FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb 2, 2012
CONTACT Marsha Robertson
415.678.5617

Senate Takes First Step in Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act

The Senate Judiciary Committee today passed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

Washington, D.C. - In its first step toward renewing the landmark piece of legislation known by many as VAWA, The Senate Judiciary committee now sends the bill to the full Senate for consideration, and will be taken up in the House of Representatives later this year.

“We are grateful to Senators Leahy and Crapo for introducing this important piece of legislation that has set the standard for our national response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking,” said Esta Soler, President and Founder of Futures Without Violence. “We also want to send our deep appreciation to Senators Whitehouse and Hagan who have championed key provisions of VAWA and brought much needed attention and leadership to how teens and youth are impacted by violence and what the health care system can do to help victims. Their actions will no doubt save lives.”

VAWA was first passed in 1994 and was reauthorized most recently in January 2006. During the last reauthorization core provisions were added that address prevention programs, health care interventions and services for children and youth long championed by Futures Without Violence. The version of the bill passed today consolidated several of these programs but continued them along with judicial training programs and the workplace resource center for employers, programs administered by Futures Without Violence.

VAWA reauthorization remains one of Futures’ policy priorities for 2012. For additional information or information about funding for VAWA programs, please visit our Budget & Appropriations page.

To view a recent Congressional briefing co-sponsored and moderated by Futures Without Violence staff, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_mWHxzF088&feature=youtu.be.