Tell Congress to Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act!

VAWA is moving quickly toward reauthorization and will be marked up in the Senate Judiciary Committee February 2 at 10 am. VAWA now has 28 sponsors, but we need EVERY Senator on the Senate Judiciary Committee to support VAWA during mark up.  Please take the following actions to get VAWA reauthorized SWIFTLY!

Action 1: Call members on the Senate Judiciary Committee listed below who have NOT YET signed on to support VAWA and tell them they need to support VAWA today!

IOWA:  Senator Chuck Grassley, Ranking Member (R) - Phone:  202.224.3744

Be sure to remind the Senator that he has always supported VAWA and we need his support now. Victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in Iowa rely on the services that VAWA supports. Violence crosses all political and other boundaries. Victims need the support he has provided in the past.

 

UTAH:  Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R) - Phone:  202.224.5251 and Senator Michael S. Lee (R) - Phone:  202.224.5444  

Be sure to remind Senator Hatch that he has always supported VAWA and we need his support now. Victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in Utah rely on the services that VAWA supports. Violence crosses all political and other boundaries. Victims need the support he has provided in the past. In October 2000 Senator Hatch said: “Madam President, I rise today to express my pride and gratitude that the Violence Against Women Act of 2000 will pass the Senate today and soon become law. This important legislation provides tools that will help women in Utah and around the country who are victims of domestic violence break away from dangerous and destructive relationships and begin living their lives absent of fear.”

 

TEXAS:  Senator John Cornyn (R) - Phone:  202.224.2934

Be sure to remind Senator Cornyn that he has always supported VAWA and we need his support now. Victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in Texas rely on the services that VAWA supports. Violence crosses all political and other boundaries. Victims need the support he has provided in the past.

 

SOUTH CAROLINA:  Senator Lindsey Graham (R) - Phone:  202.224.5972

Tell Senator Graham that an inclusive VAWA can protect victims such as this one in South Carolina.  Click here to read the story.   

 

ARIZONA:  Senator Jon Kyl (R) - Phone:  202.224.4521

ALABAMA:  Senator Jeff Sessions (R) - Phone:  202.224.4124

OKLAHOMA:  Senator Tom Coburn (R) - Phone:  202.224.5754

Call the D.C. Senate and House offices and ask to speak to the staff person handling VAWA.  Tell them the importance of VAWA and ask them to please attend the briefing.  Staff for our sponsors should attend to get information to shore up and expand their bosses’ knowledge and enthusiasm about the bill.  Staff of wavering or uncertain Members will be able to gather important info about VAWA and ask questions or voice their concerns.  Click here for Senate numbers and here for House numbers 

   

Action 2:  Send a letter to the editor to your local paper – especially in Iowa, Utah, Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma.

Let your community know that VAWA needs to be reauthorized quickly.  Send this letter to your local paper – some allow for submissions online.

To The Editor:

Domestic violence is pervasive and must end. In fact, violence against women and children affects everyone in [name of local community] in some way. In 1994, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was a giant step forward for our nation. Its passage meant that our federal government finally acknowledged that domestic and sexual violence cause tremendous harm, and put resources into helping victims. Millions of families are better off as a result.

The time has come to again reauthorize this critical legislation. Evidence shows that VAWA is working. Over the last 15 years, domestic and sexual violence have declined. But there is more work to do. On average, each day current and former boyfriends and husbands murder three women in America and several hundred people are raped or sexually assaulted. Countless children witness this violence. The Violence Against Women Act of 2011 will build on efforts to prevent violence before it begins and teach the next generation that violence is always wrong.

We need more resources for children and youth who have been exposed to violence, and to engage men as allies in this work. Congress must reauthorize this legislation and invest more in building healthy communities.

Sincerely,

[Name, Title, Organization, Contact Info]

 

Action 3:  Thank our important allies in the campaign to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.

Thank Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Michael Crapo (R-ID) who introduced S. 1925.  And please thank all of the co-sponsors to the bill.  

To find a list of the VAWA Cosponsors, follow these four simple steps:

  1. Go to www.thomas.loc.gov
  2. Select search by "Bill Number"
  3. Enter S.1925 in the space provided
  4. When the bill is brought up, click on "Cosponsors”