by Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority Foundation

For the eleventh #HERvotes blog carnival, we’re joining together to urge the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Domestic violence results in over two million injuries every year. Three women die every day in the United States as the result of domestic violence. Since the passage of VAWA in 1994, the rate of intimate partner violence has declined by 67%. VAWA provides services to victims of violence and has improved the criminal justice response to violence against women.

VAWA expired December 31, 2011. Finally, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted in February to move VAWA to the Senate floor. But the Senate committee vote was strictly on party lines – 10 Democratic members voting yes and 8 Republicans voting no.

Now the VAWA Reauthorization will finally be voted on this week by the whole Senate. Currently, 61 Senators (53 Democrats and 8 Republicans) are co-sponsoring the Reauthorization. HERvotes is urging all Senators to vote yes. Eliminating violence against women is not… must not… be a partisan issue.

HERvotes urges Congress to reauthorize this landmark legislation and extend VAWA’s lifesaving programs and services for another five years.

Join us by sharing the posts below on Facebook, Twitter (using the hashtag #HERvotes), and other social media.

Part of the #HERvotes blog carnival.

Read More:
Strengthening the Violence Against Women Act– Lynn Rosenthal, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women
Why the Violence Against Women Act Impacts College Women– Francesca Witcher, Feminist Majority Foundation
Group Opposes VAWA Because Act Helps Lesbians -Ben Atherton-Zeman, Ms.
Why is the U.S. Senate is Playing Politics with Violence Against Women?– Gloria Lau, YWCA USA
The Violence Against Women Act: Fact vs. Fiction– Miri Cypers, Jewish Women International
The Struggle to End Violence Against Women Encounters a Road Block-Nancy K. Kaufman, National Council of Jewish Women
Newsweek Glamorizes Women’s Submission-Lisa Bennett, NOW
Congress Rocking Back the Clock for Women– Janet Hill, Coalition of Labor Union Women
VAWA Reauthorization and Economic Security for Survivors– Sarah Gonzalez Bocinski, Wider Opportunities for Women

Read our Previous Posts:
A Critical Tool to Save Lives: VAWA -Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III, American Bar Association
Violence Is a Cycle: We Must Reauthorize VAWA -John Roach, Break the Cycle
Calling for the Reauthorization of VAWA– Brandi Callaghan, Feminist Majority Foundation
Immigration, Intimate Partner Violence, and the Violence Against Women Act -Anjela Jenkins, Law Students for Reproductive Justice Fellow, blogging for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Teen Dating Violence -Christine Bork, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
Hey Congress, How About Giving Half the Population Some Love? -Janet Hill, Coalition of Labor Union Women
“It’s a Good Time To Be a Black Woman? Well, Not So Good When It Comes To Violence”– Angela Sutton, Black Women’s Health Imperative
Combating Domestic Violence: A Call to Reauthorize VAWA– Mallen Urso, National Women’s Political Caucus
Taking the Violence Against Women Act to Higher Ground– Emily Alfano, NCJW
Tell Your Senator to Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act Now- Elizabeth Owens, AAUW
Why VAWA is a Queer Issue- Terra Slavin, L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center and Sharon Stapel, New York City Anti-Violence Project
Universities Should Support VAWA- Melissa Siegel, National Youth Advisory Board
Students Against Dating/Domestic Abuse– Sara Skavroneck, National Youth Advisory Board National Youth Advisory Board Against Dating Violence– Kevin Mauro, National Youth Advisory Board
Teenage Dating Violence and VAWA– Nikki Desario, National Youth Advisory Board
Joining Forces – Women Veterans Speak Out: The Trenches, Remembered– Joan Grey, Business and Professional Women’s Foundation
Violence Against Women Act up for Reauthorization– National Association of Social Workers
Wake up, People! Domestic Violence is an Epidemic!– Donna Pantry, Elf Lady’s Chronicles
Recession and Women: How Economic Insecurity Enables Abuse– Donna Addkison’s, Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW)
More Bipartisan Support Needed for Violence Against Women Act– Terry O’Neill, Say It Sister- NOW’s Blog for Equality

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