NCJW Applauds Senate Passage of VAWA Reauthorization

April 26, 2012, Washington, DC – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today celebrated the Senate’s passage of a bill to reauthorize and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:

“NCJW applauds the US Senate’s reauthorization of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act. NCJW has long supported this landmark legislation and fought hard this year to win its reauthorization with added protections for underserved populations affected by violence. 

“Since its passage nearly two decades ago, VAWA has helped state and local authorities to keep communities safe while supporting victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The law has enjoyed broad bipartisan support since its original passage and has since been reauthorized twice, in 2000 and 2005.

“The bill passed by the Senate today will extend and strengthen the law’s existing provisions designed to meet the needs of survivors of sexual and domestic. It will aid outreach to those who are underserved, particularly women in tribal communities. It will improve assistance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) victims and survivors, who experience violence at the same rate as the general population, but who often have difficulty accessing services and seeking justice. The law will also help protect immigrant victims whose abusers use immigration status as a tool of abuse, exploitation, and control.

“NCJW‘s domestic violence campaign, Higher Ground, seeks to help women escape domestic violence in part by helping them achieve economic autonomy. For the last two years through the Higher Ground campaign, NCJW has worked to ensure a strong VAWA reauthorization along with our partners on the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women and our allies in Congress. We now urge the House of Representatives to follow the Senate’s lead and renew and strengthen this vital law.”

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

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