The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 2000 expires in September 2005 and the remarkable gains we've made in ending domestic and sexual violence could come to a halt if Congress does not act quickly. During the past decade, VAWA of 1994 and 2000 have provided tremendous resources and protections for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. VAWA programs have provided increased training for police, prosecutors, and court officials, and greatly improved the response of the criminal justice system to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. These programs have also been successful at providing victims with emergency shelter, hotlines, and supportive services.

Due to VAWA's remarkable accomplishments, many more victims are now referred for services and demand has steadily risen for the services provided by VAWA programs. As we look forward to the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, Congress has a unique opportunity not only to continue successful and crucial existing programs, but also to expand on ten years of progress to further the safety and stability of the lives of survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.

Domestic violence and sexual assault are pervasive crimes affecting the lives of everyone in the community. We can make a difference by reauthorizing the VAWA. We urge members of Congress to pledge their support for a strong and enhanced Violence Against Women Act in 2005.

Click here to go to NCADV's VAWA 2005 Advocates' Action Guide

Click here to visit the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women VAWA 2005 website

For more information, please contact Jill Morris, NCADV Public Policy Office at 202-745-1211 or at

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