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November 7, 2012

The Obama Administration’s concrete steps to reduce and eliminate violence have undoubtedly saved and transformed lives.  The reauthorization of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act and the inclusion of funding for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) programs in the Recovery Act helped to ensure that victims could receive vital services at a time when they were desperately needed.  Additionally, the 1 is 2 Many initiative and the improved guidance under Title IX have ensured that young people and students on college campuses are more aware and better able to access services.  Similarly, the Tribal Law and Order Act, the President’s memorandum on domestic violence in the workplace, the creation of regulations to implement VAWA housing protections, the homicide initiatives undertaken by this Administration, and the inclusion of domestic violence screening and counseling in the Affordable Care Act have significantly enhanced the safety and security of victims.

Finally, this Administration’s interagency work on domestic violence and sexual assault has both substantially improved the federal government’s ability to respond efficiently and effectively to these crimes and serves as a model for tackling other major social concerns.  The leadership of President Obama, Vice President Biden and their Administration is truly unparalleled, and the cumulative impact of each of these efforts has been tremendous. 

NNEDV looks forward to working with President Obama and Vice President Biden to build upon this progress toward ending violence against women, most immediately by ensuring the swift reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).