The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is up for reauthorization. From the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women:
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), enacted in 1994, recognizes the insidious and pervasive nature of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and supports comprehensive, effective and cost saving responses to these crimes. VAWA programs, administered by the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services, give law enforcement, prosecutors and judges the tools they need to hold offenders accountable and keep communities safe while supporting victims. VAWA must be swiftly reauthorized to ensure the continuation of these vital, lifesaving programs and laws.
Please check to make sure your senator supports this incredibly important piece of legislation. Here’s the body of the email being forwarded:
We have 41 Senators in support of VAWA and are on our way to more supporters! Thanks to all of your valiant efforts, Senators Lieberman, Akaka and Tester have signed on in support of VAWA this week and several others have promised “by Friday.” We need to bring on 7 more Senators in 4 days if we want to reach our Valentine’s Day goal. We can do it! Check out 4vawa.org and see who needs to hear from you.