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Letter to the House on the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

February 28, 2013

Dear Representative: 

On behalf of the more than three million members of the National Education Association, 70 percent of whom are women, we urge you to vote YES on the Senate version (S. 47) of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. Votes associated with this issue may be included in the NEA Legislative Report Card for the 113th Congress.  

S. 47 is a well-crafted bill with strong bipartisan support. It will update and streamline VAWA and help ensure the continued funding of critical VAWA-supported programs—often the only or best support for victims of domestic and sexual violence.  

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 has been halved since the enactment of VAWA, and the number of people who died at the hands of an intimate partner has fallen 34 percent for women and 57 percent for men. 

We urge you to vote YES on S. 47, the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.  

Sincerely, 

Mary Kusler
Director of Government Relations