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ACTION ALERT: Call Your Senators and Ask Them to Support S. 2843 and NOT Senator Ernst’s VAWA Reauthorization Bill

On November 13 th , Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced S.2843, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019. S.2843 is the companion to H.R.1585, which passed the House of Representatives in April with strong bipartisan support. H.R.1585 was drafted with the support of advocates and is based on needs identified through extensive outreach to the field. S.2843 is the advocates’ bill. Unfortunately, yesterday, Senator Joni Ernst introduced a different Violence Against Women Act... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, November 21, 2019

Action Alert: Contact your Senators and tell them to co-sponsor S.2843, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019!

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) applauds Senator Dianne Feinstein for introducing S.843 the companion bill to H.R.1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019. H.R.1585 passed the House of Representatives over six months ago with strong bipartisan support, and it is overdue for the Senate to take action. Says NCADV’s President/CEO, Ruth M. Glenn, “The Violence Against Women Act is one of the cornerstones of the federal government’s... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, November 14, 2019

NTF/NCADV Statement on Bipartisan Senate VAWA Reauthorization Conversations

The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence ("NTF") serves as the non-partisan, non-governmental steward of the landmark Violence Against Women Act, first enacted in 1994 and periodically enhanced and reauthorized with Congress’ broad, bipartisan support. The full membership of the NTF is comprised of a large and diverse group of national, tribal, state, territorial, local, and faith-based organizations committed to improving the responsiveness of VAWA to the... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, November 11, 2019

700 Organizations Agree -- Senate, Take Up VAWA!

In April, the House of Representatives passed H.R.1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019, with strong bipartisan support. Last month, 700 organizations from across the country signed a letter calling on the Senate to pass H.R.1585 or to introduce and pass a substantially similar bill with key enhancements that has the support of the gender-based violence field. These national, state, regional, tribal, and local organizations re-affirmed that any bill that is... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Action Alert: Organizations Supporting VAWA, Sign NTF Letter to the Senate

Dear Organization Working to End Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking, In early April, the House of Representatives passed H.R.1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019, with strong bipartisan support. The sponsors, Representatives Karen Bass (D-CA-37) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01) worked closely with the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF) to develop a reauthorization bill that goes the next step to address the needs... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Tuesday, October 8, 2019

​​​​​​​NCADV’s National Domestic Violence Conference Returns to Washington, D.C., Kicks Off with Press Event

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) kicked off their 18th annual national conference on domestic violence with a press event highlighting the twin 25th anniversaries of their Remember My Name project and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). NCADV also spoke about the importance of believing survivors.   “This conference – the third in a series of three - comes at a time when it is imperative that we put those united and raised voices in action... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, September 16, 2019

ACTION ALERT: Your Senators are home for August recess!

Make sure your Senators hear from you - the Senate must pass a bill substantially similar to H.R.1585! On April 4th, the House of Representatives passed H.R.1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (VAWA), with strong bipartisan support. As the Senate is working on their VAWA reauthorization, we have to pressure the Senate to ensure the bill is as similar to H.R.1585 as possible. It must maintain important protections for vulnerable survivors while making critical... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Monday, August 5, 2019

Action Alert: Copy and Paste a Weekly Tweet for VAWA

On April 4th, the House of Representatives passed H.R.1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (VAWA), with strong bipartisan support. It is time for the Senate to take action on a substantially similar bill that maintains important protections for vulnerable survivors while making critical enhancements to prevent and respond to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.   We must keep the pressure up on the Senate! Senators need to know... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Tuesday, July 2, 2019

ACTION ALERT: Your Senators are home for recess. Make sure they hear from you - the Senate must pass a bill substantially similar to H.R.1585!

On April 4th, the House of Representatives passed H.R.1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (VAWA), with strong bipartisan support. As the Senate is working on their VAWA reauthorization, we have to pressure the Senate to ensure the bill is as similar to H.R.1585 as possible. It must maintain important protections for vulnerable survivors while making critical enhancements to prevent and respond to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. Your... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, May 22, 2019

NCADV Applauds House Passage of Bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) applauds the House of Representatives for passing H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019! NCADV and our allies have been proud to be involved with a Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill that includes modest enhancements and critical updates to protect the safety and well-being of victims and survivors of domestic violence nationwide. This important bipartisan piece of legislation addresses gaps... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, April 4, 2019

An Open Letter to Congress and the Media

By Ruth M. Glenn, NCADV President/CEO As a survivor of domestic violence that included gun violence, and as the President/CEO of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), it is my obligation to correct untruths about an issue I know very well, both professionally and personally - the intersection between domestic violence and firearms. Despite the outrageous and appalling claims of gun industry lobbyists and lawmakers, protecting victims of abuse and stalking from... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, April 4, 2019

Action Alert: The House is Voting on VAWA 2019 on THURSDAY!

Contact your Representative by 5:00 EST on WEDNESDAY and tell them to support victims and survivors - to pass H.R.1585 with no harmful amendments!   Join our TWITTER STORM at 1:00 EST, Tuesday, April 2!   Add your organization’s name to our sign - on letter in support of H.R.1585!   And you can read the NTF’s statement in response to attacks on VAWA by the gun industry lobby here .   Please forward... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Action Alert: VAWA Will Be on the House Floor First Week of April

It’s not too late to counter attacks against and to improve VAWA! Use our NEW toolkit to pressure Congress to do the right thing! Vote for H.R.1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019! Add your organization’s name to our sign - on letter in support of H.R.1585! The House of Representatives is slated to vote next week on H.R.1585, the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019, introduced by Representatives... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Action Alert: How to Support H.R.1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019, During Congressional Recess

Your members of Congress are home for the recess! Go to town hall meetings, write op-eds, call them, or use social media to get them to do the right thing! PASS VAWA 2019 H.R. 1585 without adding any harmful restrictions. Then, join our call with Members of Congress and experts in the field on THURSDAY, MARCH 21 at 4:00 EST for the latest updates (see action item #5). Two weeks ago, House Judiciary Crime subcommittee Chairwoman Karen Bass (D-CA-37) and Representative Brian... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Tuesday, March 19, 2019

ACTION ALERT: Call Your Members of Congress and Ask Them to Support H.R.1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019

House Judiciary Crime subcommitte Chairwoman Karen Bass (D-CA-37) and Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1) have just introduced H.R.1585, the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019! This important legislation reauthorizes VAWA grant programs and makes modest yet vital enhancements to existing law. Among other things, H.R.1585:   ● Invests in prevention; ● Ends impunity for non-Native perpetrators of sexual assault, child abuse co-occurring with domestic... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, March 7, 2019

NCADV Commends Introduction of Bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (“NCADV”) commends Chairwoman Karen Bass (D-CA-37) and Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01) for their leadership in introducing the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 1585). The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 contains modest enhancements and critical fixes to existing law, investing in prevention, improving access to justice for Native survivors, protecting victims of dating... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, March 7, 2019

NTF Applauds Congress for Supporting Victims and Survivors

The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (“NTF”) applauds Congress for their support for victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. The recently introduced bipartisan, bicameral funding bill appropriates a record $497.5 million for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for the 2019 fiscal year and releases over $3 billion from the Crime Victims Fund, including almost $170 million for Native victims. Funding for vital... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Friday, February 15, 2019

NCADV Statement on Recent Article and the Definition of Domestic Violence

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) has received a number of inquiries about an April 2018 change to the Office on Violence Against Women’s (OVW) website highlighted in a Slate opinion piece. Before the change, the website described domestic violence as an advocate would, which includes verbal abuse, economic abuse, and other forms of abuse that are common but may not be illegal. The website now references the statutory definition of domestic violence for Violence... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Yes, VAWA Expired: What This Means, How We Got Here, and What Happens Next

This blog post was originally published on 1/5/19. As NCADV receives updates, we will edit this post.  The Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”) is one of the pillars of the federal government’s response to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. Initially passed in 1994, VAWA has been reauthorized three times, each time expanding and updating to meet the needs of victims, survivors, advocates, and other stakeholders. In coalition with our... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Saturday, January 5, 2019

Action Alert: There's Still Time to Take Action on VAWA

As the 115th Congress comes to a close, Congress faces a number of outstanding issues -- one of which is the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA is vital to the safety of victims, survivors, and their communities; it cannot simply be checked off of Congress’s to-do list by changing the dates for existing funding, ignoring countless survivors and direct service providers asking Congress to do more. Survivors and their communities need Congress to take meaningful... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, November 29, 2018

It Is Time to Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, and We Need to Do It Right

As Congress returns for the lame duck session, they face a number of outstanding issues -- one of which is the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA is a vital to the safety of victims, survivors, and their communities; it cannot simply be checked off of Congress’s to-do list by changing the dates for existing funding, ignoring the cries of countless survivors and direct service providers to do more. Survivors and their communities need Congress to take meaningful... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Violence Against Women Act Did Not Expire on September 30th

The Violence Against Women Act did not expire on September 30. Many stakeholders have expressed significant concerns about the expiration of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the impact the expiration would have on victims and survivors, particularly those in America’s most vulnerable communities, domestic violence and sexual assault programs, and many others. While Congress must act immediately to reauthorize VAWA with targeted fixes and modest enhancements, only grants need... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Tuesday, October 2, 2018

NCADV Statement on the Reauthorization of VAWA

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) has working with Congress for over a year to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with modest but vital fixes that close gaps in current law and provide support and safety to all victims of sexual and domestic violence. After extensive outreach to domestic violence shelters, advocates, lawyers, and others, NCADV and our sister organizations presented Congress with a strong and largely noncontroversial reauthorization that was... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Action Alert: Propel VAWA Forward

The #MeToo movement has shown that we need national attention to address the needs of survivors of gender-based violence. It also is a call to organizational and individual advocates to work as one to prevent and end this harassment, battery, assault and rape. It is critical that policymakers respond to this powerful movement by supporting policies and programs that support survivors and hold perpetrators accountable. But right now, Congress is sitting on a reauthorization of the Violence... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Wednesday, September 5, 2018

NCADV Supports the Reauthorization of VAWA of 2018

The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (“NTF”), of which NCADV is a member, announced today its support for the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act of 2018 as introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18). This bill continues important protections while also making modest yet vital enhancements to the existing Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”) based on needs identified by direct service... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, July 26, 2018

NCADV Applauds Congress for Including Fix NICS in Omnibus Bill

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence applauds Congress for including the Fix NICS Act of 2017 in the fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending package! NCADV is proud to have been involved with bill from the beginning, leading the negotiations with other stakeholders such as law enforcement and prosecutors, and engaging with Congressional leadership offices to advocate for the inclusion of Fix NICS in the omnibus. This lifesaving bipartisan legislation will ensure that domestic violence... Read More
Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at Thursday, March 22, 2018

NCADV Denounces President Trump's FY'19 Budget Request

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) denounces President Trump’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2019 and urges Congress to reject any funding priorities that harm victims and survivors of domestic and dating violence. The Trump Administration claims the budget invests in the prevention of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; however, in actuality, it does just the opposite.This budget cuts many of the critical programs and services upon... Read More
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