Very soon, Congress will vote to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, legislation that has benefited millions of women and families. Stunningly, many Congressional Republicans are opposing reauthorization of the bill this year and its passage is very much in doubt.
Over a lifetime, nearly one in two women will be victims of sexual violence. The Violence Against Women Act empowers local communities to fight back, providing essential resources to combat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.
The law has been an unqualified success. Since its passage in 1994, women killed by an intimate partner have decreased 34%.
But unless Congress reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act this year, all of this progress could be reversed. The new version of the bill not only continues proven programs, but extends protections to more people, including those in same-sex relationships.
Sign the petition to tell Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act today.