This week, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-Vermont) and Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) introduced S.1925, a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). According to Advisor Lynn Rosenthal of the White House Council on Women and Girls, “First championed in 1994 by then-Senator Biden, VAWA [has] transformed the nation’s response to domestic violence and sexual assault. VAWA has provided funding to states and local communities to develop specialized law enforcement units, provide services to victims, and improve prosecution of these crimes. Since the passage of the Act, the annual incidence of domestic violence has dropped by more than 50%.”
Contact your Senators and tell them to reauthorize VAWA!