christ, in partnership with a diverse
coalition of faith groups, has long supported efforts aimed at addressing and
eliminating domestic violence. As part
of the Interfaith Domestic Violence Coalition, the United Church of Christ joined
with many others in supporting the Senate version of the reauthorization and
applauded the expanded provisions for under-served communities. The House version jeopardizes those
improvements and could put many women and families in greater danger with fewer
resources and recourse.
representative know that you do not support the House version of VAWA
reauthorization. Urge your
representative to support a House bill that reflects the Senate version and
strengthens protections for women and their families.
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