May 16, 2012
CONTACT Marsha Robertson

Futures Without Violence Opposes Partisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Passed by the U.S. House of Representatives

Futures Without Violence, a national social change organization working to end violence against women and children, has released the following statement:

“It is shameful that the House VAWA bill rejects protections for our most vulnerable victims,” says Esta Soler, President of Futures Without Violence. “Domestic and sexual violence affect every community. We urgently need – and every woman deserves – a comprehensive Violence Against Women Act that does not fall prey to politics.“

As one of the organizations that helped author the original VAWA in 1994, Futures Without Violence lauded the U.S. Senate in April for overwhelmingly passing a version of VAWA that is inclusive of the most vulnerable victims, such as immigrants, LGBT survivors and Native women. And on Monday, Futures organized a letter to Congress signed by over 175 national groups asking the House leadership to put aside H.R. 4970 and instead develop a bipartisan bill modeled after the Senate-passed version of VAWA.

“In light of the bipartisan cooperation that we saw in the Senate’s decision to pass a bill that protects all victims, it is even more disappointing to see a life-saving bill weakened by the lack of productive collaboration in the House,” added Ms. Soler. “But we do want to express our appreciation for the 22 Republicans who crossed party lines in the 222-205 vote against this harmful bill."

As a member of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women, which represents a diverse coalition of thousands of national, state and local organizations and individuals across the country, Futures Without Violence will continue to support a strong, bipartisan final bill in conference that strengthens protections and gives a voice to victims everywhere.

About Futures Without Violence

Everyone has the right to live free of violence. Under the leadership and vision of founder Esta Soler for more than 30 years, Futures Without Violence has led the way and set the pace for ground-breaking education programs, national policy development, professional training programs, and public actions designed to end violence against women, children and families around the world. In 1994, Futures Without Violence was instrumental in developing the landmark Violence Against Women Act passed by the U.S. Congress. Providing leadership from offices in San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Boston, the organization has established a state-of-the-art international conference and innovation center in the Presidio of San Francisco to foster ongoing dialogue about gender-based violence and child abuse.