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Action Alert: Senate Day of Action on Wednesday

More than six months ago, the House passed H.R.1620, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021, with strong bipartisan support. The Senate is currently negotiating their own bipartisan reauthorization bill. We appreciate Senators Feinstein’s, Ernst’s, and Durbin’s leadership in developing a strong bipartisan bill that meets the needs of survivors and that does not include any rollbacks. In order to ensure VAWA is able to pass both Chambers of Congress and be si... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, October 18, 2021

SAVE THE DATE: VAWA Senate Day of Action on October 20

SAVE THE DATE! WHAT: VAWA Senate Day of Action WHEN: All day on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 with a 2:00 pm EDT Twitter storm WHY: The House of Representatives passed H.R.1620 more than six months ago, but the Senate has yet to introduce a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that builds on H.R.1620 and includes all survivors. Please use the hashtags #VAWA4All and #VAWA21 for the 2pm EDT Twitterstorm and in all social media activity. ADDITIONAL ACTIONS: Spr... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, October 13, 2021

ACTION ALERT: Contact Your Representative and Tell Them to Vote YES on Reauthorize and Strengthen FVPSA

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) is one of the three pillars of the Federal response to domestic violence. It provides core funding for more than 1,500 domestic violence programs nationwide and supports more than 240 tribes and tribal organizations as well funding state domestic violence coalitions and funding a network of training and technical assistance resource centers. It also funds the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the StrongHearts Native Helpline. FVPSA ... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Friday, September 24, 2021

ACTION ALERT: Contact Senators about VOCA THIS WEEK!

Senator Schumer is planning to ask the Senate to allow a vote on the VOCA fix this week. We need every Senator to support their plan to pass the bill! Background As, you know, on March 17, the House of Representatives passed the VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021 (“the VOCA Fix Act”) with overwhelming bipartisan support. This critical legislation will prevent devastating cuts to federal funding for victim service programs through the Victims of Crime Act (&ld... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Tuesday, July 13, 2021

ACTION ALERT: VOCA Lunch and Lobby on June 21st

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is joining Newtown Action Alliance’s weekly Lunch and Lobby to encourage the Senate to vote on the House-passed VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021. This critical legislation will prevent devastating cuts to federal funding for victim service programs through the Victims of Crime Act. However, we have yet to see movement on the Senate companion bill, S.611. The situation is dire! Federal grants to victim servi... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Action Alert: VOCA Day of Action on June 8th

ACTION ALERT! Contact Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Senate Minority Leader McConnell, and tell them to bring VOCA to the floor for a vote! On March 17, the House of Representatives passed the VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021 (“the VOCA Fix Act”) with overwhelming bipartisan support. This critical legislation will prevent devastating cuts to federal funding for victim service programs through the Victims of Crime Act (“VOCA”). However, we ha... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, June 7, 2021

ACTION ALERT: NTF Applauds the House Passage of VAWA, Urges Senate to Pass Immediately

The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence applauds the House of Representatives for passing H.R.1620, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021, with strong bipartisan support. H.R.1620 is a modest bill with targeted enhancements that increase access to services and prevention for all survivors, including survivors of color whose needs have been not been addressed in previous Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) bills. H.R.1620: Supports Communities of Color; I... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, March 17, 2021

ACTION ALERT: NTF Applauds the Introduction of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021 and Urges Action

The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF) applauds House Judiciary Crime Subcommitte Chairwoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18) and Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1) for introducing H.R.1620, the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021. H.R.1620 is a slightly updated reintroduction of last session’s Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019, which passed the House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support. The NTF is a... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, March 8, 2021

NCADV Applauds Congress on the Introduction of the VOCA Fix and Calls for Constituents to Contact Congress in Support

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) celebrates the bicameral introduction of the bipartisan VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021 (the VOCA Fix Act). We applaud the leadership of Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Charles Grassley (R-IA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1), Sheila Jack... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, March 4, 2021

Action Alert: Tell Congress to Pass a COVID Package That Meets Needs of DV Survivors

Congress MUST pass a COVID-19 relief package that includes not only economic support for unemployed, underemployed, and low-income families but also funding and policies specifically addressing the unique needs of survivors. In previous COVID-19 relief packages, Congress provided no relief funding for survivors of sexual assault, for community-based culturally-specific organizations serving survivors in Communities of Color who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, or for tribal victi... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, January 28, 2021

Urgent Action Alert: Tell Congress "Don't Cut $1.1 Billion from Victim Service Grants!"

The Senate recently released its appropriations bills, and the bill that funds the Department of Justice contains a MASSIVE 40% cut to the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) release. This is on top of a 25% cut the prior year. All told, if the Senate gets its way, VOCA victim service grants will have been cut 81% from FY’18 levels. The situation is dire! The reason for this huge cut is that the non-taxpayer-funded pool of money VOCA grants are pulled from (the Crime Victims Fund) is running d... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, December 3, 2020

ACTION ALERT: Prevent CATASTROPHIC Cuts to Victim Service Grants

On October 19th, Members of Congress received letter urging Congress to take immediate action to prevent devastating cuts to federal funding for victim service programs through the Victims of Crime Act (“VOCA”), including programs serving victims and survivors of child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, trafficking, drunk driving, assault, homicide, and other crimes. The letter also urges Congress to increase federal support to help states compensate crime victims for costs... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Action Alert: Don't Let Congress Ignore Survivors! Senate Action Needed NOW!

On October 1st, the House passed a $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief measure to move forward efforts to finalize another much-needed COVID-19 relief bill, after its May passage of the $3.4 trillion Heroes Act was ultimately not taken up in the Senate. The new House measure, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act (“Updated HEROES Act”), addresses the health and economic needs of the nation and includes necessary supplemental funding for sexual assa... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, October 12, 2020

Action Alert: Day of Action Planned for September 9th

On SEPTEMBER 9, we are holding a day of action to tell Congress and the White House that they have ignored the needs of survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic for far too long. They MUST pass a COVID-19 relief package that includes not only economic supports for unemployed, underemployed, and low-income families but also funding and policies specifically addressing the unique needs of survivors. In previous COVID-19 relief packages, Congress and the White House have provided NOTHING for surv... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, August 31, 2020

ACTION ALERT: Don't Let Congress Ignore Survivors!

As the House, Senate, and White House prepare to negotiate the next and likely final COVID-19 supplemental funding package, we have an important message for them - they cannot ignore the needs of survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence! Congress has provided trillions of dollars in supplemental funding to respond to the COVID-19 emergency, but they have provided NOTHING for survivors of sexual assault, for community-based culturally-specific organizations serving survivors in Comm... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, July 27, 2020

ACTION ALERT: Day of Action Planned for July 16th!

On JULY 16, we are holding a day of action to tell Congress that it must acknowledge that racism is part of all of our institutions, as amply demonstrated by the disparate impact of COVID-19 on Black communities and Communities of Color. While we appreciate that the House’s HEROES Act provides funding for domestic violence programs and ensures the long-term viability of the Crime Victims Fund, it provides NO funding for culturally-specific community-based organizations that provide dome... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, July 9, 2020

ACTION ALERT: Tell Senators to Pass a COVID-19 Package Supporting Victims and Survivors

Congress must acknowledge that racism is part of all of our institutions, as amply demonstrated by the disparate impact of COVID-19 on Black communities and Communities of Color. While we appreciate that the House’s HEROES Act provides funding for domestic violence programs and ensures the long-term viability of the Crime Victims Fund, it provides NO funding for culturally-specific community-based organizations that provide domestic violence and sexual assault services. This is unaccept... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, June 18, 2020

Action Alert: Sign on to Letter to Congress for Your Organization

As supplemental Family Violence Prevention and Services Act grants from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act are becoming available to domestic violence programs, it is important to recognize the domestic and sexual violence fields’ successes - both in battling COVID-19 on the frontlines and also in urging Congress to fund critical victim service programs. The House’s Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act contained importan... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Action Alert: Tell Congress to Address Survivors' Needs in Next COVID-19 Response Package

Right now, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault are at great risk.  Act now to urge Congress to address the urgent and emerging needs of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and the programs that serve them during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and resulting disruptions.  The House of Representatives is finalizing its phase four COVID-19 response package. It is critical that this package meets the needs of victims, survivors, and everyday... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Action Alert: Contact Congress and Tell Them to Address Survivors' Needs in Next COVID-19 Stimulus Package

Right now, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault are at great risk.  Act now to urge Congress to address the urgent and emerging needs of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and the programs that serve them during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and resulting disruptions.  Congress is currently working on a phase four stimulus package. It is critical that this package meets the needs of victims, survivors, and everyday people. We have circ... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, April 20, 2020

Action Alert: Organizational Sign-on Letter to Congress

As domestic violence and sexual assault programs and community-based organizations adjust to new service provision, many programs are experiencing an increase in requests for services. Simultaneously, many programs are facing a decrease in donations due to widespread economic fears. As Congress negotiates a phase four COVID-19 supplemental appropriations package, the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF) is leading an organizational sign-on letter to encourage Congress... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Action Alert: Congress Must Act Now to Protect Victims and Survivors, Funding for Programs that Serve Them

COVID-19 is disrupting the lives of millions of people in America. Schools and workplaces are closing, people are being laid off, and the people who are hardest hit are the people who are already experiencing financial instability. Victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence are particularly vulnerable, because they often face significant economic hardship as a result of the violence committed against them. This vulnerability is compounded by the fact that economic instability and u... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, March 23, 2020

Action Alert: Twitter Storm on 12/11

After years of work, Senate negotiations on a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) ground to a halt. Despite having introduced competing bills, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) have announced their intention of returning to the table and working to find a bipartisan compromise. We appreciate their commitment to a bipartisan bill and look forward to continuing to work with both offices to introduce a bill that meets the needs of all survivo... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Friday, December 6, 2019

Action Alert: October 16th = DVAM Twitter Storm to Support VAWA

It has been 6 months since the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (VAWA), with strong bipartisan support. It is past time for the Senate to take action on a substantially similar bill that maintains important protections for vulnerable survivors while making critical enhancements to prevent and respond to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, tell your Senators t... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Tuesday, October 15, 2019

ACTION ALERT: Your Senators are home for August recess!

Make sure your Senators hear from you - the Senate must pass a bill substantially similar to H.R.1585! On April 4th, the House of Representatives passed H.R.1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (VAWA), with strong bipartisan support. As the Senate is working on their VAWA reauthorization, we have to pressure the Senate to ensure the bill is as similar to H.R.1585 as possible. It must maintain important protections for vulnerable survivors while making critical enhance... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, August 5, 2019

Action Alert: Copy and Paste a Weekly Tweet for VAWA

On April 4th, the House of Representatives passed H.R.1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (VAWA), with strong bipartisan support. It is time for the Senate to take action on a substantially similar bill that maintains important protections for vulnerable survivors while making critical enhancements to prevent and respond to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.   We must keep the pressure up on the Senate! Senators need to know their... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Tuesday, July 2, 2019

ACTION ALERT: Your Senators are home for recess. Make sure they hear from you - the Senate must pass a bill substantially similar to H.R.1585!

On April 4th, the House of Representatives passed H.R.1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (VAWA), with strong bipartisan support. As the Senate is working on their VAWA reauthorization, we have to pressure the Senate to ensure the bill is as similar to H.R.1585 as possible. It must maintain important protections for vulnerable survivors while making critical enhancements to prevent and respond to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. Your ... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Action Alert: Your Senators are on Recess - Tell Them to Introduce a Strong Companion Bill to H.R. 1585

Your Senators are home for the recess! Go to town hall meetings, write op-eds, call them, or use social media to get them to do the right thing: Introduce a strong VAWA reauthorization bill with key updates and no rollbacks. Thanks to all of your hard work, the House of Representatives passed H.R.1585, the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 on April 4! H.R.1585 is a modest reauthorization bill that includes narrowly focused enhancements that address gaps identif... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, April 18, 2019

Action Alert: Ask Congress to Close the "Stalker Loophole" Now

Five people were murdered in Annapolis, Maryland on Thursday. Our nation is shocked again. Our political leaders offer prayers and call this a tragedy, as though it could not be prevented—and as though it were a surprise. Those of us who work in the domestic violence field feel the terrible familiarity of the story. A stalker, harassing a woman whom he barely knew—a woman who did not want to know him any better. A stalker heaping unwarranted blame on journalists who reported on h... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, July 2, 2018

Tell Your Senators to Oppose CCR and Support Fix NICS

The Senate will soon consider two bills that will have a huge impact on survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.   S.446 would make it terrifyingly easy for abusers to legally carry concealed firearms into other states when stalking their victims. S.446, the ‘Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017’ would undercut existing state and local protections for victims of domestic and dating violence -- and replace those protections with the w... Read More
at Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Let Congress Know You Oppose the TCJA!

Action Alert : Contact Your Members of Congress TODAY! Congress Talks About Tax Cuts. What They Really Mean are Cuts to Crucial Programs for Victims and Survivors!    WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CONGRESS RIGHT NOW Congress will soon consider the so-called 'Tax Cuts and Jobs Act' (TCJA) bill to 'simplify' the tax code. Sounds good, right? What they are not telling you is that, according to both the Tax Policy Center and the Center for Budget Policy Prio... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Protect survivors from gun violence: Stop H.R. 38

ACTION ALERT: Contact Your House Representative Members TODAY and Urge Them to Oppose H.R. 38 The U.S. House of Representatives wants to give domestic violence offenders the right to stalk and kill their intimate partners across state lines. Protect survivors from gun violence: Stop H.R. 38! WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CONGRESS RIGHT NOW Next week, the House is planning to vote on a bill that would make it terrifyingly easy for abusers to legally carry concealed firearms into other states when... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Friday, December 1, 2017

Tell Congress to Oppose HR 38 and Support HR 4434

What's Happening in Congress Right Now On WEDNESDAY, November 29th, the House Judiciary Committee will mark up two bills that will have a huge impact on survivors of domestic violence and stalking. The first bill, H.R. 38, would make it terrifyingly easy for abusers to legally carry concealed firearms into other states when stalking their victims. H.R. 38, Representative Hudson's (R-NC-08) 'Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017' would undercut existing state and local... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, November 27, 2017

Tell Congress to Pass the Bipartisan Fix NICS Act

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CONGRESS RIGHT NOW The mass shooting in Sutherland Springs was a preventable tragedy. The shooter was legally prohibited from possessing a firearm, but he still passed a background check due to poor record keeping!   After years of inaction, it’s time for Congress to pass meaningful legislation to keep guns out of the hands of abusers. The gun rights activists  have said time and time again that we need to fix the National Instant Criminal Back... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Friday, November 17, 2017

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