The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, dedicated to protecting and improving the Violence Against Women Act, has many working groups dealing with issues and constituencies. All of them have been meeting and have made suggested fixes and improvements to VAWA, working from the 2013 bill and also last year’s house bill which had modest changes and improvements.
This year’s bill will deal with important racial justice measures, a new immigration section and serving culturally specific services and organizations. We are meeting as I write this (don’t tell them I’m multitasking) to produce a final draft of the VAWA 2021 reauthorization act.
Thanks to any and all of you who made suggested improvements and fixes. We are working with our champions in the House and the Senate to settle on just which member will be the lead sponsor of the VAWA reauth (it’s a big bill and a lot of work for any Member and their staff). So keep tuned for an announcement in the weeks ahead, where we’ll be asking you to get House and Senate sponsors to be original co-sponsors and also to add their names as sponsors after the bill has been “dropped in” and gets a number. Needless to say, the more Republicans, the merrier.
The Biden Administration has promised to sign, and work on, VAWA 2020 as soon as it’s sent to them. We also need a confirmed Attorney General and additional staffing in key departments to continue enforcing and implementing VAWA. File this in your “coming soon” file.
Great briefing the Violence Against Women’s Act.
National Network to End Domestic Violence
- VAWA Factsheet: https://nnedv.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/VAWA-Reauthorization-2020.pdf
- NNEDV 14th Annual Domestic Violence Counts Report: https://nnedv.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Library_Census-2019_Report_web.pdf
- State and U.S. Territory summaries: https://nnedv.org/content/domestic-violence-counts-14th-annual-census-report/
National Indigenous Resource center
- National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey
- Economic and Health Consequences of Sexual Violence
- RALIANCE 2021 Rape Crisis Centers Funding Infographic
- NAESV COVID Funding Survey of Rape Crisis Centers
- OVW Report to Congress on the Sexual Assault Services Program
Other Information, reading, and exciting webinar on advocacy:
How to turn your red state blue: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/11/opinion/stacey-abrams-georgia-election.html
Addressing America’s Legacy of Racism and Systemic Discrimination