As Congress returns for the lame duck session, they face a number of outstanding issues — one of which is the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA is a vital to the safety of victims, survivors, and their communities; it cannot simply be checked off of Congress’s to-do list by changing the dates for existing funding, ignoring the cries of countless survivors and direct service providers to do more. Survivors and their communities need Congress to take meaningful action.
The awareness of the scope of sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking occurring in our nation has never been greater. Congress must pass a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization that invests in increased evidence-based prevention, enhances survivors’ access to safety and justice, and maintains critical protections for vulnerable communities.
Contact your members of Congress to tell them:
- VAWA is vital to protecting community safety, preventing violence, serving victims, and holding abusers accountable.
- A VAWA that rolls back important protections for vulnerable communities or that fails to make important improvements identified by victims and survivors is unacceptable. Simple changing the dates on the existing funding will not address the needs of survivors.
- VAWA has always been, and must always be, bipartisan.