VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT REAUTHORIZATION (2005)
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWAâlandmark legislation that seeks to improve the criminal justice response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalkingâexpires September 30, 2005. Your help is needed to see that VAWA is renewed and strengthened through passage of S. 1197 and H.R. 2876.
FACTS ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Â· Nearly one in four women experience at least one physical assault by a partner during adulthood.
Â· Domestic violence is the largest cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the
Â· Homicide is the second leading cause of injury deaths among pregnant and postpartum women in the
Â· Total costs of rape and sexual assault are estimated to be $127 billion a year, including loss of productivity, medical and mental health care, police services and property damage.
Â· One of three American Indian and Alaska Native will be raped during their lifetime.
Â· Fifty-seven percent of homeless families identified domestic violence as a primary cause of homelessness.
WHY VAWA IS IMPORTANT
The passage of VAWA in 1994 and its reauthorization in 2000 have changed the lives of victims who once suffered in silence. Through VAWA, Congress sent millions of dollars to states, Indian nations, territories and local communities to improve the criminal justice system response to crimes against women. These grants have provided communities with the tools to implement the principles of victim safety and offender accountability. VAWA is also a cost-effective investment, saving $14.8 billion in averted costs of victimization as a result of the original (1994) VAWA alone. Other VAWA successes include: All states passed anti-stalking laws and changed laws that treated date or spousal rape as a lesser crime than stranger rape. More victims are reporting violence. Since 1996, the National Domestic Violence Hotline has answered over 1 million calls. (1-800-799-7233 or for TTY 1-800-787-3224)
WHATâS GOING ON IN
When Congress reauthorized VAWA in 2000, it added needed services for those with disabilities, older and rural women, as well as immigrant women (by establishing special visas and focusing on the trafficking of persons). In addition to reauthorizing existing VAWA pr
WHAT DOES THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH SAY ABOUT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN?
The Episcopal Church,