Oppose VAWA Rollbacks (H.R. 4970)
  • Petitioned Wisconsin Members of Congress

This petition was delivered to:

Wisconsin Members of Congress
Rep. Paul Ryan
Rep. Ron Kind
Rep. Gwen Moore
Rep. Tom Petri
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner
Rep. Mark Pocan
Rep. Reid Ribble
Rep. Sean Duffy

Oppose VAWA Rollbacks (H.R. 4970)

    1. Petition by

      End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin

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The version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that is currently being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 4970) does not meet the needs of victims and survivors.  In particular, the bill:

       • Weakens or deletes entirely some of the vital improvements in the Senate bill, including the strong provisions that are designed to increase the safety of Native women and the needs of the LGBT community.

       • Contains dangerous provisions that would jeopardize the safety of immigrant victims seeking to report crimes by eliminating important confidentiality protections, undermining effective anti-fraud protections and rolling back years of progress.

       • Grows excessive and costly bureaucracy that will divert resources which could be used for direct victim services.

       • Dilutes emergency housing transfer protections and eliminates requirements that victims be informed of their housing rights.

We must urge Wisconsin’s Members of Congress to oppose this version of VAWA and to work with survivors, advocates and legislators of both parties to address these serious problems with H.R. 4970. Economic analysis has shown VAWA saves billions of dollars and countless lives. We should be looking to build upon the historic success of this legislation—not rolling back commonsense safety measures. Victims and survivors in Wisconsin deserve a VAWA that works for all of the individuals and communities of our state.  If you are from Wisconsin and care about victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, please sign this petition. 

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Nancy Hofstetter KENOSHA, WI
      • over 2 years ago

      As an advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, I know just how vital VAWA is to victim survival, especially women of color, immigrant women, and victims with LGBTQ issues. I oppose HR 4970 as it will ultimately hurt vicitms.

      • over 2 years ago

      I am a Domestic Violence Advocate. I see the need EVERY day.

    • Frances Wargolet BRISTOL, WI
      • over 2 years ago

      I understand the need for our government to be fiscally responsible, and maintaining and improving the services and support of the victims can actually save money in the long run.

    • Lori Bastian KENOSHA, WI
      • over 2 years ago

      Because I strongly believe that the rights of victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault need a voice. These victims need protection and agencies that can help them.

    • Kathryn Comstock KENOSHA, WI
      • over 2 years ago

      This is a bill that protects women and children victims of DV and SA. Weakening it turns the clock back thirty years, takes away one of the stabilities which helps keep families together and allows children to have the opportunity to lead a life free of fear. Why would you change it?


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