NCJW Applauds VAWA Senate Passage, Urges House to Act on Senate Bill


February 12, 2013, Washington, DC — The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today applauded passage by the Senate of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and urged the House of Representatives to act quickly to approve the Senate-passed bill. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:

“NCJW welcomes today’s strong bi-partisan Senate vote to reauthorize the 1994 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Reauthorization is shamefully overdue. The bill failed to win passage last year because the version favored by the House of Representatives would have reversed progress made over the last 19 years. NCJW urges the House of Representatives to act quickly to renew VAWA based on the Senate-passed bill and to abandon efforts to weaken this important legislation. 

“The bill passed today (78-22) will improve access to justice for tribal women and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) victims and survivors, and will help protect immigrant victims whose abusers use immigration status as a tool of abuse, exploitation, and control. The Senate bill makes many other improvements as well by expanding services and renewing important grant programs that fund law enforcement. Domestic violence legislation has a long bipartisan history which we hope will inspire renewed efforts to reauthorize the law as quickly as possible.

“Ending the scourge of domestic violence has been a priority for NCJW for decades. NCJW’s domestic violence campaign, Higher Ground, seeks to assist women escaping domestic violence in part by helping them achieve economic independence. NCJW has worked on preserving and strengthening VAWA since its inception and will continue to do so.”

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

Contact: Brianne Nadeau


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