HERvotes: Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act!

For the eighth #HERvotes blog carnival, we’re joining forces for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey found alarming rates of sexual violence, stalking, and domestic violence: One in 4 U.S. women has been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner, and nearly 1 in 5 has been raped in her lifetime.

This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider legislation that would reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the largest policy effort aimed at responding to and preventing these crimes. First passed in 1994, VAWA supports comprehensive, cost-saving responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. Since its passage in 1994, more victims report domestic violence to the police and the rate of non-fatal intimate partner violence against women has decreased by 53 percent.

HERvotes supports VAWA’s lifesaving programs and services and urges Congress to reauthorize and improve VAWA’s critical programs for five more years.

Let’s spread the word and make sure Congress hears our voices.

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

Take Action:

National Organization for Women petition to Congress

Read more:

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

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, 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 ViolenceKevin 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

Photo from Flickr user RaeAllen under Creative Commons 2.0.


  1. Beverly Prather says:

    The Violence Against Women’s Act, has a federal non-arrest, non-prosecution policy for rape, as the first provision. I have 25 women raped on the same assailant, five children murdered, because the government will not incarcerate for rape, (as long as the rapist’s corporation has cash)

    This law, was designed to generate revenue to the Biden Machine, women raped on their jobs, are pure corporate money into government coffers, not one man in prison for his crimes. A federal rape case, is nothing more than a case loaded with corporate money, EEOC cases, US Attorney cases, federal district courts and appeal court case all work the same, nothing more than cases loaded with corporate money, NOT ONE RAPIST IN PRISON, and raped office workers put out of a job, due to rape.

    In my case, I have pleaded in the courts, for simple justice, put one man in prison, he raped more than 20 women before me, raped and tortured me for five months. I got out alive, but five children did not.

    I pleaded directly to Joe Biden to put the man in prison, BUT, more than 50 million dollars in a rape cases, “settlements” of money paid by the corporations to keep him out of prison, is WHY Joe Biden has this law. Rape as revenue to the Biden Machine, free money to the government, for NOT enforcing federal civil rights statute laws.

    I would like help to get a man in prison for felony rape. IN six years of pleading to put him in prison for rape and torture of an office worker, only millions of dollars of corporate money counts. For me, five dead children, dead rape victims and serial rapist at large, is what SHOULD count more than the money his corporation pays the government, to cover up his crimes.

    I want help to put a serial rapist in prison, When a man has raped more than 20 women, it is time to stop processing workplace rape cases thru the federal system, and simply put him in prison.

    I can tie this case straight to Joe Biden, allowing that man to rape women, in exchange for several million dollars of corporate money.


  2. We all know of a violent offender who is walking around right this moment. Fear is a factor in communicating those criminals who walk, hurt, beat, maim the innocent as we read these lines. In our faces must strong people will act but many victimized remain silent. Sadly, crimes are reported and the bully who has done serious violent harm walks free. Restorative justice. Victim panels. Incarceration and the prison industry complex for less serious crimes is not the answer, however crimes perpetrated against the innocent whether furred or human has to be remedied.

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