Our Fight to Save the Violence Against Women Act
In 2017, we are taking aggressive action to protect the vital programs funded by the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Enacted in 1994 with bipartisan support, VAWA made fighting violent crimes against women a federal priority for the first time in history. VAWA has transformed how government responds to domestic and sexual violence, serving as a model for similar legislation around the world.
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 reverse the rights and jeopardize the safety of women.
- 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.
- VAWA has been a lifeline for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, covering everything from law enforcement training for investigating rape cases, visas for immigrant women fleeing abusers, nondiscrimination provisions for LGBTQ+ survivors of violence, college campus programs and initiatives, to protections for Native American survivors of violence.
- The Trump administration’s proposed budget would cut millions of dollars in funding for VAWA programs, though these lifesaving programs cost less than one tenth of one percent of our federal budget.
- NOW-NY is hosting a series of Women’s Town Halls across the state where survivors and service providers can tell their stories and call on members of Congress to protect the Violence Against Women Act.
- The testimonies delivered at our Women’s Town Halls are real-life proof that we need more investment in Violence Against Women Act initiatives, not less.
- Join a Fight Back NOW team to organize with us in your district.
- Sign our petition to protect vital VAWA funding from cuts.
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
Sexual assault is an epidemic in the U.S., and most of its survivors are denied justice. Take Rape Seriously NOW is our campaign to change this. We are on the front lines with our initiatives to fight drug-facilitated sexual assault and to save the Violence Against Women Act. We provide direct services to survivors of sexual assault, and we stand with survivors in seeking accountability for perpetrators.
For more info or for expert commentary and analysis, contact Jean Bucaria at (212) 627-9895.