Lives are at Risk - We Can't Wait to Get VAWA Right
We need you now! Join
with thousands of domestic violence advocates nationwide in the “VAWA Days of
Action” campaign by contacting your members of Congress and
urging them to pass a Violence Against Women Act that mirrors the
Senate-approved version, S. 1925.
The Violence Against Women Act, a measure which has received
strong bipartisan support over the last 15 years, is in the final stages of the
reauthorization process, and it is in danger of being severely weakened. The Senate passed its version of the
reauthorization (S. 1925) in late April, and it included important enhancements
for addressing the needs of immigrant women, Native American families living on
tribal lands, and LGBT victims of domestic violence. The House version of reauthorization (H.R. 4970) strips
VAWA of the critical improvements included in the Senate version.
Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act is at a
critical juncture. The differing House
and Senate versions of VAWA must now be reconciled in the form of a final bill
that will go before the full House and Senate.
There is a chance that the House version of VAWA will prevail in a
floor vote in the House and Senate. That
would strip the measures to protect Native American women, immigrant
women and the LGBT community. This would be a damaging step backward in the
hard-fought efforts to effectively address violence against women.
Evidence shows that VAWA has made a difference in addressing
violence against women and all forms of domestic and intimate partner violence,
and the carefully negotiated version of VAWA reauthorization passed by the
Senate (S. 1925) added much needed improvements recommended by service
providers who have firsthand knowledge of the needs and challenges to be addressed.
You have acted in support of an inclusive VAWA in recent
weeks, and your voice has made a difference.
We have been hearing reports from congressional staff that members of
Congress are paying close attention to their constituencies on this issue. Your voice is needed to call for an inclusive
VAWA measure that takes a step forward in strengthening protections for the
most vulnerable victims of violence against women.
Take action now as part of “VAWA Days of Action” and let
your members of Congress know that you support the Senate-approved version of
VAWA, S. 1925.
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