Tell Congress to Send a Strong, Bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to President Barack Obama

Congress went on recess without reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. The United States Senate passed its version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization bill by 68 to 31 which protects all victims of domestic violence. In the U.S. House of Representatives, the unacceptable Adams version of VAWA narrowly passed by a vote of 222-205. Tell Congress to send President Barack Obama a strong, bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill that protects ALL vulnerable victims. While your representatives are on recess in their home state, tell them that all victims of domestic violence must receive protection under the law.

ACTION:

Contact our elected officials in our home state about the importance of sending President Obama a strong, bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill that protects ALL vulnerable victims. To make our work easier the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women prepared a model advocacy letter on this issu which appears below.

Draft Letter to Legislator:

“I/we urge you to encourage your party’s leaders to move swiftly to a conference or agreement on VAWA and send the President a strong, bipartisan Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill that protects all vulnerable victims.”

“For nearly 20 years, Congress has recognized the severity of violence against women and our need for this landmark federal law’s comprehensive approach.  VAWA truly provides life-saving protections and services needed by victims and their families.  It is unacceptable that this law has become politicized while three women a day are still killed by an intimate partner.  Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence need a VAWA law that does not roll back protections for immigrant women and their families; includes protections for all victims, including the LGBT community and Native women; and directs resources to this urgent task in the most effective way possible.”

“VAWA must also include the strongest protections for victims on campus and in public housing; protect the ability of criminal justice officials and community stakeholders to provide input to the state grant STOP planning process; and be free of overly burdensome and bureaucratic requirements for victim services providers struggling to be present for every victim every day.  I strongly urge Congress to quickly move past politics and send a VAWA reauthorization bill to the President that he can immediately sign.”

The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women urges us not to forget to tweet about VAWA using the hashtags #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA.

Source: National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women Action Alert

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