Shaquita Ogletree

Earlier this month, House Judiciary Crime Subcommittee Chairwoman Karen Bass (D-CA-37) and Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1) introduced H.R.1585, the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019. H.R. 1585 reauthorizes the bill that includes enhancements that address gaps identified by victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence, as well as varies disciplines of people working on the ground every day.

Since 1994, when VAWA was first passed, the rate of domestic violence has decreased by 63%. VAWA funds invest in prevention, provides legal services and advocacy for survivors and victims, housing for survivors, community-based interventions, and other critical services and supports.

The National Association of Social Workers in coalition with the National Task Force to End Sexual & Domestic Violence is issuing an action alert for social workers and all civic minded people to take action in assuring passage of the newly introduced bipartisan H.R. 1585 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization.

You can contact your Members of Congress on social media utilizing materials provided by the coalition. Click HERE for sample posts and for images to share. Also, call your members of Congress and urge them to co-sponsor and support H.R. 1585.

About the Author:

John Sciamanna is CWLA's Vice President of Public Policy.

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