Posted on July 06, 2012 at 11:11 am
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), first authorized in 1994, creates and supports comprehensive, effective and cost saving responses to the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. VAWA programs, administered by the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services, have dramatically changed federal, tribal, state, territorial and local responses to these crimes.
VAWA-funded programs have unquestionably improved the national response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. More victims are coming forward and receiving lifesaving service to help them move from crisis to stability, and the criminal justice system has improved its ability to keep victims safe and hold perpetrators accountable.
Before the end of summer, Congress needs to send a REAL VAWA to the President to sign with all of the inclusive provisions passed in the Senate version of the bill (S. 1925). Like S. 1925, the final VAWA must represent our intentional, bipartisan goal to serve ALL victims and contain NO rollbacks to the current VAWA and we need to get movement so that can happen.
Call House and Senate leadership to insist that they quickly conference on a strong, bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill that safely and effectively protects all victims.
Script and Talking Points for Calls
My name is ________ and I’m calling _________ (from Women Against Abuse – the domestic violence program in Philadelphia county; as a supporter of Women Against Abuse; from Philadelphia County; as a concerned citizen of Philadelphia; on behalf of the victims of domestic violence in Pennsylvania).
I urge you to pass a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill, like S.1925, that protects ALL victims of violence-doing nothing is not an option. You are our leaders and we know you care about VAWA, so solve the procedural challenge – to the benefit of as many victims as possible – and get VAWA reauthorized. By reauthorizing a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill like S. 1925 that protects all victims of violence, VAWA programs and services can continue to serve victims and make our communities safer.
General Congressional Switchboard, (202) 224-3121
• Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), (202) 225-0600
• Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), (202) 225-4000
• Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), (202) 225-0100
• Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), (202) 224-3542
• Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), (202) 224-2541
• Chair of the Democratic Conference Senator Chuck Schumer, (202) 224-6542
• Senator Bob Casey, (202) 224-6324
• Senator Pat Toomey, (202) 224-4254
• Representative Chaka Fattah, (202) 225-4001
• Representative Allyson Schwartz, (202) 225-6111
• Representative Bob Brady, (202) 225-4731
• Representative Michael Fitzpatrick, (202) 225-4276