Welcome to NNEDV's Action Center!
NNEDV asks advocates and allies to contact Congress at key times to influence legislation and funding for domestic violence programs. NNEDV will ask you to make phone calls, send an email or take action on social media sites. Taking a few minutes to contact your elected officials can mean a world of difference to a survivor of domestic violence.
Please sign up to receive NNEDV's action alerts and check this page for current action items. Even if there is not a current action item, you can contact your Senators and Representatives at any time to tell them how important the federal response to domestic violence is in your community.
Tell them about the services that victims need and how the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) and the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) make a difference in the lives of victims.
Learn more about NNEDV's policy issues.
February 11, 2013: Ask your Senators to vote for VAWA today
UPDATE: The Senate vote to reauthorize VAWA, S. 47, was postponed to TODAY, Monday, February 11th! A vote on this bipartisan bill will be taking place this afternoon!
S. 47 now has 62 co-sponsors – due in large part to all of your calls! This should guarantee VAWA's passage in the Senate. However, there is a possibility that amendments could be introduced on the floor that could slow down forward movement on the bill. Please call your Senators TODAY, and urge them to vote yes on S. 47, without harmful amendments!
- Visit our Legislative Action Center and take action now!
- Watch the Senate floor action on C-SPAN.
- Follow us on twitter @NNEDV.
We are optimistic that a strong bill will be passed out of the Senate – and then we can turn our attention to the House and to getting a final VAWA that safely and effectively protects all victims!
Background on VAWA:
VAWA is the cornerstone of our nation's response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, and because of VAWA, millions of victims have received lifesaving services and support. Despite VAWA's proven ability to substantially improve lives, it has not reached all victims. VAWA's reauthorization provides an opportunity to build upon the successes of the current law by including key improvements to protect and provide safety and access to justice for Native American, immigrant, and LGBT victims, as well as victims on college campuses and in communities of color. Additionally, a reauthorized VAWA must include strengthened housing protections that provide emergency housing transfer options for survivors, as well as implementation of transparent and effective accountability measures that support and strengthen, rather than endanger, those programs that assist victims.