Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act
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Urge the House of Representatives to support H.R. 1620, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021. The bill has bipartisan support and responds to the very real needs of survivors and communities across the country. It authorizes significant funding for prevention programs, as well as expanding and enhancing services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.
Providing resources to implement evidence-based prevention programming makes our communities safer and, ultimately, saves taxpayer money. The bill safeguards important protections that ensure all victims and survivors have access to safety and justice, and ensures the involvement of state domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions in prevention work in the local community.
The bill improves access to housing for victims and survivors, and improves the healthcare system’s response to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. The bill also provides resources to help survivors gain and maintain economic independence.
Building upon the success of previous reauthorization bills approved by Congress, H.R. 1620 affirms tribes’ sovereignty to prosecute non-Native offenders and provides a mechanism to hold predators who prey on Native women accountable. The bill ends impunity of non-Native perpetrators of sexual assault, child abuse co-occurring with domestic violence, stalking, sex trafficking, and assaults on tribal law enforcement officers on tribal lands.