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End the delay and pass the Senate's #RealVAWA!

    1. Petition by

      Senator Patty Murray

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has successfully helped provide life-saving assistance to hundreds of thousands of women and families since it was first passed into law in 1994.

One reason the bill has worked so well in protecting those at risk is that since its passage, every time Congress has reauthorized the bill they have worked in a bipartisan fashion to extend its protections to new groups of women.

That history, and the protections of millions of women are now at risk.

On April 26th, 2012, the U.S. Senate passed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (S. 1925) by a bipartisan vote of 68-31. Once again, the legislation that was passed incorporated important new protections, including bolstering campus safety and extending protections to our tribal, immigrant and LGBT communities.

Unfortunately, the House of Representatives passed an ideological bill that not only excludes these at-risk populations but strips existing protections for vulnerable women.

The House should put ideology aside and pass the inclusive, bipartisan Senate-passed Violence Against Women Act.

Every moment the House continues to delay is another moment vulnerable women are left without the resources and protections they deserve.

We should all agree that where a person lives, their immigration status, or who they love should not determine whether or not perpetrators of domestic violence are brought to justice.

These women should not be made to wait.

It's time for Speaker Boehner to stand up against an ideology that would deny women protections from violence because of political reasons.

As the New York Times recently put it in an editorial: "House Republicans have to decide which is more important: protecting victims of domestic violence or advancing the harsh antigay and anti-immigrant sentiments of some on their party's far right. At the moment, harshness is winning."

Please join us in calling on Speaker Boehner to follow the lead of Republicans and Democrats in the Senate.

Tell him it's time to provide new protections to millions of women by passing the inclusive, bipartisan Violence Against Women Act.

Sign the petition.

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Tell @SpeakerBoehner to end the delay and pass the Senate's #RealVAWA!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 7,500 signatures
    2. VIDEO: Republicans Once Again Block Violence Against Women Act

      (Washington, D.C.) – Today, August 1, 2012, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) expressed her strong disappointment that Republicans blocked efforts to move the Violence Against Women Act, bipartisan, inclusive legislation which passed the Senate three months ago with 68 votes, to the House of Representatives.

      Last week, Senator Murray took to the floor and shared stories of domestic violence survivors from Washington state who would be left out of the House version of VAWA, including a transgender survivor, an immigrant survivor, and a Native American survivor. The new legislation Senator Murray is fighting for includes provisions protecting Native American women from domestic violence and sexual assault, and includes non-discrimination protection for all victims, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

    3. Reached 7,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • laura buckmaster TUKWILA, WA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am a woman and my father abused myself and my mother.

    • Erin Hatheway SAMMAMISH, WA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I work with victims of domestic violence on a daily basis. Approving VAWA is imperative.

    • Daniel Smith SEABECK, WA
      • almost 2 years ago

      There are several women in my life (wife, daughter, 2 daughter inlaws and 4 granddaughters and they all need to know that I support issues that work for women.

    • deborah mckie EAST FALMOUTH, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am a survivor

    • JoDee Keller PUYALLUP, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a woman, I have daughters. I believe that all women residing, visiting, or passing through this country are entitled to protection from violence under our laws.


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