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Pass the Violence Against Women Act

October 3, 2018


UPDATE (10/1): Congress failed to pass a reauthorization of VAWA before the September 30th deadline, instead approving stopgap funding to sustain VAWA through December 7th. Congress must commit to a robust reauthorization of VAWA.


The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), landmark legislation first passed with bipartisan support in 1994, is set to expire on September 30th unless lawmakers pass a reauthorization bill. The act established the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women and provides funding for the investigation and prosecution of domestic and other interpersonal violence, stalking, and sexual assault.


In July, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) introduced a reauthorization bill that would not only reauthorize funding for VAWA's existing programs but also establish new policies to help abuse victims remain in stable housing, expand red-flag laws to block people convicted of dating abuse or stalking from accessing guns, and broaden protections against abuse for Native American women.


While VAWA reauthorization has historically enjoyed bipartisan support, not a single Republican has co-sponsored the current reauthorization bill. Urge your representatives to stand up for women and reauthorize VAWA.

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