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Letter to the Senate in Support of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

April 25, 2012

Dear Senator:

On behalf of the more than 3.2 million members of the National Education Association, seventy percent of whom are women, we urge you to vote YES on passage of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (S.1925).

The original Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) represented a historic recognition on the part of the federal government that domestic violence devastates victims and degrades our society.  The bill it has proven its effectiveness every day since, resulting in anti-stalking legislation in every state, and stronger rape laws.  While the rate of domestic violence incidents was halved since the enactment of VAWA, the rate of reporting increased by 51 percent.  And the number of people who die at the hands of an intimate partner fell 34 percent for women and 57 percent for men.

VAWA programs often provide the only or best support for victims of domestic and sexual violence. Alternative proposals do not meet the needs of all victims.  S. 1925 is a well-crafted bill with strong bipartisan support that will update and streamline the Violence Against Women Act and help ensure the continued funding of critical VAWA-supported programs. 

We urge the Senate to pass this critical legislation.

Sincerely,

Kim Anderson
Director, Center for Advocacy

Mary Kusler
Director of Government Relations