Violence Against Women

Violence Against Women

The Violence Against Women Act of 2012

The House and Senate passed very different versions of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The Feminist Majority strongly supports the inclusive bill passed by the Senate on a bipartisan vote.

Senate VAWA S. 1925

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act passed by the Senate is an inclusive bill that has provisions to prevent violence and protections and services for all survivors. The House bill eliminated critical provisions for some of the most vulnerable populations included in the Senate’s bipartisan bill: increased protections against violence on college campuses; protections for immigrant and Native American women; and services for LGBT survivors. The Feminist Majority is working with a broad coalition of advocacy organizations to urge the House to pass the Senate bill.

House VAWA H.R. 4970

The House version, introduced by Representatives Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Sandy Adams (R-FL) eliminated major provisions that were included in the bipartisan Senate bill including increasing protections against violence on college campuses and protections for immigrant and Native American women and the LGBT community. Final passage of VAWA reauthorization remains stalled as advocates, including the Feminist Majority push for the House to pass the inclusive, bipartisan Senate bill.