The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF), including the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), celebrates the passage and signing into law of S.3623, the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2022, as part of the omnibus appropriations bill. S.3623 reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) up to 2027, includes a number of enhancements to increase access to VAWA-funded programs and improves VAWA’s responsiveness to the needs of survivors.
Says NCADV’s President/CEO Ruth M. Glenn, “On behalf of the victims, survivors and advocates we represent, we applaud Congress for centering the needs of survivors by reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act with key enhancements in the omnibus appropriations bill. These updates to VAWA increase access to life-saving services, invest in prevention and improve the responsiveness of systems to the needs of survivors. This VAWA reauthorization recognizes that every survivor is unique with different needs and lived experiences and seeks to address survivors’ needs holistically.”
The NTF began the reauthorization process in 2016, doing field assessments to determine what changes needed to be included in a VAWA reauthorization bill well in advance of VAWA’s original expiration date of October 1, 2018. S.3623, and its companion bill, H.R.1620, are the outcome of six years of bipartisan negotiation. We thank Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01) and Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and their staff for their leadership. We also thank all of the victims, survivors, advocates, and others who reached out to their members of Congress to urge them to support this bill. This is their victory!
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