Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act
Contact Your Senators and Representatives
Urge Senators to vote for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill negotiated by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). The bipartisan bill, S. 3623, provides key improvements and protections to better meet the needs of abuse survivors, and is the first reauthorization since the COVID pandemic which has exacerbated domestic violence and sexual assault.
VAWA provides the basic programs for the federal government to respond to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. The bill also includes specific sections on teen dating violence/healthy relationships, campus sexual assault, protections for Native American and Alaska Native women and children, human trafficking for sexual purposes, and emergency housing support for survivors and their families. It is critically important to address the needs of underserved populations, particularly those in rural communities, survivors with disabilities, Deaf survivors, survivors who are older adults, and children and youth survivors.
Importantly, the bill provides legal services funding and training to improve trauma-informed law enforcement response, and provides grants to promote the training of sexual assault forensic examiners to improve the response to sexual violence.
Advocates and law enforcement learn more every year about the best ways to prevent and respond to gender-based violence. The congressional reauthorization process allows advocates to make use of that knowledge to enhance and expand programs and funding.
GFWC is joining the National Task Force to End Sexual & Domestic Violence in urging Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 2022.