Tell the House: Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

On March 8, Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee (R-TX), Jerry Nadler (D-TX), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced HR1620, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021 (VAWA). Enacted in 1994, VAWA was the first federal law responding to our nation’s crisis of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  HR1620 is a modest, bipartisan reauthorization bill that includes narrowly focused enhancements to address gaps identified by survivors and direct service providers. Among many provisions, the measure maintains vital protections for all survivors; supports communities of color; invest in prevention; ends impunity for non-Native perpetrators of sexual assault, child abuse co-occurring with domestic violence, stalking, sex trafficking, and assaults on tribal law enforcement officers on tribal lands; improves access to safe housing and economic independence, and closes the partner loophole, keeping firearms out of the hands of those convicted of stalking and dating violence.