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

10,000 Men Supporting VAWA- Ben Atherton-Zeman, Ms

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, loveisrespect.org National Youth Advisory Board

Students Against Dating/Domestic Abuse- Sara Skavroneck, loveisrespect.org National Youth Advisory Board

Loveisrespect.org- National Youth Advisory Board Against Dating Violence- Kevin Mauro, loveisrespect.org National Youth Advisory Board

Teenage Dating Violence and VAWA- Nikki Desario, loveisrespect.org 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

Take Action:

 

Click here to tell YOUR Senator to reauthorize VAWA! (Feminist Majority)

Click here to thank the act’s sponsors and to urge all non-sponsors to support it.  (Hadassah)

#HERvotes, a multi-organization campaign launched in August 2011, advocates women using our voices and votes to stop the attacks on the major advances of the women’s movement, many of which are at risk in the next election.


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Eleanor Smeal

As Co-Founder and President of the Feminist Majority Foundation and former President of the National Organization for Women (NOW), Eleanor Smeal has led efforts for the economic, political, and social equality and empowerment of women worldwide for over three decades.