Tell the House: Pass VAWA Reauthorization NOW!

On March 7, Representatives Karen Bass (D-CA) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced HR1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (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. ). HR1585 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; invests 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 protects dating violence from abusers with firearms. The House of Representatives is expected to consider HR 1585 in early April.