On April 4th, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (VAWA)(H.R. 1585), passed through the House of Representatives with a 263-158 vote! This critical and lifesaving legislation maintains the safety, resources, and protections crucial to all survivors, particularly women of color and other marginalized communities, and makes modest, but vital, improvements. Now it’s time for the Senate to act. Take this opportunity to urge your Senators pass a substantially similar bill AND support full funding of VAWA!
A strong bipartisan reauthorization bill for the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) was introduced on July 24 by Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-PA) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). Join YWCA USA in supporting this important bill by urging your Senators to cosponsor FVPSA!