Posted on November 05, 2012 at 2:14 pm
VAWA Remains Unfinished! Ask your legislator to prioritize VAWA in the “lame duck” session of Congress!
As you know, legislators did not prioritize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and were unable to convene on a bipartisan version of the bill before going home to their district offices for the summer recess.
The previously authorized Violence Against Women Act officially expired, ironically, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
There is still time for Congress to reauthorize a VAWA bill after the elections (during what is called the “lame duck” session of Congress). This is often an ideal time as the pressure of elections is off, and budget decisions are delayed until Congress turns over. We need to utilize this time to ask our legislators why this has not been a priority and what they will do to ensure that a strong VAWA bill is passed to protect all victims of violence by January!
What you can do:
Contact your U.S. Senators and Representatives TODAY! Now is a great time to remind your legislators how important legislation like VAWA is to the people in their district (that’s you!).
Tell them: “I need a commitment from you that VAWA reauthorization will be your priority immediately after the election. Please tell your colleagues and Congressional leadership that you want to see VAWA reauthorized in the lame duck session. Make VAWA the number one priority bill passed before January.”
Find your Congress Member here.
Now is the time to put local pressure on our national advocates. Be sure to ask your Congressperson, “What are you going to do to get a final VAWA passed?”
No one deserves to be abused!