UltraViolet Applauds the House Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 17, 2021

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UltraViolet Applauds the House Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act

WASHINGTON, DC —  Moments ago, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to renew the lapsed Violence Against Women Act, landmark legislation championed by President Joe Biden.

The legislation builds on previous versions of the legislation by authorizing funding for grants and other forms of support to prevent and combat sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, and deliver assistance to survivors. 

In reaction to the vote, Elisa Batista, campaign director at UltraViolet, a leading gender justice organization, issued the following statement: 

“Passing legislation that supports  survivors of sexual and domestic violence is a no-brainer, and we applaud Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives not just for renewing the Violence Against Women Act, but also making important modifications, such as closing the ‘boyfriend-loophole,’ ending immunity for non-Native perpetrators for abuse that happens on tribal land, and expanding housing options for survivors, to ensure that survivors get all of the resources and support that they will need. These changes must stay in the bill as it is taken up in the Senate.”

“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 House passage of the Violence Against Women Act and calls on the Senate to swiftly send this bill to President Biden’s desk for his signature.”


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