Human and Civil Rights
We Did It!
The Violence Against Women Act Is Reauthorized
Our phone calls, emails, tweets, petitions, Facebook posts, our visits to our Members of Congress, our determination and dedication to the victims and survivors did it!
The Violence Against Women Act reauthorization passed the Senate, in a strong bipartisan effort, 78-22. It passed the House on a vote of 286 to 138, as a unified Democratic caucus joined 87 supportive Republicans.
President Barack Obama signed the legislation, surrounded by an energized group of women's advocates and victims of violence.
Vice President Joe Biden, one of the authors of the original Violence Against Act, said, "Every time we've reauthorized this law, we've strengthened it." And President Obama noted that the law "not only changed the rules [regarding violence against women], it changed our culture."
Hats off to the NEA Women's Issues Committee for keeping the Violence Against Women Act (WAVA) on NEA's agenda and to the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women, of which NEA is a proud partner.
Activism works. Collective action works.
The services supported by WAVA make a difference to victims every day, including the national hotline for victims, emergency shelters, transitional housing, and counseling. WAVA supports a coordinated justice system response to ensure safety for families and children—and from 1980 to 2010 there has been a steep decline in intimate partner homicides that can be attributed, in part, to WAVA.
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