Statement in Support of the Senate
Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2022
February 9, 2022
Legal Momentum applauds Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) for introducing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2022. This important bill reflects a bipartisan consensus that the government needs to do more to prevent and to respond to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. The bill addresses the many needs identified during extensive engagement with survivors, service providers, researchers, and others in the domestic violence and sexual assault fields. A summary of the Senate bill can be found here.
“VAWA is life-saving legislation. Every reauthorization presents an opportunity to come closer to meeting the full scope of survivors’ needs and this bill rises to the occasion. It is imperative that this bipartisan bill pass quickly,” Jennifer Becker, Legal Momentum’s Legal Director.
The House of Representatives passed their version of this bill, led by Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01), in March 2021. Legal Momentum encourages the Senate to swiftly pass the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2022 and send it to the House for a vote.
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From 1991 to 1994 Legal Momentum worked closely with then-Senator Joe Biden and his Senate Judiciary Committee staff to draft and pass the original Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and we have continued to be closely involved in all its reauthorizations.