Pushing VAWA Forward in 2013

Pushing VAWA Forward in 2013

While we are deeply disappointed that the 112th Congress was unable to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), we’ll continue our efforts to ensure the passage of this essential legislation in 2013. VAWA serves as the guiding infrastructure and national commitment to addressing violence against women in the United States and we must see it continue and adapt to the needs of victims. With your support, we can keep the momentum going and pass a new VAWA soon.

It’s important to note that, while the reauthorization bill has expired, VAWA itself is very much alive and will continue in its 2005 version. Programs and services will not close because VAWA was not reauthorized, but they are certainly threatened because the budget crises at the local, state, and national levels are always looming.

While President Obama and Congress addressed some critical tax issues of the “fiscal cliff,” funding cuts for core programs that help victims and prevent future violence against women and children will be on the table during the next budget debate in the months ahead.

“We estimate that nearly 200,000 victims of violence could lose services if another agreement is not made,” said Futures Without Violence Director of Public Policy and Advocacy Kiersten Stewart. “That figure does not even reflect the number of victims who will never be touched by a VAWA program because of limited funding.”

We must continue our efforts to preserve funding for programs and services, and ensure the reauthorization of a comprehensive VAWA that will provide protections for all victims of domestic and sexual violence.

January 2, 2013

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