February 5, 2013
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is due for reauthorization. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced a bill, S. 47, on Tuesday, January 22 to reauthorize VAWA. This bill, which enjoys broad bipartisan support from nearly 60 Senators, would continue proven effective programs and make key changes to streamline VAWA to help even more people.
In contrast to a House bill introduced last year, S. 47 would cover women who are undocumented immigrants, Native Americans, or partners in a same-sex couple. These protections are in addition to the millions of women covered by VAWA since its introduction in 1994. Hence, S. 47 is a truly comprehensive measure offering services and recourse to women across the country who are victims of assault, stalking, and violence.
We need to encourage all Senators to support VAWA's reauthorization as soon as possible. As a constituent, it is crucial that you to tell your Senators how important VAWA is to both survivors of domestic violence and service providers in your community.
Take action here.