NNEDV Applauds Final Passage of the VAWA Reauthorization
March 10, 2022
On March 9, 2022, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a fiscal year 2022 omnibus appropriations bill which included the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2022 (S. 3623) and modest funding increases for domestic violence programs. The U.S. Senate passed the same bill on Thursday, March 10. It now heads to President Biden’s desk for his signature.
Statement of Deborah J. Vagins, President and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) on the final passage of the legislation:
“The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) and our member state and territorial domestic violence coalitions are deeply grateful to the Senate and House leadership and our bipartisan champions for passing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA). This VAWA reauthorization provides survivors, the thousands of local programs that serve them, and communities with much-needed resources for housing, legal assistance, alternatives to criminal responses, and prevention programming. The bill also includes critical economic justice and non-discrimination provisions, restores tribal sovereignty to hold non-native abusers accountable, and makes important investments in culturally specific service providers to ensure all survivors are supported. These lifesaving protections will give survivors greater access to safety, justice, and services on their path to healing after abuse.
We also thank the House and Senate for providing funding increases in key federal programs designed for survivors in the fiscal year 2022 appropriation bills passed along with VAWA in the omnibus.”