Action Alert: Day of Action for VAWA with Lead Senators and Angelina Jolie

On January 19, join the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, Angelina Jolie, and Senate sponsors of the upcoming Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization for a policy day of action to ask Senators to co-sponsor and pass the bipartisan consensus bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.

On December 16, 2021, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced they had reached a deal on a framework to reauthorize VAWA with key improvements and protections to better meet the needs of abuse survivors. They plan to introduce the bill this month. While they are finalizing the bill, they need our help to build support among Senators so they can introduce the bill with as many bipartisan sponsors as possible.

VAWA is a central way the Federal government responds to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. First signed into law in 1994, VAWA creates grant programs to provide services and housing to victims and survivors and training to improve the legal response to gender-based violence. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2022 is based on extensive work with survivors, direct service providers, and other stakeholders, and is the first reauthorization since the pandemic, which has exacerbated domestic violence and sexual assault.

VIRTUAL RALLY: Join us, with VAWA lead Senators and international human rights and children’s rights advocate Angelina Jolie at 12:15 ET/9:15 PT HERE

TWITTER STORM: Then, join us at 1:00 ET/10:00 PT for a Twitter storm!

CALL YOUR SENATORS: Before, during, or after the rally, call your senators (202-224-3121) or email them through their websites.

This toolkit includes a call script, an email template, sample social media posts, and graphics. It even includes template op-eds and letters to the editor!

Please reach out to Rachel Graber ([email protected]), Dorian Karp ([email protected]) and Monica McLaughlin ([email protected]) with any questions or if you have an op-ed or letter to the editor placed.

NOTICE: Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Hearing

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and it is time for the Senate to introduce and pass a strong VAWA reauthorization that meets the needs of survivors!

 Tomorrow, October 5, 2021, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on VAWA! Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco will be testifying before the Committee about VAWA’s successes and the importance of reauthorizing this critical legislation.

VAWA is one of the main pillars of the Federal government’s response to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. First passed in 1994, it has been reauthorized three times since then, each time with critical enhancements. VAWA’s authorization lapsed in 2018, and it is past time to reauthorize VAWA, once again, with targeted updates to protect survivors, with a focus on Communities of Color, Tribes, and LGBTQ survivors, to ensure they have access to vital services and to prevent future violence. H.R.1620, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021, passed the House of Representatives in March with strong bipartisan support. A summary of H.R.1620 can be found here.

Throughout the month of October, the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence will be calling on our allies in the gender-based violence field and beyond to push the Senate to introduce and pass a strong, bipartisan VAWA reauthorization bill that is substantially similar to H.R.1620 and that meets the needs of survivors. We are currently working with Senators Durbin, Ernst, and Feinstein to finalize such a bill. This hearing is an important first step.

Watch the hearing online here and tweet along using the hashtag #VAWA4All.

And please be ready to take action in the weeks to come!

Please contact Rachel Graber ([email protected]) and Monica McClaughlin ([email protected]) with any questions.