Save the Violence Against Women Act
Our Take Rape Seriously NOW campaign is working to ensure that the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which revolutionized the government’s response to gender-based violence, will not be defunded under the Trump administration.
Since 1994, VAWA has transformed how government responds to domestic and sexual violence, serving as a model for similar legislation 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. This money supports survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault through programs offered by non-profit organizations, hospitals, universities and law enforcement agencies across the state.
This campaign calls on the New York congressional delegation to continue fully funding VAWA, implement it with the vigor of every other administration since its inception, and oppose any legislation or budget cuts that would seek to dismantle the rights of women.
Recently, reports of sexual and physical violence in the Latinx community have decreased – not because the rates have actually gone down, but because of the growing fear of deportation.
Actions You Can Take
Sign our petition to President Trump and Congress to demand they continue to fully fund VAWA.
Join a Fight Back NOW team to organize with us in your district.
Call your representatives and tell them to protect VAWA
NOW New York President Sonia Ossorio’s Op-Ed on Why We Must Protect VAWA – Huffington Post – April 14, 2017
NOW Rips Trump on Domestic Violence Funding in Manhattan – Observer – March 20, 2017
Advocates Launch Anti-Rape Campaign – NY1 – March 20, 2017
NOW-NYC Announces Campaign to Combat Trump’s Anti-Women Agenda – March 20, 2017
NOW-NY Campaign Against Trump’s Anti-Woman Agenda – WCBS Radio – March 20, 2017
NOW-NY Fights Trump’s Plan to Cut Funds For Violence Against Women Act – Metro – March 21, 2017