The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is the most important piece of federal legislation when it comes to stopping abuse and it’s before Congress now.
Help get a strong VAWA enacted! You’ll help hundreds of thousands of Americans live safer, better lives.
Here’s what’s happened with VAWA so far:
- The first VAWA passed in 1994. Since then, it’s been reauthorized every few years to keep up with the times (like everyone having a cell phone now and TLC being off the charts).
- The most recent version of VAWA expired nearly two years, 681 days to be precise. That’s leaving a lot of people without the cutting edge programs they need.
- The House and the Senate both passed a reauthorization of VAWA this year, but the two bills are pretty different. The House version leaves out key protections for college students, LGBTQ folks, immigrants and tribal women.
- Now that the election’s over, Congress has a chance to figure out their differences and send an inclusive VAWA to the President, who just has to sign it for it to become law. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid even listed VAWA as one of his priorities for the lame duck session.
Which leads us to now and your part. You can help make sure our federal government protects all victims. Whether you have five seconds or five days, we have everything you need to support VAWA and make a big difference.