Protect the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
VAWA has transformed the way government responds to domestic and sexual violence and has served as a model around the world. New York State has benefited tremendously from VAWA grants. In 2016 alone, the state received $7.7 million in federal funding, an increase of $662,000 to support survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault through programs offered by non-profit organizations, hospitals and law enforcement agencies across the state.
Call your representatives in Congress NOW and tell them that VAWA funding should be a top priority. With one in three women facing physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, we cannot afford to lose even one dollar of support.
Learn more about NOW’s #TakeRapeSeriously campaign here.
Take action to protect the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
Call your elected officials (read on to learn how)
Calling your elected officials can seem intimidating, but it’s actually a lot easier than you think! Calling puts the pressure on your representative to act in real time. At the end of the day a representative’s calls are counted up and can be used to influence their vote on an issue. Why? Because representatives know that if they don’t act on the concerns of their constituents, it could impact their ability to get reelected. Calling your representative may not seem like that a big deal, but flooding the phone lines with your concerns is critical to how a democracy works.
Who do I call?
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a federal issue so you need to contact your representatives in the federal government (your U.S. Senators and United States House Representatives).
Your U.S. Senators:
- Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: (212) 688-6262 or (202) 224-4451
- Senator Chuck Schumer: (212) 486-4430 or (202) 224-6542
Your United States House Representative
- Type your address into https://whoaremyrepresentatives.org/ to find out who your U.S. House Representative is and what number to call.
What happens when you call?
Most likely an intern or receptionist will answer the phone.
You can then say the following script:
Hi, my name is ____________ and I’m a constituent in [your zip code]. I do not need a *response. I’m calling because I strongly support the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and I strongly encourage my representative to make the 2018 Reauthorization of VAWA a top priority. With one in three women facing physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, we cannot afford to lose even one dollar of support. [If the issue has directly impacted you or those you know, now would be a good time to share a little bit about that.] Thank you for your hard work!
*If you do want a response the person on the phone will take down your contact information and enter you into the response database.
THAT’S IT! YOU DID IT! THANK YOU FOR ACTING NOW!