Domestic violence affects millions, both women and men, of every race, religion, culture and status. It’s not just punches and black eyes -- it’s yelling, humiliation, stalking, manipulation, coercion, threats and isolation. It’s stealing a paycheck, keeping tabs online, non-stop texting, constant use of the silent treatment, or calling someone stupid so often they believe it.
Since the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed in 1994, we’ve come a long way. This landmark legislation, led by then Senator Joe Biden, combined new provisions that hold offenders accountable and provide programs and services for victims. Between 1993 and 2010, the overall rate of domestic violence dropped nearly two-thirds and state laws have reformed to address issues such as dating abuse in the workplace, stalking, employment discrimination and more.
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is vital and lifesaving legislation that maintains the safety, resources, and protections critical to all survivors, particularly women of color and other marginalized communities. It also provides critical funding that survivors of gender-based violence rely on for services, such as transitional housing, emergency shelter, and medical and legal counseling. These services support and protect survivors during one of the most vulnerable points in their lives.
It's been over 200 days since the House passed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 1585) with strong bipartisan support. Now it is time for our Senators to support reauthorizing VAWA by passing H. R. 1585 (the House-passed VAWA) without further delay.
The YWCA would be grateful for your help in reaching out to our Senators. Reach out to Senator Todd Young and Senator Mike Braun online by clicking on their names. In the comments section, you could simply say “please support reauthorizing VAWA by passing H. R. 1585”.
What takes only a couple of minutes of your time could make a huge impact in the lives of those having endured domestic violence. Thank you for your support!