The Violence Against Women Act - Take Action Now: Everything You Need to Know

What is VAWA?

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), enacted in 1994, creates and supports comprehensive, cost-effective responses to the pervasive and insidious crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. It is up for reauthorization every five to six years and this year, on April 4th 2019, the House of Representatives passed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019, with bipartisan support. The VAWA Act of 2019 is a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act for five more years. It makes vital improvements that are necessary to prevent domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking and to hold offenders accountable.

It is time for the Senate to take up the Violence Against Women Act of 2019.

Key Facts

  • Between 2014-2016, VAWA programs provided over 1 million services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and/or child or elder abuse.
  • VAWA supports nearly 1,900 domestic violence programs and over 1,300 rape crisis centers that provide core services such as crisis intervention, specialized education, and solutions to prevent violence.
  • The Reauthorization Act of 2019 includes improvements that
    • Address bullying, support prevention education for students, and expand training for campus health centers.
    • Close the “boyfriend loophole” by prohibiting non-married people who are convicted of dating violence or misdemeanor stalking, from possessing firearms.
    • Protect Native American women by improving tribal access to crime information databases and expanding tribal criminal authority over non-Indian perpetrators of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and trafficking.

If you want to learn more about sexual and domestic violence, visit: National Task Force to End Sexual Domestic Violence “The Critical Role of VAWA: Services to Victims and their Families”

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If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic or sexual violence, use these resources: