The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF) is pleased to announce the release of a letter in support of S.3623, the Violence Against Women Act of 2022, signed by 740 local, state, territorial, tribal, and national organizations dedicated to ending domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. As the letter states, “S.3623 builds upon the House companion bill H.R.1620 and maintains existing protections, as well as expands VAWA to address persistent gaps in the current law. Despite being narrower in some respects than the House bill, this survivor-centered legislation remains groundbreaking in many ways, and . . . includes many historic victories . . .”
The letter also states, “We urge the Senate to recognize how important this bill is to their constituents by swiftly passing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2022 to ensure survivors have access to the multitude of resources and options they need to protect themselves and their children and seek healing in these unprecedented times and beyond.”
Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is important not only for organizations working directly with victims and survivors, it is also a priority for an overwhelming percentage of Americans. A survey of American voters on behalf of the NTF found that 93% believe VAWA should be reauthorized within the year, with little variation by political affiliation. Moreover, after hearing the contents of S.3623 described, 91% said that it should receive bipartisan support in Congress and be a legislative priority for both Democrats and Republicans, again with little variation by political affiliation. S.3623 is a triumph for bipartisanship and represents the will of the American people.
The NTF calls on the Senate to bring S.3623 to the Floor for a vote immediately!
For more information, please contact Rachel Graber (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dorian Karp (email@example.com), Monica McLaughlin (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Terri Poore (email@example.com).
Join the NTF in urging Senator Schumer to bring VAWA to the floor immediately and asking your senators to cosponsor and vote in favor of this bill.