According to the Presidential proclamation for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an average of three women in the United States lose their lives every day as a result of domestic abuse. According to early reports about the fatal mass shooting in Wisconsin on Sunday, the crime was a domestic abuse situation that spilled into the workplace. Now is the time to renew the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
VAWA, which was first signed by President Clinton in 1994, helps victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking access needed services, and it improves the criminal justice system’s ability to investigate and prosecute violent crimes against women. The bill has faced almost no opposition since it was signed, until this year when it was caught in a partisan power play. Click here to send a message to your legislators today telling them to pass VAWA.