Feminist Majority

Email the Senate - Reauthorize VAWA Now!

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) will be on the Senate floor for debate and a vote very soon. It moved forward when a motion to proceed passed on April 19th.

Since it first became law in 1994, millions have benefited from VAWA.

  • Between 1993 and 2010, the rate of intimate partner violence declined by an amazing 67%.
  • States are taking violence against women more seriously and all states now have stalking laws, criminal sanctions for violation of civil protection orders, and reforms that make date or spousal rape as serious of a crime as stranger rape.
  • VAWA established the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which receives over 22,000 calls each month.
  • VAWA funds train over 500,000 law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges, and other personnel each year.

The current VAWA reauthorization bill is the first that includes access to law enforcement and services for Native American women, better access for immigrant women who fear deportation if they report violence, and better access for LGBT victims.

Contact your Senators today and thank them if they have signed on as co-sponsors of S.1925 as introduced by Judiciary Committee Chair Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT). If your Senators are not sponsors, urge them to vote yes on S. 1925.