Despite an eleventh-hour effort by Vice President Joe Biden, House Republican leaders failed to advance the Senate's 2012 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, a bill that would have extended domestic violence protections to 30 million LGBT individuals, undocumented immigrants and Native American women. As Erika Eichelberger writes in The Nation this week, by refusing to reauthorize VAWA, Congressional Republicans are leaving rape victims with few options.


The National Task Force to End Domestic and Sexual Violence Against Women is imploring the 113th Congress to restore VAWA immediately. Join the call and mobilize support yourself with the VAWA Tool Kit.


Through the telling of one woman's story, Alisa Bohling shows what the end of VAWA could mean for women everywhere in a recent article on TruthOut..


This past December, US Senator Maria Cantwell joined six of her female Democratic Senate colleagues to make clear why the VAWA Act is so important to so many women.

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