National Women’s Group Calls for Swift Passage of the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, March 7, 2019

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National Women’s Group Calls for Swift Passage of the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, a bill that provides critical funding for services for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, to name a few, will be reintroduced. The House Committee on the Judiciary is holding a hearing on the reauthorization of the bill this morning.

Shaunna Thomas, Executive Director of UltraViolet, a leading grassroots women’s advocacy and survivor justice organization, issued the following statement calling on Congress to pass the reauthorization of the VAWA:

“Passing legislation that supports  survivors of sexual and domestic violence should be a no-brainer, and letting a vote on this critical bill be delayed for this long has sent the dangerous message to survivors everywhere that protecting women against abuse is Congress’ last priority.

“We cannot even begin to address the epidemic of sexual and domestic violence—which is responsible for the deaths of at least three women in the U.S. each day—without ensuring that resources are available to help survivors get the services that they need. UltraViolet applauds the reintroduction of the Violence Against Women Act and implores lawmakers to pass this critical legislation swiftly into law.”

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