In 1994, Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Drafted by then-Senator Joe Biden, VAWA provided $1.6 billion for investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women. It also imposed mandatory restitution on those convicted and, when prosecutors chose not to prosecute, an avenue for civil action. The Act also specified funding for:
Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, one of the sponsors of S. 192, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012, knows first-hand how important it is to put the full weight of the government toward training of law enforcment and other resources to protect women from violence. Read his article here. Portions of the original VAWA legislation have to be reauthorized every five years, and 2012 is one of those years. Read the text of the Act here, and let your representatives in Washington know how important this legislation is to women across the country. Find your representative here.
By making a year-end, tax-deductible gift, you can help her get into shelter and out of danger. You can help her kids grow up without the terror and reduce the chances of their being victims of or participants in domestic violence.