President Obama has outlined a plan to close dangerous loopholes that allow abusers easy access to weapons. A domestic violence homicide occurs almost every week in Wisconsin, most involve firearms and in too many cases the perpetrator acquired or bought the gun illegally. Congress must act before another preventable killing takes one more life. Call your Members of Congress today and tell them to work quickly to pass a gun safety bill that includes universal background checks.
Last week, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and some of his Republican colleagues introduced H.R. 6625, the Violence Against Indian Women Act, which contains compromise solutions to help address opponents’ constitutional concerns regarding tribal court jurisdiction and move VAWA forward.
The effort for a strong Violence Against Women Act that protects all victims, including immigrant, LBGT and Tribal victims, continues. The House version of VAWA, H.R. 4970, contains harmful provisions and eliminates safety enhancements contained in the Senate version. A vote on this bill may come as early as next week.
Please call your U.S. Representative today to express strong opposition to the Cantor-Adams version of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization (H.R. 4970) that was introduced last week. It weakens or deletes entirely some of the vital improvements in the Senate bill, including the strong provisions that are designed to increase the safety of Native women and the needs of the LGBT community.
VAWA (S. 1925) has 61 sponsors – now is the time for Senate Majority Leader Reid to schedule a vote on VAWA and for all Senators to support S. 1925.
TAKE ACTION: Urge Senator Reid to schedule VAWA for a vote the week of April 16.
S. 1925 has enough sponsors to go to the Senate floor for a vote without a filibuster. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has the power to schedule VAWA for a vote. Ask him to schedule a vote as soon as possible.
Congratulations on your fantastic advocacy efforts! Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has agreed to bring VAWA, S. 1925, to the Senate Floor very, very soon—possibly next week! And Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) became a co-sponsor of VAWA yesterday bringing our total co-sponsors to 59!
Please call Senator Johnson throughout next week and ask him to support VAWA when it comes to a vote.
The legislative session is drawing to a close and some important victim safety measures are still outstanding. Please call your state Senator today and ask that he or she support the Interstate Abuse Prevention Act (SB 177/AB 247) from Senator Wanggaard.
Please call your state legislators today and tell them to oppose SB 466 and AB 561, which would remove housing protections for victims of domestic violence. This bill would encourage landlords to threaten to penalize or evict tenants for calling the police or other emergency services. As a result, victims of abuse will not seek help from law enforcement or will be re-victimized if they do.
Three important bills are up for votes in State Senate today. Two are positive improvements for victims. The other significantly diminishes the rights of tenants. Please contact your state Senator now and ask that he or she:
Please call Senator Johnson and ask him to co-sponsor this important and historic re-authorization.
As you might know, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization passed out the Senate Committee last week; however, eight senators voted against the current version of the bill. We need to make sure enough Senators support VAWA so that it can quickly come to a vote. You can help by calling Senator Johnson (202-224-5323) and asking him to support and co-sponsor the re-authorization of the VAWA.
Sexual Assault Service Providers (SASPs) were recently informed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) that their SAVS grants will be reduced by 42.5% in 2012.
These cuts stem from three developments. First, the SAVS program was cut 10% in the 2011-13 state budget. Second, as a result of department lapses contained in the state budget, SASPs were informed last month by DOJ that an additional cut of 5.2% would be made to the SAVS program. Finally, revenue from the Crime Victim and Witness surcharge that funds SAVAS has been declining in recent years.
End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence 1245 E. Washington Ave, Suite 150 | Madison, Wisconsin 53703 Phone: (608) 255-0539 | Fax/TTY: (608) 255-3560 | email@example.com