September 13 marks the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Violence Against Women Act. Legal Momentum has been a champion of VAWA from its inception and a leading voice in the reauthorization efforts. VAWA has improved the lives of millions by improving the criminal justice response to domestic and sexual violence and stalking as well as funding victims’ services. The act to reauthorize VAWA is currently before the Senate after it passed with bipartisan support in the House in April 2019. Legal Momentum and others have been calling for its swift reauthorization without any rollbacks from current law.
To commemorate this 25 year milestone, Legal Momentum has put together resources for all those who are interested in the history of VAWA, the reauthorization efforts over the years, and ongoing efforts to reauthorize VAWA in the Senate.
- "A Short History of the Violence Against Women Act," written by Legal Director Lynn Hecht Schafran.
- "The Violence Against Women Act is Turning 25. Here’s How it has Ignited Debate," a New York Times article which quotes Legal Momentum President Carol Baldwin Moody.
- Symposium on the 15th Anniversary of VAWA, organized by Legal Momentum in 2010 held at Georgetown Law School. Publications of the day-long symposium available through the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law.
Renewing VAWA is essential to preserving and expanding programs that provide life-saving services and prevention education to over 1.3 million people and have been proven to reduce the rates of intimate partner victimization. To get involved, visit the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence for “action alerts” and to view current advocacy campaigns.
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