Eighteen years ago, the first US federal law acknowledging domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking as crimes — the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) — was passed. Reauthorizing VAWA this year is critical to maintaining the significant progress made in increased reporting and decreased deaths during the time VAWA has been in effect.
But, Congress has yet to agree on a VAWA bill that protects all victims of domestic and sexual violence.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Raising awareness is important, but acting to address domestic violence is critical. Tell your members of Congress the 112th session should not end without passing a VAWA reauthorization bill that would strengthen current law and increase the safety of those on college campuses as well as Native American women, immigrant women, and LGBTQ victims.
Act today to ensure protection for all victims tomorrow! Click here to take action by sending a letter to your Representative and Senators.
From our friends at the National Association of Commissions for Women