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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 response to domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. It has been unauthorized since February, and it’s time, past time, to reauthorize it with the enhancements provided in Senator Feinstein’s bill. S.2843 includes vital improvements that will protect survivors’ lives, provide safety for survivors, provide them with a path to healing, and hold perpetrators accountable.”

S.2843 is based on extensive outreach to the domestic violence and sexual assault fields. Advocates and survivors told Congress what they needed; the House of Representatives listened to and introduced the advocates’ bill. The Senate has not acted – until now. The advocates’ bill:

  • Invests in prevention;
  • Ensures adjudicated domestic and dating abusers and stalkers do not have access to deadly firearms;
  • Reaffirms Tribes’ inherent authority to hold non-Native perpetrators of gender-based violence, child abuse, and violence against law enforcement agents accountable;
  • Increases access to safe housing and economic supports; and
  • Does not roll back vital protections for vulnerable survivors.

Contact your Senators and tell them to co-sponsor S.2843, the advocates’ bill and companion to H.R.1585. Tell them:

  • You are a constituent.
  • S.2843 is the companion bill to H.R.1585, which passed the House of Representatives six months ago with strong bipartisan support.
  • S.2843 is based on extensive outreach to the domestic violence field and addresses the needs of victims, survivors, and advocates. It is the advocates’ bill.
  • Now is the time for bold action, not for half-measures that do not meet the needs of survivors.

You can find your Senators and their contact information here. You can find their social media handles here. Sample tweets are available here.

Please email Rachel Graber (rgraber@ncadv.org) with any questions. Please direct media inquiries to Lynn Brewer (lbrewer@ncadv.org).

Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at 8:11 AM
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