Domestic violence is a problem throughout the world. A bill known as the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) has been introduced in Congress to combat domestic violence in other countries. But the bill is deeply flawed because it assumes that all abuse is male-on-female and ignores both men abused by women and LGBT victims. If the bill were to pass, large classes of victims would be silenced and denied access to services.
The Partner Abuse State of Knowledge Project (PASK) has looked at domestic violence in 85 countries around the world and that found men and women were equally likely to be abuse perpetrators in most cases (1). PASK also found that LGBT couples were at increased risk of domestic violence (2).
In order to stop domestic violence, it is crucial that our approach be based on sound science, not politically correct ideology. I-VAWA ignores the results of scientific research and the existence of large classes of victims. Please join us in calling on members of Congress to vote 'No' on the International Violence Against Women Act.
We OPPOSE the International Violence Against Women Act (H.R. 3571)and urge you to vote against it and take any other necessary steps, including use of the filibuster, to ensure its defeat. Scientific research, as summarized by the recent Partner Abuse State of Knowledge Project (PASK), has found that domestic violence affects both men and women and that LGBT individuals are more likely to be victimized than their heterosexual counterparts. Yet this bill ignores the needs of male and LGBT victims. If passed, it would lead to large classes of victims being denied access to services. For these reasons, we urge the defeat of this bill.
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