Violence Against Women Act Needs More Senate Sponsors

Violence Against Women Act Needs More Senate Sponsors

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), first enacted in 1994, gives law enforcement, prosecutors and judges the resources they need to hold offenders accountable and keep communities safe while supporting victims. VAWA programs now also address the need to prevent violence and abuse, and engage more stakeholders in the work to prevent and respond, such as health care providers and employers. Now that it’s time for reauthorization, we need your help to ensure the continuation of these vital, lifesaving programs and laws.

There are several prior sponsors who are not yet on board: If any of these senators are from your home state, please ask them to re-commit: Carper, Thomas R. - (D - DE) Cochran, Thad - (R), Cornyn, John - (R - TX) Grassley, Chuck - (R - IA) Hatch, Orrin G. - (R - UT) Hutchison, Kay Bailey - (R - TX) Inouye, Daniel K. - (D - HI) Nelson, Ben - (D - NE) Pryor, Mark L. - (D - AR) Snowe, Olympia J. - (R - ME)

Here’s a quick and easy way to write your Senators about S. 1925 (VAWA): http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.

And here’s suggested text for your note:

Dear Senator _____________,

VAWA reauthorization legislation, S. 1925 by Senators Leahy and Crapo, was developed with the input of advocates from around the country and addresses the real and most important needs of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. It also invests in small prevention programs to stop the lifetime cycle of abuse and engages more stakeholders in the work to prevent and respond to violence. It is responsive, streamlined, and constitutionally and fiscally sound, while providing strong accountability measures and appropriate federal government oversight. This legislation represents our voices—the voices of victims and advocates. I ask you to wholeheartedly support the swift passage of S. 1925.

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