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Letter to the Senate Supporting Passage of the Violence Against Women Act

February 11, 2013

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. 47).  Votes associated with this issue may be included in the NEA Legislative Report Card for the 113th Congress. 

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 has proven its effectiveness every day since, resulting in anti-stalking legislation in every state, and stronger rape laws.  The rate of domestic violence incidents was halved since the enactment of VAWA, and the number of people who died 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. 47 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, 

Mary Kusler
Director of Government Relations