Pass the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act
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.
While gender-based violence has decreased significantly since 1994 when VAWA was first passed, rates of violence are still far too high:
- One in five women and one in 59 men are raped in their lifetimes;
- One in four women and one in seven men experience severe physical abuse by an intimate partner in their lifetimes;
- One in six women and one in nineteen men experience stalking in their lifetimes;
- A woman is murdered by a male intimate partner with a gun every sixteen hours;
- Gender-based violence disproportionately impacts women, American Indian/Alaska Natives, communities of color, LGBTQ communities, and members of other underserved communities.
In order to ensure VAWA is able to pass both Chambers of Congress and be signed by the President before the end of the year, Senators must swiftly introduce and pass a bipartisan bill built on H.R.1620. A Senate bill must be bipartisan, must build on H.R.1620, and must maintain protections for LGBTQ survivors and advocates and other vulnerable populations. It must also:
- Increase funding for culturally specific organizations;
- Invest in prevention;
- Affirm Tribes’ inherent authority to prosecute non-Native rapists and others who prey on Native women on tribal lands;
- Take meaningful action to address adjudicated domestic and dating abusers’ access to firearms;
- Improve access to housing for survivors;
- Promote economic security for survivors; and
- Address the criminal-legal system’s revictimization of survivors.
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