VAWA stands for The Violence Against Women Act. It was created in 1994, and gave funding to end crimes including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. VAWA was reauthorized in 2000, incorporating new programs including funding for important services for immigrant, rural, disabled and older women. But over the past few months, I’ve been nervous about whether or not it would be authorized once more. (Clearly our nation has a lot to pay for right now, and cuts are being made whenever possible.)
Fellow women, have fear no longer! Last night, December 16, the Senate passed the final version of the Violence Against Women Act by unanimous consent. The bill now moves to the House for a final vote, and will then be sent to the White House for the President to sign. This was made possible by people calling their senators, activists working around the clock and politicians who saw the light and realized how important VAWA is. It’s certainly great to watch activism in motion, and see a positive end result.