The Violence Against Women Act - VAWA - Voting This Week - Call Your Rep - YES on HR 1585

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VAWA will be on the House floor this week! Tell your represenative to VOTE YES on HR 1585

The House of Representatives is slated to vote this week on H.R.1585, the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019, introduced by Representatives Karen Bass (D-CA-37) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01).

Your members of Congress need to hear from you in the next 4 days. Please tell them to VOTE YES on HR. 1585, the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2019.

This bill continues the effective programs that have helped reduce domestic and dating violence and sexual assault over the last 25 years, and adds new programs focused on preventing violence, helping children and youth exposed to violence, and doing more to help victims from vulnerable communities impacted by these crimes. 

Lawmakers need to take a principled stand and fight for improved access to safety and justice for victims and survivors. In the era of #MeToo, we have the opportunity to make meaningful positive change to protect and support all survivors through this legislation - anything less is unacceptable.  

Specifically, H.R.1585:

  • Invests in prevention by supporting programs to help children exposed to violence, work with teens and youth to build healthy relationships and engage men and boys to prevent domestic and sexual violence;

  • Improves the VAWA Health program to train more health care providers and makes it easier to help children and elders affected by domestic and sexual violence; 

  • Builds on #MeToo and expands the capacity of the Workplace Resource Center to prevent violence and harassment in the workplace;

  • Expands protections for Native American victims who are harmed by non-Native perpetrators to cover sexual assault, child abuse, sex trafficking, and assaults on tribal law enforcement officers on tribal lands;

  • Strengthens provisions to keep guns away from domestic abusers.

We need your help. Please call or e-mail your Representative now and tell them to support H.R.1585.

We are asking Congress to pass VAWA urgently. You can find tools and information to connect with your Representative here.