The 113th Congress..House and Senate: Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, S.47
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The 113th Congress..House and Senate: Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, S.47

    1. Chanda Welch
    2. Petition by

      Chanda Welch

      Shreveport, LA

 I have personally just have come out of a 9 year violent(both physically and emotionally) relationship,and was inspired by Vice President Joe Biden's speech, given on April 18, addressing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, S.1925., to get actively involved in supporting the re-authorization of the  VAWA. Why this is even an issue is beyond my understanding,but since it is I am driven to fight for it, and to get others to tell the ones in the Senate and House of Representatives that are opposing the VAWA, the NEED for this bill. I also have started a Facebook page@  

To reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, S.1925

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohbz99Ug7vI

Vice President Joe Biden said it all today(April 18). This could have not been said better!!
One quote out his many "That this is a debatable subject is truly sad!"

"Nobody should question whether this is needed,” said Biden,  “Just imagine the impact on the moral approbation of society if the Congress refuses to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.”

"Unfortunately there are those in Washington who are blind to the needs of these victims and are trying to prevent the passage of this bill. We need your help pushing forward the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act."... Senator Kay Hagan(NC)

“We are devastated that provisions that will endanger vulnerable immigrant victims passed in the House today. For the first time in nearly 20 years, this bill would weaken crucial protections in VAWA for battered immigrants, putting them at risk of retaliation by their abusers and undermining law enforcement and public safety" - Grace Huang, Public Policy Director of the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

We have to save S. 1925's  important provisions that provide better access to law enforcement for women in Indian country, better access for immigrant women who fear deportation if they report violence, and better access for  LGBT victims who are finding doors to shelters and programs closed to them.

*The House bill H.R.4970, excludes LGBTQ survivors entirely despite the great need for support and services and the gap in meeting this need as determined by a coalition of more than 1,000 organization and groups.
*Existing law denies Native women equal access to justice,while the provisions in S.1925 that passed the Senate with broad bipartisan support do not in any way alter or remove the current criminal jurisdiction of the United States or of any state.  Rather, S.1925 restores concurrent tribal criminal jurisdiction over a very narrow set of crimes that statistics demonstrate are an egregious problem on Indian reservations. 
*HR 4970 not only leaves out moderate improvements to VAWA’s protections for immigrant survivors that were included in S1925, the widely supported bipartisan Senate bill that just passed by a vote of 68-31, but it also seeks amendments that would dramatically undercut existing protections for immigrant survivors in VAWA.The changes proposed in HR4970 to VAWA’s current protections for immigrant survivors would create obstacles for immigrant victims seeking to report crimes, increase the danger to immigrant victims by eliminating important confidentiality protections, undermine current anti-fraud protections, and roll back years of progress and commitment on the part of Congress to protect vulnerable immigrant victims.

The passage of the VAWA, S.1925..NOT the H.R.4970, sends the message that survivors of sexual assault, domesic violence, and stalking must have the TOOLS to heal and RECLAIM their lives; that women and girls, our communities and our families, must be safe; that the next generation must be engaged in this effort-and that the evolution of our collective thinking on how to break the cycle of violence is a national priority. To send any other message is unconscionable.  
The House had the opportunity but failed to take up the bipartisan Senate bill that enjoyed the support of thousands of victim-centered organizations working to end domestic and sexual violence.  We urge the House and the Senate to come together to pass a bipartisan bill that builds upon VAWA’s strengths, moves the legislation forward and meets the urgent needs of victims. 

The House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 4970 weakens or deletes entirely some of the vital improvements in the “real VAWA” passed by the Senate last month by a resounding bipartisan vote of 68-31

The House bill passed ignores the needs of vulnerable communities, rolls back years of progress aimed at protecting victim safety, weakens provisions in the Senate bill to protect victims in public housing and on college campuses, and strips the rights of community stakeholders to give input on VAWA programs.  The bill has been soundly rejected as dangerous to victims by more than 325 diverse organizations and leaders representing millions of constituents throughout the country.
 The Administration urges the House to find common ground with the bipartisan Senate-passed bill and consider and pass legislation that will protect all victims.  H.R. 4970 rolls back existing law and removes long-standing protections for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault – crimes that predominately affect women.  If the President is presented with H.R. 4970, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill. 

Congress must act swiftly. 

Please tell the Senate and the House of Representatives to vote for the bi-partisian S.1925, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (the original one).

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Senate Set to Vote on VAWA Reauthorization | Womens eNews

      Chanda Welch
      Petition Organizer

      Senate Set to Vote on VAWA Reauthorization | Womens eNews

      By Victoria Fitzgerald WeNews correspondent The U.S. Senate is poised to vote next week on passage of the Violence Against Women Act. The act failed to win approval in the GOP-dominated House last year for the first time since it was introduced in 1994. (WOMENSENEWS)-The U.S.

    2. Senate has the votes to pass Violence Against Women Act

      Chanda Welch
      Petition Organizer

      Senate has the votes to pass Violence Against Women Act

      Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said Friday that the Senate has enough votes to pass the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, with the Senate to begin consideration of the law next week. Leahy tweeted: JUST TOPPED 'magic number' of 60 bipartisan cosponsors of my #VAWA legisl.; We're moving briskly toward Senate vote on the Leahy-Crapo Bill- Sen.

    3. VAWA Rages on

      Chanda Welch
      Petition Organizer

      Violence Against Women Rages On

      Our guest blogger is Julie Ajinkya, Policy Analyst for Progress 2050 Action at the Center for American Progress Action Fund Protesters in India are demanding justice for the 23-year-old medical student who ultimately died as the result of a brutal gang-rape in the nation's capital on December 16 by calling for a nationwide shutdown today.

    4. War on women, and LGBTand all domestic violence victims

      Chanda Welch
      Petition Organizer

      Daily Kos: This week in the War on Women: Yes, ladies, the GOP still hates us

      After the thrashing the Republican Party took from women in the 2012 election, you'd think those guys would have learned a lesson or two. But that would make you the bigger fool because this is ...

    5. NNEDV Laments Failure to Pass Violence Against Women Act

      Chanda Welch
      Petition Organizer

      http://nnedv.org/ go here to read more and please keep voting, let other know!! SHARE SHARE SHARE

      National Network to End Domestic Violence | National Network to End Domestic Violence

      The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is a membership and advocacy organization representing the 56 U.S. state and territorial domestic violence coalitions. NNEDV is the voice of these coalitions, their more than 2,000 local domestic violence member programs, and the millions of domestic violence survivors who turn to them for services.

    6. The VAWA what now? Keep voting...Get Congress to make this a priority!!!

      Chanda Welch
      Petition Organizer

      I know this has failed in Congress, but a new bill will be introduced, until then NNEDV said I should try and get as much support as we can to make sure this will get passed.
      This page was started to inform people of the petition on change.org, and that the VAWA was actually being debated, not being passed as it usually had been. It is now for the VAWA and I try to post positive, uplifting MEMS , and to bring more awareness to domestic violence.
      The petition will still be kept open as well. Let us put pressure on this new Congress!

    7. Concerning the VAWA, what are the opitions now..

      Chanda Welch
      Petition Organizer
      Violence Against Women Act A Victim Of Congress' Stagnation | NCPR News from NPR

      Jan 6, 2013 (All Things Considered) - For the first time since 1994, the Violence Against Women Act has been allowed to expire. The reason? Political gridlock. Weekends on All Things Considered host Jacki Lyden talks to NPR's justice correspondent Carrie Johnson about what happened to the long-standing law, what it means for women and what options are on the table.

    8. Republican women maybe VAWA S.1925 last hope

      Chanda Welch
      Petition Organizer
      House Republican Women Emerge As Key To Protecting Domestic Abuse Victims

      WASHINGTON -- With time running out for Congress to take action on the Violence Against Women Act, people on both sides of the debate are honing in on a group of lawmakers who may be key: House Republican women.

    9. VAWA S.1925: House Republican Women Emerge As Key To Possibl

      Chanda Welch
      Petition Organizer

      So I haven't posted anything on this in a long while because the House has just refused to vote for it, making their own version, which of course, will not get passed in the Senate. So this is the first I have seen of a glimmer of hope that, just maybe, Congress can get this bill S.1925, passed before Congress changes hands, and the bill runs out. I am proud of the Republican women finally taking a stance,and seeing how Congress has been one of the worst in getting anything accomplished these pass two years, maybe they will pass this to show for something. By not even passing this one bill, which has always been bi-partisan, it should tell anyone, who pays attention, that some Republicans just refuse to work with the Democrats at all, NO MATTER what the bill is about. So let us keep our prayers for this, and hope not any more time is wasted in passing this bill. This bill will help people who are involved in domestic violence of any kind get the help they need! It bring DV awareness!

    10. Reached 250 signatures
    11. Will VAWA Survive Election Year Politics?

      Chanda Welch
      Petition Organizer

      .http://now.org/nnt/fall-2012/vawa.html
      Please be voting for the canidates who voted for the original VAWA S.1925, not the watered down House version. We need a better congress that will get things done. Voting in a bi-partisian way.

    12. VAWA Reauthorization S.1925

      Chanda Welch
      Petition Organizer

      Share your latest development here.Congress failed to reauthorize VAWA in 2011 & for most of 2012. If Congress doesn't pass VAWA by end of 2012 (& the overwhelming preference & necessity is the legitimate expert VAWA e.g. S.1925), then the multi-step bill/legislative process will have to start all over again with the new Congress in 2013! These delays are unacceptable for the crucial basic justice & well-being Violence Against Wome
      n Act!
      661 Days Since VAWA Expired
      163 Days Since Congress’ Last Action on VAWA
      51 Days Until This Congress ends and VAWA 2012 dies…
      UNLESS Congress does it's job & gets the real VAWA passed during the lame duck session! Contact your local & leadership congress members! & Spread the word throughout the USA!
      http://4vawa.org/

      VAWA Reauthorization - VAWA

      Congress must know we won't stop until we get a final bill that protects all victims! Action: Call your Representatives and Senators today and ask: " What are you doing to make sure VAWA is reauthorized?" Here's the contact information for your Representatives and Senators.

    13. S.1925 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011

      Chanda Welch
      Petition Organizer

      A link to keep supporters up-to-date on the bill, that appears to be going no where right now.

    14. Prevent Violence Against All Women, Support the Real VAWA!

      Chanda Welch
      Petition Organizer

      The Senate passed S. 1925, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), with a strong bipartisan vote (68-31). S. 1925 expands protections to Native Americans, immigrants and LGBT victims of violence. However the House passed a bill, H.R. 4970, which fails to protect all women from violence and rolls back current law. We must urge enactment of S. 1925, the real VAWA.

    15. Participate in a National Call-in Day to Save the Violence Against Women Ac

      Chanda Welch
      Petition Organizer

      Take Action Now:
      Save the Violence Against Women Act. Join the National Week of Action on June 26 & participate in a National Call-in Day. Call members of Congress (202-224-3121) and tell them that women cannot wait—support the real Violence Against Women Act (VAWA—S. 1925)!

    16. The VAWA S.1925 National Rally Day June 26, Washington DC

      Chanda Welch
      Petition Organizer

      National VAWA Days of Action
      Tuesday, June 26, 2012
      Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
      Location: U.S. Capitol, Area 9, enter site at the intersection of 1st Street and Constitution Avenue.
      PLEASE REGISTER!! http://tinyurl.com/76zupxo

    17. U.S. Sen. Scott Brown calls House Republican holdup of VAWA "beyond fustrat

      Chanda Welch
      Petition Organizer

      Unfortunately, following bipartisan Senate action, the House passed a dramatically scaled-back version of VAWA that did not include core provisions that would improve the law,” Brown said. Brown said the House bill “does not address a growing number of problems facing individuals today.” Brown called on House and Senate leaders to come together and pass a bill.Republicans and Democrats agree on the core features of the bill. But the Senate added additional provisions barring discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in programs funded by the bill; setting aside additional visas for illegal immigrants who are victims of abuse; and giving additional authority to tribal courts to prosecute non-Native Americans who abuse Native Americans. The House bill did not have these additions.

    18. Violence Against Women Act

      Chanda Welch
      Petition Organizer

      The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) is a United States federal law (Title IV, sec. 40001-40703 of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, H.R. 3355) signed as Pub.L. 103-322 by President Bill Clinton on September 13, 1994. The Act provided $1.6 billion toward investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women, imposed automatic and mandatory restitution on those convicted, and allowed civil redress in cases prosecutors chose to leave unprosecuted. The Act also established the Office on Violence Against Women within the Department of Justice.

    19. Congress MUST pass a Violence Against Women Act!

      Chanda Welch
      Petition Organizer

      In these final days Congress must see a groundswell that cannot be ignored. We are issuing a call for a National Day of Action on Tuesday, June 26th to reauthorize the real VAWA. On that day we will be organizing a national action on Capitol Hill and local actions across this country. Every justice loving person is needed now to raise their voice and tell Congress not to go backward but move forward to reauthorize the Real VAWA.

    20. Victim Advocates from Around the Nation Promote a Strong, Bipartisan VAWA

      Chanda Welch
      Petition Organizer

      This week, NNEDV is hosting its annual Advocacy Day to push for its top legislative priority. Nearly 100 victim advocates from coalitions against domestic and sexual violence in nearly every state and U.S. territory are in Washington, DC this week to meet with lawmakers and promote a strong, bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that meets the needs of all victims. The landmark legislation has enjoyed broad bipartisan support for nearly two decades but has seen unprecedented setbacks in recent weeks.

    21. 100,000 STRONG FOR A REAL "VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT"

      Chanda Welch
      Petition Organizer

      Despite President Obama’s veto threat, Republicans passed a bill that denies protections for victims of domestic violence if they are immigrants, Native Americans, or members of the LGBT community.

      Republicans are calling it their “Violence Against Women Act.” The truth is any bill that discriminates against women because of their ethnic background or sexual orientation is not worthy of being called the Violence Against Women Act.

    22. The Congress That Never Ceases to Repulse Me: 2012 VAWA debate

      Chanda Welch
      Petition Organizer

      This an essay written by Yael E. Marshall on the ridicouls statlemate, debate the some in congress has made over the original S.1925 version of the bill.

    23. Importance Of Renewing The Violence Against Women Act | 5/27

      Chanda Welch
      Petition Organizer

      This is a video of an interview with the Executive Director of the CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence, about the need to reauthorize the VAWA S.1925, please watch..

    24. The Top 10 Ways the House Version of the VAWA Neglects Victims of Abusers

      Chanda Welch
      Petition Organizer

      Senate Version of the Bill Should Trump the Antiwoman House Version in Conference
      The VAWA is a critical piece of bipartisan legislation that, since 1994, has combated violent crime and protected victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
      Even though reauthorizing the law has never been a partisan issue, it has become wrapped up in a polarized debate this year over the extent of its protections. In a bipartisan vote the Senate voted to reauthorize the act and to strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence in the gay and transgender, immigrant, and Native American communities.[1] But instead of taking up these changes, House Republicans are playing political games with the safety of women. Just yesterday they passed their version of the bill, H.R. 4970, which removes important protections for vulnerable communities and cuts funding used to combat domestic violence. In doing so, it rolls back progress and threatens the health and safety of abused victims.

    25. We can’t stop until EVERYONE is safe we need your help to get the Real VAWA

      Chanda Welch
      Petition Organizer

      In a highly partisan Congress, your advocacy made a difference! On the Senate side your hard work yielded a bipartisan real VAWA (S. 1925) and your work on the House side ensured that there was a bipartisan rejection of the anti-victim VAWA (H.R. 4970).
      he House bill is anti-victim and fundamentally changes the purpose of VAWA. It excludes the voices of victims and victim’s services advocates while rolling back many protections. Both bills will be brought to conference so that both the House and Senate leaders can agree on a bill to send to the President – we need to tell our legislators that they need to send S. 1925 to the President because it protects ALL victims.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • about 1 year ago

      “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”

      ― Charlotte Brontë

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    • jill hammer GRASS VALLEY, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      because violence is not an answer.

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    • Sandra St. Mire MARTVILLE, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      If you've experienced violence or known a friend who has--it's important to stand up and let your voice be heard.

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    • Alison McCarthy BOULDER, CO
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because violence against women is an important issue and a comprehensive bill that protects ALL women is absolutely necessary.

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    • Yalanda Glenn BUFFALO, SC
      • almost 2 years ago

      I grew up in a domestic violence home. I work with women/children who have been victims of violence

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