Action Needed to Protect Survivors!
Pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which increases public awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault, and creates funding for housing, counseling, and training for those who provide services to survivors, is currently expired and awaiting reauthorization.

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 1585) is a bi-partisan effort to protect essential resources for survivors and improve the scope of the original VAWA. It will increase support for underserved communities, improve healthcare responses, and provide added rights and protections for survivors.



The Problem

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is one of the nation’s single most effective tools in responding to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

But there is still much work to do.

Statistics show that in just one day, there are 11,000+ unmet requests for services from domestic violence victims – requests for emergency shelter, housing, transportation, childcare, legal representation, and more – that could not be met because programs lacked the resources.

Programs relying on VAWA will soon face challenges if House Representatives do not take action to cosponsor the bill.

The Solution

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 1585), proposed by House Representative Karen Bass, would increase funding for local rape prevention efforts, improve protection for victims living in public housing, and provide law enforcement with more tools to remove firearms from domestic abusers who are not legally allowed to own them.

The VAWA Reauthorization Act was first introduced and supported by House Democrats, but has recently gained significant Republican support. VAWA provides an opportunity for Congress to work across the aisle to save lives and prevent future victims of domestic violence.

How You Can Help

Contact your House Representatives today – tell them to reauthorize and expand the Violence Against Women Act!

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